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1909: Special Marvel Edition #15

" Shang-Chi, Master of Kung Fu! "
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Special Marvel Edition #15
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Editor-in-Chief: Roy Thomas
Cover Artists: Jim Starlin, Al Milgrom
Writers: Steve Englehart
Pencilers: Jim Starlin
Inkers: Al Milgrom
Colourists: Steve Englehart
Letterers: Tom Orzechowski
Editors: Roy Thomas
Cover Date: December 1973
Release Date: October 1973
Story Arc: -
Pages: 19
Cover Price: $0.20
Times Read: 202                 Times Rated: 128
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Universes:   Earth-616  
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Issue Blurb
After learning the true nature of the man from an aging Sir Denis Nayland Smith, Shang-Chi confronts his father... the diabolical Fu Manchu.
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Shang-Chi in the mainstream continuity. Shang-Chi next appears in Special Marvel Edition #16.
Supporting Characters
  Denis Smith
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Denis Smith in the mainstream continuity. Denis Smith next appears in Master of Kung Fu #17.
  Doctor Petrie
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Doctor Petrie in the mainstream continuity. Doctor Petrie next appears in Giant-Size Master of Kung Fu #3.
  Fu Manchu
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Fu Manchu in the mainstream continuity. Fu Manchu next appears in Special Marvel Edition #16.
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Tak in the mainstream continuity. Tak next appears in Master of Kung Fu #17.
Group Appearances
This is the first appearance by Si-Fan in the mainstream continuity. Si-Fan next appears in Special Marvel Edition #16.
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Issue Notes

Why Essential Notes

This issue features the first appearance of Shang-Chi and his supporting cast. In two issues he will get his own stand alone title (Master of Kung-Fu).
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Issue Review
   February 9, 2015
Brisk pace, full of action, but with depth and character development. All origin tales should be so good. 9/10
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  Redsvetz Says:    
  2012-08-15 14:45:12  
  **** This comic had a very modern feel to it, with excellent art by Starlin. At this point the story does seem a bit hackneyed, but I imagine that in '73, this was a pretty new and exciting concept. I rather enjoyed this book.  

  Drax Says:    
  2013-07-29 07:34:40  
  I was kind of dreading the debuts of the Kung Fu invasion, but when I saw the names of Englehart and Starlin on the cover, I was reassured. They brought a very good introduction to the character and I am now eagerly waiting the next chapters.  

  leisch Says:    
  2014-02-22 20:44:54  
  I've been looking forward to this, one of my favorite titles. Pulp roots, the later espionage adventures. Marvel cornered the martial arts comics market. DC offered Karate Kid (Legion hero, not the movie character) and Richard Dragon-not even close to the quality Marvel was putting out.  

  heman0420 Says:    
  2015-02-06 05:12:20  
  As most origins, this was quite enjoyable. I can't believe I considered skipping these all together. Looking forward to reading more.  

  Tarquinnff3 Says:    
  2015-02-20 17:47:48  
  An interesting first issue. Looking forward to seeing where they take it.  

  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2015-04-29 11:57:12  
  Excellent issue. I didn't know what to expect going into this issue. The art was impressive, and I agree that it has a modern feel to it.  

  duncanm Says:    
  2015-08-09 20:37:04  
  One of the first things I wonder when starting to read an "outlying" comic like this is how does this story will bring itself to main continuity in "modern" New York. Imagine my surprise to find out he was there all along.
Nice to see a heroic Asian character, but going along with that is the villain that is such a negative stereotype that the original creators of the Fu Manchu movies was told to stop making them by the US government during WWII because their Chinese allies were making complaints.

  gumchewspit Says:    
  2016-06-30 03:16:26  
  Englehart/Starling is the best creative team at this point in the order. Only downside to this issue is that it is the requisite origin story. Makes me realize I'm really not looking forward to the inevitable reboots and retelling of origins that lie ahead.  

  Russ Says:    
  2017-09-18 12:56:44  
  Everybody was Kung-Fu Fighting! And it made for a fantastic debut issue for Shang-Chi. Sure, this was the requisite origin story, and it set up a somewhat limited raison d'etre for him, but it made for an oddly compelling gauntlet here.

And yeah, Shang-Chi's narration and the caption-less panels, notably in that fight with Tak, contributed to the modern feel of the story. I hope someone was taking notes. I'm also glad the Asian stereotypes were toned down considerably.

4 stars. I really enjoyed this one much more than I thought I would.

  Katryn Says:    
  2017-10-16 07:25:38  
  At least they're saying that Fu Manchu is really old, and that's why he's racist....it's better than Shang-Chi being racist anyway.  

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   December 19, 2016 ViolentPhlegm Changed comic details.
   June 30, 2016 fragsel Updated the listing for Tak.
   June 30, 2016 fragsel Added Tak to the issue.
   February 9, 2015 TStarnes Changed comic details.
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