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Exceptional martial artist.
Originally a sneak thief, Dragon gained entry to private grounds outside Kyoto to steal a jade Buddha. However, he was stopped and humiliated by an old man and his young martial arts student. Rendered helpless, Dragon accepted their invitation to stay and learn their art. Apparently, the sensei perceived a destiny of greatness in him.
Over the next seven years, Dragon became a master of martial arts and a close friend of Benjamin Turner, the sensei's other student. He also became a peaceful man who rejected violence and only used his skill if unavoidable.
Contacted by Barney Ling, chief of the espionage organization known as G.O.O.D., Dragon and Turner succeeded in their first mission - the fall of corrupt businessman Guano Cravat, who was trying to instigate war. Then, they founded a martial arts school in Manhattan. Even though they wanted only peace, adventures pursued them and they moved around the world using their skills for good and making many enemies in the way, particularly Cravat.
Cravat even talked Sandra Wu-San into believing that Richard Dragon had killed her sister. Looking for revenge, Sandra trained herself beyond limits to master martial arts so she could defeat Dragon. However, when the time came, Dragon managed to explain to her that Cravat had lied. She no longer needed her extensive martial knowledge, but Dragon made her try to explore the spiritual side of martial arts. Then, she decided she was Sandra no more and decided to call herself Lady Shiva. She fought crime with Dragon and Ben Turner until Turner, brainwashed, became the renegade Bronze Tiger and Dragon decided to retire.
Dragon moved to the mountains to live there alone, but he still takes students occasionally. First, Lady Shiva saved Vic Sage, The Question's life and, impressed by his skills, she took him to Dragon so he could learn martial arts. The Question and sometimes cooperates with Dragon. Sage would then bring another pupil to Dragon - the Huntress.
Dragon is most likely still in retirement in the mountains.
First Appearance: Richard Dragon, Kung-Fu Fighter (1975) #1
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Batman Special (1997)
Batman/Huntress: Cry for Blood (2000)
TPB Birds of Prey (1999)
- 'Batman/Huntress: Cry for Blood'#3
- 'Cry for Blood, Part Three'
Blackest Night: Rise of the Black Lanterns (2010)
HC Comic Welten (1992)
- 'Blackest Night: Rise of the Black Lanterns'TPB
- 'Blackest Night: Rise of the Black Lanterns'
DC Comics Presents (1978)
#39 Detective Comics (1937)
- 'The Thing That Goes Woof In The Night!'
Legends of the Dark Knight: Jim Aparo (2012)
Richard Dragon (2004)
#1 Richard Dragon, Kung-Fu Fighter (1975)
- 'Enter The Dragon'#2
- 'Enter The Dragon Part 2'#3
- 'Enter The Dragon Part 3'#4
- 'Enter The Dragon Part 4'#5
- 'Enter The Dragon Part 5'#6
- 'Enter The Dragon Conclusion'#7
- 'Out Of The Past Part 1'#8
- 'Out Of The Past Part 2'#9
- 'Out Of The Past Part 3'#10
- 'Out Of The Past Part 4'#11
- 'Out Of The Past Part 5'#12
- 'Out Of The Past Conclusion'
#1 The Batman Chronicles (1995)
- 'Coming of a Dragon!'#2
- 'A Dragon Fights Alone!'#3
- 'Claws of the Dragon'#4
- 'A Time to Be a Whirlwind!'#5
- 'The Arena of No Exit!'#6
- 'Island of the Inferno'#7
- 'Command: Slay The Dragon'#8
- 'Slay The Blind Dragon'#9
- 'The Preying Mantis'#10
- 'The Human Inferno'#11
- 'When Strikes The Samurai'#12
- 'A Dragon Defiant'#13
- 'To Catch An Assassin'#14
- 'The Man Who Studied With Bruce Lee'#15
- 'The Axeman'#16
- 'The Doom Seer'#17
- 'The Final Victim'#18
- 'The Secret Of The Bronze Tiger'
The Brave and the Bold (1955)
#132 The DC Comics Encyclopedia (2004)
- 'Batman--Dragon Slayer??'
HC The Question (1987)
- 'The DC Comics Encyclopedia: Updated And Expanded'HC
- 'The DC Comics Encyclopedia'
Annual 01 Who's Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe (1985)
- 'Fables, Part III: The Silent Parable'#2
- '...were it not that I have bad dreams...'#35
- 'Let Nothing You Dismay...'#36
- 'Or Maybe Gomorrah'#37
- 'One More Question'
- 'Puzzler to Roy Raymond'
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