Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #31-32
Issue(s): Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #31, Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #32 (excludes Daughters of the Dragon story, which has a separate entry)
He was bidding for an alliance with Fu Manchu, but Manchu wasn't interested.
The Tiger's brother kills himself, which is just one of many tragedies in the life of the White Tiger.
Things are a little muddled but it's likely because i haven't been following the story all along.
In the aftermath, Harmony Killdragon is hired to kill Lin Sun, formerly of the Sons of the Tiger.
The death is to be filmed by a sleazy director who is also a gangster, but Killdragon has personal reasons for wanting to kill Lin Sun as well. However, she's not so sure she has her story straight, so after a bit of fighting and accusations she switches sides. The White Tiger shows up to help as well, and his merged amulet is of interest to Lin Sun and Bob Diamond (Abe Brown is off fighting as a mercenary).
Quality Rating: C-
Chronological Placement Considerations: Must take place before Master of Kung Fu #48-51, which begins a period where Fu Manchu is thought dead. The MCP places this between MOKF 42-43.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (2): showAbe Brown, Awilda Ayala, Bob Diamond, Filippo Ayala, Harmony Killdragon, Iron Fist, Jack of Hearts, James D'Angelo, Lin Sun, Lotus Shinchuko, Misty Knight, Nathaniel 'Blackbyrd' Byrd, Shang-Chi, White Tiger
Michele Brand was primarily a colorist; this may be her only artwork for Marvel.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | August 22, 2011 12:27 AM
There's some really exciting, dynamic work on this story by Joe Staton. He didn't do all that much for Marvel because they were pretty much only giving him assignments to do inks / finishes, so he chose to go over to DC Comics where he was able to get lots of work as a penciler. I think this was Staton's only penciling work for Marvel in the 1970s.
Posted by: Ben Herman | November 13, 2016 11:27 AM
I have loved Staton's work too: it's very modern and catching. Another trait of the issues is the unusual racy exploit of the absence of the Comic Code nulla osta: another story in #32 is about Misty Knight and Collen Wing, with plenty of nude, nipples, gore and blood (had ever a cut-by-katana hand, with relative stream of blood, appeared before in Marvel?). I guess Marvel was experimenting.
Posted by: jti88 . | June 1, 2017 8:10 AM
lets add Harmony Killdragon to our list of awesome names.
Posted by: kveto | February 5, 2018 9:57 AM
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