Comic Book: Immortal Iron Fist
Daniel Rand is the rich multi-millionaire head of the Rand corporation. He is also the Immortal Iron Fist
, a master of Kung Fu, and defender of the ancient city of K'un L'un
Originally a Marvel Bronze Age
character, he was first created to cash in on the popularity of Kung Fu films. Iron Fist first appeared in "Marvel Premiere
" #15 (May, 1974), created by Roy Thomas and Gil Kane. He appeared as the lead in this magazine until issue #25 (October, 1975). Then was granted his first eponymous series "Iron Fist
", which lasted for 15 issues (November, 1975-September, 1977). Since then he's worked alongside Luke Cage
as one of the Heroes for Hire
, had an important role during the Marvel Civil War
, and even joined the New Avengers
. Despite this, he's never really risen beyond B-list status.
The character got a new lease on life with the launch of The Immortal Iron Fist
, co-written by Matt Fraction
and Ed Brubaker
(and after their departure, Duane Swierczynski). The series reveals that there have been many Iron Fists before Daniel, and introduces a 'new' Golden Age
Iron Fist, Orson Randall. In addition there are more Immortal Weapons who represent the other mystical cities of the far east and also wield strange and unusual powers. Daniel discovers new secrets about his past, and must use these to confront former and new enemies.
As well as the main story arcs, there are one shot issues that tell the tales of other bearers of the Iron Fist legacy throughout history, and there are several one shot adventures starring Orson Randall.
The main run of the comic ended with issue #27, but a short limited series called Immortal Weapons
came along soon afterwards, with each issue focusing on one of the other five Immortal Weapons introduced in the original run, alongside a backup story starring Iron Fist.
Due to the success of the Immortal Iron Fist series, Iron Fist and his supporting characters have had a surge of popularity, earning cameos and roles in other Marvel comics, video games, and cartoons. Iron Fist has appeared in Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2
, The Super Hero Squad Show
, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3
, Marvel Avengers Alliance
, The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes
, Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers
, and the Ultimate Spider-Man
animated series, where he is a main character. He's due to get his own series on Netflix in 2015, tying in with the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe
Comics featuring Iron Fist provide examples of: