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Monday, 3 July 2017

Richard Dragon, Kung-Fu Fighter 10 - a second Ben Turner

Ben Turner learns why some people are out to kill him in Richard Dragon, Kung-Fu Fighter 11 (July 1976), as Jack Abel joins Ric Estrada for the illustrations to Denny O'Neil's story.

Even before we get the scene of Barney Ling explaining to Ben Turner and Richard Dragon that Ben  has inherited a vast area of prime lumber from his sister, we meet the big evil lumberjack who killed the woman, and who is trying to have Ben killed, so he can get the land. But there is more to the attacks on Ben than this, as Ling hint.

Ben and his sister were not that close, as he learns upon arriving that he has a nephew, who looks around 10 or so. But they were close enough that the sister named the boy Ben, so there are now two Ben Turners in the book. Lady Shiva chose to come along, in hopes of some violent delights.

And, as that's what the comic is all about, it doesn't take long for that to happen. Richard, Ben and Shiva confront the evil lumberjacks. They want to keep young Ben safe, and take him into the cabin, but that gets set on fire.

Richard charges right through the fire to take down the big bad guy, but I find Lady Shiva's fight against a guy wielding a chainsaw more impressive.

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