Characters Appearing: Rufus T. Hackstabber, Shang-Chi, Tiger-Claw
Master of Kung Fu #52
Issue(s): Master of Kung Fu #52
This issue, a major break from the final Gulacy arc, features Rufus T. Hackstabber, a Groucho Marx parody character that Shang Chi met previously.
Shang-Chi is in Morocco investigating what was thought to be a lead on Fu-Manchu's operations, but instead he finds himself in a zany wacky adventure.
We meet Hackstabber's cousin Quigley J. Warmflash (second cousin, twice removed by berth, mirth and worth).
The bad guy of this piece is Tiger-Claw, who, appropriately enough, wears tiger claws as gloves (i wonder if he stole them from Armless Tiger Man).
It also seems to feature Jennifer Kale (but not really).
A very silly story. Not really my thing. I'm all for the occasional humor issue but it really clashes with Moench's Shang-Chi.
Quality Rating: C
Chronological Placement Considerations: Issue #53 is a reprint. And issue #55 is a fill-in that works best before the War-Yore arc in issues #54 and #56-58. So Shang-Chi's next MOKF appearance is #55. It might even make sense for this issue to take place prior to MOKF #48-51, since Shang-Chi is in Morocco looking for info on his father, based on information given by Nayland Smith ("Then it is Tiger-Claw, and not my father, who has been active in this city. Smith's information was wrong."). By #51 Fu Manchu is thought dead and Shang-Chi has quit MI-6. But it's possible Shang-Chi was either looking to mop up Fu Manchu's organization (hence "been active") or following up on a new lead that Fu Manchu may still be alive, since Shang-Chi would surely take that kind of assignment from Smith.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Warmflash is based on W. C. Fields.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | June 7, 2013 4:26 PM
The only thing worse than no Groucho Mark/W.C. Fields parody at all is a really really bad Groucho Marx/W.C. Fields parody. Seems like maybe Doug Moench just wanted to get some of that Steve Gerber-style humor-action, but didn't quite know how to go about it. At least it's fairly harmless to anything other than Shang-Chi's seriousness. As a child I probably would've found it hilarious.
Posted by: Holt | March 6, 2018 10:00 AM
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