Thursday, April 20, 2006

the amazing chan and the chan clan

Here's another Gold Key comic book for you PopCereal kiddies.

The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan was a Saturday Morning favorite of Mr. Miller's. The show premiered in 1973, featuring not only the popular literary detective Charlie Chan, but his entire Chan brood. It was the first time that Chan was animated, but more importantly, it was the first time that Chan -- who is Chinese -- was was ever portrayed by an Asian actor. The previous film versions featured white actors with make-up. Keye Luke, who you may recognize as Master Po from the King Fu series, played the voice of Chan. And joining him was another popular 70s name, Jodie Foster as Anne Chan the baseball cap wearing tomboy.

In 1973 Gold Key started printing the exploits of the junior sleuth. Here you have your own pdf version of the #1 issue of The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan

10 comments:

jayKayEss said...

Aha-- there's a bar across the street from me that has a Chan Clan lunchbox on display-- always wondered what the story was on that.

PopCereal said...

A bar with a Chan lunchbox! That place has got to be worth a looksee. Mr. Miller must seek it out.

Phillip said...

Look who linked to this post!

Uncle Donnie said...

I've been a Charlie Chan fan for years. Actually, there were a couple of Asian actors who played Chan prior to Warner Oland. One was during the silent era.

It's important also to note that Keye Luke was in several Chan films as "Number One Son, Lee," and prior to that, was the artist who painted images for the films' posters.

PopCereal said...

Thanks for that info, Uncle Donnie. Every little tid bit of knowledge that will help clog up my brain is appreciated.

Mr. Miller

brainwerk said...

I had that issue with the pink cover! Cool stuff.

Hamhead said...

The Amazing Chan Clan were reincarnated as Shouweenie on Harvey Birdman. They were suing Jabberjaw's group (the Neptunes) for plagerisim.

Justie Just said...

Always thought Chan looked like the Godfather

Anonymous said...

I would love to see a photo of that lunchbox - I used to have one!

furrball said...

More trivia: One of the voices in that show (I forget which character) was performed by Gene Andrusco (RIP), who literally made a name for himself in the 80s and 90s as Gene Eugene, the lead singer/songwriter of Christian alternative group Adam Again, one-fourth of The Lost Dogs, and co-producer of every Christian alternative album worth listening to.

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