Issue: Special Marvel Edition #15 (1973)
Why it’s significant: He’s the first mainstream Asian superhero.
Marvel was a house of diversity in the ‘70s with characters like Storm and Luke Cage leading the way, but one of the most important examples of the company welcoming all races is Shang-Chi, the Master of Kung-Fu. Sure it might seem a little stereotypical now, but Shang-Chi was treated respectfully by writers and artists of the time, and most of his stories were aimed towards the mature reader. Shang-Chi’s relative obscurity allowed writers and artists to be more experimental with their storytelling, allowing his adventures to be some of the most interesting ones on the shelf during the '70s.