As proven by blockbuster hits such as Spider-man, Batman Begins, and the recent Iron Man movie, superhero comics have a great potential to cross into different mediums, whether it be novelizations, films, or TV shows. I have included this section to provide extra materials of interest to this discussion on Asian Americans in mainstream comics. Also if anyone is interested in checking out more comic book covers, there's an amazing website (whose picture files I used on this project) www.coverbrowser.com that has one of the large comic covers databases.
The first two videos are from a 1966 Iron Man cartoon (sorry for the poor sound quality!), in which Iron Man battles the Mandarin. The Mandarin was a Fu-Manchu type sorcerer who was bent on world domination. Interestingly, future retcons of the Mandarin's past show that he opposed Communism, as that regime caused his family to fall from grace. However in the 60's it could be assumed that the Mandarin was just another example of the "yellow terror."
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The first video below is a scene showcasing an amazing Bruce Lee fight. Lee was essential to the shifting direction of Asian roles in comics, as publishers such as Marvel soon started adjusting the characterizations of Asians to match those which the public wanted (mainly Karate masters).
The second video is an example of the globilization of the comic industry. It is a theme song to the Japanese Live Action Spider-man Tv show; this show is notable in that it features a giant robot which Spider-man controls with his large webshooter.
The three videos below spotlight three Asian American creators involved in Comic Book characters.
The first video shows Jim Lee, a best-selling Korean American comic book artist, doing a very large signature for a local shop.
The second video is an interview with Greg Pak, writer of The Incredible Hulk (currently changed to The Incredible Hercules) and creator of the character Amadeus Cho.
The third video is the trailer to Ang Lee's Hulk Film, which turned out to be a box office flop. Interesting to note, both Ang Lee and Greg Pak attempt to explore this idea of turmoil and balance within the Hulk's character.