Giant Size Master of Kung-Fu issue #2
B&W scans and restoration by Max Weremchuk
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Here are some words by Max
I was a young teenager living in Canada when the Kung Fu craze swept across North America in the early 1970s and took me and countless others along with it. I’ve stayed with the martial arts ever since. Bruce Lee had just passed away when I “discovered” the arts, but I tried to get in touch with some of his first students from Seattle and was thrilled when they replied. (I’ve been in regular contact with one of them again in recent years.)
Comics, especially Marvel Comics, were a big part of my life and as many others I dreamed of becoming a comic book artist one day. Though I continue to draw and illustrate I didn’t make it that far. :-) When Marvel began bringing out their martial arts related issues I was thrilled – a combination of my two favorite things. I even had my letter published in the last issue of “Deadly Hands of Kung Fu” No. 33 (though for some reason they butchered my name and it came out as “Fox Werehuls”!).
Every month was filled with suspense: would the variety store or the tobacco shop (which sold magazines and comics) have the latest “Master of Kung Fu”, “Iron Fist” and “Deadly Hands of Kung Fu”?
Paul Gulacy’s work was simply perfect. It somehow captured and expressed the whole feeling of what was happening. It was indescribable. For me his work is inseparably interwoven with the whole martial arts “movement”. Like I said, the martial arts remained a part, an important part, of my life and Gulacy’s work contributed to the magic. I didn’t always like the storylines, but the artwork never disappointed and got better from issue to issue. Gene Day’s later work on the series was excellent as well, but somehow Gulacy got to the “essence” of things. I was delighted to find European editions of his Master of Kung Fu work in black and white recently which, though of course not to be compared to the pen and ink originals, bring out the detail much better than the original colored run in the States. So taking some scans which are available from the series I cleaned them up a bit and removed the text from the word balloons to replace them with the original English someday.