Characters Appearing: Black Jack Tarr, Fu Manchu, Shang-Chi
Master of Kung Fu #55
Issue(s): Master of Kung Fu #55
This story introduces Han Sung, a childhood friend of Shang-Chi's.
He's under the impression that Shang-Chi is still a member of Fu Manchu's Si Fan, so he sends some men to kill Shang-Chi.
The reason the Sung is on the run from the Si Fan is because he's stolen Fu Manchu's Elixer of Longevity. Shang-Chi catches up with Han Sung and tries to convince him that he shouldn't drink the potion, but Sung doesn't listen to him.
Unfortunately, the potion is toxic; Fu Manchu had built up a tolerance to it over the years. But Han Sung dies, leaving behind a daughter and some sons.
Quality Rating: C+
Chronological Placement Considerations: This is a fill-in that interrupts the War-Yore story between Master of Kung Fu #54 and #56 and best takes place prior to that. Black Jack Tarr is living at the Savoy Hotel, as he is at the start of issue #54. Shang-Chi had been staying with him for three days prior to the start of this story; it's not said why he wasn't living with Leiko as he was shown to be in #54. It's possible this actually takes place after Leiko and Shang-Chi have a falling out in issue #58, but i think Tarr is out of his hotel and hanging out with Sir Denis at that point. Either before #54 or after #58 are probably plausible. Definitely takes place after Fu Manchu is thought dead in #51, although neither Shang-Chi or Han Sung really believe it.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
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