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2591: Master of Kung Fu #40

" The Murder Agency! "
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Master of Kung Fu #40
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Editor-in-Chief: Marv Wolfman
Cover Artists: Gil Kane, Dan Adkins
Writers: Doug Moench
Pencilers: Paul Gulacy
Inkers: Paul Gulacy
Colourists: Petra Scotese (Goldberg)
Letterers: Annette Kawecki
Editors: Archie Goodwin
Cover Date: May 1976
Release Date: March 1976
Story Arc: -
Pages: 18
Cover Price: $0.25
Times Read: 129                 Times Rated: 87
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
Shang-Chi last appeared in Master of Kung Fu #39. Shang-Chi next appears in Master of Kung Fu #41.
Supporting Characters
  Blackjack Tarr
Blackjack Tarr last appeared in Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #29a. Blackjack Tarr next appears in Master of Kung Fu #41.
  Clive Reston
Clive Reston last appeared in Master of Kung Fu #39. Clive Reston next appears in Master of Kung Fu #41.
  Denis Smith
Denis Smith last appeared in Master of Kung Fu #38. Denis Smith next appears in Master of Kung Fu #42.
  Leiko Wu
Leiko Wu last appeared in Master of Kung Fu #39. Leiko Wu next appears in Master of Kung Fu #43.
  James Larner
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by James Larner in the mainstream continuity. James Larner next appears in Master of Kung Fu #41.
  Doctor Petrie
Doctor Petrie last appeared in Master of Kung Fu #34. Doctor Petrie next appears in Master of Kung Fu #42.
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Issue Review
   September 22, 2014
Beautiful art and a story filled with questions. Shang Chi's outsider status is perfect for an espionage series. And his commentary on all the madness elevates the quality. 8/10
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  Redsvetz Says:    
  2013-03-07 08:31:11  
  -SKANG! This was interesting and I'm still enjoying Gulacy's quirky but detailed pencils.  

  Kez Says:    
  2013-08-18 16:52:05  
  Really warming up to the art in this.  

  skalchemist Says:    
  2014-07-14 01:16:29  
  I love Gulacy, but he really needs to decide whether Reston or Larner is played by Sean Connery or Marlon Brando.  

  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2015-08-11 20:06:04  
  I was hoping for a fight between Chi and Smith.  

  heman0420 Says:    
  2015-10-24 14:50:59  
  I hope Shang-Chi quits all this espionage stuff after this. He needs to start walking the earth or something.  

  phogbear Says:    
  2016-10-24 08:55:49  
  I like Gulacy's art, but at times it reminds me of Rob Liefeld. The legs are so thin and seem to disappear.  

  duncanm Says:    
  2016-11-18 20:11:53  
  Good story, decent art, but I'm getting kinda sick of Shang's "Oh I can't do this any more. Oh okay I'll go do this again." To give the excuse that he wouldn't know who's at his back, after he's had Fu Manchu's organization after him since issue one, is just silly.
Not sure that they've earned the whole Leiko love thing yet either. That seemed to kind of come out of nowhere. Sure they had a thing, but they barely ever see each other, and I don't think we've ever even seen them not in a work situation.

  Rheavon Says:    
  2017-08-25 10:05:48  
  4 Star story. -1 Star First two pages. -1 Star I can't do this anymore, I do this again!  

  Russ Says:    
  2018-02-13 08:52:24  
  I'm also liking Gulacy's pencils. Even if his sense of perspective is distorted at times, there are occasional flashes of Steranko's influence here and there. The story was a bit meh; the whole "I won't; okay, just once more" schtik is starting to wear thin. It's dragging down the whole Agent of K.U.N.G.-F.U. direction that hasn't been too bad a concept so far.

3 stars. Oh, and Leiko, don't count your boyfriends before you're dating 'em!

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   November 19, 2016 Drax Added Petra Scotese (Goldberg) creator listing.
   November 19, 2016 Drax
   December 3, 2015 TStarnes Changed comic details.
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