Larry Hama Returns to Marvel for ‘Iron Fist: Heart of the Dragon’

Newsarama/Games Radar reports that Larry Hama, best known at Marvel for writing GI Joe and Wolverine’s first solo book, is returning to work for them after about 2 decades since he’d last done so, to script a new book starring a martial artist he’d served as an illustrator for when he first got into the business in the mid-70s:


Larry Hama writes the six-issue Iron Fist: Heart of the Dragon series. While best known for his contributions to Hasbro’s G.I. Joe franchise (including creating many of the franchise’s greatest characters), Hama has ties to Iron Fist as well.

Hama made his debut at Marvel drawing an Iron Fist serial in 1974’s Marvel Premiere #16. In his time on that serial, he co-created Colleen Wing, Ward Meachum, and even the dragon Shou-Lao the Undying – the dragon Danny Rand had to beat to attain his Iron Fist powers. The above solicitation for Iron Fist: Heart of the Dragon refers to those ancient dragons, so Hama’s a good person to call.


You know, I really wish I could concur with that last line there, but here we are 45 years later, and Hama’s goneso  far-leftist, to the point where he shunned people who were his fans, including that graphic novelist Richard Meyer, and more notably, turned against Danny Rand’s own creator, Roy Thomas, making defamatory statements without even presenting any evidence  thatThomas had ever wronged him, though to Hama’s credit, he did erase his rants almost as quickly as they came, apparently realizing the poor example he was setting there. Yet he did all that because Roy Thomas was trying to make a statement in favor of quality storytelling, and that Hama would lose his mind over something so petty is regrettable.

I’m also wary of whether the assigned artist for this Iron Fist book is reliable:


Hama is joined by artist David Wachter, who recently finished up a 21-issue run on IDW Publishing’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles title.


If he worked on the SJW-themed storyline in TMNT where a masculine-looking woman was turned into a humanoid turtle, I’m honestly wondering whether somebody like that is the best person to rely on from a political perspective. Marvel, most unfortunately, did not move entirely away from partisan politics even after C.B. Cebulski became EIC, and if Hama employs any divisive perspectives here, then his return to a series he was instrumental in developing will only be a botch. Creators who employ divisive politics later in their careers are exactly why “comebacks” to earlier material ends up a failure these days.


Originally published here.

Avi Green

Avi Green was born in Pennsylvania in 1974, and moved to Israel in 1983. He enjoyed reading comics when he was young, the first being Fantastic Four. He maintains a strong belief in the public's right to knowledge and accuracy of facts. He considers himself a conservative-style version of Clark Kent. Follow him on his blog at Four Color Media Monitor or on Twitter at @avigreen1