TIGER-CLAW

Real Name: Unrevealed

Identity/Class: Human

Occupation: Thief

Group Membership: formerly, Si-Fan

Affiliations: None; formerly, Fu Manchu, Si-Fan

Enemies: Fu Manchu, Rufus T. Hackstabber, Shang-Chi, Si-Fan, Quigley J. Warmflash

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Mobile, including New York City and the 1001 Nights Curio Shop, Casablanca, Morocco

First Appearance: Giant-Size Master of Kung Fu#4 (June, 1975)

Powers/Abilities: Tiger-Claw is a skilled martial artist, and wears clawed gloves on his hands which have been dipped in a fast-acting poison.

History: (Giant-Size Master of Kung Fu#4 (fb))- When Shang-Chi was only a child, Tiger-Claw came to Fu Manchu's fortress in Honan, and demanded that he be made a lodge master in the Si-Fan. Fu Manchu was not impressed by him, and sent three of his Si-Fan to fight him. In battle, Tiger-Claw slew all three with his poisoned claws. This impressed Fu Manchu, and he was made a lodge master as he requested.

(Giant-Size Master of Kung Fu#4)- Tiger-Claw left the Si-Fan when Fu Manchu and Fah Lo Suee split the organization in factions, and became determined to become a master criminal. He masterminded several robberies in the New York area, but Shang-Chi intervened, along with cab driver Rufus T. Hackstabber. He and Shang-Chi fought over the money Tiger-Claw had collected, but also had to face an army of Si-Fan warriors, sent by Fu Manchu. Tiger-Claw slew several of the assassins, and finally faced Shang-Chi in solo combat. Shang-Chi managed to avoid the poison of his claws, and turned an umbrella pole into a bo, using it to strike Tiger-Claw's gloves off of his hands. He then easily bested him in hand-to-hand combat.

(Master of Kung Fu I#52 (fb, BTS))- Tiger-Claw set up the 1001 Nights Curio Shop and began purchasing hot antiques from the Blue Parrot, via Dinah Warmflash. Among these was an elephant believed to have been owned by by Fu Manchu, and containing the Elixir Vitae.

(Master of Kung Fu I#52)- Shang-Chi became involved when Warmflash brought in his cousin, Rufus T. Hackstabber. Tiger-Claw easily swatted Hackstabber down in a fight, but Shang-Chi again overpowered him, stripping him of his gloves once more. After his defeat, it was discovered that the elephant did not contain the Elixir Vitae after all.

Comments: Created by Doug Moench, Keith Pollard and Sal Trapani.

The elephant containing the Elixir Vitae had previously been found in Giant-Size Master of Kung Fu#3, unknown to Tiger-Claw.

by Prime Eternal

CLARIFICATIONS:
Tiger-Claw should not be confused with:


Images taken from:
Giant-Size Master of Kung Fu#4, page 31
Giant-Size Master of Kung Fu#4, page 35, panel 6


Master of Kung Fu I#52 (May, 1977) - Doug Moench (writer), Keith Pollard (artist), Archie Goodwin (editor)

Last updated: 08/11/04

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