Master of Kung Fu Returns!

Last week brought welcome news of the return of Shang-Chi, the Master of Kung Fu!

Master of Kung Fu #51, Pau Gulacy

Arguably my favorite 1970s Marvel Comics series, Master of Kung Fu has never received the reprint/collection treatment it deserves, allegedly owing to licensing issues with the estate of Sax Rohmer, who wrote the original Fu Manchu stories that Master of Kung Fu uses as a springboard. It appears those issues have been resolved at last, and this classic run — with all its mystery, intrigue, espionage, and boots-to-the-head — will return in a series of Omnibus reprints starting in 2016!

It’s been awhile, but I have written a bit about Master of Kung Fu here at Longbox Graveyard, starting with Snowbuster, and early tale by Doug Moench and Paul Gulacy, which shared my youthful obsession with Bruce Lee:

Paul Gulacy & Doug Moench, Master of Kung Fu #31

Later, I wrote about Shang-Chi’s adventure on Mordillo’s Island, one of the weirder interludes in what could be a very weird book indeed:

Paul Gulacy and Doug Moench, Master of Kung Fu


I even put together a Shang-Chi Pinterest Gallery!

Paul Gulacy & Doug Moench, Master of Kung Fu #30

And all of this reminds me that I am long overdue in blogging about this book. I’ve been meaning to write about the “Clock of Shattered Time” story from issues #42-43 of MoKF — maybe this impending reprint will put a kung fu boot to my bottom to finally get going again!

Master of Kung Fu!


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Posted on September 30, 2015, in Announcements and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. And what a perfect complement Mick Zeck’s artwork made to the series. It’s worth getting the books just for the issues with his art alone.


  2. I just finished buying all the issues that I was missing – including those Special Marvel Editions that introduced the character, the annual and the giant size issues. Now they bring out the omnibuses!


  3. Yahoo! This is great news, though I’ve picked up 42 back issues over the past couple of years, but I may have to go for this for the convenience, if nothing else, even though I prefer reading back issues. However, omnibus to me means “expensive”, so I’d prefer a cheaper format, and this will probably delay my purchase, but I’ll pick these up sooner or later.


  4. I am a huge fan of both Paul Gulacy and Mike Zeck. The few back issues of MOKF that I have are really good. I regard Doug Moench as something of an underrated writer. So I am certainly looking forward to these.


  5. This is a Longbox Graveyard dream come true. You summoned Shang-Chi… and have been answered!


  6. With the advent of the Master of Kung Fu Omnibus and Deadly Hands of Kung Fu Omnibus being released this year, the folks over at the Masterworks Message Board were seeking “The Definitive MOKF/DHOKF Chronologic Reading Order”.

    As part of a larger project, “THE” Definitive MOKF/DHOKF Chronologic Reading Order and Shang Chi Chronology was just completed. If you’re interested, head on over to:


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