SHANG – CHI MAESTRO DEL KUNG – FU
PRIMA SERIE (formato gigante )
editoriale Corno, 1976
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
CONDIZIONI : BUONISSIME, UN PO’ DI USURA IN COSTOLA, DI BUSTA, COMPLETO DEGLI ADESIVI ORIGINALI ANCORA INSERITI NELL’ INTERNO DI COPERTINA
a disposizione moltissimi numeri delle altre serie Corno , Star e Marvel, sono gradite le mancoliste.
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.
“Daughter of Darkness!” / LA FIGLIA DELLE TENEBRE !
- Lord Robert Greville (Only Appearance)
- Golden Beetle
In a restaurant in El-Khârga, Egypt, Lord Robert Greville talks to Sir Denis Nayland Smith. He relates a dream in which a bewitching woman appeared to him and promised that he would unearth the Golden Beetle of the pharaoh Seth-Amon. She left him a ring, which he found the next morning. Smith tells him that his father, Shan, encountered this same woman—Fah Lo Suee, daughter of Fu Manchu—that her wiles nearly destroyed him, and that she cannot be trusted. Greville will have none of it. Smith also says that he is looking for Fu Manchu, who seems to be shadowing his daughter. Unbeknownst to Smith, Fu sits at the next table, disguised by a hood.
Shang-Chi arrives at the restaurant to meet Smith, but a group of Si-Fan assassins has followed him, disguised by robes. Shang-Chi senses the presence of his father and tells Smith so. Fu stands up and drops his hood. The assassins burst through the windows to cover Fu’s escape.
The ensuing scuffle fails to convince Greville that he should leave Seth-Amon’s tomb alone. After all, Fah Lo Suee has become his muse. He leaves. Shang-Chi remembers his first meeting with her: Fu Manchu introduced his half sister and left them alone. She observed, flatteringly, that he was being trained as a master assassin and then said that a day might come when the both of them might want Fu dead ….
In a nearby library, Smith finds mention of the Golden Beetle. The pharaoh thought that it could hypnotize anyone and thus gave him ultimate power over his subjects. Smith realizes that Fah Lo Suee wants the Golden Beetle, specifically its ruby eyes, to have the same power. He also realizes that Fu has come to Egypt to keep his daughter from getting that power, which could be used against Fu himself.
Armed with this new information, Shang-Chi and Smith go to Greville’s lodgings but get no answer at his door. Shang-Chi climbs through a window. He finds a Si-Fan inside, who is also looking for Greville but gets thrown out the window for his trouble. Shang-Chi finds a map to the dig, so he and Smith go there.
Inside Seth-Amon’s pyramid, Fah Lo Suee leads Greville to the crypt, which he has breached only that day and has not yet surveyed. She finds the box with the Golden Beetle inside, but someone has pried out the ruby eyes. Shang-Chi and Smith arrive. Smith reluctantly admits that he too fell under Fah Lo Suee’s spell years ago, and he does so again … as six Si-Fan burst forth from sarcophagi! Fah Lo Suee orders Greville and Smith to protect her from them, so Shang-Chi must not only fight them, he must protect Greville, Smith, and (reluctantly) his half sister.
During the battle, the seventh sarcophagus topples and breaks open. It holds the mummified body of Seth-Amon, whose eyes are rubies. It also reveals a bomb! Fah Lo Suee takes the rubies and Greville. Shang-Chi defeats the Si-Fan at last and brings Smith back to his senses. They flee the pyramid just before it explodes. Out on the sands, they find Greville, who is dying of Fah Lo Suee’s poisoned lipstick. Fu Manchu’s helicopter departs. Smith and Shang-Chi are left to wonder: did Fah Lo Suee make it out of the pyramid?
- Fah Lo Suee was originally created by crime pulp novelist Sax Rohmer. Her name means sweet perfume.
“Confrontation” / IL CONFRONTO !
- New York
Shang-Chi knocks over a television antenna and uses it to reach the roof of Fu Manchu’s headquarters. He then pulls a rope from a flagpole, ties it to the antenna, and climbs down it. Why? He was walking through Times Square when a man in a robe stopped him and tried to give him a religious tract. A dagger flew out of an alley and hit the man in the back, killing him instantly. Shang-Chi recognized the dragon dagger as a Si-Fan weapon.
He smashes through a window and makes his way down through the building. In the bottom of an elevator shaft, he kicks through the wall. Fu tells his Council of Seven that his daughter Fah Lo Suee has found the ruby eyes of Seth-Amon; using their hypnotic power, she has begun to recruit Si-Fan assassins to her own service. A dragon dagger slams into the table. Shang-Chi will hold his father accountable for the death of an innocent man. The seven Si-Fan, of course, attack.
Shang-Chi levers the first one into the second and third. He leaps to a beam, breaks it, and lets the beam knock down the fourth and fifth, while he lands on the sixth. The seventh rushes at him and gets flipped onto the table.
Fu takes Shang-Chi to his laboratory. He says that the betrayal of his son (Shang-Chi) and then his daughter (Fah Lo Suee) has made him lonely. He says that Fah Lo Suee has weakened his control over the Si-Fan and that she was responsible for the recent attempt on his life. He says that a war is coming, but Shang-Chi can prevent that war by killing him. Shang-Chi cannot bring himself to do it. Fu says, “Nothing has changed between us. Nothing.”
Later, Shang-Chi thinks, “I carry his last words into the cold night, and I walk long in their echo … until I decide, at last, that once again … my father has lied to me.”
“Gladiators in the Crypt of Tomorrow” / GLADIATORI DEL FUTURO (1a parte)