Kung Fu Comics: The Hands of Shang Chi
Shang-Chi is a Wushu master, skilled in both hand to hand combat and and weaponry. He uses both, unlike Iron Fist who tends to just use his hands and feet. Shang-Chi can make a weapon of most available materials, and, at least in the beginning, has no qualms about killing. He has no powers like Iron Fist, and thus relies entirely on his training and skill.
Once Special Marvel Edition was changed to The Hands of Shang-Chi: Master of Kung Fu, the title really finds its footing, focusing on Shang-Chi's internal life as well as all the necessary action. It catalogs his adventures, while never failing to keep track of the various martial arts moves he uses. As in Iron Fist, Shang-Chi is at odds with the modern world often falling into traps or being pursued. The first person narrative makes the title feel more immediate. The creative team of Doug Moench and Paul Gulacy, who began collaborating in issue #22, tightened the narrative arc and increasingly propelled Shang-Chi into the 1970's away from the mythic Fu Manchu 30's from which he sprang.
The connections to Fu Manchu still remained, but the hero was able to find some autonomy as his world was developed and became part of the greater Marvel universe. Gulacy's artwork is realistic, yet prone to surreal moments. Starlin's early work on the title was bizarre, but he still had to navigate the strange blend of Rohmer and the idiosyncrasies of the Marvel product. Gulacy set the template for Shang-Chi and many martial arts comics to follow.