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Ka-Zar-Rand

OriginsEdit

David Rand was the son of John and Constance Rand, born to them in 1918 in South Africa. As a small child his family took a trip to Cairo to visit David's grandfather however they crash landed in the Belgian Congo. The Rands were not found and as John fruitlessly attempted to flag planes, David developed a bond to many of the jungles native animals, befriending many such as Nono the Monkey. His family was watched by Zar the lion. One day, young David learned the dangers of the jungle when he was almost mauled by N'Jaga the Leopard but was rescued by his father. Soon after his mother died of Jungle Fever and was laid to rest. David grew up into adolescence with his father, learning how to survive in the jungle, as well as how to read and write. He befriended many animals such as Trajah the elephant, Quog the warthog, Kru the vulture, Wal-Lah the hippo, and Pindar the eagle. He developed a rocky relationship with the ape known as Chaka and became bitter enemies with N'Jaga.

During this time, David earned the friendship of Zar the lion after rescuing him from quicksand. David's life changed forever the day that Paul de Kraft, a jewel hunter entered the region searching for jewels along the river. Paul murdered John Rand, and would have done the same to David if it had not been for the intervention of Zar who slew De Krafts minions. De Kraft escaped but vowed revenge against the lion and boy. Orphaned, David was adopted as Zar's brother and rechristened Ka-Zar.

Early AdventuresEdit

Taken to Zar's cave, Ka-Zar was not easily accepted by Zar's mate Sha, partially because unaware to both Zar and Ka-Zar, Sha was pregnant with Zar's cubs. Left to his own devices, Ka-Zar returned to Paul de Kraft's camp where he clashed with an ape named Bardak over a mirror. When Ka-Zar won the mirror, Bardak captured Sha's recently birthed cubs Zorro and Sulani. Zar and Ka-Zar tracked down and slew Bardak and rescued the cubs, earning Sha's acceptance of Ka-Zar. Ka-Zar was next enlisted by Trajah to help rescue Tuta and other elephants captured by game hunter Steve Hardy. Ka-Zar rescued the elephants and forced Hardy to flee empty handed. Later that day, Ka-Zar survived an attempt on his life by N'Jaga.

Soon, Ka-Zar's old foe Paul de Kraft along with fellow jewel hunter Ed Kivlin returned to once more search the river for jewels. He quelled an animal uprising convincing the local animals to allow him to deal with the trespassers. First, Ka-Zar used his reputation as the "white jungle god" to spook the local natives, giving them an ultimatum: leave or die. He then turned de Kraft and Kivlin against each other, leading to Kivlin being murdered. Ka-Zar was captured by de Kraft and the remaining natives who tortured him. Ka-Zar was freed by Nono the monkey, and after besting the native warrior Aorangi in battle, Ka-Zar stabbed de Kraft to death, finally avenging his fathers murder years earlier.

Ka-Zar next stopped the poacher named Fenton, sending him to his death under the feet of trampling elephants with the aid of his friends Zar, Nono, and Trajah. He rescued Mara Rice from killer "Red" Skeleton and he saved enslaved natives from engineer Lester Drake and slave trader Abwama.

Ka-Zar continued to encounter other humans who stumbled into his own domain, such as when he rescued Rita Grey from N'Jaga and the Wabi tribe and helped Scotland Yard capture escaped killer "London" Jack. When Indian hunter Rajah Sarput bought a tract of land of the Congo he became an enemy of Ka-Zar due to his ruthless hunting ethics that was not above hunting even the local native tribes for sport. During his initial attack against Sarput, Ka-Zar was wounded and Zar was captured to be hunted down later. When Ka-Zar was revived by Trajah, he learned that Zar was stolen by game hunter Bradley, who wanted to put the lion in an American zoo. Ka-Zar stowed away aboard the ship.

Aboard the ship, Ka-Zar freed Zar and the two were eventually discovered and recaptured. Breaking free just as the ship was pulling to port in New York City, Ka-Zar and Zar fled into the city. Ka-Zar and Zar were drawn to the cries of animals at a nearby zoo and attempted to free them. When police confronted the two, Ka-Zar surrendered to them out of fear that they would shoot Zar. Ka-Zar was placed in a jail and Zar locked up in the zoo. Ka-Zar's plight became known to Ruth Wilson, who was previously rescued from the jungles along with her father in some previously unrecorded encounter with Ka-Zar. Meanwhile, Ka-Zar broke out of jail and forced a police officer to take him to a local circus so he could free animals. Ka-Zar was easily recaptured and turned over to the Wilson's custody so that they could teach him about civilization. Given a hair-cut and a set of clothes, Ka-Zar found civilization not to his liking and that night snuck out of the Wilson home and sought to free Zar. Despite opposition from the authorities, Ka-Zar succeeded in freeing Zar and the Wilsons helped to smuggle the pair aboard a ship that was heading back to Africa, however the ship was sunk by a Nazi U-Boat.

World War IIEdit

Surviving the ship sinking, Ka-Zar and Zar was brought aboard the Nazi U-Boat, the first of his many encounters with Axis forces. The German soldiers on board clashed with Ka-Zar when they attempted to shoot Zar, and instead decide to leave the two out at sea. Before this could happen, the U-Boat was sunk by a British destroyer. Being brought aboard, the captain of the British ship agreed to bring Ka-Zar and Zar back to Africa. Finally returning home, Ka-Zar learned that in his absence Sarput was slaughtering animals. Ka-Zar led a counter attack of animals against Sarput's home, leading them to victory as Trajah slew Sarput.

Ka-Zar's past soon came looking for him when both his fathers colleague Scopes Winston and family lawyer Alec Wright came to investigate the possibility that Ka-Zar was David Rand. While Winston sought to find Ka-Zar to help him claim ownership of his fathers diamond mine, Wright sought to murder Ka-Zar and claim the mine for himself. Ultimately, Wright's plot failed and he blithely ran off a cliff. Ka-Zar then sent Winston back to Britain to make sure that all profit earned from his mine would go toward the British war relief fund. Ka-Zar then began exploring the jungles around Africa, first going to the mysterious Black River region where he would encounter a race of giants. Befriending a giant named Bogat he would help fight off an invasion of the underground dwelling Limbos until he was rescued by a plane that happened to be forced to land in the region.

Ka-Zar became a staunch enemy of the Nazi regime and when he learned that Nazi forces were landing in Italian controlled Ethiopia, he led an army of animals and destroyed a Nazi airport, ruining a plot to bomb British settlements off the Suez Canal. He and his animal army next attacked a train controlled by the Italian Social Republic. Finding an Italian military camp outside of Kenya, Ka-Zar learned they plotted to attack a British outpost and with the aid of his animal army flooded the camp by destroying a dam.

The war caused other threats to Ka-Zar's home, namely those of the Sub-Mariner and an alliance of undersea races launching a global attack on the surface world. Warned of potential flooding by the Human Torch, Ka-Zar built a giant ark to protect as many animals as possible. Upon completion of this ark, Ka-Zar's home flooded, and thanks to the ark he and many of the animals were saved from drowning until the Sub-Mariners campaign against the surface world was ended.

Ka-Zar continued to oppose the combined forces of German and Italian soldiers invading his land. When Nazi forces dumped chemicals on the jungle to strip all life for their Italian allies to build bases for them, Ka-Zar infiltrate an Italian camp and stole a tank. Storming a Nazi base, Ka-Zar then stole a Nazi fighter plane and used the very chemical they used on the jungles to slay the Nazis. Spotting a Nazi banner fluttering on the home of Arabian Prince Ali Hamud, Ka-Zar investigated. Ka-Zar was mistaken for German military official Captain Ollendorff, and learned that Hamud was aiding the Nazis by allowing them to land on his property and refuel before attacking Britain's African colonies. Ka-Zar's true identity was discovered when the real Ollendorff and was tossed in a gladiator pit to fight for his life. Ka-Zar was rescued by Ali's brother Saba, who sacrificed his life destroying Ali's home after Ka-Zar slew Ali and fled the property in Ollendorff's bomber.

The force of the explosion caused Ka-Zar's plane to crash and he was seriously injured. He was recovered by a witch doctor who healed Ka-Zar and restored him to health. Ka-Zar continued his explorations of the jungle coming across the home of notorious ivory hunter Kirk Hendrick. Hendrick attempted to convince Ka-Zar to help hunt for elephants. Horrified, Ka-Zar led an army of elephants to attack Hendrick's home. The outcome of the battle is unknown, however it's unlikely that Hendrick and his aides survived the attack.

Ka-Zar's last recorded adventure found him travelling to French Equatorial Africa (now modern day Cameroon) to lend his aid to the war effort. He aided a French ship against a Nazi U-Boat, destroying it. Ka-Zar was last seen vowing to destroy Nazi forces that attempt to invade his home.

Ka-Zar's fate remains unknown.

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