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Official Name
The Savage Land
Savage Land

Location Details


Star System



approximately 69º 30’ S, 68º 30’ W

Features Numerous tribes (Aerians, Ape-Men, Awakilius, Bhadwuans, Cat People, Cliff Forest People, Disians, Durammi, Fall People, Golden People, Gondorans, Gorankians, Gwundas, Hauk'ka, Hill-Forest People, Jeriens, Kantos, Karems, Klantorr, Lemurans, Lizard-Men, Locot, Man-Apes, Mutates, Neo-Men, N'Galans, Nhu'gari, Nowek, Palandorians, Pterons, Reptile Men, Saurids, Snowmen, Sun People, Swamp Men, Sylandans, Tandar-Kaans, Tokchis, Tordon-Naans, Tree People, Tribe of Fire, Tubanti, Uruburians, Vala-Kuri, Waidians, Water People, Zebra People, others)

First appearance

X-Men #10
(March, 1965)



The Savage Land is a tropical region surrounded by volcanoes deep in Antarctica, created over 200 million years ago by the alien Nuwali as one of several planetary "game preserves" for the mysterious godlike Beyonders. The Nuwali stocked the Land with Earthly life of the era, most notably dinosaurs; as Earth's flora and fauna changed over succeeding millions of years, they supplemented their preserve with prehistoric mammals and early hominids, or "Man-Apes." When Earth's continents shifted circa 50 million BC, the Nuwali augmented the Land's volcanoes to preserve its tropical status. Following the Nuwali's departure in 200,000 BC, little is known of the Land's history for over a hundred millennia, although a faction of superhuman Eternals dwelt there at least briefly, leaving a temple complex behind. Circa 18,500 BC, it was colonized by humans of Atlantis, who exported prehistoric life throughout their empire while importing unicorns and other mystic creatures. Atlantean scientists extended the tropical effect, creating a recreation/commerce center called "Pangea," then genetically altered Man-Apes into humanoid versions of birds, monkeys, fish, and other animals. The beast-people, put to work as laborers, became dissatisfied with servitude and, following Pangea's automation, rebelled in the First Pangean War and were allowed to colonize unpopulated areas rendered habitable by the Nuwali effect.

In 18,000 BC, alien and mystic conflicts resulted in the Great Cataclysm, sinking Atlantis and ending its empire, but the Land and Pangea were protected from inundation by surrounding mountains. The Beyonders, having observed their preserve over the millennia, sent Fortisquian operatives, later called the Caretakers of Arcturus, to repair its environmental system, but nonetheless, over half the population perished. Some survivors clung to Atlantean culture in cities like Lemura and Sylanda; others forgot their origins, becoming ancestors of the Swamp Men and other tribes. The animal-people developed their own societies, sometimes, as with the Aerians and Pterons, resorting to war. Every thousand years or so, high priests needlessly conducted human sacrifices to "protect" the Land. Circa 3000 BC two godlike aliens briefly made the Land their home, and at some point Sagittarians stored a Planet-Destroyer there with a gigantic robot, Umbu, to guard it. In the mid-13th century, exiled sorcerer Khor took up residence. In the 1380s, another sorcerer, Belasco, also found his way to the Land, supposedly in conflict with poet Dante Alighieri. Less than two centuries later, an unnamed Englishman was washed ashore and became the embodiment of the god Garokk, worshipped since pre-Cataclysm days.

In the 1770s, Captain James Cook became the first human explorer to cross the Antarctic Circle, but apparently neither he nor most subsequent explorers discovered the Savage Land. In the mid-19th century, the Atlanteans - that is, the underwater race whose culture was based on Atlantis's remains - relocated to Antarctica, as did Lemurian rebels called the Ancients. Mysterious beings such as Torg and the Ice King also made their home in the region. Vague reports of underground realms and surviving dinosaurs appeared in the work of such authors as Edgar Allan Poe and Jules Verne, suggesting rumors of the Land were spreading. By 1915, human expeditions had discovered "anti-metal," the destructive metal also called Vibranium, in Antarctica, but the greater deposits within the Land remained unknown. Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler claimed Antarctica in 1940, and a year later, a British destroyer and a Nazi u-boat vanished into the Land, fighting a private war for decades; the u-boat in question may have attacked the Antarctic expedition of Elton Morrow, who became the superhuman Blue Diamond following such an attack. Months later, Khor teleported a ship to the Land and enslaved its passengers but was defeated by the extradimensional Vision; two years later, an Antarctic dinosaur, presumably escaped from the Land, was given a human brain and fought Captain America. At some point the Nazis constructed a base within the Land whose goals and fate are unrevealed, but its work may have moved to a nearby island. Following the war, scientist Montgomery Ford, armed with a laser prototype, found his way to the Land, and rumors circulated that high-ranking Nazis had fled to Antarctica. Indeed, unverified reports claim when explorer Admiral Richard Byrd launched expeditions to the South Pole in 1947 and 1956, he discovered the Savage Land, perhaps even clashing with Hitler's so-called "Last Battalion," although this claim seems dubious. Meanwhile, spatial warps occasionally brought ships and planes into the Land, where survivors joined the populace.

Over twenty years ago, British nobleman Robert Plunder, searching for Vibranium, found his way into the Savage Land. Back in England, Plunder was threatened by those who coveted his secret, and he returned to the Land with his nine-year-old son Kevin, who was orphaned when Robert was slain by the Man-Ape Maa-Gor. Nurtured by the saber-tooth Zabu, Kevin, perhaps enhanced by the Land's mysterious "Place of Mists," became known as "Ka-Zar," or "Brother of the Tiger," his uncanny skills and heroism won him respect throughout the Land while still in his teens. Ka-Zar was photographed while exploring the Land's upper limits, provoking investigation by the mutant X-Men, whom he befriended. When the X-Men's nemesis Magneto took the Land as his base and transformed simple Swamp Men into the Savage Land Mutates, Ka-Zar helped the X-Men defeat their foe, and then fought alongside Garokk against the renegade priestess Zaladane. The Land, so long a source of rumor, became worldwide news when the Daily Bugle ran a feature on it, an endeavor that brought the heroic Spider-Man to the Land, where he aided Ka-Zar against another would-be ruler, Kraven the Hunter. Soon afterward, Ka-Zar provided S.H.I.E.L.D. scientists with dinosaur samples which were misused by a researcher who, with the aid of the cryptic They Who Wield Power, transformed himself into Stegron the Dinosaur Man.

Although the United Nations banned commercial exploitation of the Land, the Bugle's exposure brought explorers and treasure-hunters to Ka-Zar's door. Soon after, Malgato, last of the high priests, attempted to sacrifice Ka-Zar and African adventurer Shanna, then briefly mutated Maa-Gor into godlike form, though both met defeat. The Land was next beset by plague, the armored Volcanus, Vibranium-induced madness, and invasion by the dimension of Quorl. The latter was repelled when Zaladane re-incarnated Garokk into radiologist Kirk Marston, but the two then sought to conquer the Land, which was saved from environmental disaster by Ka-Zar and a new team of X-Men. While outside menaces such as MODOK, Klaw, and others vied for the Land's resources, the intellectually evolved Brainchild led his fellow Savage Land Mutates in a scheme using Magneto's abandoned technology. However, Sauron, a psychic vampire mutated by pteranadons, wrested control from Brainchild, only to be defeated by Ka-Zar, the X-Men, and Spider-Man. Ka-Zar, now in Shanna's company, explored Pangea and helped establish peace between its many races, despite intervention by Belasco and others; the two adventurers wed and were soon to be parents, but their happiness was short-lived when Jorro, servant of the alien scavenger Terminus, decimated the Savage Land and Pangea and, despite the Avengers' best efforts, destroyed the technology preserving Ka-Zar's world, leaving most of its population to perish. Ka-Zar and Shanna found refuge in America, where their son Matthew was born, but the Land now held only sparse survivors, some of whom became the team Alpha Prime under the amnesiac hero Vindicator.

However, several Land/Pangea inhabitants had been rescued by the extradimensional M'Rin. When happenstance brought the X-Men and the genius geneticist High Evolutionary to Antarctica, M'Rin returned the exiles, and Garokk, saner since breaking with Zaladane, sacrificed himself to renew the Land, repopulated with cloned animal life and ruled by the new United Tribes. But Zaladane's ambitions resurfaced and, commanding the Savage Land Mutates, she stole magnetic power from the X-Man Polaris and threatened the world before meeting seeming death at the hands of a reformed Magneto. The Savage Land was declared a sovereign kingdom, and although menaced by a string of would-be conquerors - including Apocalypse, the Super-Skrull, Prime Evil, the Warlord, Sauron, Mister Sinister, the High Technician, and A.I.M. - its security was repeatedly restored by Ka-Zar, the X-Men, and other heroes. The Land again faced internal crisis when Nuwali technology mutated natives into monstrous Neo-Men, while melting glaciers threatened a new inundation; Roxxon Oil, pretending humanitarian motives, secretly hastened the process in hope of claiming the Land's resources but were foiled by Ka-Zar, Spider-Man, and others. Following an aborted claim by the Titan Thanos, the technology was revitalized, and Devil Dinosaur and Moonboy, adventurers from time and space, migrated to Ka-Zar's realm.

Brainchild, supported by new Mutates, sought to rule the Land but was defeated by X-Men and new emigrants, mutated reptiles called Saurids, who were welcomed into the United Tribes. Later, the Hauk'ka, a homegrown reptilian race, conquered the Tribes and attempted to restructure Earth's biosphere but were defeated by the X-Men, Ka-Zar, and Brainchild's Mutates. Most recently, in pursuing Sauron to the Land, the Avengers discovered undefined alliances between Brainchild and outworld criminals, while renegade S.H.I.E.L.D. agents were exposed as enslaving natives and mining Vibranium, demonstrating the Savage Land's threats from within and without are far from over.

Savage Land races

There are many types of races in the Savage Land and Pangea. Examples of Savage Land races include the bird people called Aerians, the monkey-tailed Tree People, the amphibious Tubanti fish-people of the inland Gorahn Sea, the Lizard Men of Vali-Kuri City, and the nomadic cat people of Pandori. Popular races in the Savage Land are the Man-Apes, the Lemurans, the Pterons (pterodactyl-like people), the human Sun People, the Swamp Men, and the Zebra People.

Super-powered inhabitants

A number of superhumans have lived in the Savage Land, notably Sauron, Garokk and Zaladane, the Savage Land Mutates, Devil Dinosaur and Moonboy, and Stegron the Dinosaur Man. The supervillain Magneto has lived there on several occasions when he led the Savage Land Mutates.

Points of Interest

Eternity Mountains, Gorahn Sea, Lost Lake, Mount Flavius, Mystic Mists, Naghen Island, Stock Lands


Ka-Zar, Shanna & Zabu


  • Identity: The existence of this location is unknown to the general populace of Earth.


  • No trivia.

See Also

Links and References

Recommended Readings

  • Marvel Mystery Comics #22 (1941)
  • Became Ka-Zar’s home (Astonishing Tales #11, 1972)
  • first visited by X-Men (X-Men #10, 1964)
  • first visited by Spider-Man (Amazing Spider-Man #103-104, 1971-1972)
  • invaded by dimension of Quorl (Ka-Zar, Lord of the Hidden Jungle #14-20, 1976-1977)
  • threatened by Zaladane and Garokk (X-Men #115-116, 1978)
  • revealed to be part of Pangea (Ka-Zar the Savage #1, 1981)
  • Ka-Zar & Shanna married (Ka-Zar The Savage #29, 1984)
  • decimated by Terminus (Avengers #256-258, 1985)
  • restored by High Evolutionary (Uncanny X-Men Annual #12, 1988)
  • flooded by Roxxon, saved by Ka-Zar & others (Sensational Spider-Man #13-15, 1997)
  • Saurids joined United Tribes (X-Treme X-Men: Savage Land #1-4, 2001-2002)
  • Hauk'ka took control, opposed by X-Men & others (Uncanny X-Men #456-459, 2005)
  • New Avengers opposed Sauron & Mutates (New Avengers #4-6, 2005)
  • visited by Hercules during new Labors (Hercules #3, 2005)

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Up to date as of February 05, 2010

From Teletraan I: The Transformers Wiki

The Savage Land is a secret jungle paradise on the coast of Antarctica that is home to many monstrous, prehistoric creatures. It is not, however, Dinobot Island. That's a different secret jungle paradise that is home to many monstrous, prehistoric creatures.



Marvel Comics continuity

Note: Events from the UK-only comic stories are in italics.

Four million years ago Shockwave followed the crashing Ark down to the planet Earth, but instead of prehistoric Oregon, he landed in the Savage Land where he spent his time productively by fighting dinosaurs. The Ark's barely-functioning computer detected his presence there and reactivated five Autobots to deal with the threat. Rebuilt with altmodes resembling the Savage Land's dinosaurs, these newly-minted Dinobots took one of the Ark's shuttles to Antarctica and battled Shockwave but the mission was only a partial success - while they succeeded in defeating Shockwave and burying him under rock, the Dinobots fell into a tar pit and sank without trace. Slag would later flash back to this whilst in a coma. Victory!

In 1984, Huffer learned of these events and had Ratchet despatch one of the Ark's probes to investigate. However, instead of locating the missing Dinobots, the probe reactivated Shockwave who crushed it and then flew to Mount St. Hilary where he promptly defeated any Autobots left standing. Nice going, Huffer. The Last Stand

As the only functional Autobot (he was moonlighting at the hospital when Shockwave attacked) Ratchet needed to bolster troop numbers, so he took a shuttle containing his mobile repair bay to the Savage Land to revive the Dinobots. After digging them out of the tar pit, he replayed the events that led to their subterranean incarceration (for the benefit of the reader) by tapping into Slag's memories. Once reactivated, the Dinobots accepted Ratchet's offer of a second chance to take down Shockwave and they left with him for the Ark. Repeat Performance!

Marvel UK future timelines

Later, the Savage Land's dinosaurs fell victim to a disease that drove them to madness and death. Professor Embrey, a paleontologist stationed there, discovered the Dinobots' shuttle and used a control crystal he found to create a healing machine. He also established a quarantine zone, using the shuttle's weapons to defend his healthy dinosaurs from the sick ones. In 1992 the Dinobots returned to the Savage Land in the hope of transferring Snarl's mind into the control crystal, to buy him some time while they searched for a cure for his apparently untreatable Corrodia Gravis. At first they were none too impressed by Embrey's appropriation of their technology, but after he pleaded for the lives of his dinosaurs the Dinobots formed a new plan and transferred their stricken comrade's mind into the body of a healthy Stegosaurus. They then departed the Savage Land, leaving Snarl in Embrey's care.


The Savage Land was mentioned as part of the origin of the Dinobots very early in the Marvel Comics Transformers series, during the brief period of time in which the Transformers comic took place in the main Marvel Universe. The Savage Land of the mainstream Marvel Universe first appeared in the X-Men comic in the 1960s, and is sustained by alien technology. The explanation for the existence of a jungle full of dinosaurs in Antarctica in the Transformers comic continuity is unknown, but is presumably similar.

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