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I red the last couple of days some Bruce Lee Comic series and now want to share my thoughts on them. 

I red two Bruce Lee Comic series and one comic of a never finished series. 

 

The first series I red was released by Malibu 1994, which also released some "Mortal Kombat" Comics. First I noticed, that Bruce Lee has long hair. Maybe this was choosen to seperate the character from the real deal. The Story (there are 3 Main Storys merged into one) remembered me of the Bruceploitation flicks, because there is a Bruce Lee guy in a mixed up story between little real facts and some fictional rivalries. 

The Story is about Bruce Lee, who first demonstrate his One-Inch-Punch at a Martial Arts Tournament at Long Beach and then get noticed by a Karate school leader, who doesn't like him (Because Bruce gets more attention) Bruce opens his Jeet Kune Do school across from the school of the Karate teacher. He wants Bruce to leave, so he starts a rivalry, In that he even kills a student of him and tries to put the blame on Lee, but he failed. The rivalry ended in another Tournament in which Bruce Lee beat the teacher and becomes the champ. The teacher felt in a coma after the battle. Now Bruce got noticed by a film producer and first started to work as a stunt cordinator. Then he acted as the villian in the next film and finally gets the main role in the follow up. But that film is only produced in mexico to hide a drug smuggling. Bruce recogniced that and tried to catch the crooked direktor and "General" (A strong big gang leader, who kills bulls with his bare hand -  a nice Bruce Le - Bull scene homage from "Challenge Of The Tiger is shown in that story) The last comic of this series has an open end. Bruce beats the general but couldn't catch the crooked director, who leaves him a letter. 

Maybe there was a plan for a follow up series, but never saw the light of day.

 The other Bruce Lee Comic series I red was "Bruce Lee - The Dragon Rises" from Magnetic Press Series . The Comic Label worked for that one with Lee's daughter Shannon Lee together. The story is about Lee, who was frozen over 40 years in a hidden futuristic scientist building. Because Bruce Lee was never dead. After an accident he escapes and walk through the near by city, without any memory about himself. Only when it comes to a fight, he uses his Jeed Kune Do techniques by a reflex. Nobody in the city noticed that he looks like Bruce...Only a aged Afro wearing black guy, named Joe Toomey, regonized him and reveals that he and Bruce were very good friends, before Bruce leaves. He tried to hide Lee, because some thugs are after him. Bruce and Joe have to survive several attacks by them. Bruce also tried to help two kids, who missed their father. As the story goes on the big unknown woman, who leading the thugs, is revealed as a demon lady with some sorcery abbillities. Bruce wants to find out what's behind all the things that happened to him, so he and Joe enters the hidden building, in which Bruce was frozen. But Bruce is catched again, escapes again, helps another ex-frozen celebrity to escape and all leads to the big end battle. The problem is that happen in No. 5, and that magazine was never released... 

It's sad they never finished this series, but I think it would be a great story for a modern day bruceploitation film. Think about that 😁

Magnetic Press planed to released a follow up series with the title "Bruce Lee - The Walk Of The Dragon", but they only released one comic. The comic retells the story of the first series at the first page. It reveals that Bruce has beaten the demon lady. The comic itself is about Bruce, who tried to get his memories back. After he fought some thiefs on the streets, he finds himself on a martial arts convention. On that he get confused with a bruce immitator and is forced to re-create the collosseum battle with a Norris clone. 

What are your thoughts on them? 

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43 minutes ago, DT-Nice1988 said:

I red the last couple of days some Bruce Lee Comic series and now want to share my thoughts on them. 

I red two Bruce Lee Comic series and one comic of a never finished series. 

 

Great post @DT-Nice1988, I'd love to add more but Bruce Lee graphic novels/comics ae something I know nothing about. Apart from there a lot of fans out there who do collect them.

 

 

What were the earliest BL comics?, would Marvel's Shang Chi charcter be considered the first?.

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I found this site. There is listed nearly every comic Bruce Lee appeares in. 

After a research I found out which was the first comic book with Bruce. 

"Issue #28 of the Magazine Management black-and-white comics magazine The Deadly Hands of Kung Fu (Sept. 1976) was an all-Bruce Lee special, including a 35-page comic-format biography written by Martin Sands, and drawn by Joe Staton and Tony DeZuniga" (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bruce_Lee_(comics)) 

 

And this was the first Bruce Lee Comic (Strip) series:

The Los Angeles Times Syndicate launched The Legend of Bruce Lee comic strip, featuring fictional stories about the deceased actor and martial artist, in May 1982.

These rare comic strips, when you found them, have very expensive prices. 

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14 minutes ago, DT-Nice1988 said:

I found this site. There is listed nearly every comic Bruce Lee appeares in.  

After a research I found out which was the first comic book with Bruce. 

 

Thanks for the reply @DT-Nice1988, those links have answered my query and then some.

 

 

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The creator's of this comic series, appear to have given Bruce Lee's character a Kung Fu fighting teenage sidekick. As he fights giant butterfly's or horent's?.Were the writers experimenting with LSD when they wrote this edition?.

 

 

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On 11/22/2019 at 7:35 PM, DT-Nice1988 said:

I red the last couple of days some Bruce Lee Comic series and now want to share my thoughts on them. 

 

Do have any knowledge on some of the Japanese comics?, the following one is currently going for a high price on Ebay.

1970's Japanese Bruce Lee Comic Book w/Poster in Middle - 7.5" x 11" Rare, NM

Source- https://picclick.co.uk/1970s-Japanese-Bruce-Lee-Comic-Book-w-Poster-in-273989983763.html

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Another vintage Japanese comic from the 1970's.

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