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Thursday 2 March 2023

Hexagon Comics: KIT KAPPA #1

Story by Michele Gazzarri; art by Luciano Bernasconi; cover by Alfredo Macall.

7x10 square bound trade paperback, 
80 p. 
ISBN-13: 978-1-64932-174-9. 

1. Kit Kappa: The Hidden City

The only survivor of a plane crash over Tibet, young Kit Marson was raised by the Sages of Mohenjo Dar, descendants of Atlantis, living in the secret city of Kappa, hidden deep in a lost Tibetan valley.
Upon reaching adulthood, after having mastered the martial arts taught by his teachers, and awakened the power of his third eye, Kit and his friend Tapley are sent into the world outside by the High Lama to fight the renegade Kappan, Darma.
Inspired by the wave of martial arts films of the 1970s, Kit Kappa features a wandering master of kung fu in the tradition of Bruce Lee and David Carradine. This popular comics series was created in 1978 by writer Michele Gazzarri and artist Luciano Bernasconi.

Oh yeah. I was there in the Concorde Cinema, Eastville4 chicken calling, chopping and kicking along with Bruce Lee in Enter The Dragon! I was asked to leave for annoying other patrons. Sad story😥

No idea what this has to do with anything but...oh. Kit Kappa. That name just rolls off the tongue like a comic book martial arts sound effect -KIT-KAPP! Some of Bernasconi's best art and Gazzari's story  just about covers all the basics for a 1970s Kung fu hero wandering the world and getting pulled in to right wrongs. Kung fu with a touch of mysticism

And that Macall cover -far superior to the one for Yuma no. 7!

Looking at this book I think it fair to say that this was Bernasconi at his peak and I say that with Wampus The End Times next to me ready to read and I have only quickly peeked inside. I know there are people out there who only collect martial arts comics or who  will grab any comic with kung fu (there are so many fan cliques out there). Well this is one for you good folk!

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