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Double Dragon is a 1991 comic book series by Marvel Comics. The comic was written by Dwayne McDuffie with art by Tom Raney.

A comic book adaptation of Double Dragon, the comic provides a superhero take on the Lee Brothers.

Double Dragon (1991) contains examples of:

  • Adapted Out: Aside from Marian and the Lee Brothers, no character from the games appear.
  • And I Must Scream: Not only does Nightfall kill Miranda, he imprisons her soul inside an orb. This was a fate that lasted around two decades where we see her screaming face.
  • Badass Normal: While Stan Lee is incapable of wielding the Dragon Force, Stan is a skilled Kung fu practitioner.
  • Daddy Had a Good Reason for Abandoning You: Stan Lee xplains this was the case to Billy and Jimmy as both have admittedly valid reservations about the guy who waltzes into their lives with knowledge of the Dragon Force before going "I’m your dad! Excelsior!"
  • Dark Is Evil: Nightfall is dark-colored and has been behind the troubles of the city and later plots to throw the world into chaos.
  • Face–Heel Turn: After failing to sway Miranda to him, Shinichi made a permanent turn to evil and became Nightfall.
  • If I Can't Have You…: Unhappy about Miranda being married to Stan, Shinichi drains her life force during pregnancy and imprisons her soul in an And I Must Scream fate.
  • Killed Off for Real: Sensei was done in by Stelth who impersonated one of the Lee brothers, his grandchildren, and proceeded to steal the Dragon Statue for Nightfall. The Lee brothers return to his side during his last moments alive.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: Stan eveals himself to be the father of Billy and Jimmy in Issue #4.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Stan is clearly based on Marvel's godfather in Stan Lee, which given the context of the series is outright surreal.
  • Sadist: The moment he crosses paths with the Lee brothers who reunited with their father, Nightfall wastes no time revealing the And I Must Scream fate he encased the mother in and relishes in every second of it.
  • Villains Want Mercy: When being sealed in a new dragon statue, Nightfall pleads with Miranda, whom the Lee Brothers freed from the And I Must Scream Fate he subjected her to, for mercy.
  • Was Once a Man: Nightfall was once Shinichi, a family friend of the Lees until the day his newly attained counter force could not sway Miranda to him and following being mortally wounded, he was brought back by the counter force as a Humanoid Abomination.

Alternative Title(s): Double Dragon