Master of Kung Fu #48-51
Issue(s): Master of Kung Fu #48, Master of Kung Fu #49, Master of Kung Fu #50, Master of Kung Fu #51
Apparently Fu Manchu's resurrected ancestor/son is actually named Shaka Kharn, not Shaka Kahn.
The arc ends with Shaka Kharn dead, Fu Manchu seemingly dead as well, and Shang Chi quitting MI-6.
Quality Rating: B-
Chronological Placement Considerations: Shang Chi quits MI-6 in this story, meaning this takes place before Marvel Two-In-One #29.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (4): show
The title to #48 refers to the 1974 Disney film "Island At the Top of the World".
There's a page in #50 where Clive Reston is apparently skewered by Shaka Kharn, but later panels show that Clive doesn't even have a rip in his outfit, and at the end he's standing around apparently uninjured. Unless #51 says different, it looks like Shaka Kharn missed(at close range, no less).
Posted by: Mark Drummond | August 23, 2011 12:12 PM
Paul Gulacy left Marvel for a while after this(except for some covers) to go into commercial art illustration. One source in the Comics Journal claimed he quit over friction with EIC Gerry Conway along with Starlin, Englehart, etc. but I find that highly unlikely.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | January 20, 2013 3:18 AM
Just masterful; the central event of #49 still puts a lump in my throat.
And #50 brings the cycle home again, to Shang-Chi and his insane father, face to face for the first time in almost two years. The incongruity of Shang-Chi with a gun works so perfectly here. And one last look at the Gulacy/Adkins pairing.
Posted by: Dan Spector | October 3, 2014 7:35 AM
In Amazing Heroes #159, Gulacy said that at the height of his collaboration with Moench on MOKF, it was the 3rd best-selling Marvel color comic behind Conan the Barbarian(#2) and Amazing Spider-Man(#1). He also said he left Marvel due to burnout over the monthly grind.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | January 31, 2015 11:00 AM
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