The Deadly Hands Of Kung Fu
Curtis (Marvel), 75¢
Kung Fu mania hit the U.S. hard in the early ’70s. Interest in martial arts grew astronomically, thanks to Bruce Lee and those inspired by him. Marvel Comics jumped on the band wagon and introduced several characters that were obviously inspired by the genre.
The most prominent of these was Shang-Chi, Master Of Kung Fu. Writer Steve Englehart and artist Jim Starlin used the characters from Sax Rohmer‘s Fu Manchu stories as the supporting cast and created a new protagonist based partly on Kwai Chang Caine of the Kung Fu television series, Shang-Chi. Master Of Kung Fu was successful enough to warrant the release of this companion magazine, which went beyond comics and coverage of martial arts in film, interviews with martial artists and even simple instructional material.
- Master Of Kung Fu: Circle Of Serpent’s Blood – Shang Chi heads to L.A. to thwart Fu Manchu’s plan to poison the city’s water supply
Doug Moench story, Mike Vosburg/Al Milgrom art
- The Dragon Has Entered: Part III – final chapter of the serialized article concerning the Bruce Lee Film Enter The Dragon with photos from the film
by Don McGregor
- Kung Fu Revisited – an “introspective evaluation of the Kung Fu TV series
by J David Warner, illustrated by Frank McLaughlin
- Sons Of The Tiger: Night Of The Death-Dream
Gerry Conway story, Don Perlin/Dan Adkins art
- The Deadly Hands of People Who Are Not Shang-Chi (siskoid.blogspot.com)
- Bruce Lee’s biography (the7phenix.wordpress.com)
- The Enduring Appeal Of Sax Rohmer And Fu-Manchu (forbes.com)