|Sons of the Tiger|
|First appearance||Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #1 (April 1974)|
|Created by||Gerry Conway (writer) |
Dick Giordano (artist)
|Partnerships||Abe Brown |
The Sons of the Tiger are fictional characters, three martial arts heroes appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics.
The Sons of the Tiger were three friends and martial arts students of Master Kee: Lin Sun, of Chinese ancestry, was the leader of the trio and adopted son of Master Kee; Abe Brown was an African American from the ghetto streets of Harlem; and Robert Diamond was a Caucasian Hollywood actor.
The Sons of the Tiger first appeared in comics published by Curtis Magazines (a short lived imprint of Marvel Comics) called Deadly Hands of Kung Fu. The series was created by Gerry Conway and drawn by Dick Giordano, and was published in the early 1970s amidst the "Kung Fu" or Chopsocky movie craze.
The Sons of the Tiger made appearances in Special Collector's Edition: Savage Fists of Kung Fu #1. They also appeared in the Special Album Edition of Deadly Hands of Kung Fu. Both of these appearances contained the same story, titled "The Master Plan of Fu Manchu". In this story, the Sons of the Tiger team up with Iron Fist and Shang-Chi. The Special Collector's Edition contained the story in color, while the Special Album Edition was in black-and-white.
Lin Sun is returning from a martial arts tournament with his first place trophy when he is suddenly attacked by ninjas in front of his school in San Francisco. After defeating the villains, he goes into the "Tiger Dojo", which has been ransacked. He finds a dying Master Kee, who tells him that there are forces in this world which would destroy us and then points to a box on a shelf, after which he dies. In the box, Lin finds three amulets made of jade, a tiger's head and two claws: the symbol of the school. The inscription at the base of the box reads, "When three are called and stand as one, as one they'll fight, their will be done...For each is born anew, The Tiger's Son." They are later known as "The Amulets of Power".
Soon after, Lin meets up with his two friends, Abe Brown and Bob Diamond, who have also been attacked by ninjas. Lin recounts the story of Master Kee's death and gives each of them one of the jade tiger claw amulets. They soon discover that when they join hands and chant the inscription from the box they become mystically connected. Their martial arts skills combine to become one force and their physical abilities are tripled when they wear the amulets.
During the series run, the trio runs up against "The Silent Ones", an evil organization with mystical ties attempting to gain world domination.
Beginning in Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #19, entitled "An Ending", the trio breaks up and Lin Sun throws all three amulets in a trashcan located in an alley. There, Hector Ayala finds the amulets and wears them to become the White Tiger. The Sons of the Tiger appeared in the next two stories, "A Beginning" and "To Claw the Eyes of Night", during the transition to the White Tiger stories. The character of Abe Brown is mostly seen periodically after that. The book continued using the title "Sons of the Tiger" even though the trio had split up and power was transferred to the White Tiger.
Bob Diamond continued to make occasional appearances in Power Man and Iron Fist as Colleen Wing's lover.
The Sons of the Tiger appeared briefly with Luke Cage's Human Resistance after the Scarlet Witch altered the world during the House of M crossover, along with the Daughters of the Dragon, Black Cat, Iron Fist and Moon Knight. Lin Sun, Abe Brown and Lotus Shinchuko appeared in an issue of The Pulse as bodyguards for Luke Cage, who had been injured during the events of Secret War. They also appeared alongside Spider-Man in Marvel Team-Up #40. In November 2008, they made an appearance in Manifest Destiny: Wolverine. The Sons of the Tiger reunited in the 2014 Deadly Hands of Kung-Fu mini-series, where they aided Shang-Chi and his comrades.
Lin Sun is the Chinese leader of the Sons of the Tiger and the adoptive son of Master Kee.
Black Tiger (Abraham "Abe" Brown) is the brother of Hobie Brown (aka the Prowler). Abe took up martial arts and befriended fellow martial artists Lin Sun and Bob Diamond. Together they found three jade tiger amulets and became the Sons of the Tigers. The Sons of Tigers would team up with other heroes such as Spider-Man, Iron Fist and the Human Torch. Abe and the Sons of Tigers broke up when Lin and Bob started fighting over a woman, throwing their amulets away in the process. Abe later took a vacation and had his suitcase was switched by a mysterious woman named Brillalae. The suitcase contained the Black Tiger costume and Abe's plane was hijacked by men who were looking for it. The plane crashed, but Abe managed to survive. Abe chased one of the hijackers, named Mole, and both ended up getting captured by the Bedouins who forced them to fight for the title of Black Dragon. Abe defeated Mole and won the costume, becoming Black Tiger. Abe was last seen having helped form the Penance Corps.
Bob Diamond is a Caucasian Hollywood actor.
Marvel Zombies Return
In the Marvel Zombies Return reality, the Sons of the Tiger were partaking in a karate tournament until a Zombie Wolverine crashed it and killed some of the participants.
In the MC2 reality, the Sons of the Tiger received an invitation from Deadpool to attend a martial arts tournament to see if they still can perform their martial arts skills.
In other media
- Abraham Brown appears in the Spider-Man animated series, voiced by Ogie Banks. This version is a technology expert and maintains his brother Hobie Brown's equipment. In the episode "Bring on the Bad Guys" Pt. 3, a botched robbery has Abraham taken captive as Silvermane forces the Prowler to take on the bounty to capture Spider-Man with failure resulting in Abraham being killed. Unsuccessful in the encounter, the two formed a reluctant alliance to save Abraham from Silvermane. While Abraham runs off to call the police, Spider-Man and Prowler fight Silvermane. After Silvermane's defeat, Prowler thanks Spider-Man, giving a battery essential to the latter's science project in the process. As Spider-Man swings off, Abraham gets confused about Spider-Man being in a science fair.
- Abe Brown appears in Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017), portrayed by Abraham Attah. This version is a classmate of Peter Parker's and part of the decathlon team. He comically speaks his mind about everything, especially when fellow decathlon team member Flash Thompson answers a question incorrectly.