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Ka-Zar

Real Name: Lord Kevin Reginald Plunder
Occupation: Hunter, trapper, fisherman
Identity: Publicly known
Legal Status: Citizen of the United Kingdom with no criminal record
Former Aliases: Lord of the Hidden Jungle
Place of Birth: Castle Plunder, Kentish Town, London, England
Marital Status: Married
Known Relatives: Shanna O'Hara (wife), Matthew (son), Lord Robert (father, deceased), Lady Blanche (deceased), Parnival (The Plunderer, brother)
Group Affiliation: None
Base of Operations: Formerly the Savage Land and Pangea, now mobile
First Appearance: X-MEN # 10

History: Kevin Plunder is the eldest son of the British nobleman and scientist, Lord Robert Plunder. While searching for an undiscovered element he believed existed in nature, Lord Plunder discovered the hidden jungle on the Antarctic continent that became known as the Savage Land. There, he confirmed his theories by discovering the Anti-Metal (later determined to be an isotope of Vibranium), a substance that can destroy the molecular bonds of any known metal. Lord Plunder returned to his native England to find his wife had passed away in his absence. Realizing his own mortality, he locked away a sizable sample of the Anti-Metal he had brought back, and fashioned a small fragment of it into a medallion that could be used as a "key" to unleash its power. He then split the key in two, giving half to each of his two sons, Kevin and Parnival, as their inheritance.

When word of Lord Plunder's discovery leaked out, agents of an unscrupulous power tried to wrest from him the Anti-Metal's location. Saved from the agents by the arrival of his armed butler Willis, Lord Plunder decided to see to his sons' safety. While Parnival was sent into hiding with Willis, he and Kevin sought refuge in the Savage Land. There Lord Plunder took his son to the mound of Anti-Metal, unaware they were being stalked by the native Maa-Gor and his tribe of barbaric Man-Apes. The Man-Apes slew Lord Plunder, but, as they grabbed Kevin, they were attacked by Zabu, the last of a species of saber-toothed tiger the Man-Apes had hunted to virtual extinction. Immediately forming an empathic bond, Zabu and the boy fled to the Place of Mists, a region where the Man-Apes refused to set foot. The incident soon passed into the Man-Apes' legends, and the boy was given the name "Ka-Zar," which means "son of the tiger." In the Land of Mists, the boy grew to manhood, his saber-toothed companion protecting him from all dangers. From Zabu, Ka-Zar learned the ways of the flora and fauna of the entire Savage Land. Upon reaching maturity, Ka-Zar failed in his attempts to make peace with the Man-Apes and was drawn into battle. At the battle's end, the whole tribe of Man-Apes had been killed with the exception of their leader Maa-Gor.

After his father's murder, young Kevin Plunder banished from his consciousness most of the memories of his childhood as a pampered son of nobility and came to think and act like a "savage." Upon reaching maturity, Ka-Zar came into conflict with his brother Parnival, who, calling himself the Plunderer, sought Ka-Zar's half of the medallion in order to gain control of the Anti-Metal. This began a lifelong animosity between them. Influenced by visitors from the outside world, he allowed aspects of his civilized side to emerge. Upon the senseless death of his friend, Tongah of the Fall People, which he blamed on the lack of advanced medicine in the Savage Land, Ka-Zar began to develop an absurdist view of life. Though still residing in the hidden jungle, Ka-Zar began to immerse himself in western culture, and became comfortable playing the role of an irreverent, Americanized adventurer. This role has been reinforced by the influence of his American companion and now wife, Shanna O'hara. In times of extreme stress, however, he still lapses briefly into savagery.

Recently, the alien planet-ravager Terminus rampaged through the Savage Land and Pangea, some of the sophisticated technology hidden beneath. While doing so, Terminus destroyed much of the climate controlling apparatus that sustained the tropical jungle amidst the polar icecap. What was not destroyed by Terminus's energy staff was soon claimed by the Antarctic blizzard. In less than a day the entire Savaged Land and Pangea vanished under snow and ice. The Avengers managed to rescue Ka-Zar and Shanna and escort them to New York City. The home they knew gone forever, but later found the Savage Land regenerating itself, and returned. They were on hand to aid such friends as the X-Men (and even Magneto, who defeated Zaladane,) and the Sub-Mariner (who fought various corporations from excavating the Savage Land's resources.) More recently, Ka-Zar and Shanna left the Savage Land again to pursue Parnival the Plunderer, who stole alien technology that enabled the Savage Land to maintain its environment, but ultimately defeated Parnival and his master, the cosmic titan Thanos.

Ka-zar remains protector of the Savage Land.

Height: 6 ft. 2 in.
Weight: 215 lbs
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Blond

Strength Level: Ka-Zar possesses the normal human strength of a man of his age, height, and build who engages in intensive regular exercise.

Known Superhuman Powers: Although Ka-Zar once claimed he was endowed with superhuman strength by the vapors in the Land of Mists, this is not true. Ka-Zar possesses no superhuman physical powers, but his natural athletic, hunting, foraging, and combative abilities have been honed to the peak of human perfection by spending two-thirds of his life surviving in the wilds of the Savage Land.

Weapons: While Ka-Zar has a general familiarity with a wide variety of basic weapons, the only one he uses regularly is the large knife he made from native materials. He generally straps the knife to his waist when not in use. He sometimes uses a slingshot, and has at times wielded a bow and arrow.

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