“M” Is For …
… Master of Kung Fu! (1974)
The letter “M” is one of the real bloodbaths in this project. There are a pile of books I need to set aside in picking a favorite, and not just because all those “Marvel” branded books start with an “M.” I think this is the single toughest letter of the alphabet for me.
Which makes Master of Kung Fu that much more remarkable. It was Master of Kung Fu that first introduced me to “cinematic” storytelling in comic book form (I missed Steranko the first time around). I loved that Master of Kung Fu was human-scaled, and clearly channeling the James Bond movies that I so loved as a teen. I was intrigued by the weird pulp fiction background bits mixed into the tale; I loved the deep continuity; I loved the unforgettable cast of heroes and villains and villainous heroes and heroic villains; I loved that this series made me feel that the deeply-missed Bruce Lee was still alive. I even liked it when the series was flooded with Fleetwood Mac music.
Few Marvel books enjoyed such a long run by a single creator, with Doug Moench guiding the adventures of Shang-Chi in nearly every issue, with a series of artistic partners in Paul Gulacy, Gene Day, and Mike Zeck all so good that we could argue which were the best of them and see the sun come up without a resolution.
This may well be my favorite comics series of all time.
Now … tell me about the “M” books I am missing!
- Marvel Comics (1939)
- Marvel Premiere (1972)
- Marvel Super Heroes (1966)
- Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars (1984)
- Marvel Team-Up (1972)
- Marvel Treasury Edition (1974)
- Marvel Two-In-One (1974)
- Marvels (1994)
- Micronauts (1979)
- Mockingbird (2016)
- Ms. Marvel (1977)
- Mister Miracle (1971)
- Mystery in Space (1951)
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