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1910: Special Marvel Edition #16

" Midnight Brings Dark Death! "
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Special Marvel Edition #16
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Editor-in-Chief: Roy Thomas
Cover Artists: Jim Starlin
Writers: Steve Englehart, Jim Starlin
Pencilers: Jim Starlin, Al Milgrom
Inkers: Al Milgrom
Colourists: Linda Lessmann
Letterers: Tom Orzechowski, June Braverman
Editors: Roy Thomas
Cover Date: February 1974
Release Date: December 1973
Story Arc: -
Pages: 20
Cover Price: $0.20
Times Read: 182                 Times Rated: 121
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Universes:   Earth-616  
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Issue Blurb
The disfigured man known as Midnight has been Shang-Chi's friend since childhood, but now his loyalty to Fu Manchu requires that he kill his master's son.
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
Shang-Chi last appeared in Special Marvel Edition #15. Shang-Chi next appears in Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #1a.
  Fu Manchu
Fu Manchu last appeared in Special Marvel Edition #15. Fu Manchu next appears in Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #1a.
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Midnight in the mainstream continuity. Midnight next appears in Avengers #131 (v1).
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by T'Maka in the mainstream continuity. This is flashback appearance.
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Ripper in the mainstream continuity.
  Mr. Clean
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Mr. Clean in the mainstream continuity.
Group Appearances
NYPD last appeared in Daredevil #110 (v1). NYPD next appears in Marvel Team-Up #20 (v1).
Si-Fan last appeared in Special Marvel Edition #15. Si-Fan next appears in Master of Kung Fu #17.
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Issue Review
   November 25, 2015
Slug-fest. But it works. It's one of those brother-against-brother tales. And the foe is very interesting/sympathetic. 7/10
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  JWC Says:    
  2012-12-23 21:16:27  
  Great introduction to Shang-Chi. I wasn't too sure about the character, but Gerber and Starlin have put together an origin story that was much better than I'd expected.  

  Kez Says:    
  2013-02-26 17:49:15  
  I thought that was awesome. Such an epic fight.  

  leisch Says:    
  2014-02-22 20:57:38  
  great stuff, I'm tempted to start following Shang-Chi outside of my Order reading and read him without 10 issues of Daredevil & Zombie between each issue.  

  danico Says:    
  2014-03-13 14:55:33  
  No Capes!  

  gmonkey Says:    
  2014-08-01 07:40:07  
  This could really turn into something awesome. I can't wait for the next issue.  

  heman0420 Says:    
  2015-02-06 06:06:48  
  Another good one.  

  Tarquinnff3 Says:    
  2015-02-22 09:26:52  
  I was actually hoping Midnight would stick around. He was an interesting character.  

  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2015-04-29 19:45:13  
  This is why I refuse to wear capes.  

  duncanm Says:    
  2015-08-10 18:32:47  
  Loved the story, but there was some painful dialogue at points: "Hey you! With the hair on your head!" "But I must no longer think of boys!" "Boy, am I going to get the horselaugh back at the station."
Not sure I buy Shang-Chi as a hero... at this point he's a cold blooded murderer, and he beat up the cop that tried to collar him. At least he didn't pull the nun-chucks on him.

  jwerth Says:    
  2015-11-16 22:49:10  
  Englehart and Starlin make a heck of a team. These last two issues are something special.  

  gumchewspit Says:    
  2016-07-06 13:04:23  
  Starlin seems to be infusing Marvel with some much needed quality and creativity.  

  Russ Says:    
  2017-09-18 18:12:05  
  Good follow-up to last issue. I kinda hope Midnight comes out of his "fatal" injury because he's a pretty good adversary to Shang-Chi, and I liked the way he was rocking the "pulp" look. The two issues here set up an excellent premise going forward; the cynic in me wonders how soon it'll fall apart like it did in Werewolf, Dracula, etc.

However, I had to chuckle at page 30 where Shang-Chi was narrating how he never used his hands to destroy (as in kill), when he murdered Dr. Petrie last issue. Steve Englehart is on point most of the time, but I wonder who proof-read this.

3 stars. Glaring errors aside, it's a pretty good start for the Deadly Hands of Kung Fu. Here's hoping the quality stays up there.

Note: for those who were wondering, Special Marvel Edition was a quarterly reprint title for its first 14 issues: #1-4 featured Thor, and #5-14 had Sgt. Fury.

  Katryn Says:    
  2017-10-17 00:01:32  
  It's amazing what not putting words over all your artwork can do. That fight was great.  

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   February 11, 2018 TStarnes
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   December 19, 2016 ViolentPhlegm Changed comic details.
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   June 30, 2016 fragsel Added Mr. Clean to the issue.
   June 30, 2016 fragsel Added Ripper to the issue.
   June 30, 2016 fragsel Added T'Maka to the issue.
   August 6, 2014 Neskit Added NYPD to the issue.
   March 16, 2014 Spider-Borg Changed comic details.
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