leanne-lemura-kts1-full-distant.jpgLEANNE  leanne-lemura-face-sltoblique.jpg

Real Name: Leanne

Identity/Class: Human sub-species (Lemurans of Pangea; see comments))

Occupation: Queen

Group Membership: Ruler of the Lemurans

Affiliations: Aerians, Felina, Kamin, Ka-Zar (Kevin, Lord Plunder), Sep, Shanna the She-Devil (Shanna, Lady Plunder; she helped a demonic-savage Shanna, who then attacked her), Swamp Men (especially their high priest), M'Dom Typ, Ular, Zabu;
    formerly Belasco, Dherk (while both were under Belasco's influence), Pterons, and Tubanti (while under Belasco's influence);
    formerly her vizier and general, etc.

EnemiesBelasco, Cat-People, Khalf, Pterons; 
    her unidentifed uncle, general, vizier, and other nobility, at least;
    formerly Aerians, Buth, 
Dherk, Ka-Zar, Shanna

Known Relatives: Unidentified daughter;
unidentified uncle;
    former unidentified fiance


Aliases: Goddess-Queen (reverent name from the Swamp Men of Parni);
    temptress, witch (nicknames from Shanna; she probably had a few other nicknames for Leanne, but I didn't keep track of them)

Base of Operations: Unrevealed;
    buried in Parni, the city of the Swamp Men (or, at least, a tribe of them);
    formerly Nahgen island in the Gorhan sea;
    formerly Lemura city, Zarhan, Pangea, Antarctica

First Appearance: Ka-Zar the Savage#1 (April, 1981)

Powers/Abilities: Leanne did not have any special abilities. She presumably had some royal tutoring, and training primarily in etiquette, decorum, etc.

    She did go out on a hunt, but there is not evidence that she was actually experienced in hunting, as she may have just been along for the ride. She was, at least, willing and able to use a spear to kill a man if needed.

    She was able to ride a two-legged carnivorous dinosaur (they were called Tyrannousauruses, but they were way too small) trained by the Swamp Men. She rode a horse while Belasco-influenced (I would think she could do that normally, although she may have ridden sidesaddle).

    Ka-Zar noted that she spoke "Thelic."

    In Shanna's form, she was larger and stronger, but she had none of Shanna's skills.

    Mystically empowered by Belasco, she seemed to have enhanced human strength (lifting perhaps 1000 lbs.; she easily hefted a flaming, full stone brazier and threw it through the air), and she could shrug off a full force by Shanna without flinching. Savage and fierced, she wielded a three-pronged, trident-esque spear, and she was able to overpower Shanna and the leader of the savage Tubanti.
    Belasco could further direct his mystic energies through her, allowing her to travel great distances through water without drowning or other injury; to cause powerful tremors sufficient to shatter rock; and to unleash bursts of energy.

Height: Unrevealed (approximately 5'5"); (while possessing Shanna's form) 5'10"
Weight: Unrevealed (approximately 130 lbs.)
; (while possessing Shanna's form)
Eyes: Brown (or green, or blue; they are rarely shown up close, and even then the color was poorly defined); (while possessing Shanna's form) hazel
Hair: Black; (while possessing Shanna's form) red


(Ka-Zar the Savage#1 (fb) - BTS) - Leanne was a happy queen ruling the realm/nation of Zarhan from the city of Lemura (see comments).

(Ka-Zar the Savage#2 (fb) - BTS) - Zarhan was considered one of the most valued allies of the Aerians of Aerie Shalan in Pangea.

(Ka-Zar the Savage#1 (fb) - BTS) - Leanne was engaged to be married to an unspecified man (of presumed royalty) in seven years from the time of the main story.

(Ka-Zar the Savage#1 (fb) - BTS) - Leanne went out hunting with some friends.

(Ka-Zar the Savage#1 (fb) - BTS) - Zabu, the smilodon/sabre-toothed tiger-esque cat/partner/"brother" of Ka-Zar (Kevin Plunder), detected the scent of Felina, a similar cat owned by Leanne that was apparently in estrus (heat), and traveled out of the Savage Land into Pangea to be with her.leanne-lemura-cat-people.jpgleanne-lemura-kts1-face-shadowed.jpg

(Ka-Zar the Savage#1 (fb) - BTS) - Ka-Zar tracked the missing Zabu into Pangea.

(Ka-Zar the Savage#1 (fb) - BTS) - Leanne's contingent/caravan of Lemuran guards and Felina, were assaulted by the Cat-People some twenty miles north of Zarhan. Leanne's servants were all apparently slain, and Leanne and Felina were separately restrained.

(Ka-Zar the Savage#1) - Almost immediately thereafter, Ka-Zar -- intrigued by and driven to save her -- arrived, knocked over Leanne's attackers, freed Leanne, and rushed off into the jungle with her, despite Leanne's urging him to stop. When he finally put her down, she --while repeatedly insulting his intelligence -- explained that they weren't after her (or him), but wanted her cat. Leanne urged Ka-Zar to save Felina to save her from destruction at the hands of the Cat-People, but he advised Leanne that it was foolish to recklessly attack as there were multiple Cat People and just the two of them, and that the Cat-People had taken out her whole caravan. He offered instead that he could stay with her and on the Cat-People's trail until he could determine out a way to separate them from Felina. 

    Leanne sank to ground, apologizing for not acting queenly as she cried over the loss of her servants and Felina. Clearly attracted to her, Ka-Zar soothed Leanne, telling her that it would soon be dark and he could track the Cat-People without being seen, and that he could get her some food. Ka-Zar introduced himself, Leanne told him of Zarhan and of the Cat-People, and Ka-Zar soon found tracks matching Zabu's following the Cat-People's; Leanne revealed that Felina was ready to mate, and that Zabu must be trailing her.

    Hours later, Ka-Zar and Leanne approached the Cat-People's camp, and after Leanne explained how the Cat-People partied all night until passing out around dawn, Ka-Zar planned to try to rescue Felina after they passed out. After Leanne mentioned the strength of the mating urge in toppling kingdoms, etc., Ka-Zar questioned whether she was mated, and after she told him of her seven-year engagement, he began hitting on her, noting how much could change in that time. Leanne rebuffed Ka-Zar, admitting her attraction, but that she would not be unfaithful to her fiance by hanging in the trees like an ape; as she tried to advise him to use respect and romance, she stopped when she realized the Cat-People were going to sacrifice Felina right away.

    Leanne urged Ka-Zar to action; while he was unwilling to face the entire tribe by himself for her cat, when Zabu attacked the tribal leader, he leapt into the fray. As Ka-Zar released Felina from her bonds, one of the Cat-People ambushed him and prepared to stab him in the chest, but Leanne speared the warrior in the back, saving Ka-Zar. Appreciating this, Ka-Zar led Leanne and Felina to flee with him and Zabu.

    When they took a break after a few miles to drink some water, Ka-Zar told Leanne of his marvel in finding this new valley (not realizing the extent of Pangea), noting her to be its most precious treasure, and told her he was falling in love with her. Leanne kissed him passionately and asked him to promise they wouldn't spend their entire courtship in a tree; however, Ka-Zar soon spotted some sort of hoofstock and aided Zabu in killing it so they could have dinner, after which he realized it was a female with a calf, and he slew the calf so that it wouldn't suffer and starve. Appalled by this, Leanne withdrew, refusing to eat, and urging Ka-Zar forward toward Lemura.

    They reached the city just as the Cat-People began to catch up with them, but Leanne assured that the Cat-People would not aproach the city as they considered it evil ground. When the captain of the Lemuran's guard stopped Ka-Zar's advance into the city, Ka-Zar began battering the man; Leanne told Ka-Zar to stop, and he told her to tell her people he was entering the city with her. Tearfully, Leanne told Ka-Zar that this might be wise, as he wouldn't fit in in her city, with its strict code of ethics and rules, and its politics and social doctrines; she further argued that she couldn't act just for herself, but had to consider her whole kingdom.

    As Ka-Zar angrily departed, Leanne fruitlessly told him she loved him.

leanne-lemura-sep.jpg(Ka-Zar the Savage#2 (fb) - BTS) - Leanne discovered how corrupt Lemura really was, that it was really ruled by her treacherous uncle, and that she was more prisoner than queen.

(Ka-Zar the Savage#2 (fb) - BTS) - Leanne became lovers with Sep of the Aerians, and they made plans to elope. Sep made an arrangement with the Pterons to have Leanne "kidnapped" and escorted to a remote part of Pangea.

Ka-Zar the Savage#2 (fb) - BTS) - Pterons abduced Leanne.

(Ka-Zar the Savage#2 - BTS) - One of the Aerians reported Leanne's abduction to Lord M'Dom Typ, who was entertaining Ka-Zar and Shanna (brought to their city after falling while scaling a mountain between the Savage Land and Pangea). When Typ asked them to help rescue Leanne, Shanna readily agreed, but Ka-Zar -- presumably both upset with Leanne and not wanting her and Shanna to meet and learn about their encounter -- initially refused, arguing that the odds were poor and that Leanne may not even be worth risking their lives for. Realizing his mistake, Ka-Zar joined Shanna and the Aerian force, and -- while the Aerians provided a distraction -- Ka-Zar and Shanna planned to sneak into Athmeth, the Pteron caverns, with a device intended to collapse the caverns.

(Ka-Zar the Savage#2) - Within Athmeth, Pteron leader Khalf ordered the preparation of the pack animals and Leanne's retinue so they could leave within the hour; a pair of Pterons then picked up and flew away with Leanne.

(Ka-Zar the Savage#2 - BTS) - Arriving in Athmeth, Ka-Zar and Shanna saw only Leanne being carried away, and Ka-Zar went to rescue Leanne and sent Shanna to activate the trigger mechanism.

(Ka-Zar the Savage#2) - Leanne was surprised to see Ka-Zar arrive in her chambers, and she urged him first to depart as he was ruining everything, and then to hide behind a curtain as Sep approached. When Leanne and Sep embraced, Ka-Zar angrily emerged, and Leanne calmed Sep, telling him Ka-Zar was a friend. Convincing Sep to give her privacy to say goodbye to Ka-Zar, Leanne told Ka-Zar she knew he would come back and asked if he still loved her; unbeknownst to them both, Shanna had arrived to meet up and escape with them, and she witnessed the conversation. After Leanne explained her plans, Ka-Zar asked if Sep was another means to an end, if she had told Sep she loved him, too, and whether she was throwing her own kingdom into chaos and enslavement by the Pterons.

    They were interrupted by Khalf, who revealed that Sep was betraying both Leanne and the Aerians to the Pterons for their financial payment, but that neither she nor Sep would ever have left Athmeth alive. However, the Aerian forces then invaded the caverns alongside Zabu and attacked the Pterons as well. As the destruct mechanism went off, Ka-Zar sent Shanna and Leanne ahead of him.

(Ka-Zar the Savage#2 (fb) - BTS) - Tremors caused Shanna and Leanne to fall over the edge of a cliff.

(Ka-Zar the Savage#2) - As the ledge crumbled, Ka-Zar had only enough time to save one of them, and he saved Shanna; Leanne fell and was lost amidst the rising smoke and dust.

(Ka-Zar the Savage#4 (fb)) - Unable to deny his love for Leanne, Sep returned for her; too late to save her from falling and striking the cliff wall several times, he caught her before she struck bottom. He flew her to Nahgen island to bury her at the religious totem of his people, but found the island gone.

    Suddenly, the island resurfaced, a result of the recently ever-shifting geological "whims" of Pangea. Sep located the Aerian temple, but then found Leanne still had a pulse, though she was comatose. Astonished, Sep unwittingly pressed a hidden button that opened a door to a chamber of advanced equipment. A scholar of Pangea's sciences and ancient language, Sep reviewed the temple library; though he found much, he failed to find anything to revive Leanne.

(Ka-Zar the Savage#2 - BTS) - Ka-Zar refused to discuss the matter with Shanna. The Aerians did not find Leanne's body, and Ka-Zar figured she had perished.leanne-lemura-mindswap-shanna.jpg

(Ka-Zar the Savage#3 - BTS) - Back in Aerie Shalan, Ka-Zar and Shanna had some arguments that were at least influenced by Ka-Zar's involvement with Leanne. Eventually, Delphine, a young Aerian infatuated with Ka-Zar, tricked Shanna into riding a skite (a flying creature the Aerians used -- at least in part -- to transport non-winged visitors) that was hoxing (in heat; wild and frantic, the creatures head straight for their native island if freed); she strapped Shanna's legs to the creature due to it being "spirited." The skite flew out to Nahgen island, which, as far as the Aerians knew, had sunken six days before.

(Ka-Zar the Savage#4 - BTS) - The skite carrying Shanna flew toward Nahgen, ignoring all of Shanna's efforts to steer it anywhere else, until a lightning bolt tore through its right wing, causing it to crash into the sea.

(Ka-Zar the Savage#4 (fb)) - Taking a break from his exhaustive studies, Sep wandered the beach.

(Ka-Zar the Savage#4 - BTS) - Sep found Shanna's body after it washed up on Nahgen.

(Ka-Zar the Savage#4 (fb)) -  Carrying Shanna's body back to the lab, Sep used a pair of devices able to direct a patient's brainwaves extracorporally to switch the minds Leanne and Shanna.

leanne-lemura-stasis-shanna.jpg(Ka-Zar the Savage#4 (fb) - BTS / Ka-Zar the Savage#6 (fb) - BTS) - The mind-transfer drew the attention of the Atlantean android Dherk, who had worked with (and likely designed) and still had connections to the equipment on Nahgen island.

(Ka-Zar the Savage#4) - In Shanna's body, Leanne cried out helplessly as some apparently carnivorous sharp-toothed sauropod-ish creature menaced her. Hearing and finding her, and surprised at her lack of efforts, Ka-Zar -- who had ridden another skite there -- nonetheless saved "Shanna." Feigning partial amnesia, Leanne avoided further suspicion. After Ka-Zar explained recent events, Leanne/Shanna was pleased when Ka-Zar refused to deny that he still loved Leanne, then -- claiming just to have missed him -- kissed him passionately, which led to some romance.leanne-lemura-as-shanna.jpg

    Awakening in the middle of the night, Leanne/Shanna traveled to the chamber containing the machinery keeping Leanne's body (which held Shanna's mind) alive and attempted to rip out some of the life-support tubing. Sep stopped her, warning her it might kill her body, but Leanne/Shanna contended it was her right to choose; she further argued that Leanne's body had been comatose for days and was going to die...and that they didn't have time to spare as Ka-Zar had arrived.

    Noting that if Ka-Zar found the chamber, he would make them re-exchange the minds, she told Sep if he loved her he would pull the plug on Leanne's "worthless" body, and accompany her and Ka-Zar when they left the island the next day; she told Sep to leave handling Ka-Zar to her.

    Resolving to stay with Ka-Zar, Leanne/Shanna returned to him and told him that Sep was in a temple with a dying Leanne and that he was trying to switch her mind with Leanne's and then to kill both Ka-Zar and Shanna. Though still concerned over Shanna's fearful behavior, Ka-Zar rushed into the temple, where Sep -- jealous about Leanne's obvious infatuation with Ka-Zar -- hurled a piece of machinery at him. This led to a fight where Ka-Zar punched Sep, knocking him into the chamber monitoring Leanne.

    Leanne/Shanna then arrived and tried to convince Ka-Zar that Leanne was as good as dead and they should leave her with Sep and start a new life. As Ka-Zar tried to make sense of Leanne's behavior, Sep recovered, exposed Leanne's treachery, and revealed the truth. Leanne tried to convince Ka-Zar that Sep was lying, but he restrained her, noted his suspicions, and told her Shanna was a much better kisser. When Leanne called him an insolent pig and clawed at him, Ka-Zar slapped her unconscious, after which he placed her on the table and had Sep reverse the mind-transfer.

    Sep noted his plans to stay with Leanne until she awakened or died, explaining that he felt he and Leanne did truly belong together. Ka-Zar and Shanna departed on Ka-Zar's skite.leanne-lemura-revived.jpg

(Ka-Zar the Savage#28 (fb) - BTS) - After long months, Sep grew fatigued as he exhausted his every means he could find in the Atlantean technology and libraries of reviving Leanne.

(Ka-Zar the Savage#28) - As a disembodied, unidentified voice, Belasco offered aid to Sep in reviving Leanne. When Sep noted that he would give anything to have Leanne there with him, Belasco explained that he could and would revive Leanne, but then Sep must wait while she performed a mission of utmost importance to him.

    Belasco's arcane powers augmented the Pangean equipment, pouring the energies of the realm and summoning lightning from the sky, causing lights to dim even in Aerie Shalan.

leanne-lemura-belasco.jpg    Silently, Leanne revived and stood up, after which a serpent, seemingly coalesced from the surrounding shadows, coiled upper her apparently unfeeling leg and around her shoulders. Leanne then wandered out of the caverns, where she was buffeted by violent storm before defiantly vanishing beneath the furious billows of the Gorhan sea. 

(Ka-Zar the Savage#28 - BTS) - Pangea was rocked by violent tremors and weather.

(Ka-Zar the Savage#29 (fb) - BTS) - With Leanne under his influence, Belasco further swayed her by promising she could rule Pangea by his side.

(Ka-Zar the Savage#28) - Having arrived in the caverns of Athmeth, Leanne -- via Belasco's power -- caused the ground to split open, releasing a number of Pterons. Leanne urged them to face their liberator and serve him; acting through the serpent wrapped around Leanne, Belasco released a burst of energy and cowed the pterons. Leanne advised them that their lord's wrath could be stayed by simple obedience, and then she continued that they should join with her and her Lemuran forces -- despite their previous enmity -- to enjoy vengeance against the Aerians who had entombed they and their children there. The Pterons excitedly accepted this offer.

(Ka-Zar the Savage#28 (fb) - BTS) - Sep was fatally injured by and subsequently perished as lava from a volcanic eruption caused the waters of the Gorhan sea to become scalding; as he perished, he warned Aerian ally Dherk of Belasco's involvement.

leanne-lemura-magicpower-full.jpg(Ka-Zar the Savage#29) - Leanne stood beside Belasco as he captured and reclaimed control of Dherk as he tried to return to Aerie Shalan to warn them of Belasco's return.

(Ka-Zar the Savage#29 (fb) - BTS) - Leanne returned to Lemura, deposed her uncle, and led its troops to ally with the Pterons and to march against Lemura's longest standing comrades, the Aerians.

(Ka-Zar the Savage#29) - Clearly Belasco-influenced, Leanne led her allied Lemuran and Pteron troops to an encounter with the Tubanti. Furious over the lava that had heated their waters and killed many of their number, the fish-men attacked, but Leanne overpowered the Tubanti leader and held her spear to his neck, forcing the Tubanti to back down. Now having their attention, she told them that the land ones who had harmed them were also the Lemurans' and Pterons' enemies, convincing them to join her forces; the Lemuran soldiers (notably Ular and General Kamin) were astounded at the actions of their "fairy-princess" Leanne.

    Leanne's forces subsequently reached Aerie Shalan, broke through its gates and slew the skeleton crew of guards (as the others were attending Ka-Zar and Shanna's wedding in an Aerian temple some distance away).

    Leanne soon after arrived at the Aerian temple, interrupting Ka-Zar and Shanna's wedding as she announced that there was another fate in store for those two. Having taken the form of Wend, the Aerian performing the wedding ceremony, Belasco then revealed his presence, and Leanne - filled with Belasco's power -- overpowered Shanna while Dherk subdued Ka-Zar. As the Lemurans, Pterons, and Tubanti assaulted the Aerians and others present at the wedding, Belasco transported himself, Leanne, Ka-Zar, Shanna, and Leila (a Botor/Tree Person who was sort of step-daughter to Shanna) to his subterranean base below Pangea.

    At Belasco's command, Leanne delivered an elixir to Belaso, who gave it to the bound Ka-Zar and Shanna as he noted that it would transform them into the Adam and Eve of his new race of demon children.

    With Belasco's influence apparently having faded somewhat, presumably with time and with Belasco's distraction in using his powers on Ka-Zar and Shanna, Leanne considered that ruling Pangea at Belasco's side seemed horrible if it was ruling a race of demons. She watched as Ka-Zar and Shanna began to mutate into demonic form, and she was further mortified as Belaso removed a portion of Leila's soul and transformed it into one of the "bloodstones" for the amulet that would allow him to bring his N'Garai masters to Earth.

    Wondering if Belasco had this demonization in store for her and her people, Leanne decided that while she couldn't do anything against Belasco herself, she could try to release Ka-Zar and Shanna, who had previously defeated him. She picked up and hurled a brazier at the machinery that kept Ka-Zar and Shanna bound, freeing them; Belasco angrily cursed Leanne, but did not want to stop the ritual at that delicate juncture. As Leanne vainly tried to warn the savage and demonic Ka-Zar not to kill Belasco (so he could turn them back to normal), the similarly-affected Shanna attacked Leanne to keep her away from Ka-Zar. With Leanne perhaps less empowered/driven by Belaso and with Shanna demon-powered, Shanna battered and strangled Leanne, ignoring her attempts at reason. Regaining some sense, Ka-Zar tried to stop Shanna, but all three stopped when Belasco completed the bloodstone ritual.

    No longer distracted, Belasco expressed his displeasure with Leanne, noting she had outlived her usefulness and that he would return her to the living death from which he had rescued her. Leanne swore it was an accident, but Belasco drained his energies out of her, and she collapsed.

(Ka-Zar the Savage#29 - BTS) - Ka-Zar and Shanna overpowered and drove off Belasco while returning themselves to their normal forms.

(Avengers I#257 - BTS) - The Savage Land and Pangea were destroyed by
by the Deviant Jorro (in the guise of Terminus); see comments.

Marvel Comics Presents#16/4 (fb) - BTS) - Having revived and reclaimed her crown at some point, Leanne fell in love with the high priest of the Swamp Men, and she came to appreciate the freedom she felt in Parni, the home of the Swamp Men. The Swamp Men came to think of her as their goddess-queen.leanne-lemura-dino-steed

(Marvel Comics Presents#16/4 (fb) - BTS) - Leanne was captured by the Swamp Men (it is unclear whether this happened prior to her falling in love with the high priest; or whether she first encountered the Swamp Men and chose to live with them on her own in the first place). Ransom and the Lemuran army apparently failed to recover her.

    To prevent a war between the Swamp Men and Lemurans, the Lemurans demanded Ka-Zar set out to rescue her.

(Marvel Comics Presents#16/4) - Ka-Zar snatched Leanne from atop a dinosaur on which she was riding with one of the Swamp Men, ignoring her requests to listen to her and/or let her go. However, as Ka-Zar leapt into the Forbidden Swamp to escape the Swamp Men, her robe was caught on a branch and ripped off, revealing her to be pregnant, and she further revealed she was in labor.

(Marvel Comics Presents#16/4 - BTS) - Meanwhile, the Lemurian Vizier voiced his frustration that Leanne refused to accept her sequestered role, which made it hard to hide scandals against the holy throne.

(Marvel Comics Presents#16/4) - The Swamp Men sent a pair of their dinosaurs after Ka-Zar, who slew one of the dinosaurs; and when Zabu arrived and fought the other, Ka-Zar rushed Leanne back to the Lemurans, with the Swamp Men close behind.

    When Ka-Zar reached the Lemurans with Leanne, however, they were appalled to see she was pregnant, and her vizier rushed forward with a sword to slay her for committing the ultimate insult to the throne. Carrying Leanne, Ka-Zar  kicked the vizier back, but not before he could slash Leanne. Ka-Zar instructed the Lemuran general to order a doctor to save Leanne and her child, but even threatened by Ka-Zar, the general refused to "let that slattern and her half-breed live." As Ka-Zar angrily fought and lectured the Lemurans about Leanne being a woman (and his friend) rather than just a symbol, the Swamp Men saw that Ka-Zar loved her, too, and they rushed in to make the Lemurans pay for their treachery, and for Leanne's injury.

    Leanne called out to Ka-Zar as her daughter was born, and she noted her baby was born on a battlefield, but born free. Dying, Leanne asked Ka-Zar to keep her daughter far from the lies of Lemura and to take her where she found freedom and love: Parni.

    After Leanne died, her vizier clubbed the distracted Ka-Zar over the head. The Lemurans prepared to take Leanne back to Lemura for burial in the royal cemetery and to kill both Ka-Zar and the baby, but Zabu returned and drove the vizier and other advisors/statesmen with a roar.

(Marvel Comics Presents#16/4 - BTS) - Ka-Zar brought Leanne's body and her baby to the Swamp Men, where the high priest revealed he and Leanne had been lovers, and he asked Ka-Zar to make the Lemurans think the child had died, while the Swamp Men took the baby girl back to be raised among them.
    Ka-Zar hoped the legacy of Leanne would grow with the baby, allowing her to live free and in peace.

Comments: Created by Bruce Jones, Brent Anderson, and Carlos Garzon.

    Leanne first referred to herself as Queen of Zarhan. In the very first reference to Leanne's home, she twice said she lived in the city of "Lamura." After that, the city was called Lemura, and her people the Lemurans. If the city is Lemura, and she's Queen of Zarhan, it would seem that Zarhan is the nation/realm. The Marvel Atlas agreed with that, but prior to that (not in Ka-Zar the Savage#1, but soon after), her people were designated the Lemurans in-story (the Atlas and the OHotMUs have all called her people the Lemurans).
    These choices strike me as odd, and needlessly confusing...pre-Cataclysmic Atlanteans designed Pangea, and Lemurians were contemporaries of those Atlanteans, but I don't recall involvement of the Lemurians in Pangea.
    On the note of confusion, Aerian ruler M'Dom Typ accidentally referred to Lemura as Lemuria...and the Marvel Atlas did the same thing. 
Marvel Comics Presents#16/4 also called them Lemurians.
    Plus, why are they named for their city, rather than their nation?
They probably should be the Zarhan, the Zarhanians, the Zarhanites, or something...

    Is Thelic a real language or cultural word? It's nothing I've seen or hear of before, it doesn't show up in a Google search. It seems to me that it could have been meant to be similar to Thuric, which might have meant Thurian, as in some ancient pre-Cataclysmic language....

    "Weeks" occurred between the ending of Ka-Zar the Savage#1 and the start of #2, which gave Leanne time to become disenchanted with Lemura and to enter a relationship with Sep.

    Shanna could easily have cut herself free from the strap holding her legs to the Skite when it became clear it was out of control and was heading out to see...but then we wouldn't have had the next story with Leanne, would we have?

    Though not seen, Leanne must have survived the destruction of the Savage Land by the Deviant Jorro (in the guise of Terminus) in Avengers I#257 (1985); I'd guess she escaped (or was brought) extradimensionally (to the realm of M'rin and C'jime) like those who returned in Uncanny X-Men Annual#12 (1988) after the High Evolutionary restored the Savage Land via the life force of Garokk. But we don't know that...
    How she revived from her "living death" state is not revealed.

    Leanne's changing nature

Profile by Snood.

should be distinguished from:

Felina has no known connection to:


(Marvel Comics Presents#16/4 - BTS) - Leanne fell in love with the high priest of the Swamp Men and apparently became pregnant with his daughter. 

    When Ka-Zar brought Leanne back to the Lemurans, they considered her pregnancy to be the ultimate insult to the throne.

    The Lemurans tried to kill Leanne and refused to have a doctor help her.

(Marvel Comics Presents#16/4) - Leanne, dying from a wound suffered from her former vizier and/or complications of childbirth, noted that her daughter was born on a battlefield, but born free. Dying, Leanne asked Ka-Zar to keep her daughter far from the lies of Lemura and to take her where she found freedom and love: Parni.

    After Leanne died, her vizier clubbed the distracted Ka-Zar over the head. The Lemurans prepared to take Leanne back to Lemura for burial in the royal cemetery and to kill both Ka-Zar and the baby, but Zabu returned and drove the vizier and other advisors/statesmen with a roar.

    Ka-Zar brought Leanne's body and her baby to the Swamp Men, where the high priest revealed he and Leanne had been lovers, and he asked Ka-Zar to make the Lemurans think the child had died, while the Swamp Men took the baby girl back to be raised among them.
    Ka-Zar hoped the legacy of Leanne would grow with the baby, allowing her to live free and in peace.

--Ka-Zar the Savage#1


    The cat of Leanne in the city of Lemura, she was apparently a smilodon (sabretoothed tiger)-esque cat like Zabu.

    In heat, she attracted Zabu to travel to Pangea.

    While Felina accompanied Leanne along with a hunting party, the Cat-People attacked, slaughtered the hunting party, and captured Felina; Ka-Zar saved Leanne from capture.

    Ka-Zar tracked the Cat-People, and when they prepared to sacrifice Felina, Zabu attacked the Cat-People, and Ka-Zar and Leanne helped free Felina, after which all four escaped.

leanne-lemura-face    Felina and Zabu were affectionate, but it is unclear whether they had time for even brief romancin' as they were fleeing the Cat-People, with only a break to take a drink, until they reached Lemura, at which point Ka-Zar and Zabu departed before entering the city.

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Note: Felina's subsequent fate is unrevealed. She may have been slain by agents of Leanne's "treacherous uncle," influencing Leanne's decision to depart Lemura. Or Leanne may have left her behind. The world may never know...

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Ka-Zar the Savage#1, pg. 12, panel 3 (struggling with Cat-People);
        pg. 15, panel 2 (pouting face, shadowed);
        pg. 21, panel 1 (Felina, full; with Zabu);
            panel 2 (Felina face, with Zabu; Leanne full, distant);
            panel 7 (face, close-up, partial);
        pg. 24, panel 3 (profile with Felina in Lemura);
    #2, pg. 16, panel 2 (face);
            panel 6 (with Sep, knees up);
    #4, pg. 11, panel 1 (stasis; with Leanne-minded Shanna approaching);
            pg. 16, panel 1 (mind-transfer with Shanna);
            pg. 21, panel 2 (as Shanna, struggling with Ka-Zar);
    #28, pg. 3, panel 9 (revived, with red serpent);
    #29, pg. 3, panel 1 (with Belasco);
        pg. 11, panel 2 (threatening Tubanti with spear);
            panel 3 (close-up helmet symbol);
        pg. 16, panel 3 (empowered-warrior form, full);
        pg. 32, panel 7 (Belasco removes his restorative energies);
Marvel Comics Presents#16/4, pg. 1 (Ka-Zar taking her from dino-steed);
        pg.3, panel 3 (pregnant);
        pg. 8, panel 7 (daughter);

Ka-Zar the Savage#1-4 (April-August, 1981) - Bruce Jones (writer), Brent Anderson (penciler), Carlos Garzon (inker), Louise Jones (editor)
Ka-Zar the Savage#28 (October, 1983) - Michael Carlin (script; from an idea by Bruce Jones), Armando Gil (penciler), Mike Mignola (inker), Danny Fingeroth (editor)
Ka-Zar the Savage#29 (December, 1983) - Michael Carlin (writer), Ron Frenz (penciler), Armando Gil (inker), Danny Fingeroth (editor)
Marvel Comics Presents#16/4 (Early April, 1989) - Dwight Jon Zimmerman (writer), Jim Mooney (penciler & inker), Michael Rockwitz (assistant editor), Terry Kavanaugh (editor)

First posted: 12/29/2017
Last updated02/25/2018

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