Marvel Comics Master of Kung Fu could make a great television series. Granted, they’d need to change the title. Even die-hard fans of the MOKF series realized that the silly sounding title probably kept more fans from reading the series, but those that gave it a try (especially the Doug Moench/Paul Gulacy issues) were in for some of the best comic stories being published.
Shang-Chi (the Master of Kung Fu from the title) was a young man who, well, let Shang-Chi tell you…
- ”Call me Shang-Chi, as my father did when he raised me and molded my mind and my body in the vacuum of his Honan, China retreat. I learned many things from my father: That my name means ‘The Rising and Advancing of a Spirit’, that my body could be forged into a living weapon through the discipline of kung fu, and that it might be used for the murder of a man called Dr. Petrie.
Since then I have learned that my father is Dr. Fu Manchu, the most insidiously evil man on earth…and that to honor him would bring nothing but dishonor to the spirit of my name.”
Shang-Chi reluctantly became an agent for the British government — think Bruce Lee working with James Bond — and found himself in adventures just as wild as in any 007 movie.
Marvel has never given the Moench/Gulacy MOKF run the hardback treatment it deserves since they no longer have the rights to Fu Manchu. This seems like a bit of a cop-out to me, since it would be easy to call Fu something else. I imagine the same thing would have to happen for a proposed tv series.
Tell you what, though. How about someone with clout getting it done in both arenas?