GAZA

Real Name: Unrevealed

Identity/Class: Human (Savage Land) mutate

Occupation: Subservient

Group Membership: Savage Land Mutates (Amphibius, Barbarus, Brainchild, Equilibrius, Leash, Lorelei, Lupa, Lupo/Timberius, Piper, Vertigo, Whiteout, Worm)

Affiliations: Electro (Max Dillon), Garokk the Petrified Man, High Evolutionary, Saurians (C'rel, Jimi, M'kai, S'gur, Viri, others), Sauron, Scorcher, Sun People, Zaladane;
formerly Magneto/Creator

Enemies: Tanya Anderssen, Avengers (Luke Cage, Captain America (Steve Rogers), Hawkeye (Clint Barton), Iron Man (Tony Stark), Scarlet Witch, Spider-Man (Peter Parker), Spider-Woman (Jessica Drew), Thor, Vision), Black Panther (T'Challa), Fall People, Nick Fury, Hauk'ka (Ma'sa'no, Raina, others), Vassily Illyich, Ka-Zar, Lasha, Magneto, Nereel, Peter, Rogue, Sentinel Squad O*N*E (Nathaniel Briggs, Alexander Lexington, Rajani Dhama, Meld, Randall Nixon, James Rhodes, Tracy Skylark, Jake Slayton, John Steele, Emil Winston), Shanna the She-Devil, SHIELD, Sif, Spider-Man (Peter Parker), Tuval, Wolverine, X-Men (Angel (Warren Worthington), Beast (Henry McCoy), Bishop, Colossus, Cyclops, Dazzler (Alison Blaire), Havok, Iceman, Marvel Girl/Phoenix (Jean Grey), Marvel Girl (Rachel Grey), Nightcrawler, Polaris, Psylocke, Rogue, Sage, Storm, Thunderbird (Neal Sharra), Wolverine, X-23), Zabu;
formerly Sauron

Known Relatives: Unrevealed

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Savage Land

First Appearance: X-Men I#62 (November, 1969)

Powers/Abilities: A trained warrior proficient in the use of various weapons, Gaza is blind, but possesses a mental sight, sometimes described as a radar sense, that allows him to perceive the world around him. He possesses a modicum of enhanced strength.

Height: 6'9''
Weight: 290 lbs.
Hair: Blond (often appears brown)
Eyes: Blue

History:

(X-Men I#63 (fb) - BTS) - Using untapped radiations in the Savage Land, Magneto built a machine and turned several of the local indigenous people there into super-powered Mutates (Amphibius, Barbarus, Brainchild, Equilibrius, Gaza, Lupo, Piper) who were loyal to him.

(X-Men I#62) - Magneto, using the name Creator, introduced the captive Angel to Gaza, Amphibius, Barbarus, Lupo, and Brainchild, then, having convinced Angel that the Mutates were rejects from their various tribes, sent Angel to stop his teammates.

(X-Men I#63) - The Mutates (except Brainchild) followed Angel and attacked Ka-Zar and the X-Men. Gaza knocked Ka-Zar aside only to be felled by Beast and Iceman. The male heroes were quickly put under the sway of Lorelei's song. Marvel Girl managed to destroy the mutator machine, though, and the Mutates were reverted back to their savage states. Magneto was believed dead and the heroes departed.

(Avengers I#110 (fb) - BTS) - Magneto returned to the Savage Land and restored the Mutates' powers to them, though they had no memory of him doing this.

(Avengers I#105 (fb) - BTS) - A group of Mutates (Amphibius, Barbarus, Brainchild, Equilibrius, Gaza, Lorelei, Lupo) kidnapped some scientists from South America and returned them to the Savage Land. They hoped to use the scientists to create more Mutates.

(Avengers I#105) - When the Avengers (Hawkeye (Clint Barton), Iron Man (Tony Stark), Scarlet Witch, Vision), Black Panther (T'Challa), and Sif came to the Savage Land to investigate. The heroes found the Mutates' base and attacked. Gaza cornered the Scarlet Witch, thinking her defenseless, but she hit him with a hex that enabled him to see briefly. Overcome with joy, he did not see the Black Panther coming and was knocked out. The Avengers retrieved the scientists and departed.

(Marvel Fanfare I#1 (fb) - BTS) - The Mutates (Amphibius, Barbarus, Brainchild, Gaza, Vertigo) took over Garokk's abandoned citadel and followers. With the goal of ruling the Savage Land, Brainchild restored the genetic transformer that Magneto had used to power the Mutates.

(Marvel Fanfare I#1) - When Tanya Anderssen, Angel, and Spider-Man approached the citadel, the warriors attacked them, swiftly defeating Angel with help from Vertigo. Spider-Man was also hit by Vertigo's effects, then Gaza (who hit Spider-Man on the head before having his legs webbed)  and Barbarus attacked him, taking him down. Brainchild then strapped them into restraints and used the genetic transformer to reduce them to barbaric states, while the others, including Amphibius, looked on.

(Marvel Fanfare I#2) - With the Mutates watching, Brainchild transformed the captured Tanya Anderssen into a cavewoman just as Ka-Zar, Zabu, Karl Lykos, and the Fall People attacked. Ka-Zar easily defeated Gaza with a blow to the head. After a brief battle, Lykos absorbed the effects of the machine from Tanya, Angel, and Spider-Man, reverting them to normal but transforming him into Sauron. In the chaos, the Mutates escaped.

(Marvel Fanfare I#3 (fb) - BTS) - Sauron allied with Zaladane and the Mutates (Amphibius, Barbarus, Brainchild, Gaza, Timberius, Vertigo) and built a large citadel, which sapped the will of anyone else who approached it, in the Savage Land, and they planned to rule the Savage Land together. Brainchild constructed another machine, calling this one his mutant energy accelerator.

(Marvel Fanfare I#4 (fb) - BTS) - Tanya and Shanna the She-Devil were captured, devolved, and imprisoned.

(Marvel Fanfare I#3) - Gaza sensed the X-Men (Angel, Colossus, Nightcrawler, Storm, Wolverine) approaching and moved to attack when they saw him. Despite knocking Wolverine down, he was quickly defeated by Storm's winds and Colossus' super-strength. The X-Men attacked the citadel and Sauron easily captured the X-Men, though Angel escaped. The Mutates watched as the X-Men, strapped in front of Brainchild's machine, were devolved.

(Marvel Fanfare I#4) - The X-Men escaped and were joined by Angel, Ka-Zar, and Zabu. They swiftly defeated the Mutates. The Mutates were devolved back to their original savage states, and Sauron and Zaladane were defeated. 

(Uncanny X-Men Annual I#12) - With Zaladane at their head, the Mutates (Amphibius, Barbarus, Brainchild, Gaza, Lupo) joined forces with the High Evolutionary as he restored the recently devastated Savage Land. He departed immediately after and the Mutates and Zaladane plotted to seek their own power.

(Uncanny X-Men I#249) - Zaladane sent a group of warriors to Punta Arenas, Chile, to apprehend Polaris, and the soldiers slaughtered everyone in sight. The X-Men (Colossus, Dazzler, Havok, Psylocke) arrived to defend her and took down the Mutates (Amphibius, Barbarus, Gaza, Whiteout). Unaffected by Dazzler's light burst, Gaza had hit her with his stick only to be taken down by a photon blast from her. Surrounded by warriors, Zaladane apprehended Polaris, keeping her in check with a Black Lotus flower, and she promised to leave the city if the X-Men would release the Mutates to her.

(Uncanny X-Men I#250) -Barbarus loaded Polaris into the High Evolutionary's trans-mutator. She ignored Brainchild's warnings of danger and had Gaza and Lupo take down Havok (who'd been hiding among Zaladane's soldiers).  Zaladane then entered the machine with Polaris, draining all of her powers. The X-Men, Ka-Zar, Shanna, Nereel, young Peter, and Ka-Zar's baby were captured, but chaos struck when the now super-strong Polaris attacked, and young Peter managed to knock out Worm with a gun blast, freeing all of Zaladane's captives. Colossus and Polaris knocked out Barbarus and Gaza, and the X-Men fled, Havok collapsing much of the tower with a blast as they did so.

(Uncanny X-Men I#274 (fb) - BTS) - Zaladane began amassing power across the Savage Land. She took over the High Evolutionary's former base, took control of the Savage Land Mutates (Amphibius, Barbarus, Brainchild, Gaza, Lupo, Whiteout, Worm), and constructed several towers across that Savage Land that would draw in magnetic power, increasing her own abilities. Worm, of the Mutates, began capturing several natives and turning them to Zaladane's will. In time, she had control of much of the Savage Land, her power slowly increasing, and she sought to gain even more. When Nick Fury and a SHIELD transport came to investigate, Zaladane struck them down, then made it so no electronics (beyond those maintained by her or their own generators) could be used.

(Uncanny X-Men I#274) - One of Zaladane's war parties, with Brainchild, Gaza, Lupo, Worm, and Zaladane, fought Magneto, Rogue, and Ka-Zar, but fled when Nick Fury and the downed SHIELD agents (including Yuri Semyanov) attacked. During the battle, Gaza had bested Ka-Zar.

(Uncanny X-Men I#275) - Semyanov allied with Zaladane, speaking for the United Nations and promising her rulership of the Savage Land if she killed Magneto. Brainchild oversaw the siphoning of Magneto's powers just as Rogue, Ka-Zar, and Fury attacked. Rogue pretended to be fleeing from a dinosaur (actually a hologram) that Gaza couldn't sense, but they knocked him out before he could act. They easily defeated Lupo, Brainchild, and Worm, and Magneto murdered Zaladane. Rogue absorbed Worm's powers and commanded all of Zaladane's soldiers to flee before the headquarters exploded.

(Wolverine II#69 (fb) - BTS) - Seeking to take control of the Savage Land, Sauron united the Savage Land Mutates (Amphibius, Barbarus, Brainchild, Equilibrius, Gaza) and a tribe of barbarians to his side.  They started working to capture all of the Fall People tribe. At some point, Magneto resurfaced in the Savage Land and was seen by Brainchild and Gaza. He placed mental blocks over Brainchild that would not allow Brainchild to speak Magneto's name, and he rendered Gaza mute.

(Wolverine II#69) - Rogue entered the Mutates' base and she found a wave anomaly generator. Gaza hit Rogue on the head and strapped her into the genetic transformer. Brainchild rigged the transformer to devolve Rogue if she tried to escape, and he planned on turning her over to Sauron.

(Wolverine II#70) - Rogue tried escaping just as a lizard moved in front of the transformer beam. The lizard grew to massive size, leaving Rogue to defeat it, knocking Gaza out shortly afterward.

(Wolverine II#71) - Rogue left Brainchild and Gaza behind for a bit, and Brainchild began plotting against her, not knowing that Rogue was overhearing them (Gaza could now speak again). He was shocked to see that Wolverine was there with a captive Sauron. Rogue forced Brainchild to show them how the transformer worked, and they planned to use it to devolve Sauron, but he convinced the heroes not to by hypnotizing them. Brainchild briefly tried convincing the X-Men to do it, and he and Gaza went running away when asked about Magneto again.

(X-Men Unlimited I#6 (fb) - BTS) - Still in control of the Mutates (Barbarus, Brainchild, Gaza, Lupo, Whiteout, Worm) and growing more mentally unstable, Sauron sought a stable energy source for his hunger. He ordered Whiteout and Worm to capture Havok and return him to the Savage Land. Sauron had many natives captured and brought before him, so that he could drain their lives. Brainchild, meanwhile, worked to set up an energy draining system for Sauron to place Havok in.

(X-Men Unlimited I#6) - Gaza brought news of Whiteout and Worm's return to Sauron, informing him that their ship had crashed, though three X-Men (Cyclops, Phoenix (Jean Grey-Summers), Polaris) were pursuing them. After Sauron defeated the heroes, Brainchild set Cyclops and Havok up in the machine to drain their energy while the Mutates looked on. Polaris and Phoenix attacked, destroying the machine and freeing their allies. Barbarus and Gaza moved to attack them, but Phoenix mentally manipulated Barbarus' reservations and they agreed to stand down. Brainchild took immediate control of the Mutates and allowed the X-Men to depart. Sauron was soon defeated and left a mindless beast.

(X-Treme X-Men: Savage Land#1-2 - BTS) - Brainchild continued leading the Mutates (Amphibius, Barbarus, Gaza, Leash, Lupa, Vertigo, Whiteout) in a plot to control the Savage Land. The Mutates waged war on the united tribes, the X-Men (Beast (Henry McCoy), Bishop, Rogue, Sage, Storm, Thunderbird (Neal Shaara)), and the race of Saurids (including C'rel and Khadar).

(X-Treme X-Men: Savage Land#3) - The Mutates looked on as Leash tried to bring Rogue under her control, but Rogue's defenses were too strong.

(X-Treme X-Men: Savage Land#4) - Storm, her genetics altered by Brainchild to a primal state, was ordered by Brainchild to accompany the Mutates in attacking the city. Gaza knocked out Thunderbird with a blow. The Mutates then enslaved the Saurids and humans, Leash making many of them surrender themselves to captivity. Barbarus and Gaza led Thunderbird in disposing of some of the Saurids, but Bishop attacked them, defeating all three with a series of energy blasts and punches. The Mutates were soon defeated and placed into custody.

(Uncanny X-Men I#458 - BTS) - When the Savage Land was overrun by the other-dimensional Hauk'ka (sentient evolved dinosaurs), the Mutates (Amphibius, Barbarus, Brainchild, Gaza, Leash, Lupo, Vertigo, Whiteout) were freed and offered pardons in return for their help against the Hauk'ka. They allied with Ka-Zar and Zabu as well.

(Uncanny X-Men I#457 - BTS) - They then met Psylocke and X-23 of the X-Men and joined forces.

(Uncanny X-Men I#457) - Psylocke and X-23 lead their new allies to recently freed captives Bishop, Nightcrawler, and several humans and Saurids (including Jimi, M'kai, S'gur, and Viri). They fought off R'chel (the transformed Marvel Girl) and Ma'sa'no of the Hauk'ka.

(Uncanny X-Men I#458) - A Hauk'ka hunting party immediately attacked them, and Vertigo knocked many of them from the air. A battle ensued and Gaza and Barbarus savagely hit their enemies. R'chel attacked and swiftly knocked out Bishop, Barbarus, and Gaza. The Mutates soon retreated with their allies just before a massive weather system struck the Savage Land.

(Uncanny X-Men I#459 - BTS) - The X-Men, Ka-Zar, and the Mutates saw the Hauk'ka defeated.

(Secret Empire: Underground I#1 (fb, bts)) - Sauron returned to the Savage Land and hypnotized the Savage Land Mutates (Vertigo, Lupa, Gaza, Piper, Whiteout) into following him, and with their help he claimed power. Sauron began imprisoning anyone who offended or opposed him, though he kept the three Mutate women at his side as he liked to look at them. Lupa found a Cosmic Cube fragment and it increased her power, allowing her to control dinosaurs as well; with the help of Whiteout and Vertigo, she overthrew Sauron and took over ruling her people.

SECRET WARS III HAPPENED

(Secret Empire: Underground#1) - The Underground (Ant-Man, Captain America (Sam Wilson), Hercules, Iron Man (Tony Stark A.I.), Mockingbird, Quicksilver)  formed a tentative alliance with Sauron to retrieve the fragment. Gaza and Piper attacked them on the backs of dinosaurs, then were defeated. Mockingbird approached the three women solo and found them reasonable as rulers, but they refused to give up the fragment, so the Underground attacked. Lupa unleashed her wolves against the team, and she fought Hercules himself as Whiteout blinded Quicksilver (before a wolf was thrown against her) and Vertigo impacted Captain America. Vertigo attacked Sauron directly, revealing how she’d found the cloning tanks and had realized she was a clone with memories of her past selves dying, and he badly wounded her again. Ant-Man liberated the fragment from Lupa, but Sauron stole it until Vertigo and Whiteout unleashed massive powers against him and Quicksilver stole the fragment. The Underground left peacefully.

Comments: Created by Roy Thomas, Neal Adams, and Tom Palmer.

Special thanks to  Michel Gariepy for his help with the Avengers 105 image!

Gaza has an entry in the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition#11 and the Marvel Encylopedia: X-Men alongside the other Savage Land Mutates.

The Savage Land Mutates (Barbarus, Gaza, Lupo, Amphibius, Brainchild and Vertigo) appeared in David Smeds' novel "X-Men: Law of the Jungle." This novel's plot entails Brain-Child finding a copy of Three Faces of Eve in Magento's laboratory and deciding to revive Sauron, but this time mold him psychologically so as to diminish his impulsive and tactically indiscreet tendencies. After he succeeded, Sauron ordered Brain-Child to began raids on Tongah's tribe and other Savage Land tribes. The Savage Land Mutates have no initiative due to Magneto's psychological conditioning, so they readily followed Sauron. Sauron ordered these raids to draw the X-Men to the Savage Land to feed on them.
--Per Degaton

Profile by Chadman.

CLARIFICATIONS:
Gaza has no known connections to


images: (without ads)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition#11, 26, pan4 (main)
X-Men I#62, p19, pan4 (2nd)
Avengers I#105, p10, pan1 (3rd)
Wolverine II#70, p11, pan3 (4th)
X-Men Unlimited I#6, p29, pan4 (5th)
X-Treme X-Men: Savage Land#4, p6, pan3 (6th)


Appearances:
X-Men I#62-63 (November-December, 1969) - Roy Thomas (writer), Neal Adams (penciler), Tom Palmer (inker), Stan Lee (editor)
Avengers I#105 (November, 1972) - Steve Englehart (writer), John Buscema (penciler), Jim Mooney (inker), Roy Thomas (editor)
Marvel Fanfare I#1-2 (March, May, 1982) - Chris Claremont (writer), Michael Golden (penciler/inker), Allen Milgrom (editor)
Marvel Fanfare I#3 (June, 1982) - Chris Claremont (writer), Dave Cockrum (penciler), Bob McLeod (inker), Al Milgrom (editor)
Marvel Fanfare I#4 (September, 1982) - Chris Claremont (writer), Paul Smith (penciler), Terry Austin (inker), Al Milgrom (editor)
Uncanny X-Men Annual I#12 (1988) - Chris Claremont (writer), Art Adams (penciler), Bob Wiacek (inker), Bob Harras (editor)
Uncanny X-Men I#249 (Late September, 1989) - Chris Claremont (writer), Marc Silvestri (penciler), Dan Green (inker), Bob Harras (editor)
Uncanny X-Men I#250 (Early October, 1989) - Chris Claremont (writer), Mark Silvestri (penciler), Steve Leialoha (inker), Bob Harras (editor)
Uncanny X-Men I#274-275 (March-April, 1991) - Chris Claremont (writer), Jim Lee (penciler), Scott Williams (inker), Bob Harras (editor)
Wolverine II#69 (May, 1993) - Larry Hama (writer), Dwayne Turner (penciler), Chris Ivy (inker), Bob Harras (editor)
Wolverine II#70 (July, 1993) - Larry Hama (writer), Dwayne Turner (penciler), Richard Bennett (inker), Bob Harras (editor)
Wolverine II#71 (July, 1993) - Larry Hama (writer), Dwayne Turner (penciler), Bennett, Barta, Rubinstein (inkers), Bob Harras (editor)
X-Men: Law of the Jungle (March, 1998) - David Smeds (writer)
X-Treme X-Men: Savage Land#1 (November, 2001) - Chris Claremont (writer), Kevin Sharpe (penciler), Danny Miki & Lary Stucker (inkers), Matt Hicks & Mark Powers (editors)
X-Treme X-Men: Savage Land#2-4 (December, 2001-February, 2002) - Chris Claremont (writer), Kevin Sharpe (penciler), Danny Miki (inker), Matt Hicks & Mark Powers (editors)
Uncanny X-Men I#457-459 (May-July, 2005) - Chris Claremont (writer), Alan Davis (penciler), Mark Farmer (inker), Mike Marts (editor)
Secret Empire: Underground#1 (August, 2017) - Jeremy Whitley (writer), Eric Koda (art), Charles Beacham (editor)


First Posted: 08/27/2007
Last updated: 10/16/2017

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