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That Time Marvel Told Bible Stories In the Pages of Ka-Zar | CBR

In every installment of I Love Ya But You’re Strange I spotlight strange but ultimately endearing comic stories. Feel free to e-mail me at brianc@cbr.com if you have a suggestion for a future installment!

Today, we look at the time that back-to-back issues of Ka-Zar saw the Savage Land hero run into Bible stories within the world of the Savage Land (specifically stories from the Book of Genesis).

First things first, in Ka-Zar #8 (by Gerry Conway, John Buscema and Alfredo Alcala), Ka-Zar comes across the city of Gondora, which is obviously meant to be a combination of Sodom and Gommorah, two cities in the Bible where Lot lives with his wife and daughters.

Sodom and Gommorah were terribly sinful cities, and that’s just the case here, as a man named Lut (basically Lot backwards) explains to Ka-Zar when he gives the hero shelter there after Ka-Zar visited the city in search of his captured sabretooth companion, Zabu….

Some locals want to rape Tul’s daughters, in a variation of a story where Lot also takes in two visitors and locals want to rape the visitors and he refuses to give them to the locals (the visitors turn out to be angels in disguise). Ka-Zar is basically Tul’s guardian angel, as he protects Tul’s daughters from the locals…

Afterwards, though, Tul’s wife makes a pass at Ka-Zar, which he naturally rejects…

It turns out that the ruler of Gondora is an American who came to the Savage Land with a laser that he developed that made him the most powerful man in the area. Ka-Zar frees Zabu and kills the American, but the laser sets off of a dormant volcano and is about to destroy the whole city. Ka-Zar helps Tul and his family escape, but since they are in a hurry, he insists that no one pause to look back and the destruction of the town. This is just what the angels did when they spared Lot and his family when God had them destroy Sodom and Gommorah, only, of course, Tul’s wife pauses and looks back…

In the Bible, Lot’s wife is turned into a pillar of salt for looking back. Here, she is burned alive and turned into a pile of ashes…

Dark stuff, but fascinatingly bizarre, right?

In the next issue, a hunter named Tomas is killing dinosaurs for sport and Ka-Zar is determined to hunt down the madman who is killing dinosaurs just for trophies. Ka-Zar runs afoul of a dinosaur who believes that it was Ka-Zar that killed her mate and she almost kills him, but he defeats her and leaves her temporarily restrained while and Zabu continue their search.

We learn that Tomas is one of two sons of a local chieftain. The chief is retiring and he decides to appoint his son, Gregor, who is a farmer, over his hunter son, Tomas…

Tomas is not happy and when his brother goes to check on him, he kills his brother, Gregor. This, of course, is just like the story of Cain and Abel…

Ka-Zar shows up just in time to miss Tomas, who is now on the run…

Tomas then runs into the mate of the dinosaur that he killed (now free of her restraints)…

As Ka-Zar notes, it seems like Tomas just accepted his death in the end…

What a funny thing for Conway to do.

If anyone else has a suggestion for a future I Love Ya But You’re Strange, drop me a line at brianc@cbr.com!

In their spotlight on bizarrely awesome comics, CSBG shows how Marvel once used Ka-Zar to tell Savage Land versions of Bible stories!

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