Writer: Stan Lee
Artist: Don Heck and Jack Kirby
Publication Date: February 1965
Apparently more than 500 fans requested to learn the origin of the Mandarin, and Stan, giver that he is, decided to oblige them. Mandarin's father was a direct descendant of Genghis Khan, so that's likely where he gets his charming personality.
Basically, Mandy's (Iron Man's nickname for him, not mine!) parents die, but instead of getting raised by an Alfred Pennyworth, he gets raised by a real bitch. So, he grows up to be a real asshole.
Mandarin figures out that the legend of dragons in China stemmed from a super intelligent alien being, who happened to leave behind his space rings, which give Mandarin his power. Iron Man's not really impressed, and beats Mandy up. Mr. Stark is still stuck in that darn suit of his, though!
In Cap's story, he handles a prison riot single handed. Just another day in the life, yo.
Cap under fire.
Favorite Quote: "You're wasting taxpayers' bullets!" - Captain America
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