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Marvel Masterworks: Iron Fist Volume 1 Hardcover – Jun 29 2011

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Surprisingly entertaining masterworks volume July 13 2011
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The logical title to be the first of the martial arts masterworks would have been the longest running and by most accounts the best, Master of Kung-Fu. However, that title has licensing issues because of the use of trademarked characters like Fu Manchu. As a result we must make do with Iron Fist introduced in Marvel Premiere 15. This book is a middling 244 pages which seems a little short for 13 issues (Marvel Premiere 15-25, Iron Fist 1-2) but is a reflection of the low page count of 1974-1975.

The first part of the book (MP 15-22) is the origin arc which is very fast paced and features a bevy of writers and artists. This is usually a recipe for mediocrity but surprisingly the arc holds up very well, as good as the second part, in my opinion. The second part is written by the celebrated Chris Claremont of X-Men fame and is slower paced and more intricately plotted. The last three issues features art by Claremont's X-Men collaborator, John Byrne. The arc has not played out by the end of the book but is very well done.

There are no extras besides the standard creator biographies.

Curiously, Marvel's showcase title, Marvel Premiere has now been masterworked through issue 25 in various Warlock, Dr. Strange, and Iron Fist books.

In short, highly recommended despite the creator merry-go-round in the first half.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Fun kung fu memories Dec 22 2013
By Rich M. - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This was another semi-accidental purchase on eBay, but I'm glad I got it. Iron Fist was my first real exposure to kung fu as a genre, though I missed getting a mess of the issues in this collection just because newsstand distribution in a small town stinks.

Great artwork by Gil Kane, Pat Broderick and Larry Hama, and the first collaboration by Chris Claremont and John Byrne - the probable reason why this was reprinted - makes it worth the price (at least an eBay price; I wouldn't pay fill price for ANY of the Masterworks or Archives hardcovers today). Good, solid seventies storytelling.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Wow July 2 2012
By J.B. - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I had never read an Iron Fist comic book before this. I bought it because the character was a in a game and I thought he was cool. I must say, he certainly is. Iron Fist has become one of my favorites now! This is a superb collection, but it leaves you hanging. The story ends on a cliffhanger and now I can't wait to get volume 2!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Iron Fist is a great read. July 21 2011
By Comicfan40 - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This Marvel Masterworks piece of Iron Fist is absolutely amazing. Marvel needs to continue to produce lesser known characters in this highly collectible series from the silver age of comics when they were actually fun and simple. I highly recommend this to anyone that is crazy about the kung-fu explosion of the 70's and bruce lee's appearances this will not disappoint.
The Good And The Bad From 70's Marvel Aug. 4 2014
By Keyth Danielsen - Published on
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70's Marvel was markedly different from 60's Marvel. As the # 1 comics publisher out from underneath their formerly restrictive distribution deal, they were constantly trying out new concepts and titles. This was a reflection of former fan turned pro Roy Thomas ascending to the editor-in-chief position after Stan Lee was promoted to publisher in 1972. Combined with the Kung Fu craze at the time which had already spawned the successful Master Of Kung Fu, we got Iron Fist. Unfortunately this collection of tales suffers from what was also a 70's Marvel hallmark: constantly changing writer/artist teams. Starting out strongly with the origin by Thomas/Kane/Giordano there is then a round robin rotation of various writers and artists, some good some barely competent. Finally the team of Claremont and Byrne take over and would stay with the character for 16 issues (Iron Fist was awarded his own title and lasted for 15). This early pairing of Claremnot and Byrne foreshadowed the magic they would soon unfold in the Uncanny X-Men. My personal favorites in this collection are: the origin and issue # 23's War-Hawk story. I am huge fan of inkers and Bob McLeod's magnificent embellishment turns Pat Broderick's early pencils into a thing of beauty, pushing the so-so story over the finish line into a memorable tale.