Art by David Aja
Son of Wendell and Heather Rand, Danny Rand was born into the lap of luxury. Wendell was a very successful businessman and head of the massive Rand Corporation. However, he had an obsession with finding the fabled city of K’un-Lun. Wendell took his wife, his nine-year-old son, and his business partner by the name of Harold Meachum on an expedition through the mountains of Tibet to discover (or rediscover) the path to K’un Lun. Wendell was killed by Meachum, whom wanted his share of the Rand Corporation, and Heather died saving Danny from wolves. Wendell was closer to his destination than he knew, as young Danny was saved and taken into K’un Lun. There, he was trained by the legendary Lei Kung the Thunderer. He mastered the martial arts taught to him, and Danny Rand became the Iron Fist, the next in a line of legendary warriors. He was offered the chance to stay in K’un Lun and be immortal. However, Danny chose to return to the mortal realm and use his new gifts to protect the innocent as the Iron Fist.
Being the Iron Fist granted Daniel Rand the ability to summon a mystical power to strengthen his blows and the ability to heal others with the use of chi.
Danny returned to the U.S to find and take vengeance on Meachum. However, when he found him, Danny discovered that Meachum was crippled by frostbite from the expedition. He decided to take pity on the man, but Meachum was still killed by a mysterious assassin. Danny vowed to track down the assassin, which he did.
Soon after, the Iron Fist was brought to Feng-Tu by a woman named Jade. Feng-Tu is the afterlife of K’un Lun, and Danny found his mother here. She took the name Silver Dragon and was enslaved by a sorcerer called Dhasha Khan. Danny defeated the sorcerer and freed his mother.
Back in America, Iron Fist met Colleen Wing and Misty Knight, a pair of private investigators. He worked with them on many occasions and later entered a romantic relationship with Misty Knight. He also came to be associated with other heroes such as Shang-Chi, the Master of Kung Fu.
Fate would lead him to meeting another super hero by the name of Luke Cage aka the Power Man. The two became partners in a business called the Heroes for Hire. The two would become the best of friends and were the best dynamic duo ever. Ever. Ever.
After many jobs together, fighting villains like Bushmaster, Tombstone, Constrictor, Black Mariah, and others, Iron Fist made a return visit to K’un Lun. While there, he was kidnapped by the alien H’ylthri, a species that had challenged K’un Lun on many occasions. He was replaced by a plant matter clone that was killed while working with Luke Cage. Cage was blamed for the murder.
After some time in their custody, Danny was freed by Namor the Sub-Mariner and Doctor Strange. He met up with Luke Cage once again on a mission to save Cage’s family from the criminal called Hardcore, but Luke, angry with being abandoned, rejected Iron Fist’s aid.
When the Avengers, the X-Men, and the Fantastic Four were seemingly killed by Onslaught, Iron Fist and Luke Cage made amends and established a new Heroes for Hire organization under the Oracle Corporation. Ant-Man aka Scott Lang, White Tiger, Black Knight, She-Hulk, and Hercules were among their number this time. Oracle was a business run by Namor, and he had Jim Hammond, the original Human Torch, work as the mission coordinator for the team. Iron Fist was made the field leader.
Later, in an attempt to aid Daredevil in maintaining a secret identity, Iron Fist began working as Daredevil. When the Superhuman Registration Act was passed and the subsequent Super Hero Civil War erupted, Danny as Daredevil sided with Captain America and Luke Cage against the bill. He helped them fight Iron Man and his pro-registration Avengers.
After Cap’s side was defeated and Matt Murdock returned to New York, Danny Rand went underground with Luke Cage’s New Avengers as Iron Fist once more. He stayed with the team for some time, aiding in the defeat of the Skrulls’ Secret Invasion and Norman Osborn’s Siege on Asgard. He stayed on the team during the Heroic Age and aided in fighting against Norman Osborn’s return with his new Dark Avengers and the Asgardian God of Fear’s assault on Earth. He was instrumental in defeating the Phoenix Force when it returned to Earth and possessed the X-Men, as the power behind the Iron Fist had a powerful effect on the Phoenix Force.
He also joined up with a new Defenders team along with Namor, Doctor Strange, and Lyra Daughter of the Hulk.
He recently discovered that his father had been to K’un Lun before and was ousted by his own brother, Danny’s uncle. He returned to the city to find the Thunderer, his trainer and mentor, killed, and he helped stop a plot to establish K’un Lun in New York City.
In his most recent adventures, Iron Fist has rejoined with Luke Cage, and the two have restarted their Hero for Hire business. Their first job was saving their former secretary Jenny Royce from a demon-possessed object called the Super Soul Stone.