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    During the Kung Fu craze of the '70s, Marvel published a comic called MASTER OF KUNG FU about a martial artist named Shang Chi who was the son of Fu Manchu and fighting against his evil father. According to the story as I heard it, he was created by Steve Engelhart and Jim Starlin, and editor Roy Thomas came up with the Fu Manchu angle.  Marvel had the rights to use Fu Manchu at the time, and Roy has always loved connecting continuity to the stories he loved in his youth. Whether it made sense or not.  Engelhart wasn't crazy about the Fu Manchu stuff, but what can you do?

    Of course, when the license to use Fu Manchu reverted back to the owners, Marvel had to do some creative dancing and ultimately a bit of ret-conning to avoid mentioning the name of Shang Chi's arch enemy.

    "All the World's a Stage and Everyone's a Critic." -- Mervyn Alquist

    by quarkstomper on Sun Jul 28, 2013 at 02:11:44 PM PDT

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