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2403: Giant-Size Master of Kung Fu #3

" Fires of Rebirth "
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Giant-Size Master of Kung Fu #3
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Editor-in-Chief: Len Wein
Cover Artists: Gil Kane, Joe Sinnott
Writers: Doug Moench
Pencilers: Paul Gulacy
Inkers: Vincent Colletta
Colourists: Bill Mantlo
Letterers: Tom Orzechowski
Editors: Len Wein
Cover Date: March 1975
Release Date: December 1974
Story Arc: -
Pages: 40
Cover Price: $0.50
Times Read: 155                 Times Rated: 108
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Universes:   Earth-616  
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Amazing Adventures #32 (v2)
Amazing Adventures #33 (v2)
Giant-Size Master of Kung Fu #3
Captain America #184 (v1)
Captain America #185 (v1)
2401: Amazing Adv...
#32 (v2)
2402: Amazing Adv...
#33 (v2)
 
2404: Captain Ame...
#184 (v1)
2405: Captain Ame...
#185 (v1)
 
 
Character Appearances
 
Main Characters
  Shang-Chi
Shang-Chi last appeared in Master of Kung Fu #25. Shang-Chi next appears in Master of Kung Fu #26.
     
Supporting Characters
  Denis Smith
Denis Smith last appeared in Master of Kung Fu #25. Denis Smith next appears in Master of Kung Fu #26.
     
  Blackjack Tarr
Blackjack Tarr last appeared in Master of Kung Fu #25. Blackjack Tarr next appears in Master of Kung Fu #28.
     
  Clive Reston
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Clive Reston in the mainstream continuity. Clive Reston next appears in Master of Kung Fu #28.
     
  Doctor Petrie
Doctor Petrie last appeared in Special Marvel Edition #15. Doctor Petrie next appears in Giant-Size Master of Kung Fu #4.
     
Villains
  Fu Manchu
Fu Manchu last appeared in Master of Kung Fu #24. Fu Manchu next appears in Master of Kung Fu #26.
     
  Shadow-Stalker
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Shadow-Stalker in the mainstream continuity. Shadow-Stalker next appears in Master of Kung Fu #28.
     
 
Group Appearances
The Cult of Kali
The Cult of Kali last appeared in Marvel Premiere #22. The Cult of Kali next appears in Super-Villain Team-Up #7.
   
     
Metropolitan Police Service
Metropolitan Police Service last appeared in Giant-Size Dracula #3. Metropolitan Police Service next appears in Master of Kung Fu #33.
   
     
New York Police Department
New York Police Department last appeared in Marvel Super Action #1a (v1). New York Police Department next appears in Captain America #184 (v1).
   
     
Si-Fan
Si-Fan last appeared in Master of Kung Fu #25. Si-Fan next appears in Master of Kung Fu #26.
   
     
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Issue Notes
 
  • Dr. Petrie, who Shang-Chi supposedly killed in Special Marvel Edition #15, is shown to be alive in this issue.
 
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Issue Review
 
RikerDonegal
   November 9, 2013
Brutal, fast-paced adventure with an interesting new (regular?) character and a somber ending. This is action/adventure on a large scale and the series seems to be finding itís feet, confidently, as a violent espionage thriller, with three (possibly four?) strong lead characters. But Shang-Chi is the star, and the various set piece in this movie-length tale show off his considerable prowess as an action hero. 9/10
 
 
 
 
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Issue Synopsis
 
Shang-Chi escapes an assassination attempt by an agent of Fu Manchu by one of his agents. He goes to Denis Smith's townhouse where he is introduced to Clive Reston and the two are attacked by more agents. After the fight the two go to London where they find Smith and Blackjack Tarr, who give Shang-Chi a piece of paper indicating Petrie, who Shang-Chi thought he had killed, was still alive. Shang-Chi catches more of Fu Manchu's agents at another London shop and captures one for interrogation. The men are led to Buckingham Palace, but are intercepted and Smith is captured. At the palace they stop an attempt by Fu Manchu's men from stealing precious antiques, where Shang-Chi encounters Fu Manchu himself and the real Peitre. Shang-Chi must fight the Shadow Stalker in order to fee Smith from Fu Manchu. With Restons assistance they are victorious and free Smith and Peitre.
 
 
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Comments
   
 
  Redsvetz Says:    
  2012-11-10 11:53:48  
  At this point, Shangy has become a chore to read--it's just so repetitive.  
 
 

  JWC Says:    
  2013-03-06 20:58:11  
  I generally enjoy the Shang-Chi comics but this one was tough to get through. I don't think there was much need for the Giant-Size issues. Many of the stories, like this one, would have benefited from a lower page-count.  
 
 

  Kez Says:    
  2013-07-19 01:15:59  
  Shang Chi is badass in these but also more brutal and violent. doesn't quite work for me.  
 
 

  Kez Says:    
  2013-07-31 06:30:54  
  Apparently Petrie was resurrected here due to editorial mandate. In one of the Sax Rohmer Fu Manchu books he made a promise to Petrie that he would never kill him, and it would be out of character for Fu Manchu to go back on his word. Rohmer's widow, upon reading the comic, complained to Marvel about it. They decided to retcon that Petrie was not killed after all.

Not only that, but when writing Shang Chi's origin, Starlin purportedly put the wrong name in his plotting and actually never intended for Petrie to die at all!
 
 
 

  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2015-07-19 20:51:48  
  Interesting tidbit, Kez. Thanks for sharing.  
 
 

  heman0420 Says:    
  2015-07-30 23:14:43  
  Chapter III was great! The rest was a bit boring.  
 
 

  illcom94 Says:    
  2015-08-26 19:57:35  
  The ending narration is what made this comic for me. Shang-Chi finds out that he is innocent of the murder of Petrie, but is still said that he meant to kill him and would have succeeded.  
 
 

  duncanm Says:    
  2016-02-08 22:58:20  
  Man, these books are still ugly as sin, but at least there wasn't any noticeable body dysmorphia going on.
Yeah, this was more of the same, just in Giant-Sized form, however I thought it really illustrated well just how conniving Fu Manchu is. He not only tricks his son into killing a man, but tricks him into thinking he was successful when he was not. Wheels within wheels.
 
 
 

  jwerth Says:    
  2016-04-05 19:26:58  
  Apparently we've hit the Sherlock Holmes part of the order, with that Hound of the Baskervilles parody in Amazing Adventures 32 and Reston's "great uncle."

I enjoy the espionage feel of the Shang Chi stories, but the characterization leaves a lot to be desired. Shang needs better ties to more characters.
 
 
 

  Zidko Says:    
  2017-04-24 17:03:29  
  I thought was one of the best Shang-Chi adventures to date. It feels like Alan Moore got some inspiration here for League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. It has a very similar feel and tone in this particular tale (along with Fu-Manchu being the baddie.) I almost gave it 5 stars, but it lost a point because of Shadow Stalker's ridiculous head maces.

I really enjoy the art. Some of the panel layouts feel contemporary to the way panels are laid out today. In an era where it's still mostly grid panels, stuff like this really stands out.
 
 
 

  Shinderu Says:    
  2017-11-29 15:48:22  
  I enjoyed this a lot. Reston could be a good addition to the regular cast.  
 
 

  Russ Says:    
  2018-01-04 20:28:52  
  Not the easiest read, but it had a rewarding enough ending to make it worthwhile. Thanks to @Kez whose background behind the tale brought a different viewpoint to the tale. Does this mean Petrie and Reston join the cast as supporting characters? It's worth a shot, at least.

I get why Fu Manchu wanted the Phansigars on this mission, but the way they operated didn't quite sit right with me. I got the impression that such a secret sect of assassins do their work behind the scenes and in the shadows, but that one attempt on Shang-Chi's life at the beginning made no sense from an operational standpoint, and it risked drawing a lot of attention to them if Shang-Chi hadn't snagged one of their amulets. That was kind of a dumb move there, Fooey.

4 stars. Still, an excellent if slightly contrived way to alter the trajectory of the series, albeit slightly.
 
 
 

  Allencthulhu Says:    
  2018-04-23 08:02:58  
  As a long-time pulp reader, I give this one four stars. Would have given it five but, yeah, head-mace is as bad as head lice.

I would have taken away another star if Kez hadn't explained about Petrie not supposed to have died.

Four Stars.
 
 
 

 
 
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Shang-Chi: Master of Kung-Fu Omnibus, Volume 1
 
This collection includes Special Marvel Edition #15, Special Marvel Edition #16, Giant-Size Master of Kung Fu #1a, Giant-Size Master of Kung Fu #1b, Giant-Size Master of Kung Fu #1d, Giant-Size Master of Kung Fu #2, Giant-Size Master of Kung Fu #3, Giant-Size Master of Kung Fu #4, Giant-Size Spider-Man #2, Master of Kung Fu #17, Master of Kung Fu #18, Master of Kung Fu #19, Master of Kung Fu #20, Master of Kung Fu #21, Master of Kung Fu #22, Master of Kung Fu #23, Master of Kung Fu #24, Master of Kung Fu #25, Master of Kung Fu #26, Master of Kung Fu #27, Master of Kung Fu #28, Master of Kung Fu #29, Master of Kung Fu #30, Master of Kung Fu #31, Master of Kung Fu #32, Master of Kung Fu #33, Master of Kung Fu #34, Master of Kung Fu #35, Master of Kung Fu #36, Master of Kung Fu #37
Master of Kung Fu Epic Collection: Weapon of the Soul
 
This collection includes Special Marvel Edition #15, Special Marvel Edition #16, Master of Kung Fu #17, Master of Kung Fu #18, Master of Kung Fu #19, Master of Kung Fu #20, Master of Kung Fu #21, Giant-Size Spider-Man #2, Giant-Size Master of Kung Fu #1a, Giant-Size Master of Kung Fu #1b, Giant-Size Master of Kung Fu #1d, Giant-Size Master of Kung Fu #2, Giant-Size Master of Kung Fu #3, Giant-Size Master of Kung Fu #4, Master of Kung Fu #28, Master of Kung Fu #27, Master of Kung Fu #26, Master of Kung Fu #25, Master of Kung Fu #24, Master of Kung Fu #23, Master of Kung Fu #22, Iron Man Annual #4b
     
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   July 1, 2016 fragsel Added Metropolitan Police Service to the issue.
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