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Arthur Adams, Art
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance Astonishing Tales #3 (Dec 1970)
Created by Gerry Conway and Barry Windsor-Smith
In-story information
Alter ego Zala Dane
Team affiliations Savage Land Mutates, Sun People, Garokk
Notable aliases High Priestess of the Sun god
Abilities ability to wield and manipulate magic, magnetism.

Zaladane (Zala Dane) is a fictional character, a sorceress from Marvel Comics and the high priestess of the sun god Garokk, the Petrified Man. The character first appeared in Astonishing Tales #3 and was created by Gerry Conway and Barry Windsor-Smith.

She is the alleged sister of Polaris, a claim made at a time when Polaris’s own parentage had not yet been confirmed.


  • 1 Fictional character biography
  • 2 Powers and abilities
  • 3 References
  • 4 External links

[edit] Fictional character biography

Zaladane was an enemy of the X-Men and the alleged (still unconfirmed) sister of X-Men member, Lorna Dane (Polaris). She was the warlike queen of the Sun People[1], who live in the Savage Land, and attempted in the past to take over the Savage Land, but was defeated by Ka-Zar[2] and the X-Men[3] each time.

Years later, Zaladane became the assistant of the High Evolutionary in his project to restore the Savage Land after its near destruction by the alien Terminus[4]. Zaladane was allied with the Savage Land Mutates (Savage Land natives who had been given superhuman powers through artificially induced mutation by Magneto).

In her quest for power, she with the help of the Mutate Worm, enslaved many of the land’s natives and abducted her “sister” Polaris to with some machinery supplied by Brainchild to steal Polaris’s magnetic powers. When Lorna arrived at Muir Island after losing her magnetic powers, she was examined by Moira MacTaggert due to the sudden appearance of a new power mutation. Moira confirmed during testing that the only way Zaladane could have taken Lorna’s powers away was if she was a biological sibling.

With Polaris’s magnetic powers, Zaladane took over the Savage Land, she then managed to steal Magneto’s powers as well and tried to take control of the Earth’s magnetic field. However a team including Rogue, Ka-Zar and Nick Fury joined forces in the Savage Land. After a series of attacks using the various tribes in that region they managed to distract Zaladane, allowing Magneto to use the machine to regain his power. Shortly afterwards, Magneto executed Zaladane.

Some time after Zaladane’s death, and the Shadow King incident, Polaris’ powers were returned to her. With the revelation that Polaris is in fact the daughter of Magneto, it is uncertain how the shared bloodline will be resolved.

[edit] Powers and abilities

Zaladane is a sorceress with the ability to wield and manipulate magic. She primarily has used these powers for mind control and limited energy projection. For a time she wielded the ability to control magnetism similar to Magneto, but of a more limited nature.

She claimed to be a mutate (a mutagenically altered human rather than a born mutant). However, the nature of her mutation was never revealed. She was able to steal the powers of Polaris for a time and it is possible that this ability to steal superhuman powers was part of her mutation (although she needed the assistance of a machine).

[edit] References

  1. ^ Astonishing Tales #3
  2. ^ Astonishing Tales #5
  3. ^ Uncanny X-Men #115
  4. ^ Uncanny X-Men Annual #12

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