Real Name: Zartra
Identity/Class: Human variant? (Homo mermani),
Occupation: Princess, Queen
Group Membership: Atlanteans;
formerly the Western Sea Tribe
Affiliations: Kamuu and Zartra (pre-Cataclysmic)
Enemies: Stegor, Orrek
Known Relatives: Kamuu (husband), Harran (possible son), Tanas (father), Elanna (mother)
Base of Operations: Formerly Western Sea, Atlantis, @ 6000 B.C.
First Appearance: Sub Mariner I#66/2 (October, 1973)
Powers/Abilities: She is a normal member of the Homo mermani, granting her enhanced human strength, the ability to see in near total darkness and withstand the great cold and pressures at the ocean's depths. He can breathe underwater, but would suffocate on land.
History: (Sub Mariner I#64/2 - BTS) <6, 000 BC> - 12,000 years (see comments) after the Great Cataclysm that sunk Atlantis, Zartra followed her father Tanas and his army to the conquest of Atlantis.
(Sub Mariner I#64/2) - Tanas was killed by the King of the Tribe of the Eastern Sea, Stegor.
(Sub Mariner I#66/2 (fb)- BTS) - Elanna, Zartra's mother, saw in the future and knew Kamuu's doom, so sent Zartra for a mission of peace to Kamuu, heir to the throne of Stegor, and heir to the ancient throne of Atlantis.
(Sub Mariner I#66/2) - Zartra reached the ruins of the ancient Temple of Bishru and met Kamuu. Her offer of peace was accepted.
(Saga of the Sub Mariner#1 (fb) -BTS) - Kamuu and Zartra restored the glory of Atlantis.
Comments: Created by Steve Gerber, Jim Mooney and Joe Sinnot.
The first Kamuu of Atlantis (pre-Cataclysmic) had a wife named Zartra. They both appeared to Kamuu of the Eastern Sea Tribe, just before his meeting with Zartra of the Western Sea Tribe. For some particulars more, see Kamuu.
The Great Cataclysm happened in 18000
B.C. Read it. Learn it. Live it.
Sub-Mariner I#64/2 states that Kamuu found the sword of his predecessor 5000 years after the Great Cataclysm, which would put it at 13,000 BC.
In Saga of the Sub-Mariner#1, Namor says that the Homo Mermani appeared about 10000 years after the sunk of Atlantis, which would put it at 8,000 BC.
In the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition#1: Atlantis, the appearance of Homo mermani is dated as ten thousand years ago, or 8,000 B.C. Further, it states that they wandered as nomads for millennia, until 8,000 year ago, or 6,000 BC. It also correctly states this as being 12,000 years since the Great Cataclysm. Kamuu's founding of the undersea city of Atlantis occurred at this time.
In this case, we have to go with fact repeated fairly consistently over decades over the original story. Earlier on, the timing of the Great Cataclysm and the founding of undersea Atlantis was less well defined, so I'm going with it being founded @ 6,000 BC.
Zartra has some connections to
Sub Mariner I#66/2, page 5, panel 4 (Zartra)
Sub Mariner I#66/2, page 5, panel 6 (Zartra - head shot)
Saga of the Sub Mariner#1 (November, 1988)
(do I miss some appearances? Where is said that Kamuu and Zartra married? I didn't find any hint in these issues)
Last updated: 03/28/05
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