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Quote1.png I've been meaning to ask you something - do you ever get bunions on your feet from all that kicking? Still, if you keep working out like that, I bet you'll be able to lash out with your little pinkie and fell a tree without even calling on a single bunion - or even Paul Bunyan for that matter. Quote2.png
Rufus T. Hackstabber

Appearing in "Why a Tiger-Claw?!,"

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Synopsis for "Why a Tiger-Claw?!,"

Shang-Chi, about to cross the street at Madison and 57th, nearly gets hit by a taxi. At 54th Street it turns sharply and runs through the window of a bank. Two men in masks get out, guns ready. They rob the bank, the customers, and the taxi driver. On their way out, they run into Shang-Chi, who disarms them. The police arrive and try to apprehend Shang-Chi along with the two robbers. Suddenly the taxi smashes out of the bank. In the confusion, the robbers pile into their intended getaway car. Shang-Chi gets into the taxi. The taxi driver introduces himself as Rufus T. Hackstabber, and he wants the $7.80 that the robbers took from him.

First appearance of Rufus T. Hackstabber

They trail the car to an alley, but by the time they get there, it has disappeared. Shang-Chi opens the back of a truck parked there. The car is inside, but the occupants have disappeared. Hackstabber, inspecting the car, falls through a hole in the truck's floor ... and through the open manhole beneath ... and into the sewers.

A servant tells Fu Manchu that a search for Tiger-Claw has turned up nothing. When Ducharme asks about Tiger-Claw, Fu tells her that he is a traitor. In the sewers, Shang-Chi and Hackstabber manage to follow the robbers to a manhole in a subway station. The robbers board the train, while Shang-Chi and Hackstabber leap onto the rear platform. Sir Denis Nayland Smith gets a call from the police commissioner, asking if Fu Manchu has something to do with the twelve bank robberies committed that day. Smith thinks not, but he and Black Jack Tarr will look into it. The robbers get off the train at an elevated station. Shang-Chi subdues them again. He learns that they left all the loot in the truck and that the man who hired them calls himself Tiger-Claw.

Chapter 2: The Way of the Tiger: A Movement in Blood

Shang-Chi remembers Tiger-Claw. He was ten years old and spying on his father's court. The man demanded that Fu Manchu make him a lodge master of the Si-Fan. Fu ordered three assassins to kill Tiger-Claw. Even at that age, Shang-Chi quickly saw that the three were outmatched, but Fu did not stop the conflict. The three died, and Tiger-Claw became a lodge master.

Back in the present, Smith and Tarr find the truck. Shang-Chi, Hackstabber, and the robbers arrive. The police almost arrest Hackstabber, but Smith vouches for Shang-Chi. Hackstabber drives off in his taxi; he knows where the robbers were supposed to meet their gang, and Shang-Chi, Smith, and Tarr head for the same lumberyard in Brooklyn. When they arrive, Hackstabber has been captured and the money is gone again, but he knows it has gone to Rockefeller Center.

Meet me at the Rock

At Rockefeller Center, Hackstabber distracts the gangster carrying two suitcases full of loot, and Shang-Chi knocks him out. Tiger-Claw, expecting to pick up the loot, arrives. He tells Shang-Chi that he intends to come out on top in the war between Fu Manchu and Fah Lo Suee. A group of Si-Fan assassins arrives. Tiger-Claw unites with Shang-Chi against the Si-Fan, and the two make short work of them.

Hackstabber tries to get his $7.80 from a suitcase, but Tarr kicks it shut. Smith and Tarr watch Shang-Chi battle Tiger-Claw. It looks bad until Shang-Chi uses a broken umbrella pole to snag Tiger-Claw's poisoned-claw gloves and pull them off. In a fair fight, Shang-Chi beats Tiger-Claw.

Hackstabber asks Smith for his $7.80. Smith tells him to "file a proper claim with the authorities." Hackstabber replies: "Well that's a fine how do you! And it's also a criminal outrage! Why I never heard of such a thing! Harumph, sir - harumph, I say! And furthermore, you'll hear from my lawyers in the morning. ... oh, and by the way - is that your final offer?" Shang-Chi takes Smith aside, while Tarr snaps Hackstabber's cigar in two, and receives a few bills. Hackstabber gives Shang-Chi a ride home to Smith's townhouse. When Shang-Chi arrives, he gives Hackstabber his "fare": $7.80.

Appearing in "Temujai-the Golden Goliath!"

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  • Earth
    • Malaya (First appearance)

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  • Temujai

Synopsis for "Temujai-the Golden Goliath!"

reprints fifth story from The Yellow Claw #2 (December 1956) Colonel Carver of the US Military meets with Jimmy Woo of the FBI to discuss reports that Temujai the Conqueror, a legend among the people of Asia, who has apparently been sighted in the Mayla jungles. Jimmy is sent out to investigate unaware that he is being watched by Yellow Claw and his minion Kharion Krowe, who control Temujai and hope to use it to take over the world and kill Jimmy Woo, despite the protests of Yellow Claw's niece Suwan.

When Jimmy arrives via helicopter the next day, Temujai captures the helicopter, prompting Jimmy to abandon it and falls right into the hands of Yellow Claw and his minions who takes Jimmy and his pilot prisoner. They are tossed in a jail cell with another prisoner, whom Jimmy recognizes as Professor Knute Linstrom a world famous inventor. Linstrom explains that Yellow Claw kidnapped him in order to exploit his "Flexus" formula, a compound that resembles human flesh and that Temujai is merely a giant android coated in it and controlled by Krowe.

When Yellow Claw attempts to us Temujai to try and convince the local natives to go to war against the rest of the world he is shocked to find that the android ordering the people to live in peace. When Yellow Claw goes to the cell where he had locked Jimmy Woo he finds Krowe trapped inside. As it turns out Suwan freed Jimmy and the others and they took over the android. As they escape Jimmy wonders how they can destroy the android, Linstrom points out that isn't necessary as the Flexus layer disintegrates as it is only stable for a short time.

Appearing in "The Mystery of Cabin 361!"

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  • ocean liner

Synopsis for "The Mystery of Cabin 361!"

reprints second story from The Yellow Claw #2 (December 1956) Jimmy Woo of the FBI is in San Francisco searching for traces of Yellow Claw and spots a suspicious looking elderly couple boarding the S.S. Aloha when he notices that the "elderly woman" is walking in the way of someone much younger. Woo gets permission from his superiors to board the ship and goes undercover as a steward and learns from the captain that the elderly couple are in cabin 361. However they find that checking out the passengers is difficult when they have not left their rooms and have had food dropped off at their door.

Inside cabin 361, Jimmy's fears prove correct as Yellow Claw andhis agent Fritz Voltzmann are in the cabin and keeping Yellow Claw's daughter Suwan sedated so that she does not tip off Jimmy Woo to their current whereabouts. Yellow Claw however, exhibiting telepathic abilities detect Woo is coming to snoop on them. When Woo comes pretending to deliver a meal to their room, Yellow Claw invites him in and removes his disguise. With Woo at gun point, Yellow Claw shows off the images in his crystal ball and revealing his plans. He tells Woo that he intends to steal secret plans from two American diplomats from eastern countries in order to steal the secret plans they are bringing with them.

With Woo as a prisoner, Yellow Claw initiates his plans, sending Voltzmann to take the diplomats prisoner and steal their plans. Yellow Claw then radios his communist allies to have a sub meet them at sea. Yellow Claw then forces Jimmy to carry Suwan out with them as they prepare to jump overboard, but Woo uses a moment to slam into an alarm bell. With everyone on board in a panic, Yellow Claw pulls a gun on Woo and takes Suwan and dives overboard with Karl without the plans and escapes.

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  • Final issue of the series.

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