The Hands of Shang-Chi, Master of Kung-Fu

The Hands of Shang-Chi, Master of Kung-Fu

Written by Steve Englehart (writer and colorist), Jim Starlin (artist), Al Milgrom (inker), Tom Orzechowski (letterer)

The constant struggle between Nayland Smith and Fu Manchu resumes when the 19-year-old son of the latter, Shang-Chi, has his constant training in a secluded Honan retreat ended. Fu Manchu wants his son to enter the outside world to take care of 'the most evil man in the world', Dr. Petrie. Shang-Chi is a true Master of Kung Fu and one of the most deadly in the world when it comes to hand-to-hand combat. He, unfortunately, has no idea about the true nature of his father.

For someone of Shang-Chi's abilities, getting to Petrie will be easy and so will be dispatching him. Leaving, he will meet Nayland Smith who will start to set him straight on his father's true nature. Shang-Chi returns to China where he confronts his American mother to seek the truth and learns how evil his father is. Fighting his way in to see his father, Shang-Chi has words with the man who had him kill the innocent Petrie; the conversation ends with the younger man vowing to fight the elder and the elder banishing him.

Thus will begin a long on-again-off-again relationship between Nayland Smith and the son of Fu Manchu, Shang-Chi. The number of separate issues of the graphic series of Master of Kung Fu and its many incarnations in which Nayland Smith appears is too numerous to mention here. has a terrific listing of 90+ (as of this writing) different appearances.

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