Razor-Fist I (Marvel Comics)


(William Young)


Among the… exotic expert fighters in the Master of Kung-Fu comics during the 1970s, Razor-Fist is certainly one of the most visually distinctive.

The character is often considered gloriously absurd. But with enough suspension of disbelief he works pretty well.

If you want even more Razor-Fist, here have been at least 3 men using this identity :

  1. William Young – this here writeup.
  2. – the one with the longest career by far.
  3. William Scott.


  • Real Name: William Young.
  • Marital Status: Unrevealed.
  • Known Relatives: None.
  • Group Affiliation: Former employee of Carlton Velcro.
  • Base Of Operations: During his contract with Velcro, Velcro’s palace on the Southern coast of France.
  • Height: 6’4” Weight: 280 lbs.
  • Eyes: Brown Hair: Unrevealed


Powers & Abilities

Young was a massive, powerful fighter. Both of his hands were replaced by large, heavy blades that could slash or thrust through solid stone. Razor-Fist could hack through or impale a statue.

While he was martially quite proficient, Razor-Fist was out of his depth against the Master of Kung-Fu. It seemed that he had never fought an opponent even deadlier than himself before.


The first Razor-Fist (who is not kin to the latter 2, despite the rumour) was first seen as a bodyguard and enforcer for the feared drug lord Carlton Velcro.

Living in Velcro’s palace, Razor-Fist was at once a killer, a security officer and in charge of intimidating visitors. He often demonstrated his ability to cleave through solid stone as Velcro explained to visitors that he did not guarantee their safety if they were not loyal allies.

Another noteworthy mercenary employed by Velcro was Pavane. She handled the black panthers prowling the palace’s grounds.


Master of kung-fu

In 1985, Sir Dennis Nayland-Smith was tasked with bringing Velcro down – since conventional police forces could not touch him. Thus did Shang-Chi, the Master of Kung-Fu and Nayland-Smith’s star agent, run into Razor-Fist while invading Velcro’s heavily-defended palace.

Though skilled, Razor-Fist proved not to be a match for the Master of Kung-FU. Shang-Chi snapped off one of his blades (using his steel bracers) then duped him into embedding the other into a wall. Razor-Fist pulled it free, but was again manoeuvred into impaling a statue, and Shang-Chi knocked him out.

Razor-Fist vs. Shang-Chi

Razor-Fist eventually recovered and found Shang-Chi again. As he was preparing to engage him, Velcro and armed guards burst in. Not caring in the least that his loyal henchman was in the line of fire, Velcro ordered his men to open fire.

Though the guards missed the agile Master of Kung-Fu, the surprised Razor-Fist was cut down by automatic fire. He soon died from his wounds.

Further appearances ?

During the clash of the assembled heroes of the DC and Marvel Universes against Krona, a Razor-Fist who may have been the William Young was among the assembled villains and mercenaries defending Krona.

Furthermore, it is possible that the official Marvel identification of which Razor-Fist is which in each story is incorrect. If so, then Razor-Fist I did survive and appear anew. See the entry for Razor-Fist (Douglas Scott) for further discussion of this.


See illustrations.


A loyal, stone-faced mercenary of few words. He likes to hurl the occasional tough-guy threat and to act real confident and unstoppable.

Some of his lines sounded scripted, probably at Velcro’s request.


“Welcome, intruder. My name’s Razor-Fist. Yours is unimportant and soon to grace a tombstone. Mr. Velcro has requested that I greet you. More precisely, his instructions were to shake hands with you. I’m sure you’ll appreciate Mr. Velcro’s wit more fully once you meet him yourself… one piece at a time !”

“My name is Razor-Fist. Know that I shall spit upon your blood.”

“You are swift. My mouth waters.”

Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG

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Razor-Fist I

Dex: 06 Str: 04 Bod: 05 Motivation: Mercenary
Int: 03 Wil: 03 Min: 04 Occupation: Enforcer
Inf: 04 Aur: 03 Spi: 04 Resources {or Wealth}: 004
Init: 015 HP: 015

Claws: 08

Charisma (Intimidation): 04, Martial artist: 07

None demonstrated.

Mercenary scene (Low).

Creepy Appearance, SPR (Missing both hands).

Design Notes

Razor-Fist I officially appeared but once, so his stats are somewhat speculative.

Game Stats — DC Adventures RPG

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Razor-Fist I — Averaged PL 6.4

03 03 02 -3 07 00 00 01


Bladed attachments ● 9 points (Noticeable, Removable, Sustained)
– Slash — Strength-based Slashing Damage 4
– Deflects blows and projectiles — Enhanced Parry 4, Enhanced Dodge 2
– Cleaves through weapons — Improved Smash
– Looks frightening — Intimidation 3 (+4)

Combat Advantages

Close attack 3, Defensive roll 3, Improved critical (Bladed Attachments) 2, Improved Smash, Power attack.

Other Advantages

None demonstrated.


Athletics 3 (+6), Close combat (Bladed attachments) 1 (+11), Insight 1 (+1), Intimidation 3 (+4), Perception 2 (+2)


Initiative +2
Razor-fists +11, Close, Damage 7


Dodge 10/8** Fortitude 8
Parry 11/7** Toughness 6/3*
Will 4

* Without Defensive Roll
** Without Bladed attachments


  • Disability Missing both hands.

Power levels

  • Trade-off areas Attack/Effect PL 9, Dodge/Toughness PL 8, Parry/Toughness PL 8, Fort/Will PL 6.
  • Point total 61. Abilities 24, Defences 15, Skills 4, Powers 0, Devices 9, Advantages 9. Equiv. PL 5.

By Sébastien Andrivet.

Source of Character: Master of Kung-Fu v1 #29-31 (Marvel Universe).

Helper(s): Darci.