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Shang-Chi: Master of Kung Fu
Shang-Chi was raised by his father to be the ultimate lackey for the would-be world conqueror. However, his first mission, which was to kill his father's old archenemy, Sir Denis Nayland Smith , ended with him learning the true evil nature of his father. Disillusioned, Shang-Chi swore eternal opposition to his father's ambitions and fought him as an agent of British intelligence. All of this occurred in the character's first appearance, Special Marvel Edition #15 (SME #1-14 were reprints of older Marvel superhero stories). Shang-Chi appeared again in SME #16, and with #17 the series was renamed to Master of Kung Fu.
The title, originally created by writer Steve Englehart and artist Jim Starlin, was an early success that grew even more with the coming of writer Doug Moench and artist Paul Gulacy whose long tenure on the title made the series one of the most acclaimed publications for Marvel in the 1970s.
Shang-Chi had two more short series: the Master of Kung Fu: Bleeding Black graphic novel (1990) and the MAX miniseries Master of Kung Fu: Hellfire Apocalypse (2002). The character also had several stories in the anthology series Marvel Comics Presents (including one by Moench and Gulacy that ran in the series' first eight issues in 1988), and co-starred in the Moon Knight Special (1992).
Although based on a licensed property, Shang-Chi is a Marvel property and has been firmly established as a part of the Marvel Universe with guest appearances in numerous other titles, such as Marvel Team-Up, Marvel Knights and X-Men.
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