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TANDY SNOW

Real Name: Tandy Snow

Identity/Class: Human;
   citizen of United Kingdom

Occupation: Journalist, former queen of Quarl

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Khonsha, Bernard Kloss, Ka-Zar (Kevin Plunder), Kirk Marston, Tongah, X-Men (Banshee/Sean Cassidy, Colossus/Peter Rasputin, Cyclops/Scott Summers, Nightcrawler/Kurt Wagner, Storm/Ororo Munroe, Wolverine/James "Logan" Howlett),
Zartros

Enemies: Garokk the Petrified Man, Klaw (Ulysses Klaw), Kramen, Quarlians (Brokar, Makrum, Raknor, Spartran, others), Sheenars (Saxtur, Traikar, others)

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: Queen Tandylla, "brain-fuddled female" (nickname used by Zatros)

Base of Operations: Unrevealed;
    formerly Savage Land;
    formerly London, United Kingdom

First Appearance: Ka-Zar: Lord of the Hidden Jungle#14 (February, 1976)

Powers/Abilities: Tandy Snow possesses no known superhuman abilities. Daring and quick-witted, she is a skilled and persistent news reporter who doesn't scare easily. Snow is exceptionally strong willed and proved herself able to resist mind control on a subconscious level. Tandy has received rudimentary training in Jiu-Jitsu and has familiarized herself with the unique fighting style of the Savage Land's Fall People. Snow has a distinctive mole on her right cheek.

Height: 5'7" (by approximation)
Weight: 125 lbs. (by approximation)
Eyes: Black
Hair: Black

History:

(Ka-Zar: Lord of the Hidden Jungle#16 (fb) - BTS) - Hoping to protect herself against muggers and other would-be assailants, Tandy invested in Jiu-Jitsu lessons.

(Ka-Zar: Lord of the Hidden Jungle#14 (fb) - BTS) - Tandy Snow got work as a beat reporter for the London Times. She soon found herself covering a wide variety of important, sometimes even international stories.

(Ka-Zar: Lord of the Hidden Jungle#16 (fb) - BTS) - Tandy was sent to MI6 to write a feature news article on radiologist Kirk Marston. They hit it off and developed a fast friendship that ultimately turned to love.

(Ka-Zar: Lord of the Hidden Jungle#14) - When the eccentric billionaire Kevin Plunder, better known as Ka-Zar, lord of the Savage Land, came to London to hold a press conference Tandy was one of many reporters to cover the event. She quickly grew irritated with her colleague's trivial and asinine questions about Plunder's personal life and got Ka-Zar to reveal his reason for coming. He told them he had come seeking aid in combating a strange type of dementia that was plaguing the Savage Land. Snow suggested he met with Peter Harkins, a radiologist she knew. She offered to make arrangements just as the conference was interrupted by a solid sound panther, created by Klaw, the murderous master of sound. Ka-Zar's familiar Zabu took care of the creature, while he focused on Klaw. Their fight went on outside and eventually led to the Imperial War museum. Tandy sneaked inside and watched the fight, growing fascinated with Ka-Zar's bravery until a stray sonic sound blast ripped a wing off a suspended airplane. The falling debris wounded Tandy, forcing Ka-Zar to end his combat with Klaw by ripping the villain's sonic horn from his hand. Right at the same time, Klaw was retrieved by a skyskimmer (piloted by the outerdimensional alien Shauran who had allied with him to facilitate the Sheenarian invasion). Ka-Zar carried the injured, unconscious Tandy out of the museum.

(Ka-Zar: Lord of the Hidden Jungle#15) - Moments after Ka-Zar appeared outside, Klaw renewed his attack from aboard the Sheenarian aircraft by creating a flying monster made of sound. He handed Tandy to some local police officers who took her to a nearby hospital while he and Zabu fought the creature.

(Ka-Zar: Lord of the Hidden Jungle#15 (fb) - BTS) - Tandy was brought to the Charing Cross Hospital where it soon became clear she suffered only minor bruises and lacerations. Upon regaining consciousness, her mind immediately turned to work. She rang the London Times and learned it was Ka-Zar who had saved her life. She then phoned her lover, MI6 radiologist Kirk Marston to come and see her. When Marston arrived, Tandy filled him in on why Ka-Zar had come to London.

(Ka-Zar: Lord of the Hidden Jungle#15) - After defeating the creature by dousing it in the Thames river, Ka-Zar made his way to the Charing Cross Hospital to check on Tandy. Realizing she was fine, he grew slightly annoyed when he noticed how close she was to Marston. They then discussed the situation in the Savage Land. Marston theorized that the madness was caused by the Vibranium motherlode located there. If the metal was subjected to enough sound, it could emanate a type of sonic radiation that could cause temporary dementia in living beings. Marston wanted to accompany Ka-Zar back to the Savage Land to check his theory. Tandy, figuring this could be an award winning story, insisted she came along and even got her newspaper to pay for their flight back to the Savage Land.

(Ka-Zar: Lord of the Hidden Jungle#15 - BTS) - Meanwhile Klaw and his outerdimensional Sheenaran ally Shauran had arrived in the Savage Land. The Sheenarians planned to invade Earth and Klaw agreed to help them if they made him a leader in the new order. Shauran then enhanced Klaw's sonic horn with special technology that allowed Klaw to use his sonic powers to open a massive dimensional portal through which the Sheenarian invasion army marched.

(Ka-Zar: Lord of the Hidden Jungle#15) - Tandy, Marston, Ka-Zar and Zabu airdropped into the Savage Land six hours after the Sheenarian invasion had begun. Unaware of this, they made their way to Bernard Kloss' cave where chief Tongah of the Fall People was waiting for them. Moments later, their introductions were interrupted by the arrival of Khonsah who came to tell them the Fall People had been all but slaughtered by the invaders. He was then incinerated by an energy beam shot by a Sheenarian skyskimmer. A second craft carrying Traikar, commander of the Sheenarian conquest, arrived. The commander came down on a green transport beam, informing Kirk and the others their lives would be spared if they surrendered peacefully. Kirk and the others watched as the incensed Tongah threw his spear at Traikar, killing him on the spot. It made little difference, because seconds later more Sheenarian forces arrived led by commander Saxtur. He announced that they would refrain from killing everyone, but that they would make an example out of Tongah.

(Ka-Zar: Lord of the Hidden Jungle#16) - Before Saxtur could order his subordinate Quann to kill Tongah, Ka-Zar ordered Zabu to jump the Sheenarian soldier. Making use of the distraction, Ka-Zar and Tongah attacked. Even Marston and Tandy took on the invaders, with the lady reporter making good use of her Jiu-Jitsu training. Their rebellion proved pointless when Klaw arrived and threatened to shatter their skulls with a single soundblast if they didn't surrender. However, Ka-Zar used a brief argument between Klaw and commander Saxtur to escape into the jungle. This led Marston to sarcastically comment that "the great Ka-Zar fled to save his own skin". Angered, Tongah set him straight, telling him to be quiet until he'd proven himself as worthy as Ka-Zar had. Kirk clammed up, but Tandy felt herself lose all respect for the man she loved. Tongah, Snow, Marston and Bernard were moved inside Kloss' cave where Saxtur examined the many dinosaur bones collected by the paleontologist. Discussing the findings with his subordinate Draumann, he concluded that some of the dinosaurs living in the Savage Land were native to his home dimension. After several hours, Ka-Zar and Zabu staged a successful rescue attempt and wound up capturing both Klaw and commander Saxtur who informed them the Sheenarians would soon be able to enter their dimension at will. Figuring they needed to destroy the dimensional machinery on the Sheenarian side, Ka-Zar and his allies (including Tandy, Kirk and Bernard) forced Klaw and Saxtur to open a portal to their native dimension.

(Ka-Zar: Lord of the Hidden Jungle#17) - Ka-Zar and the others found themselves under attack by Sheenarian troops as soon as they arrived. They only survived because the Sheenarians themselves were attacked by Quarlian forces riding skysharks. Tandy was taking all this in, remarking to herself her paper would never believe this story, if she even lived to write it. She then jumped into action, joining Ka-Zar and Tongah in fighting both the Quarlians and the Sheenarians while Klaw and Saxtur escaped. At the same time, she was stunned to see the terrified Kirk Marston flee into the jungle. After the fight, Ka-Zar tamed one of the captured skysharks and decided to ride it to wherever its home was. Tandy insisted she got to accompany him, claiming she had proven herself in a fight by now. Ka-Zar allowed her to come along, telling Tongah, Zabu and Bernard Kloss to wait for them to return in five days time. The shark flew them across deserts, lava pits and empty plains. Setting down in a wooded area to camp for the night, Ka-Zar and Tandy made a fire and talked into the night. She still couldn't get over the fact Kirk had abandoned them, admitting her feelings about him had changed since they arrived in the Savage Land. She then decided to be bold and tried to get closer to Ka-Zar, asking if he'd ever been close to a woman. Overcome with memories of his lost loves, Ka-Zar awkwardly made an excuse to put some distance between them. Rebuffed, Tandy seemed to get the message. The next day, around noon, the shark finally made it home. Ka-Zar briefly considered the Quarlians possible allies in halting the Sheenarian invasion. However, they shot down the skyshark, forcing Ka-Zar to attack. He was quickly overcome and thrown in a cell.

(Ka-Zar: Lord of the Hidden Jungle#19 (fb) - BTS) - The Quarlian ministers Brokar and Spartran sensed an opportunity when they spotted Tandy. Suddenly remembering an ancient prophecy about an outsider becoming their queen, they put Snow in the mind altering, will breaking fires of submission. Not in her right mind, Tandy accepted whatever Brokar and Spartran told her. In this case, that she was now queen Tandylla, ruler of Quarl. Quickly embracing her new role, Snow became spoiled, brash and haughty.

(Ka-Zar: Lord of the Hidden Jungle#17) - Some time later, Tandylla had Ka-Zar brought before her, who was stunned by her inexplicable transformation and new role as queen of Quarl. Plunder tried to reason with Tandylla, but she would hear nothing of it. Tandylla made him a simple offer: because she found him attractive and extremely appealing, she wanted to share her throne with him. When the disgusted Ka-Zar refused, she decreed the savage had to die.

(Ka-Zar: Lord of the Hidden Jungle#18) - Never one to be led to the slaughter, Ka-Zar immediately attacked but was no match for the legion of Quarlian soldiers. Overcome by their numbers, he was ready to die but an anxious Tandylla ordered her men not to kill him. Instead, she ordered him returned to the prison so he would have plenty of time to "ponder the ecstasy he had spurned".

(Ka-Zar: Lord of the Hidden Jungle#18 - BTS) - In the Quarlian dungeons, before he was forced to fight in the arena, Ka-Zar met a fellow captive, the defiant warrior gnome Zartros. He told Ka-Zar of the things he would face in the Dragon Arena, telling him of the Quarlian's mightiest warrior Raknor and his son, the equally impressive Makrum.

(Ka-Zar: Lord of the Hidden Jungle#18) - The following day, queen Tandylla was the guest of honor in the massive dragon arena where all of Quarl had come to watch the fights. Ka-Zar and Zartros were both brought out, carrying swords and expecting to fight dragons. Instead, the cruel Tandylla ordered them to fight each other to the death. Ka-Zar refused, easily disarming Zartros who was insulted that his opponent didn't even want to fight him. Ka-Zar then turned his attention to the queen, telling her he would not kill the gnome, adding that she needed to look elsewhere if she wanted blood. Upon the urging of minister Brokar, Tandylla sent out the Quarlian champion Makrum (his father Raknor was away fighting dragons). Expecting a swift victory for Makrum, the Quarlians were shocked when Ka-Zar easily slaughtered their champion. Ka-Zar and Zartros then used the confusion to escape the pit. On their way out, Ka-Zar made one more attempt to reason with Snow only to find her mind was clouded. Unwilling to leave, she was abandoned by Ka-Zar and his diminutive ally.

(Ka-Zar: Lord of the Hidden Jungle#18 - BTS) - Half a day later, Ka-Zar and Zartros finally shook off the Quarlian forces who chased them. Ka-Zar then learned from Zartros that Tandy only acted the way she did because the Quarlians had subjected her to the fires of submission. Before they could discuss this further, they ran into the Quarlian champion Raknor who was returning from his dragon hunt.

(Ka-Zar: Lord of the Hidden Jungle#19 - BTS) - Raknor learned that Ka-Zar had killed his son, which made him so furious he was able to defeat both him and Zartros. Refraining from having his vengeance on the spot, the champion of Quarl decided to return with Ka-Zar to the city so the murderer of his son could get what was coming to him. Zartros was left behind, but the gnome warrior decided to head to the city as well to help his friend.

(Ka-Zar: Lord of the Hidden Jungle#19) - In the Quarlian capital, ministers Brokar and Spartran were concerned that queen Tandylla was growing ever more rebellious, opinionated and difficult to deal with. They concluded that she needed to be exposed to the fires of submission again and diplomatically attempted to convince their petty ruler a renewal was necessary. Annoyed when they persisted after her initial refusal, Tandylla threatened to have her ministers stripped of their rank and thrown in prison to fight in the arena. Before the debacle could escalate, Raknor came in with Ka-Zar. He made his case and demanded the honor to kill the savage who murdered Makrum. Still infatuated with Ka-Zar, the queen refused Raknor and repeated her desire to have Ka-Zar as her consort. Ka-Zar refused again and Raknor demanded his death because of his son, to which the callous Tandylla told him to shut up because nobody cared about his stupid son. After that, Brokar and Spartran began dragging Tandylla towards the fires of submission which was also the time Zartros decided to come riding to the rescue. Jumping into throne room through the roof, he distracted everyone long enough for Ka-Zar to free himself. Furious, Ka-Zar beat Raknor into submission and then picked up the unwilling queen. Joined by Zartros, they headed towards the shark corral to make good of their escape.

(Ka-Zar: Lord of the Hidden Jungle#20) - Still convinced she was Tandylla, Snow protested heavily while Ka-Zar and Zartros made their way to one of the flying sharks, fighting and slaying warriors she considered her loyal subjects. Once seated on one of the air leviathans, and after the gnome called the babbling queen a brain fuddled female, Snow began to slowly question her false identity as Tandylla. Over the course of their flight back to the rendezvous point where they'd left Zabu, Bernard Kloss and Tongah, Tandy was almost back to her old self but the transfer left her drained and confused. Soon, Ka-Zar spotted a small army marching towards the Sheenarian capital city. Zartros recognized the men as the Kramen, a tribe thought to have gone extinct generations ago. Ka-Zar set down and made an alliance with them once he learned the Kramen were planning to stage a quick, almost bloodless coup by sneaking into the Sheenarian city at night and slaying their leaders. He agreed to join their taskforce, leaving Zartros to care for the disoriented Tandy from a safe distance.

(Uncanny X-Men I#115 (fb) - BTS) - Tandy's boyfriend Kirk Marston had found his way back to the Savage Land (which was easy because they'd never actually traveled to Quarl, instead parts of the dimension had overlapped with Earth). He was noticed by Zaladane who had her followers kidnap him. Zaladane then used Marston as a vessel for the rebirth of the Garokk, the Petrified Man. The godlike entity was most displeased by the presence of outerdimensional invaders in "his" land. Using his incredible powers, Garokk effortlessly banished everyone and everything related to Quarl back to its native dimension.

  (Uncanny X-Men I#115 (fb)) - As the Sheenars dimension had faded away, Tandy met up with Ka-Zar. They also ran into Karl Lykos. Together they nursed Tongah and Bernard Kloss back to health after they almost died at the hands of the life energy draining Kramen.

(Uncanny X-Men I#115) - When the X-Men made their way to the Savage Land following a fight against Magneto in Antarctica, they were spotted by Karl Lykos who couldn't control his hunger for mutant life energy. Lykos transformed into Sauron after feeding on Storm. Ultimately, the X-Men beat Sauron and were were confronted by Ka-Zar who took them to the village of the Fall People for dinner. There, Tanya was present for the encounter.

(Marvel Fanfare I#1 (fb)) - Former girlfriend of Karl Lykos, Tanya Andersson, showed Angel and Candy Southern a picture taken in the Savage Land that showed Karl Lykos, Ka-Zar and Tandy Snow. The photo was from a recent article on the Savage Land, most likely written by Tandy herself (see comments).

Comments: Created by Doug Moench (writer), Larry Hama (pencils), Jack Abel & Mike Esposito (inks).

Ka-Zar was canceled after issue 20, so the Sheenarian/Kramen conflict was never brought to a satisfying conclusion, nor did we get to see how Snow made it back to the village of the Fall People.

Uncanny X-Men I#115 resolved some of those danglers and retroactively established that parts of the Quarl dimension were actually overlapping with ours, thus making it plausible that Snow simply found herself alone in the Savage Land after Garokk banished every Quarl native from this dimension. Just why she kept her queen Tandylla outfit on after returning to the village of the Fall People makes little sense. Would you continue to wear the clothes you were (mind)raped in? Still, it helped Ka-Zar readers to spot her as a non-talking extra in the background.

It wasn't shown on panel, but it makes the most sense that Tandy Snow returned to London after her adventures in the Savage Land to write that award winning article she dreamed of. Combined with a photograph of herself with her companions the article was subsequently read by Tanya Andersson who recognized Karl Lykos.

Profile by MarvellousLuke & Norvo

CLARIFICATIONS:
Tandy Snow should not be confused with:


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Ka-Zar: Lord of the Hidden Jungle#16, p3, pan5 (main image)
Ka-Zar: Lord of the Hidden Jungle#14, p9, pan2,3 (press conference)
Ka-Zar: Lord of the Hidden Jungle#17, p10, pan1-3 (close to a woman)
Ka-Zar: Lord of the Hidden Jungle#20, p1, pan1 (rescued by Ka-Zar)
Uncanny X-Men I#115, p15, pan3 (shown at Ka-Zar's side)


Appearances:
Ka-Zar: Lord of the Hidden Jungle#14 (February, 1976) - Doug Moench (writer), Larry Hama (pencils), Jack Abel & M. Esposito (inks), Marv Wolfman (editor)
Ka-Zar: Lord of the Hidden Jungle#15 (April, 1976) - Doug Moench (writer), Val Mayerik (pencils & inks), Marv Wolfman (editor)
Ka-Zar: Lord of the Hidden Jungle#16 (June, 1976) - Doug Moench (writer), Val Mayerik (pencils & inks), Marv Wolfman (editor)
Ka-Zar: Lord of the Hidden Jungle#17 (August, 1976) - Doug Moench (writer), Val Mayerik (pencils & inks), Marv Wolfman (editor)
Ka-Zar: Lord of the Hidden Jungle#18 (October, 1976) - Doug Moench (writer), Val Mayerik (pencils & inks), Marv Wolfman (editor)
Ka-Zar: Lord of the Hidden Jungle#19 (December, 1976) - Doug Moench (writer), Val Mayerik (pencils & inks), Archie Goodwin (editor)

Ka-Zar: Lord of the Hidden Jungle#20 (February, 1977) - Doug Moench (writer), Val Mayerik (pencils), Ernie Chan (inks), Archie Goodwin (editor)
Uncanny X-Men I#115 (November, 1978) - Chris Claremont(writer), John Byrne(pencils), Terry Austin(inks), Roger Stern(editor)
Marvel Fanfare I#1 (March, 1982) - Chris Claremont(writer), Michael Golden(pencils, inks), Allen Milgrom(editor)


Last updated: 07/02/17

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