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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Iron Fist Key Comics Part Two

Here we are with more Iron Fist related key comics. This is Part 2 to this key issues series and will include keys from various comic titles as well as the short-lived Iron Fist self titled series from the Bronze Age.

If you missed Part 1, be sure to click the link to catch up on that. Otherwise, if you didn't miss it, here's more Iron Fist key issues.

First and death of Steel Serpent
Origin partially retold

The first appearance of Steel Serpent in this issue is not to be confused with Davos the Steel Serpent whom would become Iron Fist's arch nemesis. The Steel Serpent in this issue has no relation nor connection to Davos. They just oddly have the same name, and the Steel Serpent in this issue is a martial arts instructor famous for his Delayed Death Blow. He traveled twice to K'un L'un to challenge Yu-Ti and got his ass handed to him.

To prepare for a third bout, Steel Serpent traveled to the U.S. to challenge Danny Rand. In the first duel, Steel Serpent's students poisoned Iron Fist by lacing their master's weapons with poison. 

Iron Fist ended up being captured, but was later able to break out. In their second duel, Iron Fist blocked Steel Serpent's Death Blow, causing the power to backfire and kill him.

The Deadly Hands of Kung Fu was a Black and White magazine style comic. Not sure if this is the first Iron Fist story in the title. Overstreet has issue #9 containing a 2 pg pin up preview. This issue was published March, 1975.

eBay - Pretty scarce comic. There are a few unslabbed copies on the mighty eBay, but no CGC as of yet. Will not be easy to find online.

Chris Claremont Iron Fist scripts begins
First appearance of Lt. Rafael Scarfe
First appearance of Warhawk

History is being made here when Chris Claremont comes on board to write the adventures of Danny Rand and Iron Fist. This was not listed in the Marvel Premiere key issues list, but it is an important one for fans of the X-Men and Chris Claremont. It would only be two issues later when the writer would first team up with a certain comic artist and later become a legendary creative team in the industry.

This issue also has the first appearance of Lt. Rafael Scarfe, who would become an important supporting character for both Iron Fist and Luke Cage. Scarfe is Misty Knight's ex partner and member of the NYPD. He would assist Iron Fist and Luke Cage on numerous occasions.

The first appearance of the villain Warhawk also makes his debut in this issue. Minor villain, but Claremont did have him tangle with the X-Men later on down the line.

eBay - Pretty decent selection of unslabbed copies and CGC copies as well for this bronze age key issue. Quite a few 9.6s available at the time of this writing if you fancy high grade slabbed copies. Lowest CGC copy is a 9.4 so far.

ComicConnect - Three copies here. Only one CGC though, but it is a high grade CGC NM 9.4. The other two are unslabbed copies and the highest is a 9.2 followed by a VF 8.0.

mycomicshop - Four unslabbed copies here. The highest raw copy so far is a VF+ 8.5. No CGC copies yet.

Last Iron Fist in titled series
1st John Byrne Iron Fist work
1st Chris Claremont and John Byrne work together

Last Iron Fist in the Marvel Premiere title, but more importantly this issues sees one of the early Marvel works of legendary comic artist John Byrne. It's actually his first work on Iron Fist, and it's no surprise that Chris Claremont penned this story. 

As all comic fans know, this creative team up would become legendary on the X-Men and comics in general, and Marvel Premiere #25 sees the first time the legendary creative team of Claremont and John Byrne would work together. October, 1975 is when this issue was published, and comics would never be the same but all the better for it.

eBay - No problem finding unslabbed copies for this Iron Fist key issue. Only four CGC copies however. Two gorgeous 9.6s with one of them being a Signature Series double signed by Chris Claremont and Stan Lee. There's also a 9.2 and 8.0 as well.

ComicLink - Two CGC copies here. Highest is a 9.6 NM+ and the lowest is a low NM 9.2 copy.

mycomicshop - Only two unslabbed copies here. Highest is a VF 8.0 if you prefer unslabbed copies.

First issue to titled series
First appearance of Steel Serpent

Iron Fist gets his own titled series with this issue, and Claremont and Byrne would continue their collaboration throughout this titled series. Despite this being a first issue for Iron Fist, there's also the first appearance of Steel Serpent, who becomes one of Iron Fist's most deadly of foes.

A little back info, shall we? This Steel Serpent, real name Davos, was a native of K'un L'un and son of Lei-Kung. He trained hard to be the one who would eventually win the right to become the next Iron Fist, except that he was beaten by Wendell Rand in a match that would determine the winner the right to challenge the dragon Shou-Lao for the power of the Iron Fist. 

Despite being beaten and without earning the right to do so, Davos challenged Shou-Lao anyways and was defeated. Tuan, known as Yu-Ti back then, exiled Davos from K'un L'un and forbade him from ever returning. 

Ironically, Wendell Rand didn't challenge Shou-Lao for the power of the Iron Fist and left K'un L'un, in which he went to New York and became a wealthy business man and would later travel back to K'un L'un with his business partner and wife and son. Of course, as explained in Marvel Premiere #15, he and his wife would die before ever reaching there, beginning the legend of Danny Rand as Iron Fist. 

Since Wendell was no longer around to take revenge on, the Steel Serpent Davos swore revenge on Danny Rand. November, 1975 was when this issue debuted, and this issue has experienced a great jump in demand and value.

eBay - As of this writing, the selection seems pretty limited for this issue. There are a few CGC copies though. Highest is a 9.6 and a 9.4.

ComicConnect - Quite a few CGC Iron Fist #1's here. Highest is one 9.8 and a 9.6. The 9.6 is a Signature Series. There's also a 9.2 Signature Series as well. No raw copies here at the time of this writing.

mycomicshop - Two copies here at the moment. One is a FN/VF 7.0, and the other is a VG copy that goes up for auction July, 19th 2014. No CGC just yet but could change sooner or later.

2nd issue to self-titled series
First appearance of Miranda Rand
First Conal D'hu-Tsien
First appearance H'ylthri

The 2nd issue to the series and we have another supporting character that's a bit important to the Iron Fist. This issue sees the first appearance of Miranda Rand, Danny Rand's half-sister, and it's written that Miranda Rand was actually a childhood friend of Danny's while he grew up in K'un L'un. Danny, however, never knew that she was his half sister, and apparently Danny's father Wendell got it on with a female in K'un L'un back in the day before leaving for New York and becoming super rich.

Another childhood friend Danny grew up with was Conal D'hu-Tsien, and in this issue Miranda, Conal D'hu-Tsien and H'ylthri are all remembered in flashback. Jealous that Danny has obtained the power of the Iron Fist, a native of K'un L'un named Merrin tries to take it from him. Attacked by Merrin and his men, Danny is highly outnumbered until a masked fighter suddenly helps him. The fighter ends up being unmasked and is revealed to be Miranda. 

Conal D'hu-Tsien also helps Danny and Miranda fend off the attackers and defeats the last of Merrin and men. Conal explains that he trained Miranda in martial arts even though it is against the law to do so in K'un L'un. Soon after Conal and Miranda are arrested.

Later that night, Danny sees Conal sneaking out of the kingdom and follows him to question why. When Danny confronts Conal, he is then suddenly attacked by Miranda.

Upon awakening, Danny finds he, Conal, and Miranda have been captured by the H'ylthri, plant like creatures that are mortal enemies of the K'un L'un people, who decimated H'ylthri lands in order to build the K'un L'un kingdom.

When Danny attacks the H'ylthri, he is stung and starts to lose consciousness, but before he does, he hears Miranda call him her brother when pleading for his help. Danny would awaken outside of the K'un L'un walls, presuming that Miranda and Conal were dead. This issue was published December, 1975.

eBay - Seems to be a few copies on the might eBay. Looks to be a few CGC options as well. Highest located at time of this writing is a 9.6.

ComicLink - Only one copy here at the time of this writing and it's a CGC 9.2 low NM

ComicConnect - Only two raw copies at the moment. Highest is a 9.2. Other copy is a 9.0 VF/NM.

mycomicshop - Two unslabbed copies only at the moment. Highest is a FN.


First appearance of Alan Cavenaugh
First appearance of Scimitar

Two minor first appearances in this issue. The first is Alan Cavenaugh, a reformed member of the IRA who was saved by Iron Fist during an attack in this issue. He becomes an ally of Iron Fist.

The second is the first appearance of Scimitar, who is employed by Master Khan to eliminate Iron Fist. Although this is their first duel here in this issue, Iron Fist would go up against Scimitar on numerous occasions. This issue came out June, 1976.

eBay - Selection is decent for unslabbed copies. Pretty limited for CGC copies. Only two so far. One is a 9.6 and the other a 9.0 VF/NM.

mycomicshop - Two raw copies here at the time of this writing. Both are low grade copies. Highest is a VG+ followed by a VG.

ComicConnect - Only one raw copy here so far. It's a VF/NM 9.0.

ComicLink - Three CGC copies if CGC is more your taste. Highest is a CGC 9.2 followed by a 9.0. The lowest is a VF 8.0.

Part 2 is concluded but there's still quite a lot more Iron Fist key comics to unveil in Part 3, so just click the PART 3 link below to continue and discover more Iron Fist key issues! 

If you missed Part 1, just click the PREVIOUS link below to go back and read up on that. 

Part 3 is ready to go! Are you?

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