Friday, November 03, 2006

The House of Ideas is now out of Ideas.

Back in the 70s, during the Kung Fu craze, and yes, I lived through it, Marvel and DC cranked out several martial arts titles. One of Marvel's creations was Iron Fist. I read some of the Iron fist books, mainly because they were a bit more accessible than the Shang-Chi series based on Sax Rohmer's Fu Manchu stories.

Now, thirty years later, we learn that there have been many Iron Fists? The latest issue of Wizard magazine lists four previous Iron Fists: Bei Ming-Tian (1194-1227), Wu Ao-Shi (1517-1550), Bei Bang-Wen (1827-1860), and Orson Randall (1900-1933). The writers of the new Iron Fist series, Ed Brubaker and Matt Fraction want to "explore the character, and to cross pollinate the well of Wuxia fable, the pulp tradition and Marvel Superheroes."

Sounds to me like they are ripping off Lee Falk's The Phantom.

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