A few weekends ago, I was visiting my parents and happened to come across a few shoe boxes (British Knights anyone?) full of Jademan comic books as I was rummaging through the closet in my old bedroom.
I was…stunned. I haven’t thought of these titles in such a long time. How long you ask? I think gas was just over dollar a gallon.
The Force of Buddha’s Palm. Drunken Fist. Oriental Heroes. These English versions of the popular Hong Kong comic books, were full of fantastical kung-fu action and soap opera like drama.
Having grown up “Making Mine Marvel,” Jademan Comics, from 1988 to around 1993, represented an opportunity to experience comic books from a different cultural and artistic perspective.
The covers, always beautifully illustrated, the inside pages, sometimes absurdly translated. I used to get lost in the heroic exploits of Nine Continents, Chek-Fai and Gold Dragon after coming home from high school classes – while I was supposed to be “studying.”
However, having just randomly opened up Oriental Heroes #41 (Gold Dragon is about to get a nifty power up from The Old Supreme), I’ll have to write a more in depth post about Jademan Comics at a later time. I’m curious about what ever happened to Tony Wong, Jademan’s “Stan Lee” – especially after he went to jail for forgery in the early 1990’s.
But for now, it’s time to study.