The Deadly Hands of Kung Fu

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The Deadly Hands of Kung Fu
Deadly hands of kung fu 1975.jpg
Issue #17 (Oct. 1975). Painted cover art by Neal Adams.
Editor Various
Categories Martial Arts
Frequency Monthly
Year founded 1974
Final issue
Number
1977
33
Company Magazine Management
Country United States

The Deadly Hands of Kung Fu was an American black-and-white, martial arts comics magazine published by Magazine Management, a corporate sibling of Marvel Comics. From 1974 a total of 33 issues were published from 1974 to 1977, plus one special edition. Additionally, a color Marvel comic titled simply Deadly Hands of Kung Fu was published as a 2014 miniseries.

Publishing history[edit]

The Deadly Hands of Kung Fu was published in the mid-to-late 1970s by Magazine Management, a corporate sibling of Marvel Comics, amid the martial arts movie fad of the time. Launched in 1974 as part of Magazine Management's line of black-and-white comics magazines, it ran 33 issues through 1977.[1] Recurring characters included:

Each issue had comics stories featuring these characters, both single-issue stories and multi-issue story arcs. Most issues also included a review of a recent martial arts film. Other issues had interviews with martial arts instructors, while others had interviews with movie or television celebrities related to martial arts.

Early issues had a martial arts instructional section which described some elementary fighting techniques. These were provided by comics illustrator/martial artist Frank McLaughlin. The magazine was in black-and-white except for the cover. The cost of the magazine was 75 cents for issues #1–14. Issue #15 was a "Super Annual" (all reprints) issue and cost $1.25. Issues #16–33 were $1.00, as well as the 1974 Kung Fu Special (summer 1974; cover-titled Special Album Edition: The Deadly Hands of Kung Fu.[2] Issue #28 (Sept. 1976) was an all-Bruce Lee special, including a 35-page comic-format biography written by Martin Sands,and drawn by Joe Staton and Tony DeZuniga.

Some stories were set in feudal Japan and starring samurai-type characters, including a four-part story arc called "Sword Quest", illustrated by Sanho Kim and Tony DeZuniga. The Sons of the Tiger/White Tiger feature ran until the penultimate issue.<[1]

Editors[edit]

Source:[1]

The Deadliest Heroes of Kung Fu[edit]

Magazine Management also published one issue of an offshoot magazine, The Deadliest Heroes of Kung Fu, in 1975.[3] It contained no comics elements, but featured a lengthy article reprinted from Deadly Hands as well as instructional features by Frank McLaughlin. Editor John Warner explained that The Deadliest Heroes of Kung Fu was a trial balloon for an all-articles companion to Deadly Hands.[4]

Collected editions[edit]

  • The Deadly Hands of Kung Fu Omnibus Vol. 1 collects The Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #1-18, The Deadly Hands of Kung Fu Special Album Edition, and The Deadliest Heroes of Kung Fu, 1,152 pages, November 15, 2016, ISBN 978-1302901332
  • The Deadly Hands of Kung Fu Omnibus Vol. 2 collects The Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #19-33 and material from Bizarre Adventures #25, 1,000 pages, June 20, 2017, ISBN 1302901346

Deadly Hands of Kung Fu color comic[edit]

In 2014, Marvel Comics published the four-issue comic-book miniseries titled Deadly Hands of Kung Fu (July-Oct. 2014), starring the preexisting character Shang-Chi, Master of Kung Fu.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c The Deadly Hands of Kung Fu at the Grand Comics Database.
  2. ^ Kung Fu Special at the Grand Comics Database.
  3. ^ The Deadliest Heroes of Kung Fu at the Grand Comics Database.
  4. ^ John Warner (June 1975). "Editorial". Deadliest Heroes of Kung Fu. Magazine Management Company (1): 2. 
  5. ^ Deadly Hands of Kung Fu at the Grand Comics Database.