The definitive, chronological, and up-to-date guide and trade reading-order on collecting Iron Fist comic books via omnibuses, hardcovers, and trade paperback graphic novels. A part of Crushing Krisis’s Crushing Comics. Last updated November 2018 with titles scheduled for release through March 2019.
Danny Rand, The Immortal Iron Fist
Danny Rand – The Iron Fist – was introduced in 1974 as a whitewashing of the kung fu craze. Marvel already had a secret agent Bruce Lee clone in Shangi-Chi starring in Master of Kung Fu and a corresponding magazine in Deadly Hands of Kung Fu, but it was ultimately a genre magazine – but Marvel was all about super heroes, and Iron Fist fit the bill perfectly.
After a short-lived solo series introducing his powers and mythology, Rand joined Luke Cage in to form a duo of unlikely urban heroes for hire in Power Man and Iron Fist in 1978.
The juxtaposition of the wealthy Rand and the streetwise Cage made for memorable interactions, even if some of their adventures were forgettable. The result is one of Marvel’s most-remarkable and enduring partnerships.
That series ended in 1985 and Danny Rand stayed gone for an impressive seven years before resurfacing in the 90s for a brief stint.
It wasn’t until the 2000s, and the onset of creators who grew up with those first two 1970s volumes, that Iron Fist became a major headlining hero in his own right, joining the Avengers and starring in an Eisner-Award-winning solo title.
Since then, Iron Fist has become a much more regular feature of Marvel’s publishing line up, with a string of shorter-lived series in Marvel Now and All-New All-Different Marvel – including a return of Power Man and Iron Fist.
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