Monday, January 16, 2012

Master of Kung Fu #85 (February 1980)

Title: The Ram And The Dove
Cover: Mike Zeck
Writer: Doug Moench
Penciler: Mike Zeck
Inker: Gene Day
Colorist: Steve Oliff
Letterer: Diana Albers
Editor: Roger Stern
Editor-in-Chief: Jim Shooter
Cover Price: $0.40
Cover Date: February1980
Release Date: November 1979
Synopsis: Master of Kung Fu #85 contains Part 3 of the Warriors of the Golden Dawn saga. Trapped between the deadly Leopard Cultists on the beach and viscous alligators in the river, Shang-Chi and Black Jack Tarr dive under the water and manage to restrain one of the beasts. Returning to shore, they hurl the alligator into the midst of the Cultists, escaping into the jungle while their foes scatter in a panic. In Casablanca, Leiko and Clive Reston are met at the airport by a young boy bearing a note with the location of the kidnapped Nayland Smith. They proceed to the location and overpower a handful of Leopard Cultists to rescue Smith, leaving the mysterious Karamenah behind as an infiltrator of Fu Manchu's organization. The trio proceeds to a place clearly inspired by Rick's Cabaret from Casablanca where the Bogart-esque proprietor gladly helps Clive Reston based on their personal history. Back in the South American jungle, Shang-Chi and Tarr find Fu Manchu's base of operations and launch an attack. Facing insurmountable odds, the two are separated as Shang-Chi searches for his father Fu Manchu and Tarr fights for his life against the Leopard Cultists. In Casablanca, two old lovers share a tender moment and Leiko succumbs to her passions and spends the night with Clive. In the morning, Leiko tells Clive that the night will not be repeated, clearly at odds with her love of Shang-Chi and the desire for her old flame. The issue ends back in South America with Tarr uncovering Fu Manchu's mind control factory and the Master of Kung Fu coming face-to-face with his father! To be continued next issue in Part 4 of the Warriors of the Golden Dawn saga!

Source: Kraalo Archives, Mike Zeck

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