The origin of Ka-Zar. It’s billed as “revealed at last,” but we saw at least one other version before this, in Daredevil #13.
But this one is much more involved, so I suppose it is truth in advertising. Plus Ka-Zar pretends he’s in Apocalypse Now.
The story shows Ka-Zar rescuing two (British?) explorers from a big, fat snake, which causes him to tell his own story in flashback. Starting when he was a boy of privilege whose father, Lord Plunder, discovered a rare element and gave a piece of it to young Kevin and another to his brother, Parnival.
Daddy takes Kevin to the Savage Land. Daddy is killed by the Man-Ape tribe. Kevin nearly is as well, but Zabu rescues him.
We learn that the same tribe and tribal leader, Maa-Gor, killed Zabu’s family.
He grows up to be Kevin, and he doesn’t speak in stilted, broken English.
That’s a bit important for two reasons. First, it makes more sense than other renditions of Ka-Zar because he was a fully verbal kid when his dad was killed. Second, it starts to re-tool the character for the modern age as more than just a clone of Tarzan. Ka-Zar, rather, is a smart and articulate clone of Ka-Zar. He does still talk about himself in the third person though.
Eventually, he tracks down Maa-Gorr, and gets his vengeance.
But he doesn’t kill Maa-Gorr. Rather, he kills Maa-Gor’s entire tribe, just as Maa-Gor did to Zabu and Ka-Zar, and then leaves the man-ape live.
Ka-Zar then leaves with the British explorers to return home.
That’s the final panel of the series.
Besides the really well-done story in the final issue, this post is sweeping past issues #10 and 11, which feature a bunch of meh stories about Ka-Zar. More meh stories about Shanna. A few additional meh stories that simply take place in the Savage Land.