Angus’ Appendices - THE MANDARIN - Tales Of Suspense Vol 1 Issue 50

Angus discovers the comic book origins of The Mandarin in anticipation of our Comic Book Character Of The Month Shang-Chi's big screen debut in September! Please drop us a message on the anchor app or send us an mp3 or email to

Tales of Suspense (1959-1968) #50

The Hands Of The Mandarin

In the remote vastness of red China stands the castle of the most mysterious, the most feared oriental of all time! Some claim he has lived for many centuries! Others claim he is far more than human! But none knows the real origin, the true power of the evil genius of the east - the dreaded Mandarin!!

Our Comic Book Character Of The Month for June is Shang-Chi. We are reading:

Master of Kung Fu Epic Collection: Weapon of the Soul

One of the most groundbreaking Marvel comics of all time! The series that captured the kung fu craze starts here! Born to be the world's most fearsome fighter, Shang-Chi's life takes an unexpected turn when he discovers the truth about his father, the villainous Fu Manchu. So begins the epic story of the Master of Kung Fu! In his quest to end the reign of his malevolent patriarch, Shang-Chi pits his deadly hands and unstoppable spirit against incredible foes like Midnight, Tiger-Claw...and even the Amazing Spider-Man! He's joined by Sir Denis Nayland Smith and "Black" Jack Tarr of the British secret service, who will stop at nothing to end the devil doctor's reign.


Shang-Chi by Gene Luen Yang Vol. 1: Brothers & Sisters

The Marvel Universe's greatest fighter returns to a world of death and destruction he thought he left behind! An ancient and evil secret society has remained in hiding since the death of their leader, Zheng Zu. But now a successor has been chosen to shift the balance of power in the world: Zheng Zu's son, Shang-Chi! In a fractious family reunion, Shang-Chi gets to know the siblings he never knew he had, including the deadly Sister Hammer! But who among them can he trust — and who is trying to kill him? Shang-Chi will find out the hard way as his life ends up on the line — and the only one who can save him is…his father? But isn't he dead?!

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