Major Issues: First Appearance of Iron Fist

Hundreds of comic book characters are being portrayed in film and television, and with each new day more are being announced.

Major Issues -- a ComicBook.com original video series -- will speak to true comic book hobbyists as well as new fans in a short, fast-paced digital series featuring the first appearances of characters we all love. Each episode will feature the actual comic book, info on the creators, and the backstory on the creation and legacy of the character.

The next in our series is a look at one of the first, second-person speaking superhero, Iron Fist.

The origin story is told as such from the Marvel Database: Daniel Rand was the son of businessman Wendell Rand, who had once lived in the fabled city of K'un-Lun, which exists in another dimensional realm. Wendell Rand-K'ai, as he was known there was the adopted son and heir of Lord Tuan, who ruled K'un-Lun in the guise of Yu-Ti, the August Personage in Jade. However, Wendell was driven from K'un-Lun by his brother, Nu-An, who not only wanted to rule K'un-Lun himself, but who was Wendell's rival for the love of a woman named Shakirah. It was Wendell that Shakirah chose, and she bore him a daughter, Miranda. Wendell found refuge on Earth and became a successful businessman in the United States. In his absence, Tuan died and Wendell's brother succeeded him as Yu-Ti, the August Personage in Jade. Wendell married a woman named Heather, who bore him a son, Daniel.

Originally published as Marvel Premiere No. 1 Vol. 15, the database sums the story as such:

In the realm of K'un-Lun, Daniel Rand aka Iron Fist has finished a match of his fighting skill before his master Yu-Ti and his Dragon Kings. After the fight Daniel asks Yu-Ti to allow him to meet the Challenge of the One. Before allowing him to do so, Yu-Ti asks Danny to think about himself and his past, and so Daniel reflects on the events that brought him to where he is now.

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