At a Glance
Antarctica is the third-smallest continent and is 98% covered in ice. Only about 1,000 people are on Antarctica at any given time and none are permanent residents.
A pact know as the Antarctic Treaty was ratified by 12 countries in 1959 stating that Antarctica can only be used for scientific research.
Within Antarctica exists the exotic prehistoric jungle known as the Savage Land and it's neighboring nation of Pangea. Also nearby, beneath the oceans stands the ruins of what was once the kingdom of Atlantis. Here the Atlanteans lived for many centuries before their realm was destroyed in the mid 20th Century, forcing the Atlanteans to find a new home.
During the late 1920s, the youthful Sub-Mariner frequently visited the shores of Antarctica, his explorations to the surface awakening his various mutant abilities one-by-one. It is on the surface he also met the mysterious Ice King who dwelt there in secret.
In the 1940s, Antarctica was visited by scientist Elton Morrow who discovered a mysterious glowing blue diamond. This gem was in reality one of the components of the Lifestone Tree. Ultimately, the diamond was exploded, the fragments embedding themselves into Morrow's body, giving him fantastic powers. He eventually became the hero known as the Blue Diamond. Also this time the ship S.S. Olympus was attacked by 11th century sorcerer Khor while on a voyage to the Antarctic. They were taken to the Savage Land to be Khor's slaves until they were rescued by the Vision.
In 1944, Nazi operatives relocated to the abandoned scientific village of Little America where they began stock piling weapons in anticipating of the next world war. Their plans were ruined by a vengeful Sub-Mariner who tracked down the Nazis for a prior attack on his homeland of Atlantis.
Shortly after his return from their brief time on Counter Earth, the Fantastic Four relocated to Antarctica when Reed Richards revealed to his family and fellow teammates that a few years prior he had a base constructed there. The Fantastic Four used this base as their temporary headquarters before returning to New York. While there Richards (with the help of test pilot Ben Grimm) conducted tests on the Electromagnetic Meson Velocirator, with mixed results.
At some point in the 21st Century, the Friendship facility was upgraded and re-purposed by S.H.I.E.L.D. to become an outpost. Friendship played a big role in maintaining the integrity of the organization, and severed as the ultimate fail-safe in case S.H.I.E.L.D. was overrun.
Points of Interest
- Appearances of Antarctica
- Minor Appearances of Antarctica
- Media Antarctica was Mentioned in
- Location Gallery: Antarctica
- Images related to Antarctica
- Marvel Staff members who were born in Antarctica