*Marvel: Fu Manchu’s Number One Son (though he doesn’t like to talk about it) Shang-Chi, Master of Kung Fu, was an offshoot of the 1970’s martial arts craze which far outstayed reasonable expectations, largely because of its foundation in the pulp novels of Sax Rohmer, and the sheer quality of its contributors – Doug Moench took a series which could have been an ephemeral cash-in (and no doubt was intended as such by the Marvel powers-that-be), and made it into a complex and multi-layered saga of deception, betrayal and conflicting loyalties, aided by such stellar artists as co-creator Jim Starlin, Paul Gulacy, Gene Day and Mike Zeck. Nowadays, Shang’s origins are tactfully alluded to rather than acknowledged, owing to a parting of the ways between the Rohmer estate and Marvel, but he remains an integral part of the Marvel Universe, and during the period of these issues, the fight with Fu Manchu was at its height. Shang-Chi debuted in issue #15 of a previously-reprint title, Special Marvel Edition, and ran in one more issue before, with #17, it was renamed in his honour. This selection runs from Special Marvel Edition #15, Shang-Chi’s first appearance, through to the 70th issue of his eponymous series (many of the earliest ones never UK-distributed), together with his first Annual and all four Giant-Size issues. The premiere issue, Special Marvel Edition #15, is FN+ at £50.