The third digital issue of The Shadow Hero is out!  The Shadow Hero is the origin story of The Green Turtle, an obscure Golden Age character who is arguably the first Asian American superhero.  I did the writing, Sonny Liew did the art.

Check out some reviews of The Shadow Hero #3 here:

Comic Bastards
Fanboy Comics
The Pullbox

In this chapter we introduce Mock Beak, one of the major antagonists of the series.

When I first sent Sonny the script, he thought Mock Beak was inspired by Mr. Han from the Bruce Lee classic Enter The Dragon.  He’s not.  He’s actually inspired by a real-life Chinese-American gangster known as Mock Duck.

Tongs – Chinese gangs – have been in the news lately because they played a key part in Senator Leland Yee’s downfall.  For the most part, though, Tongs are pretty quiet these days.

At the turn of the century, however, Tongs were a big part of Chinatown life.  They orchestrated most of the violent crime, drug trafficking, and prostitution in Chinatown.  Sai Wing Mock, or Mock Duck, was one of the most notorious Tong leaders. He led the Hip Sing Tong in Manhattan.  From what I can gather, he was a pretty intense guy.  He liked flaunting diamond jewelry and regularly wore a vest made of chain mail.  He even made it onto Maxim’s list of Top 5 Ballsiest Criminals of All Time. You can read more about him on Wikipedia.

And we hope you’ll also read about the fictional character inspired by him in The Shadow Hero miniseries on Amazon Kindle, Apple iBooks, or B&N Nook!