Quote:TLDR version: Stan Lee, Busiek, and the Knaufs made him the embodiment of deviousness, savagery, and exploitation. Most writers have maintained at least part of that interpretation. No writer has made him feel like a human being.
If he's not a human being then he's the evil over the top, racial stereotype caricature he's usually been accused of being. If no writer has made him feel like a human being then a writer needs to do that or the character needs to be scraped!
Anyway, what's wrong with giving him some humanity? Even the Joker has stories making him seem human.
That's why I've repeatedly asked for Gregg Hurwitz of "Penguin: Pain and Prejudice" fame to write a Mandarin story. I like the basic story created by Stan Lee of an aristocrat who squanders every bit of his inheritance training himself into a living weapon, and then goes exploring and exploiting like Christopher Columbus. I think Gregg Hurwitz is one of the few writers who could flesh out that story without retconning it into something unrecognizable.