Goro: The Early Years
If you plan on reading through a lot of mid-70s Marvel Comics--and seriously, why wouldn't you?--then here's a useful rule of thumb to keep in mind:
The exception, of course, is Dr. Doom, who can't go five minutes without reminding us how awesome he is and then using his time machine to go fight King Arthur or something. Most of the time, though, it works out, as evidenced by the fact that there aren't a whole lot of major Prester John appearances.
Case in point: Master of Kung Fu #37.
Feast your eyes, gentle reader, on DARKSTRIDER AND HIS WARLORDS OF THE WEB! That is a dude with six arms--complete with henchcentaur--standing in a giant spider-web beating up the Master of Kung Fu, and in theory, that is awesome.
In practice? Eh, not so much.
Not that there's anything wrong with the story itself. Coming from Doug Moench and Keith Pollard, "Web of Dark Death" is perfectly serviceable. Especially considering that it opens up with Shang Chi beating the crap out of a bunch of ninjas on top of a moving train.
And yes: There is breakdance fighting.
When you have utter mastery of unarmed combat, that sort of thing seems to happen pretty much all the time, but after the ninjas--who, it turns out, are the sinister Warlords of the Web--vanish into the night, Shang goes back to hanging out with a traveling freakshow.
Why exactly he's palling around with a gang of good-natured performing Mutants™, I'm not quite sure, but considering that said freakshow includes a centaur who is also a unicorn, I think we're all a little better off not knowing.
Anyway, conversation eventually rolls around to the reason that these guys are currently dealing with a ninja problem, and as it turns out, it's all Darkstrider's fault. But when Shang Chi actually tries to find out just what that guy's deal is, everyone tells him a different story that revolves around how he's some kind of animal who has taken human form in order to get revenge.
It's exactly like Rashomon, if Rashomon was really, really boring.
Finally, seventeen pages into the story--six of which are taken up with conflicting flashbacks--Darkstrider finally shows up with his huge spider-web, captures the freaks, and challenges Shang Chi, The Master of Kung Fu, to a fight.
And, well, that works out about like you'd expect, really.
And that, as far as I can tell, is the end of Darkstrider (who may in fact be death itself), seeing as Shang Chi hits him so hard that he crumbles into dust. Really, though, Shang Chi once punched someone so hard that he ended up working for Batroc Ze Leaper for the rest of his career, so getting chin-checked into a fine powdery substance is probably just his way of letting you off with a warning.