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'Black' Jack Tarr

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Bio:
Tarr served with distinction in the British army, and accepted a position with the British Foreign Service after his discharge from the military. Sometime later, he became an agent for the British intelligence agency, MI-6. Eventually, he was assigned to the command of Sir Denis Nayland Smith of Scotland Yard.

While serving with Smith, Tarr came into contact with Shang-Chi and the small band of adventurers fighting a covert war against the criminal mastermind Dr. Fu Manchu. This group includes Lieko Wu and Clive Reston, who would become two of his closets friends. Tarr joins them in their fight, confronting Fu Manchu's forces multiple times in many spots around the world. Manchu's forces were legion, including many different cults that sometimes worked together. In one such incident, Tarr and Shang-Chi, cornered by multiple cults, worked together to stun an alligator and throw it at their enemies, gaining them a moment needed to escape.

When Fu Manchu was finally defeated, Black Jack becomes part of a group that elects to remain together as private adventurers under the name Freelance Restorations. This orginization is based out out of Stormhaven Castle in Scotland with leased offices in London.

During a case where Tarr was tracking down the seemingly kidnapped daughter of family friends, Mandy Greville, he came to New York investigating the cult Dawning Light. Tarr was attacked outside the embassy building where Shang-Chi was staying with friends. He escaped inside. Shang-Chi listened to him, learning of Freelance Restorations, then helped him rescue Mandy. The girl was safely spirited away and the cult's headquarters was destroyed without loss of any life. Unfortunately Mandy had been well brainwashed by the cult at this time and promises to kill Tarr.

Mandy is taken to Stormhaven Castle where several of Smith's colleagues attempt to bring her back to normalcy. This doesn't go as well, until an attack by the destructive villain Agent Syn. Tarr risks his life to save Mandy from Syn's fire. Seeing the risk he took and the slight flesh wound from Syn's attack is enough to break her conditioning. Shang-Chi defeats Syn moments later.

t was after this case that Shang-Chi joins Freelance. Tarr eventually becomes the leader of Freelance Restorations when Smith retires.

Tarr's group comes under attack by Comte de Saint Germain, who in the reality of Marvel Comics, is a seeming immortal who inherits the killers and cultists and resources of Fu Manchu. Germain captures Leiko Wu, Tarr's agent and Shang Chi's ex-girlfriend. Reston and Tarr have a shootout with an assassination team on the docks of Singapore, after yet another safe-house is uncovered. Shang-Chi saves them from certain death.

Notes:
became director in deadly hands of kung-fu #1 (2014).

First Appearance: Master of Kung Fu (1974) #17

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Issue Appearances:
Deadly Hands of Kung Fu (2014)
Giant-Size Master of Kung Fu (1974)
Giant-Size Spider-Man (1974)
Ihmesarja (2002)
Maitre du Kung Fu, Les Mains de Shang-Chi (1974)
Marvel Comics Presents (1988)
Marvel Hit-Comic (1989)
Master of Kung Fu (1974)
Master of Kung Fu: Bleeding Black (1990)
Moon Knight Special (1992)
ROM (1979)
Shang-Chi, Master of Kung-Fu (1998)
Shang-Chi: Master of Kung Fu (2002)
The Avengers (1973)
The Deadly Hands of Kung Fu (1974)
The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Update '89 (1989)
What If? (1977)
Wisdom (2007)

Group Affiliation(s):
MI-13 (Marvel)

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