Characters Appearing: Black Jack Tarr, Clive Reston, Dr. Petrie, Ducharme, Fah Lo Suee, Fu Manchu, Leiko Wu, Shang-Chi, Shockwave, Sir Denis Nayland Smith
Master of Kung Fu #44-45
Issue(s): Master of Kung Fu #44, Master of Kung Fu #45
This issue goes into the backstory of Ducharme - a character i am not familiar with but i feel like i'm supposed to be, possibly because she has only appeared in Sax Rohmer's books to this point. After hearing her story (she's been a double agent for forty years, kept alive by Fu Manchu's longevity formula), Shang-Chi, Leiko, and Reston fight their way to the Golden Daggers (The true name of the group that had been using the Oriental Expeditors warehouse as a front), only to find that it was controlled not by Fu Manchu, as they suspected, but by Shang-Chi's sister Fah Lo Suee. Rejecting her offer to form an alliance against Fu Manchu, the MI-6 agents attack her.
Reston is captured by Fah Lo Suee and it is revealed that one of her agents, a man named Tarrant, was actually Griswold, the Swiss agent.
Petrie attempts to kill Smith and is outed as the MI-6 traitor.
Meanwhile Fu Manchu's men retrieve a giant oyster from the bottom of the sea.
Great Kung-Fu/British Spy adventures as always, although my inability to remember names is a real deficit when trying to follow all these double-agents and such.
Quality Rating: B-
Chronological Placement Considerations: Shang-Chi and company are still on the estate of Switzerland agent Herbert Griswold at the start of this issue.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
This must be one of the earlier uses in superhero comics of having each chapter of an arc narrated by a different character.
Posted by: Omar Karindu | May 28, 2016 8:47 AM
I did a little research.
Ducharme was created by Steve Englehart, Alan Weiss. She first appeared in Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #2. Marvel.com lists her appearances as...
Giant-Size Master of Kung Fu Vol 1 1
Posted by: matthew baugh | November 18, 2016 12:28 AM
The name Ducharme seems to be borrowed from the primary female character of the 1928 French pulp novel La Cité de l'Or et de la Lèpre, which features the Fu Manchu-esque Dr. Natas.
Posted by: Omar Karindu | November 18, 2016 6:10 AM
That two-gun, motorcycle jump is reaching Nick Fury levels of badass. All she's missing is a cigar and going shirtless.
Posted by: kveto | June 27, 2018 4:00 AM
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