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The MYSTERIOUS DR. FU MANCHU!

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The secret recipe for EGG FU begins with his character and appearance, which were inspired by Dr. Fu Manchu, a fictional evil genius who made his first appearance in 1913, in Sax Rohmer's “The Insidious Dr Fu Manchu.”

."Imagine a person, tall, lean and feline, high-shouldered, with a brow like Shakespeare and a face like Satan, a close-shaven skull, and long, magnetic eyes of the true cat-green. Invest him with all the cruel cunning of an entire Eastern race, accumulated in one giant intellect, with all the resources of science past and present... Imagine that awful being, and you have a mental picture of Dr. Fu-Manchu, the yellow peril incarnate in one man."

—from "The Insidious Dr. Fu Manchu"

A master criminal, Fu Manchu works for the overthrow of Western civilization. Opposing him are good guys Sir Denis Nayland Smith and Dr. Petrie. According to Sax Rohmer biographer Cay Van Ash, "Fu Manchu" was a title of honor which meant "the Warlike Manchu."

In 1929, Fu Manchu made his American film debut in The Mysterious Dr. Fu Manchu (poster shown above) starring Warner Oland, best known for his portrayal of Charlie Chan. Fu Manchu appeared more recently as "The Doctor" in Alan Moore's League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Below: Henry Brandon as the evil doctor in Drums of Fu Manchu (1940).

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The MASK DR. FU MANCHU #1!

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SECRET RECIPE FOR EGG FU YOUNG!
EGG FU may have taken his character and facial features from Fu Manchu -- but he got his shape and name from an Oriental egg dish named Egg Fu Yung! Reader, I promised you the Secret Recipe for Egg Fu (Yung), and as you probably know by now, I, Robby Reed -- creator of this blog and author of this recipe -- always keep my promises! Here it is, how to make Egg Fu Yung...
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"I, THE BOMB!"
WONDER WOMAN #157 -- OCTOBER 1965
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EGG FU, the evil amalgamation of Fu Manchu and Egg Fu Yung, made his spectacularly politically incorrect debut in Wonder Woman #157 (October 1965, non-Egg Fu cover pictured left). Eggy's mind-shattering catch-phrase victory cry: "HEEEE -- HO!"

Shockingly, in one of the great oversights of our time, the Oriental Omelet was NOT featured on the book's cover. Perhaps the reason for this outrage was that the Eggster only made what amounts to a cameo appearance in the book, just long enough to give fans a taste of the next issue's story, where Egg Fu would make his glorious cover debut.

For this issue, fans had to content themselves with a few never to be forgotten, never to be equaled, never to be more politically incorrect panels featuring the unforgettable debut of the sensational character find of 1965 -- the one and only EGG FU the magnificent...
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"The FURY of EGG FU!"
WONDER WOMAN #158 -- NOVEMBER 1965
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EGG FU launched his diabolical plans for world conquest in Wonder Woman #158 (November 1965, cover pictured right). HEEEE -- HO! What a story it is! The Oriental Egghead traps Wonder Woman and her boyfriend Steve Trevor in his "mustache trap" -- or, as Eggy says it, his "mustache tlap."

You see, old Egghead can't pronounce certain English letters very well, so the dialogue is kind of... phonetic. For example, "trap" is pronounced... "tlap." Offensive? Embarrassing? Politically incorrect to the ultimate degree? HA! That's just the beginning.

Here it is -- a story that breaks the bounds of reality, ignores the laws of physics, and shatters all boundaries of political correctness. Sit back in bemused horror as writer/creator Robert Kanigher and artists Ross Andru and Mike Esposito take us on a fun-filled march to Cold War victory in "The Fury of Egg Fu!"
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"The SINISTER SCHEME of EGG FU THE FIFTH!"
WONDER WOMAN #166 -- DECEMBER 1966
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EGG FU was cracked -- but this was NOT the end of the Oriental Omelet. He returned again -- kind of -- in Wonder Woman #166 (December 1966, cover pictured right).

HEEEE -- HO! What a story it is! The original Egghead is gone -- but apparently there were more Egghead yolks in line, waiting to be born. Reader, meet Egg Fu the Fifth, diabolical descendent of the original Oriental Omelet!

What sinister scheme is the would-be world beater cooking up now? Well, he wants to conquer the world. That's all! What's the big deal? Watch as Eggy captures the Amazing Amazon and Steve Trevor -- again -- and attempts to use them as pawns, in Kanigher/ Andru/ Esposito's "The Sinister Scheme of Egg Fu, The Fifth!"
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"BIRTHDAY CAKE for a CANNIBAL ROBOT!"
METAL MEN #20 --
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Heeeee-- ho! EGG FU had been cracked up not once but twice by Wonder Woman. The Oriental Eggster was never to be seen again, right? Wrong! What's crazier than a giant evil oriental egg? Hmmmmm.... I have it! It's a giant evil oriental egg ROBOT!

And, in an era dominated by James Bond and all things Bondian, author Bob Kanigher decided to name his latest creation after the Bond villain Dr. No, only Kanigher's robotic riot would be called... DR. YES!

It's a concept, a cover, and a title that could only happen in the Silver Age of comics. If they tried it today, they'd be protested around the clock by people representing Asians, Egg Farmers and... robots!

Reader, from Metal Men #20, here's the robotic Egg Fu -- the evil DR. YES -- in his grand and glorious first adventure (also his last), it's "Birthday Cake for A Cannibal Robot!" Hurray for America!
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THE END!

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