Clive Reston

Clive Reston is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character was patterned on James Bond and Roper from the Bruce Lee Movie Enter the Dragon. Clive Reston was an agent of MI-6 and an ally to Denis Nayland Smith and Shang-Chi. During his time with MI-6, he started a relationship with Leiko Wu, but she left him for Simon Bretnor who turned out to be the mad assassin Mordillo.[1]

Clive Reston
Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
First appearanceGiant-Size Master of Kung Fu #3, 1974
Created by
In-story information
Alter egoClive Reston

Publication historyEdit

Clive Reston first appeared in Giant-Size Master of Kung Fu issue three, in 1974, created by Doug Moench. He went on to be a recurring character in the Master of Kung Fu series, as well as occasionally appearing in other series such as Rom and X-Men. He also recently appeared in the MAX series Wisdom, centered on the character Pete Wisdom.[2] Originally, Reston's father was intended to be James Bond, and his maternal granduncle was intended to be Sherlock Holmes, however due to copyright laws Marvel was forced to abandon this.[3] Now, of course, it is widely known that Shang-Chi was basically Sax Rohmer’s Fu Manchu novels fused together with Bruce Lee movies, but there is much of the concept that had been inspired by from Enter the Dragon. Bruce Lee's character in the movie practically is Shang-Chi, and his uneasy alliance with wisecracking pal Roper John Saxon echoes, in many ways, Shang-Chi's give-and-take with agent Clive Reston. Saxon's image was replaced with that of Sean Connery.[4]

Fictional character biographyEdit

Reston first appeared as an ally to Shang-Chi, the master of kung fu. He also had a romantic relationship with Melissa Greville, and the two were both present at the funeral of James Larner. He allows her to stay with him after she is released from hospital after having been injured by a gunshot wound, and she reveals to him that her mother knows his father. The pair were subsequently arrested in Hong Kong, after they were framed for committing an explosion at a place called the Jade Peacock. They discovered that they had been set up and that the policemen were criminals in disguise. After escaping from custody, they contacted MI-6, who helped them locate the secret base of the villain, Kogar, where they engaged in a fight with Kogar's men, before they engaged in a fight with and defeated Kogar. Reston then returned to England.[volume & issue needed]

Reston then encountered the villain Shockwave, who attacked him. He then discovered that former MI-6 agents were trying to kill him, Melissa and his companion Sir Denis. In order to escape, they traveled to a remote estate in Scotland, where they were all captured by a group led by MI-6's chief Ward Sarsfield, before they were rescued by Black Jack Tarr.[volume & issue needed]

Melissa then agreed to act as bait in order to capture a serial killer, dubbed, Jack the Ripper. The trap worked, and Jack the Ripper was attacked and killed by Reston and Shang Chi.[volume & issue needed] Later, he told her that their relationship was off, although she continues to love him.[volume & issue needed][5]

Reston was seen in London helping Pete Wisdom fight off an invading army of Martians and Jack the Rippers.[volume & issue needed]

Powers and abilitiesEdit

Reston possesses no superhuman powers or abilities, although he is a very talented agent. Clive's weapon of choice is an ASP 9mm handgun.


  1. ^ Master of Kung Fu #34 (November 1979), Marvel Comics
  2. ^ "Clive Reston". Comic Book DB. Retrieved 2012-07-14.
  3. ^ "Clive Reston". Comic Book DB. Retrieved 2012-07-14.
  4. ^ "Exploitation Friday! | CBR".
  5. ^ Kim Henckel. "Melissa Greville (Shang-Chi character)". The Appendix to the Handbook of the Marvel Universe. Retrieved 2012-07-14.

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