published by Marvel Comics
. Iron Fist
first appeared in Marvel Premiere #15
Daniel Rand, or Danny to his friends, was raised in
the mystic city of K'un L'un. K'un L'un is located on
another plain of existence that occasionally intersected
with our own, sort of a Himalayan version of Brigadoon.
Rand's parents had been killed while in Tibet by one of
the members of the K'un L'un society. For ten years, Rand
trained in the martial arts finally acheiving the honor
of fighting a dragon to gain a big black stylized dragon
tatoo and the dragon's heart. The dragon's heart allowed
the one who possessed it to focus his chi to his fist
to give its punch incredible force. It was often
described as being like a "thing of iron."
Rand left K'un L'un to track down the one who had murdered his
parents. His journey took him to New York where he
took his father's position has the head of Rand-Meacham,
a large multimillion dollar company. He also fell in love
with Misty Knight, a New York police officer with a
bionic arm and tenative connections to a number of
Marvel heroes. She was even Jean Grey's roommate at
The most important relationship Rand made in New York
was with Luke Cage, the street smart superhero known
as Power Man. The two teamed up, starting a firm called
Heroes for Hire, Inc., sort of a superhero temp agency.
The two kept this business for many years, until Rand was
believed killed. Cage was blamed for Rand's death and went
on the run, although he was innocent. Unbeknownst to any
of Rand's friends or the police, Rand's death had been
faked and he had actually been taken prisoner by a faction
in K'un L'un. Rand was freed with the help of Misty
Knight and her partner Colleen Wing (also known as the
Daughters of the Dragon) and Prince Namor or the Submariner.
Rand has once again teamed up with Cage and has been
running Heroes for Hire, Inc.