Essential Master Of Kung Fu
Some Shang Chi covers 1988 - 2013

Due to the continuing support for this site I thought I’d at least post some of the covers of comics that Shang Chi has appeared in since his series was canceled.

He returned in 1988 -

From 1990 -

1992 -

1993 -

1994 -

Things started getting a little crappy round 1997 -

'Mo 97 -

1998 -

1998 -

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2002 -

2003 -

2006 -

2007 -

2007 -

2009 -


2009 -

2010 -

2011 -

2011 -

2011 -

And very recently, from 2013 -

This is obviously NOT a complete list, it’s just a taste.

Wow. I discovered your website by accident. What an amazing piece of work. The detail, the comments, the scans, just excellent. I loved all these issues and have filed them away for decades. I want to reread all of them in order. Now you have inspired me to do so. Yes, Moench/Gulacy issues are my favorite, with Mike Zeck and Gene/Dan Day issues my second and third favorite.
Anonymous

thanks - people should keep talking about these comics - we get loud enough and marvel has to reprint ‘em!

just wanted to add love the art on the van yes I have been a fan since the early 80's
Anonymous

once again thanks!

I am actually reading this marvelous comic-books for the first time and found your tumblr, wich is great, congratulations! And thank you for it. Cheers! (sorry for my english, I am from Spain). Alberto.
Anonymous

thanks!

What happened to Dr. Petrie in the Master of Kung Fun series?
Anonymous

Thanks for the question!
Dr Petrie was initially killed in Shang Chis 1st appearance in Special Marvel Edition #15 but marvel found out later on that was against Sax Rohmers cannon (and Rohmers wife complained) Petrie was brought back in Giant-Size Master Of Kung Fu #3. Later on Petrie was found to be brainwashed and attempts to kill Sir Dennis in Master of Kung Fu #43 and after being deconditioned Petrie pops here and there in eternal recovery mode. I know we see Petrie talking to Sir Dennis in their study around issue #118, but I can’t recall the the exact issue was his last.
But yeah, he was pretty much under used from issue 50 on.

Shang Chi, Master of Kung Fu post 1983

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So today - Feb 21 2013 - I posted my final review of the original MOKF run.
I hope folks enjoy my work.
I plan on working more on my DEADMAN blog, you can check that out here -
http://deadmanissuebyissue.tumblr.com/

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Of course Shang Chi has been popping up since 1983. Currently he’s a member of The Avengers.

There’s a decent Shang Chi time line here -

http://pjfarmer.com/woldnewton/Shangchi.htm

Though it is incomplete and only goes to 1997

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Here’s a list of his post 1983 appearances, maybe I’ll get around to reviewing these too?

While I did add a few edits is is basically a list from the Marvel Wiki page -
http://marvel.wikia.com/Category:Shang-Chi_%28Earth-616%29/Appearances

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>Captain America #302 1985, February (Flashback)
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>Marvel Comics Presents #1 1988, September
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>Marvel Comics Presents #2 1988, September
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>Marvel Comics Presents #3 1988, September
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>Marvel Comics Presents #4 1988, October
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>Marvel Comics Presents #5 1988, October
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>Marvel Comics Presents #6 1988, November
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>Marvel Comics Presents #7 1988, November
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>Marvel Comics Presents #8 1988, December
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>Master of Kung Fu: Bleeding Black #1 1991, February
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> Silver Surfer Annual #4 1991, July (flashback)
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>Marc Spector: Moon Knight Special Edition #1 1992, October
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>Captain America #412 1993, February
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>Captain America #413 1993, March
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>Captain America #414 1993, April
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>Daredevil Annual #10 1994, May
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>Marvel Comics Presents #156 1994, June
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>Marvel Comics Presents #157 1994, June
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>Marvel Comics Presents #158 1994, July
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>Hulk #434 1995 Oct (Cameo)
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>X-Men Vol 2 #62 1997, March
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>X-Men Vol 2 #63 1997, April
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>X-Men Vol 2 #64 1997, May
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>Elektra #9/10 1997 Aug/Sept (Cameo)
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>Journey into Mystery #514 1997, November
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>Journey into Mystery #515 1997, December
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>Journey into Mystery #516 1998, January
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>Elektra #16 1998 March
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>Heroes for Hire #18 1998, December
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>Heroes for Hire #19 1999, jan
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>Marvel Knights #1 2000, July
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>Marvel Knights #2 2000, August
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>Marvel Knights #3 2000, September
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>Marvel Knights #4 2000, October
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>Marvel Knights #5 2000, November
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>Marvel Knights #6 2000, December
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>Marvel Knights #7 2001, January
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>Marvel Knights #8 2001, February
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>Marvel Knights #9 2001, March
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>Marvel Knights #10 2001, April
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>Marvel Knights #11 2001, May
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>Marvel Knights #12 2001, June
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>Marvel Knights #13 2001, July
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>Marvel Knights #14 2001, August
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>Marvel Knights #15 2001, September
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>Thunderbolts #57 2001, December (Cameo)
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>Shang-Chi: Master of Kung Fu #1 2002, September
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>Shang-Chi: Master of Kung Fu #2 2002, October
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>Shang-Chi: Master of Kung Fu #3 2003, January
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>Shang-Chi: Master of Kung Fu #4 2003, February
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>Shang-Chi: Master of Kung Fu #5 2003, March
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>Shang-Chi: Master of Kung Fu #6 2003, April
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>Shang-Chi: Master of Kung Fu - Hellfire Apocalypse TPB #1 2003, May
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>Marvel Universe: The End #5 2003, July
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>Great Lakes Avengers #2 2005, July (Cameo)
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>Black Panther Vol 4 #11 2006, February
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>Black Panther Vol 4 #18 2006, September (Cameo)
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>Heroes for Hire Vol 2 #1 2006, October
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>Heroes for Hire Vol 2 #2 2006, November
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>Heroes for Hire Vol 2 #3 2006, December
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>Heroes for Hire Vol 2 #4 2007, January
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>Heroes for Hire Vol 2 #5 2007, February
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>Heroes for Hire Vol 2 #6 2007, March
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>Heroes for Hire Vol 2 #7 2007, April
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>Wisdom #3 2007, April
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>Heroes for Hire Vol 2 #8 2007, May
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>Mighty Avengers #1 2007, May (Flashback)
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>Heroes for Hire Vol 2 #9 2007, June
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>Heroes for Hire Vol 2 #10 2007, July
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>Wisdom #6 2007, July
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>Heroes for Hire Vol 2 #11 2007, August
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>Heroes for Hire Vol 2 #12 2007, September
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>Heroes for Hire Vol 2 #13 2007, October
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>Heroes for Hire Vol 2 #14 2007, November
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>Heroes for Hire Vol 2 #15 2007, December
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>Wolverine: First Class #9 2009, January
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>Shang-Chi: Master of Kung Fu Super issue Vol 2 #1 2009, November
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>Black Widow: Deadly Origin #4 2010, April (Flashback)
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>Heroic Age: Heroes #1 2010, November (character stats)
http://media.comicvine.com/uploads/0/2532/2579974-2125984_heroicageheroesshang.png
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>Shadowland: Power Man #2 2010, November
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>Shadowland #3 2010, November
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>Secret Avengers #6 2010, December
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>Shadowland: Spider-Man #1 2010, December
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>Shadowland #4 2010, December
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>Shadowland #5 2011, January
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>Secret Avengers #7 2011, January
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>Shadowland: After the Fall #1 2011, February
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>Secret Avengers #8 2011, February
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>Secret Avengers #9 2011, March
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>Secret Avengers #10 2011, April
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>Free Comic Book Day Vol 2011 Spider-Man 2011, May
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>Amazing Spider-Man #664 2011, August
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>Amazing Spider-Man #663 2011, August
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>Fear Itself #3 2011, August
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>Amazing Spider-Man #666 2011, September
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>Amazing Spider-Man #668 2011, October
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>Amazing Spider-Man #667 2011, October
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>Spider-Island: Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #1 2011, October
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>Spider-Island: Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #2 2011, November
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>Spider-Island: Avengers #1 2011, November
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>Amazing Spider-Man #672 2011, December
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>Secret Avengers #18 2011, December
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>Spider-Island: Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #3 2011, December
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>Amazing Spider-Man #673 2012, January
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>Fear Itself: The Fearless #3 2012, January
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>Fear Itself: The Fearless #2 2012, January
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>Avengers Vol 5 #1 2013, February
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>Avengers Vol 5 #2 2013, February
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>Avengers Vol 5 #3 2013, March
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>Avengers Vol 5 #6 2013, April


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Here’s a list of the Different Reality Shang Chis -
http://marvel.wikia.com/Shang-Chi

MC2 -

J2 Vol 1 #11August, 1999

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Ultimate -

Ultimate Marvel Team-Up #15 2002, June

Ultimate Marvel Team-Up #16 2002, July

Ultimate Spider-Man #81 2005, October

Ultimate Spider-Man #82 2005, November

Ultimate Spider-Man #83 2005, November

Ultimate Spider-Man #84 2005, December

Ultimate Spider-Man #85 2006, January

Ultimate Spider-Man #106 2007, May

Ultimate Spider-Man #107 2007, May

Ultimate Spider-Man #109 2007, July

Ultimate Spider-Man #110 2007, August

Ultimate Fantastic Four #52 2008, May

Ultimate Fantastic Four #53 2008, June

Ultimate Origins #5 2008, December
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Zombiverse -


Ultimate Fantastic Four #23 2005, November

Marvel Zombies #1 2006, February

Marvel Zombies/Army of Darkness (Collected) #1 2007

Marvel Zombies - Dead Days #1 2007, July

Marvel Zombies Vs. Army of Darkness #5 2007, August

Marvel Zombies Return #3 2009, November
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Skrulls Invaded

Exiles #9 2002, April
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Marvel Apes - Shang-Chi-Chi / Shang Chimp

Marvel Apes Vol 1 2

Marvel Apes: Amazing Spider-Monkey Special Vol 1 1
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Earth X

Universe X #4 2001, January

Universe X #9 2001, June

Universe X #X 2001, November

Paradise X #0 2002, April
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Last gun on earth

Marvel Universe Vs. The Avengers #1 2012

Marvel Universe Vs. The Avengers Vol #4
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House Of M

House of M: Avengers #2 2008, February

House of M: Avengers #3 2008, February

House of M: Avengers #4 2008, March

House of M: Avengers #5 2008, April

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What If (Vol #1) #16 (Aug 79)


W - Doug Moench
A - Rick Hoberg
I - Wray & Stevens
C - Rick Hoberg

Story #31 in Essential #5.
Reason for Placement - Since this is a non-canonical story it really doesn’t matter where it’s reprinted, I stuck it at the end just for the hell of it. However I do hope if Sax Rohmer reprint rights are ever gotten this is included since it’s a fun read, it’s written by Moench & I can’t see this comic ever being reprinted unless it’s a package deal with all of the other Fu Manchu comics.

The What If series proposed some divergent point in a characters history and follows from there. This one plays with the events in Special Marvel Edition #15 - what if Shang Chi leaves immediately after killing Dr. Petrie and then does not have the life changing conversation with Sir Dennis?

Well, he helps Fu Manchu grave rob, raise an undead army and then attacks Buckingham Palace (using giant-lizard riding zombie soldiers!) in an attempt to kidnap the Queen of England - Yea-Haw!

A fun time is had by all.

I have a bunch of links this time -

Dave Stevens (of ‘The Rocketeer’ fame) was one of the inkers on this book -
http://www.davestevens.com/html/ds_check.html

William “Bill” Wray (of ‘Ren & Stimpy’ fame) was the other -
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Wray

A review -
http://siskoid.blogspot.com/2010/01/what-if-shang-chi-master-of-kung-fu.html

The whole comic -
http://diversionsofthegroovykind.blogspot.com/2012/08/grooves-faves-what-if-shang-chi-master.html

Master Of Kung Fu #125 (June 83)

W - Alan Zelenetz
A - William Johnson / Alan Kupperberg
I - Mike Mignola
C - Ron Wilson / Mike Mignola

Story #30 in Essential #5.
Reason for Placement - part 3 of 3

It’s the last issue of the series. Shang Chi decides to walk away from all the games of deceit and death of the west & settles in a small coastal Chinese village. In the end he finds atonement by becoming a fisherman.

I like this comic.
And I like the cover too - Ron Wilson is not my favorite artist, but back in 74/75 Wilson’s art graced MOKF so it seems appropriate that the final cover is drawn by someone with history on the title. It’s a solid, memorable image.

The path Shang Chi walks in this issue has a dream like quality - parts of the story seems metaphysical and as a reader it’s hard to tell if everything shown is suppose to have actually have happened, or if it just visually symbolizes the emotional turmoil experienced by Shang Chi.
And that’s fine.

The story opens at Fu Manchu’s fortress in Honan China where Shang gives respect to his sire with mourning, and preys Fu Manchu’s spirit finds peace. Seeing ghostly shapes Shang leaves the meditation chamber where he’s confronted by a giant tortose, an animal warped by his fathers biological experiments. Destroying the monster with fire Shang Chi then leaves his fathers retreat, only taking with him his fathers ceremonial chalice.

As Shang travels he comes across a touring group of actors and he takes up their offer to watch their next performance. Unfortunately the play they are performing is titled “The Accursed Son”, and hitting too close to home Shang Chi bolts before the drama’s end. Later Shang makes it to a village where he is haunted and attacked by a masked specter - a Noh Master - who claims to have been sent by Shangs mother. Attempting to drive him insane Shang is tormented by reliving past traumatic events, is disoriented by hallucination and finally engages in a sword fight in a rain storm.
Surviving the battle but losing his fathers goblet, Shang lets the storm wash his past away.

A final point - Shang Chi not only walks away from the west, but he also abandons his friends and loved ones. His newly self avowed “father” Sir Dennis, his close friends Blackjack Tarr & Clive Reston, his lover Leiko Wu - all are left behind without a goodbye of any kind. Over these final 3 comics we’re briefly shown Leiko crying, wondering if and when Shang Chi will return, being comforted by Blackjack and Sir Dennis.
To no avail.
To me this shows that Shang Chi is not yet a man holding up his end in responsible relationships, but his actions are that of a injured child.

This is an imperfect ending, and similar to life it’s not totally satisfying.
And I think that’s why I like it.

Here’s a few other takes on this comic -
http://random-happenstance.blogspot.com/2011/12/end-week-master-of-kung-fu-125.html

http://derek-checks.tumblr.com/post/37239366868/review-the-hands-of-shang-chi-master-of-kung-fu-125


Master Of Kung Fu #124 (May 83)


W - Alan Zelenetz
A - William Johnson
I - Mike Mignola
C - William Johnson

Story #29 in Essential #5.
Reason for Placement - part 2 of 3

This issue starts in Tibet, where Shang Chi continues a quest to find peace with his fathers death. He’s searching for the Minya Konka mountain & must pass through the ‘monastery of fear’ of Rache Churan, a secluded mountain village that Fu Manchu studied at in his youth. Once at the monastery he’s defeated and then mind controlled by the Lama of Rache Churan. He’s forced to ascend the mount Minya Konka and throw himself off but is saved by a Migou, a Yeti like creature.

Leading up to this we also get a Raiders Of The Lost Ark type bar fight, Shang eats a pear, a rabbit is saved from a wolf and a Mani pile gets added to while the winds whip around, ripe with spirits. By the end of the comic SHang Chi converses with an unknown entity in the caves of wisdom where he’s told to show respect at his fathers grave…… on to part 3.

here’s a couple of links about author Zelenetz -


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_Zelenetz

http://comicbookdb.com/creator.php?ID=922

Master Of Kung Fu #123 (Apr 83)

W - Alan Zelenetz
A - William Johnson
I - Mike Mignola
C - William Johnson

Story #28 in Essential #5.
Reason for Placement - part 1 of 3

From all of my research it appears once Moench was fired from the book the plan was to burn off the fill in inventory issues on file then bring the series to conclusion. I’ve heard some harsh words on the internet about these final Zelenetz / Williams / Mignola issues and while I’m sure Moench would have done a better job, I find myself liking these comics.

Zelenetz had an impossible job to do and while not perfect I think he did decent work here.

Coming to terms with killing his father and hoping for some kind of family reconciliation, Shang Chi breaks into his mothers New York apartment only to find the place trashed and Si-Fan assassins waiting. After dealing with Fu Manchus still loyal henchmen (one is left dead in an elevator, stabbed through the chest) Shang continues to hunt for his mother. After various dead ends and a run in with a deceitful waitress Shang Chi succeeds and meets his mother face to face for the first time since Special Marvel Edition #15.

She is not happy to see him.

Still loyal to Fu Manchu, she denounces Shang Chi as a ‘false son’. Shes joined the Si-Fan and promises Shang Chi will suffer their vengeance for the death of Fu Manchu.

Crushed, Shang Chi bolts and runs into a tourist wanting to take his picture. Shang lashes out at the man and the final panel shows a Polaroid of a teary eyes Shang Chi.

Well done.

There’s a noticeable improvement in Williams artwork from last issue, I’m reminded of clean artists like Paul Smith, Jackson “Butch” Guice & Kevin Maguire - it makes me wonder how much effect inker Mike Mignola had on the art.

According to comics.org this was Mignola’s first full comics work -
http://www.comics.org/inker/name/mike%20mignola/sort/chrono/



Of course Mignola went on to make many many wonderful comics, here’s a link about his early years -
http://thegreatcomicbookheroes.blogspot.com/2012/10/the-hellboy-himself-mike-mignola.html

Here’s a Mignola piece from 1983 -