jade_tiger-pmif66-p1jade_tiger-pmif75-front-leapJADE TIGER
(see comments)

Classification: Extradimensional (K'un-Lun) Magic item/being

Creator: Unrevealed (possibly Master Khan)

Possessors/Users: Master Khan;
    formerly Misty Knight, Stewart Montenegro (see comments);
    possibly the Tiger God;
    (head and forepaws) various White Tiger incarnations

First Appearance: (Head and front paws) Deadly Hands of Kung Fu I#1 (April, 1974);
    (statue with false head and front paws) Power Man and Iron Fist I#66 (December, 1980);
    (complete/full statue/moving form) Power Man and Iron Fist I#74 (October, 1981)

Powers/Abilities/Functions: The Jade Tiger apparently exists as an inert statue until brought to life by the mystic power of Master Khan (or possibly others).

    Magically awakened, the Jade Tiger enlarges from its statue form, perhaps 1' high, to the size of a fully grown tiger (averaging around 10' from nose to tail, 3' tall at the shoulder, and 500 lbs.; made of Jade, it may weigh more, although some of the images made it look hollow).

    In addition to being composed of magical jade and having a large, muscular form with a tiger's strength, speed, and sense, as well as sharp teeth and claws, the Jade Tiger's roar can open a portal from Earth to K'un-Lun, at least.jade_tiger-pmif74-roar

    Separated from the Jade Tiger, the head and forepaws have been worn as amulets that can allow each wearer to access the combined strength and abilities of all three.

    The Tiger head and forepaws have also been worn by several White Tiger incarnations, granting them enhanced abilities as well as power from and access to the Tiger God.

History:

(Power Man and Iron Fist I#74 (fb) - BTS) - Enemies of Master Khan broke apart his Jade Tiger, separated the pieces, and placed spells of concealment about the whole to prevent him from finding it.jade_tiger-pmif74-amulets&statue.jpg

    Khan spent centuries fruitlessly searching for the Jade Tiger.

(Deadly Hands of Kung Fu I#1 (fb) - BTS / Power Man and Iron Fist I#74 (fb) - BTS) - The head and front paws of the Jade Tiger served as the three Tiger Amulets (see comments).

(Power Man and Iron Fist#66 (fb) - BTS) - Montenegro acquired the Jade Tiger (see comments).

(Power Man and Iron Fist I#66 (fb) - BTS) - Working through unspecified agents and/or otherwise keeping his identity concealed, Master Khan hired Nightwing Restoratings (Misty Knight and Colleen Wing) to recover the Jade Tiger.

(Power Man and Iron Fist I#66 (fb) - BTS) - Misty and Colleen spent weeks following a trail that led to a warehouse vault filled with stolen paintings, statues, and object d'art.

(Power Man and Iron Fist I#66) - Misty and Colleen located and claimed the Jade Tiger. They defeated the regular staff present, but were then confronted by the Constrictor and Sabretooth, the former of whom locked down their vault, which activated a magnetic lock.

    This lock pulled Misty into the vault, and the Jade Tiger along with her. Iron Fist subsequently broke Misty out of the vault, after which Power Man and Iron First defeated Constrictor and Sabretooth.

    Misty and Colleen resolved to deliver the Jade Tiger to their employer.jade_tiger-pmif74-sham-cutoff

(Power Man and Iron Fist I#74 (fb) - BTS) - Misty and Colleen delivered the Jade Tiger to persons who delivered it to Master Khan.jade_tiger-pmif74-revived

(Power Man and Iron Fist I#74) - The Ninja stole one of the Jade Tiger's original paws from the apartment of Abe Brown, after which he stole the original head from the Sons of the Tiger dojo.

    As the Ninja searched Iron Fist's gym, Bob Diamond arrived with Colleen Wing. The Ninja stabbed Diamond with a dagger before claiming the second paw of the Jade Serpent.

(Power Man and Iron Fist I#74 (fb) - BTS) - The Ninja delivered the Jade Tiger's components to Master Khan.

(Power Man and Iron Fist I#74 - BTS) - Seeing the dagger with which the Ninja had stabbed Bob Diamond, Power Man (Luke Cage) recognized the symbol on the dagger as matching that on the sign of the Kismet curio shop in the Village.

(Power Man and Iron Fist I#74) - Within the Kismet curio shop, Master Khan severed the sham paws and head from the Jade Tiger so he could replace them with the originals.

    As Power Man and Iron Fist arrived at the Kismet shop, Khan sent the Ninja to delay them until he could complete his task.


    Completing the repair, Khan told his pet to feel his mystic energies suffuse it, "Breathe. Grow. Live Again!"

    Doing just that, the Jade Tiger roared and opened a portal to K'un-Lun just as Power Man and Iron Fist burst into the room.

    Leaping atop the Jade Tiger's back, Khan rode it through the portal to K'un-Lun, through which Power Man and Iron Fist followed.
jade_tiger-pmif74-grown
(Power Man and Iron Fist I#74) - Astride the Jade Tiger and followed closely by Power Man and Iron Fist, Khan passed through an interdimensional void and arrived in K'un-Lun. When Power Man challenged him, K'un-Lun instructed his pet to attack them. As they dodged its leap, however, the Jade Tiger faded away, and Khan followed suit seconds later.

    The Tiger Amulets were later passed on to subsequent White Tigers with no further explanation (see comments).

Comments: Created by Jo Duffy, Kerry Gammil, Ricardo Villamonte.

    This profile is intended to cover the Jade Tiger itself, and not the Tiger Amulets, which have a more extensive listing, nor the Tiger God. I will get to both of those eventually, but they are beyond the scope of this profile.

    Re-reading the issues, I failed to find reference to who owned the warehouse from which the Jade Tiger was stolen.
    Power Man and Iron Fist I#84 noted that the Constrictor confessed that he and Sabretooth had been working for Montenegro right from the start, and it referenced Power Man and Iron Fist I#71 (Montenegro's first appearance).
    However, "from the start" would seem to likely refer to their first encounter with Power Man and Iron Fist, which would be Power Man and Iron Fist I#84.
    Thanks to Robert McKinney for suggesting that issue as the resolution to the mystery.

    Thanks to Julien Vive for supplying images and info when my issue of Power Man and Iron Fist I#74 turned up MIAjade_tiger-pmif74-khan-astride-lateral amidst by 37,000+ comics!

Profile by Snood.

CLARIFICATIONS:
The Jade Tiger is the source of the


images: (without ads):
Power Man and Iron Fist I#66, pg. 1, panel 1 (statue; with false head and feet);
    #74, pg. 16, panel 3 (whole statue with real head and feet hanging in front of it);
          panel 4 (cutting false foot off);
       pg. 20, panel 1 (growing);
          panel 6 (roar);
          panel 7 (standing beside Khan);
       pg. 21, panel 1 (Khan astride, leaping through portal; side view);
    #75, pg. 1 (carrying Khan through dimensions, full front view);


Appearances:
Deadly
Hands of Kung Fu I#1 (April, 1974) - Gerry Conway (writer), Dick Giordano (artist), Roy Thomas (editor)
Power Man and Iron Fist I#66 (December, 1980) - Jo Duffy (Don't call her Mary Jo!; writer), Kerry Gammil (penciler), Ricardo Villamonte (inker), Dennis O'Neil (editor)
Power Man and Iron Fist I#74-75 (October-November, 1981) - Jo Duffy (writer), Kerry Gammil (penciler), Ricardo Villamonte (inker), Dennis O'Neil (editor)

Any Additions/Corrections? please let me know.

First posted: 09/23/2019
Last updated: 09/23/2019

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