March 17th, 2017

marvel

a brief history of Iron Fist in the comics

On the day of the debut of Iron Fist on Netflix, I take a look at the history of the comic book character, who debuted in 1974 in the midst of the kung-fu craze.

An excerpt:
After a decade—and after losing his two closest friends to the Hylthri, the plant people who are sworn enemies of K’un L’un—Rand leaves K’un L’un and returns home to New York City. He wants revenge on Harold Meachum for killing his father (and inadvertently leading to his mother’s death). Meanwhile, Davos, a.k.a. the Steel Serpent—son of the man who trained Rand, and who covets the iron fist—also travels to New York to kill Rand and claim the iron fist.

Along the way, Rand makes several friends, including former policewoman Misty Knight and swordswoman Colleen Wing. Later, he and Luke Cage are thrown together, and they become partners in Heroes for Hire—and best friends. In addition, Rand starts a relationship with Knight, one of the first (and few) interracial romances in mainstream comics.
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    "The Curse" by Jethro Tull
bat-rewatch

Holy Rewatch Batman! "The Great Escape"/"The Great Train Robbery"

Shame is back, and he's got help from his fiancee and future mother-in-law. The Bat-rewatch is a-Shame-d (sorry) to look at the last two-parter of the series in "The Great Escape"/"The Great Train Robbery."

An excerpt:
I love Batman reading Shame’s note in a Western accent. I love how craven Batman and Robin are under the influence of the fear gas. I love how Batman calmly replies to each of Shame’s insults with a reasonable calm response. (“Your mother wore Army shoes!” “Yes, she did. As I recall, she found them quite comfortable.”) I love that Gotham City has a used tank lot. I love that it takes the brain power of all three heroes to dope out the opera-house robbery. I love the easy banter between the husband-and-wife team of Cliff Robertson and Dina Merrill as Shame and Calamity Jan. I love that Batgirl and Robin save the day by actually expecting the bad guys to go back on their word, thus saving Batman’s trusting ass from getting shot.

And oh my goodness do I love Fred! Barry Dennen is superb here, looking every bit the unbathed, droopy-mustachioed Mexican that was a tired staple of Westerns, but speaking with a posh British accent and with a delightfully withering dry wit. Honestly, this whole storyline is worth it just for Fred and his sardonic commentary. He’s fantastic.
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    "Doctor to My Disease" by Jethro Tull