SHANG – CHI MAESTRO DEL KUNG – FU
PRIMA SERIE (formato gigante )
editoriale Corno, 1975
la memorabile collana corno che ha fatto conoscere all’ ottuso e rozzo pubblico italiano la commovente ed incazzatissima saga nippo-americana, ispirata alle capriole marziali di Bruce Lee, alle prodezze sushi di David Carradine, ai capitomboli ninja di Itto Ogami, alle imprecazioni zen di David Sylvian e alla virilità bonsai di Carl Douglas
CONDIZIONI BUONISSIME, UN PO’ DI USURA IN COSTOLA, IN COPERTINA FIORITURE DEL TEMPO E PICCOLA SCRITTA A BIRO DI PREZZAMENTO
a disposizione moltissimi numeri delle altre serie Corno , Star e Marvel, sono gradite le mancoliste.
I TEMPI IN CUI VIVIAMO SONO SEMPRE PIU’ DURI, E ANCHE SOPRAVVIVERE SU EBAY STA DIVENTANDO OGNI GIORNO PIU’ DIFFICILE. SE VOLETE CONTINUARE A DELIZIARVI O INFURIARVI LEGGENDO E USUFRUENDO DELLE NOSTRE ATIPICHE ED INCONVENZIONALI INSERZIONI, VISTO CHE NON COMPRATE MAI NULLA, AIUTATECI ALMENO CON IL VOSTRO APPOGGIO E IL VOSTRO SOSTEGNO, PER UNA VOLTA TANGIBILE E COMMENSURABILE. ACCETTIAMO OGNI FORMA DI CONTRIBUTO E SOVVENZIONE, AL LIMITE ANCHE DANARO, MA VANNO BENE PURE PROSCIUTTI, FORMAGGI, SIGARETTE, BUONI PASTO, BIGLIETTI DEL TRAM, LIQUORI , POLLAME E ORTAGGI.
“Midnight Brings Dark Death!” / L’ ANGOSCIA DI MEZZANOTTE
Shang-Chi now makes his home in Central Park. A gang tries to mug him, with predictable results. “Skillfully executed, my brother!” says M’Nai, who watched the whole thing from the shadows. Before Shang-Chi can say anything, M’Nai vanishes.
Shang-Chi remembers his history: Fu Manchu found him in an African village that the British had just raided. They were trying to stamp out a biological weapon Fu had created. The village chief was ready to kill the scarred, screaming orphan when Fu stopped him. Fu pointed out that the child did not cry; his screaming came from hatred, not fear or sorrow, and Fu could use that kind of hatred. Fu Manchu put a black hood on M’Nai and raised him alongside Shang-Chi. One day Shang-Chi wanted to look under M’Nai’s mask. M’Nai refused, and they fought. Their mutual respect made them friends. Back in the present, M’Nai meets with Fu Manchu, who orders him to kill Shang-Chi.
Shang-Chi encounters a policeman, who realizes that he’s wanted for Petrie’s murder (last issue). A bamboo tube drops from the roof onto the sidewalk. Shang-Chi knows that M’Nai wants to meet him because that was their means of passing notes in school. After knocking out the cop, Shang-Chi reads the message: a challenge to mortal combat. They meet at midnight at Broadway and Houston. M’Nai attacks with knife, nunchaku, fists, and words. The policeman appears with reinforcements, interrupting the fight, but only temporarily. M’Nai finds Shang-Chi first and attacks with bo and shuriken. They move to a construction site, where Shang-Chi finds a pipe to counter M’Nai’s bo. Still outmatched, he climbs a crane to evade M’Nai and then realizes his problem: “I have never felt the death-power in my limbs tonight! … I have never been more than the fly, however bravely I buzzed!” He can’t bring himself to kill his only friend. M’Nai solves his problem for him, though. From atop the crane he kicks at Shang-Chi, misses, and falls. His cloak catches on the crane’s hook. His neck snaps. Shang-Chi thinks for a moment about removing M’Nai’s mask to see how he is scarred … but he already knows.
- Special Marvel Edition changed its title but not its numbering after this issue.
- The character Midnight (M’Nai) should not be confused with Midnight (Jeff Wilde) or Midnight Man; however, Midnight Sun is a later incarnation of M’nai. M’Nai makes a chronologically earlier appearance in the second story in Iron Man, annual #4 (unpublished in Italy). He also appears in flashback in this issue. Midnight chronologically appears next in flashback in Master of Kung Fu #41 (in Italy in SCC # 31).
- Midnight was a copy of DC’s Shadow. Unfortunately, DC had already acquired the rights to a Golden Age character named Midnight.
- Roy Thomas consulted with Edward Summer (Ed Summer) for the design of Shang Chi. Summer contributed the dragon-shaped scar on Shang Chi’s arm which was based upon characters appearing in early Chinese martial arts films. This set-up was to pay off in a confrontation between Shang Chi and a character with a snake-shaped scar on his arm.
“Shang-Chi: Master of Kung Fu” / SHANG-CHI MAESTRO DEL KUNG FU
- Mister Man
In New York, Shang encounters a group of Fu Manchu’s failed experiments in horror. Although he refuses to join them in their quest for revenge, he does promise not to betray them and wishes them well. However, as he takes his leave, Fu Manchu destroys their headquarters, leaving only Shang alive.
“Frozen Past, Shattered Memories” / FRAMMENTI DI MEMORIE DEL PASSATO !
- Fu Manchu
- three cat burglars, one named Morton
- unnamed museum guard
- Buddha statue
Shang-Chi sees a familiar image in a Miami newspaper: a Buddha figure, now on display in a museum. Shang-Chi goes to the museum and overhears three thieves planning to steal it. They say that a Far Eastern sect, its original owners, plans to sell its temple for $300,000 to get it back— they conclude that they can ask the museum for the same amount in ransom. Shang-Chi reports the thieves to a guard, who dismisses him as a hippie. He waits until the thieves break in, follows them, and easily foils the robbery. He looks for the Buddha, but Fu Manchu has stolen it for himself.