Kiber, Klaw, and more threaten Wakanda’s favorite son!

For more than 50 years, the Black Panther has stood at the forefront on the Marvel Universe. With T’Challa appearing on the big screen again this year in both Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” and “Avengers: Infinity War,” take a look back at over five decades worth of comic book adventures for the King of Wakanda!

The Black Panther tracked down Kiber the Cruel in BLACK PANTHER #13, and when he uncovered the bizarre circumstances of his foe’s existence, deprived him of an energy source and allowed him to slowly die.

Later, T’Challa established a Wakandan embassy with ties to the United Nations in BLACK PANTHER #14, but his old opponent Klaw stirred up trouble while seeking to regain his power levels in BLACK PANTHER #15. The businessman-turned-villain Stinger got the drop on the Panther in AVENGERS #179 and attempted to capture all of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes to sell them to the highest bidders in AVENGERS #180.

Black Panther (1977) #13

Black Panther (1977) #13

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Government agent Henry Gyrich arrived at Avengers Mansion in AVENGERS #181 to announce that the team would be allowed only a small core group of members, of which the Black Panther discovered he didn’t qualify for. Spider-Man ran afoul of a fake Black Panther in MARVEL TEAM-UP #87, so he dug up the truth by enlisting the real T’Challa in a fight against Hellrazor, a crook hired by the unscrupulous Roxxon Corporation to defame the genuine article and bilk Wakanda of its resources.

The Black Panther began to realize he’d lost memories when Windeagle attacked him in MARVEL PREMIERE #51, but when the Wakandan monarch tried to set up Round Two with his flying foe, his opponent fell dead from an unknown shooter’s bullet.

The Black Panther went down to Georgia in MARVEL PREMIERE #52 on a hunt for stolen memories concerning the Dragon Circle cult. There, he uncovered a link between the group and the Ku Klux Klan, as well as the devilish entity known as the Soul-Strangler. After a battle with the creature in MARVEL PREMIERE #53, T’Challa regained his memories and brought the leaders of both groups to justice.

In DEFENDERS #84, a war broke out between Prince Namor’s home of Atlantis and the Panther’s native Wakanda in Africa, all over a misunderstanding. With the Defenders in the middle of the conflict, they hunted for the villainous Mandrill in DEFENDERS #85, and when they uncovered a trail that led to Wakanda, the team traveled to the country’s New York consulate to inform its king.

With the Black Panther on their side, the Defenders engaged the Mandrill and narrowly escaped from his death trap, while in DEFENDERS #86 the villain himself unleashed a stolen Wakandan device that blanketed New York in total silence. This brought T’Challa and the team’s attentions to stopping a riot brought on by the crushing confusion.

In MARVEL TEAM-UP #100, the Panther reunited with Ororo Munroe, known as Storm to the mutant X-Men. Together they confronted a dark figure from their shared past, the man called De Ruyter the Bull.

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Check out the bite-sized podcast preview of this week's new Marvel Comics!

By the Hoary Hosts of Hoggoth! It’s Marvel’s The Pull List!

Ryan and Tucker preview February 14’s new comic releases, including DARTH VADER #11, DOCTOR STRANGE #385, PUNISHER #221, UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL #29, and all the other books that will be waiting for you in stores tomorrow!

Here’s the full list of what’s available from Marvel this week:

MARVEL PRINT COMICS ON SALE (2/14/18)

  • AMAZING SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL #42
  • AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: RENEW YOUR VOWS #16
  • AVENGERS #680
  • BEN REILLY: SCARLET SPIDER #14
  • CABLE #154
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA #698
  • DARTH VADER #11
  • DESPICABLE DEADPOOL #294
  • DOCTOR STRANGE #385
  • FALCON #5
  • MARVEL 2-IN-ONE #3
  • MS. MARVEL #27
  • OLD MAN HAWKEYE #2
  • OLD MAN LOGAN #35
  • STAR WARS: POE DAMERON #24
  • STAR WARS: THRAWN #1
  • THE PUNISHER #221
  • THE UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL #29
  • WEAPON X #14
  • X-MEN: BLUE #21

COLLECTIONS

  • BLACK PANTHER: WORLD OF WAKANDA
  • COLOR YOUR OWN X-MEN: THE NEW MUTANTS
  • DAREDEVIL EPIC COLLECTION: MIKE MURDOCK MUST DIE!
  • MARVEL’S BLACK PANTHER: THE ART OF THE MOVIE SLIPCASE (HC)
  • NEW MUTANTS BY ZEB WELLS: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION

DIGITAL COMICS

  • BLACK PANTHER: LONG LIVE THE KING #5

ON THE MARVEL APP

  • DEFENDERS #126-131 (1972)
  • FANTASTIC FOUR/IRON MAN: BIG IN JAPAN #1-4 (2005)
  • MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE #21-26, 28, 34 (1974)
  • NICK FURY: AGENT OF S.H.I.E.L.D. #4, 6-15 (1968)

DIGITAL COLLECTIONS

  • ATLAS ERA TALES TO ASTONISH MASTERWORKS VOL. 2
  • GOLDEN AGE YOUNG ALLIES MASTERWORKS VOL. 1
  • NEW DEFENDERS VOL. 1
  • NICK FURY, AGENT OF S.H.I.E.L.D. MASTERWORKS VOL. 3
  • WOLVERINE & BLACK CAT: CLAWS 2

FRESHLY DIGITIZED COMICS ON MARVEL UNLIMITED

  • ALL-NEW WOLVERINE #23
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA #25
  • DEADPOOL KILLS THE MARVEL UNIVERSE AGAIN #3
  • DEFENDERS #4
  • EDGE OF VENOMVERSE #4
  • GENERATIONS: PHOENIX & JEAN GREY #1
  • HULK #9
  • INHUMANS: ONCE AND FUTURE KINGS #1
  • JEAN GREY #5
  • MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE #21-26, 28, 34
  • MARVEL UNIVERSE GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #21
  • MS. MARVEL #21
  • OLD MAN LOGAN #27
  • ROCKET #4
  • SECRET EMPIRE #8
  • SECRET WARRIORS #5
  • STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA #11
  • STAR WARS: ROGUE ONE – CASSIAN & K-2SO SPECIAL #1
  • THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #31
  • THE UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL #23
  • VENOM #153
  • WEST COAST AVENGERS #10-14, 16
  • X-FORCE #49-55
  • X-FORCE/CABLE ANNUAL #1
  • ZOMBIES ASSEMBLE 2 #1

Download episode #6 of The Pull List from Marvel.com, check out Marvel Podcast Central, grab the This Week in Marvel RSS feed, and subscribe to This Week in Marvel for The Pull List updates on iTunes! Then head over to our Soundcloud hub to listen to more from Marvel!

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Relive ten heartbreaking splits ranked by the Marvel.com team!

Just in time for Valentine’s Day…it’s Marvel’s Top 10 Breakups!

Recently, the Marvel.com team gathered together for a sleepover, where we cried, ripped up photos of our exes, ate raw cookie dough, and read through Marvel Unlimited as we discussed which characters have endured the toughest, most emotional breakups in Marvel history.

Prepare for a walk down memory lane as you reminisce with Marvel’s Top 10 Breakups!

…I wonder if Daredevil has ever stalked Elektra’s social media for hours on end. You know, just to see what she’s been up to. Or whatever.

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Is Logan truly back? This May, the hunt continues across the Marvel Universe!

Wolverine is back…or so it seems. Ever since MARVEL LEGACY #1, we’ve gotten glimpses of what appears to be Wolverine popping up across the Marvel Universe. But is it really Logan?

For a character with as rich a history as Wolverine—even though he sometimes couldn’t remember it all himself—telling the tale of his potential return can’t be contained to just one series. In April, THE HUNT FOR WOLVERINE #1 one-shot will be released, and then in May, four different four-part series will debut that will continue the story. As Wolverine’s past comes back to haunt many a mutant, each story will harken back to an old school adventure.

The event is orchestrated by HUNT FOR WOLVERINE and DEATH OF WOLVERINE writer Charles Soule, with a bevy of talent attached to the various titles. The four series are:

HUNT FOR WOLVERINE: WEAPON LOST (#1-4)
Written by Charles Soule
Art by Matteo Buffagni

HUNT FOR WOLVERINE: ADAMANTIUM AGENDA (#1-4)
Written by Tom Taylor
Art by R.B. Silva

HUNT FOR WOLVERINE: CLAWS OF A KILLER (#1-4)
Written by Mariko Tamaki
Art by Butch Guice

HUNT FOR WOLVERINE: MYSTERY IN MADRIPOOR (#1-4)
Written by Jim Zub
Art by Chris Bachalo

Check out a gallery of covers from the four series:

Said series editor Mark Paniccia, “I’ve been holding my tongue, just waiting to announce this project and team of ultra-talented creators. While these stories all reveal clues to the larger mystery behind Wolverine’s return, the writers all have some pretty huge moments planned that will have X-MEN fans talking and debating for some time to come.”

Major Marvel heroes like Daredevil, Kitty Pryde, Spider-Man and Iron Man, will become involved in the story, as they try to track down Logan and figure out his secrets. Each series will also contain its own distinct genre and mystery: WEAPON LOST will be a noir/detective story, ADAMANTIUM AGENDA more action/adventure focused, CLAWS OF A KILLER fits its title with a horror style, while MYSTERY IN MADRIPOOR is a dark romance.

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Ethan Sacks gives a behind-the-scenes look at how the comic came to life!

In our new series, Creator Commentary, we’re giving the floor to our storytellers as they present behind-the-scenes looks at the decisions that go into every panel and page—in their very own words. And for our first installment, writer Ethan Sacks gives a tour of the hidden secrets and influences behind OLD MAN HAWKEYE #1.

Ethan, over to you…

The Inspiration

One of the breakout characters from “Old Man Logan” was Old Man Hawkeye. That the seminal event, set 50 years from the present, has a blind Clint Barton—though he’s been able to adjust; he’s a great fighter, and he’s driven. Hawkeye has a plan in “Old Man Logan” to strike back at the Red Skull, who has harmed him in so many ways, but I’ve always wondered what the hell was Clint doing for 50 years before that? Why did it take 50 years to get there?

My original pitch for OLD MAN HAWKEYE was to set it five years earlier than “Old Man Logan,” as he’s losing his vision, to see the struggle. He has survivor’s guilt that he got to be one of very few heroes still living in this era while many “better” heroes didn’t. He’s been looking for a way to make everything right, but at his heart, he feels powerless. When he realizes he’s losing his vision, he decides there’s one thing he can do: get revenge against a specific set of people—people I will not yet reveal until a later Creator Commentary—before he runs out of time.

Easter Eggs

One thing I loved about “Old Man Logan” was seeing that the Hulk grandchildren flew in the Fantasticar—the Fantastic Four vehicle—so I thought about what would happen to some of these random vehicles and things from the Marvel Universe 45 years into this horrible future. During the scene in the very first panel on page one of issue #1, the characters are driving a vehicle from the 1990s series FORCE WORKS—the Force Wagon—which, in the future, is just a vehicle that a merchant of illegal drugs bought to ferry his stuff across the country.

They’re also driving through Tannenbaum Gorge, which was a little nod to an obscure Marvel villain called Doctor Tannenbaum. I figured that the better villains would have cities named after them but, because this poor guy couldn’t even beat the Great Lakes Avengers, he’d have this uninhabited ravine named after him. Apologies to any Doctor Tannenbaum fans out there.

With the first issue, we wanted to show what Hawkeye is doing at this point in time—that he’s essentially running protection for merchants. And here, his crew gets ambushed by the Madrox gang. In the opening action scene, we have the Madrox gang and, on page three, we see them in all their glory. We thought that, over the years, all that self-cloning and breeding would make him actually forget who he really was; he would evolve into this totally different personality. He was like a copy of a copy of a copy, and he’s degraded. I like the idea of him being an entire outlaw gang and, every time he gets killed, he just makes more of himself. The other purpose of the scene is that we see Hawkeye—who never misses—actually miss one of the people he’s aiming at, accidentally hitting him in the shoulder. And that miss has consequences later.

On page eight, you may notice that Hawkeye has a little scar in the shape of the Avengers “A.” That was Marco Checchetto’s contribution. He liked that. There are many little visual nuances like that.

Old Man Logan

By page nine, Hawkeye’s been given the bad news that he’s losing his eyesight quicker than he thought, so he goes and tries to recruit Logan. Now, I love Logan and he’s obviously the hero of “Old Man Logan,” but in our story—because he’s still a pacifist for another five years—he has to deny Hawkeye’s request. Hawkeye has a crushing realization that his best friend has no interest in helping him.

I wanted to put in a couple of little details that allude to “Old Man Logan,” so on pages 10 and 11, Hawkeye brings a gift—an Xbox. It’s the same Xbox that Logan’s kids have at the beginning of the story that begins five years from this point. I wanted to reveal the secret origin of that Xbox, just in case people were spending sleepless nights wondering about that.

After Clint talks to his friend, he speaks to Ashley. Now, for those who have not read “Old Man Logan,” Ashley is Hawkeye’s daughter and Peter Parker’s granddaughter. And by the point we see her in the original story, she’s essentially a super villain. So I wondered how this daughter of an Avenger—this granddaughter of one of the best super heroes ever to live—could have turned out the way she did. I wanted to explore Hawkeye’s neuroses about being a dad and how he wasn’t always there for her.

The Big Bad

Then, because the sole surviving Madrox clone is in a lot of pain, he can’t concentrate on duplicating, so he’s just trying to survive and he runs into the Venom symbiote. We talked about some of the villains we could use and we thought—without giving too much away—that Venom merging with the Madrox clone might be really, really cool.

The wonderful world that Mark Millar and Steve McNiven made allows for a kind of an upside-down feeling, because the villains run everything. So villains do so some of the functioning jobs. And we have a great villain in as the local Marshal—as the law enforcement. Once it becomes obvious that a real super hero has resurfaced after all these years, it is on this Marshall to hunt down that super hero.

I begged my editors to allow this bad guy to have Deathlok enhancements. Because why not? I wanted to enhance him, while diminishing the skills of his prey; I wanted the reader to see that this villain outclasses Hawkeye.

So, Hawkeye is hunting some people who’ve wronged him in the past and, unbeknownst to himat least for nowhe’s being hunted as well.

Continue the story by reading OLD MAN HAWKEYE #2, from Ethan Sacks and artist Marco Checchetto, tomorrow—February 14!

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Jody Houser reintroduces us to one of the universe’s most notorious villains!

There can be a fine line between hatred and respect. And while the notorious Grand Admiral Thrawn is one of the Empire’s most ruthless commanders, he’s also one of the most brilliant.

Star Wars fans know the character from Timothy Zahn’s “Thrawn” novels as well as his emergence as a major player on the “Star Wars: Rebels” TV show; now, witness the Grand Admiral’s rise to power in comic book form! This week, on February 14, writer Jody Houser and artist Luke Ross begin their adaptation of the Zahn novels with the first of a six issue limited series: STAR WARS: THRAWN #1!

We caught up with Jody to talk about telling Thrawn’s story in comics.

Marvel.com: How did this limited series come about?

Jody Houser: [Editor] Heather Antos got in touch with me about adapting Thrawn into a comic after I’d wrapped up adapting “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” for Marvel. She was my editor on that project, so she knew about my love of Star Wars and Thrawn, more specifically. As a fan of the original Timothy Zahn trilogy that really kicked off the Star Wars Expanded Universe, I was very excited.

Marvel.com: After adapting a hugely popular Star Wars film into comic book form, what was the process like for doing the same for Timothy Zahn’s novel? Is it a different challenge to tackle a character that’s been so beloved for so long?

Jody Houser: The main difference is really the medium that I’m pulling from. Film tends to hew a little closer to comics than prose, as the two are very visual-focused. I also have more experience adapting from the screen (I did work on MAX RIDE, also for Marvel, but that was a much looser adaptation). Working from prose is a unique challenge.

Marvel.com: How much room do you have to deviate from and build upon the source material?

Jody Houser: Considering the depth of the novel and limited number of pages in a six issue limited series, it’s really more about figuring out how best to streamline the story to fit the new medium.

Marvel.com: Is it more thrilling to write a villain as your protagonist after working with the rebel heroes of “Rogue One”?

Jody Houser: The interesting thing is that Thrawn is much less of a villain in this novel than in any of his previous appearances. He’s a brilliant and collected tactician who is faced with bigotry and ego that makes little logical sense to him. Probably the most thrilling part is getting to work with a character I’ve been a fan of since I was a kid.

Marvel.com: What’s it been like collaborating with artist Luke Ross?

Jody Houser: I’ve actually worked with both Luke Ross and [colorist] Nolan Woodard (separately), earlier on in my comic career, so it’s wonderful to be reunited with them. In particular, there’s a lot of design work on Luke’s end, as many of the characters haven’t appeared outside of prose. It’s really fun seeing this slice of Star Wars take shape. Togorians are back! Luke and Nolan are a fantastic team, and the book really looks amazing.

Marvel.com: What is it about Thrawn that you think appeals to fans so much?

Jody Houser: Thrawn stands apart from the other Star Wars villains (and most other villains in general) because he doesn’t act for his own benefit. He’s smart, and his plans are always fascinating and satisfying to follow. I’ve described him as what happens when a Ravenclaw goes bad. And it’s refreshing to read about an incredibly competent character, even when they’re on the wrong side.

Catch the beginning of this thrilling adaptation in STAR WARS: THRAWN #1, by writer Jody Houser and artist Luke Ross, on February 14!

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Jump in with Infinity Countdown, Venom, and Joe Robert Cole!

We’re back again with a brand spankin’ new episode of This Week in Marvel!

In this installment, Tucker belts The Star-Spangled Banner, Alex needs his TV time, and Ryan still owns a Zune…? The team covers the latest in Marvel Comics and then Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” screenwriter Joe Robert Cole joins to chat about how he brought the King of Wakanda to the big screen.

Download the episode from Marvel.com, check out Marvel Podcast Centralgrab the TWiM RSS feed, and subscribe to This Week in Marvel on iTunes so you never miss an episode! Then head over to our Soundcloud hub to listen to the entire run of the show!

With new episodes every Friday, This Week in Marvel delivers all the latest Marvel discussion and news about comics, TV, movies, games, toys, and beyond! TWiM is hosted by Marvel Creative Executive Ryan “Agent M” Penagos, Marvel.com Assistant Editor Tucker Markus, and Assistant Manager of Social Media Alex Lopez. We want your feedback—as well as questions for us to answer on future episodes—so tweet your questions and comments about the show to @AgentM, @tuckermarkus, @alexl0pez_, or @Marvel with the hashtag #ThisWeekinMarvel!

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T'Challa aids the Avengers against Ultron before striking out on his own via Jack Kirby!

For more than 50 years, the Black Panther has stood at the forefront on the Marvel Universe. With T’Challa appearing on the big screen again this year in both Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” and “Avengers: Infinity War,” take a look back at over five decades worth of comic book adventures for the King of Wakanda!

The Black Panther rushed in to aid Earth’s Mightiest Heroes in their time of need against Graviton in AVENGERS #159, the Grim Reaper in AVENGERS #160, a mystery involving Ant-Man and Ultron in AVENGERS #161162, and finally for a sprawling war with Count Nefaria and the Lethal Legion in AVENGERS #164165.

When a diminutive man called Little enlisted T’Challa’s aid in recovering the strange artifact known as the Brass Frog in BLACK PANTHER #1 (written and drawn by Jack Kirby), the King of Wakanda fell into a mystifying battle like nothing he’d ever encountered. The Frog turned out to be a time machine, which brought Hatch-22 to Earth in BLACK PANTHER #2, and the Panther into direct conflict with Princess Zanda.

Black Panther (1977) #1

Black Panther (1977) #1

  • Published: January 10, 1977
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: November 13, 2007
  • Writer: Jack Kirby
  • Penciller: Jack Kirby
What is Marvel Unlimited?

When T’Challa, Little, and Zanda discovered a second Brass Frog in BLACK PANTHER #3, they sent Hatch-22 back home with it, and moved on to Zanda’s kingdom. The Panther then struck out to find the lost Samurai City in BLACK PANTHER #4, which led to a baffling quest for the Sacred Water-Skin and eternal youth in BLACK PANTHER #5.

Later, after a fight with a real, live Yeti, the Black Panther found Samurai City in BLACK PANTHER #6, unaware of the coup being staged in his native Wakanda by his half-brother, General Jakarra.

Black Panther (1977) #6

Black Panther (1977) #6

  • Published: November 10, 1977
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: September 17, 2008
  • Writer: Jack Kirby
  • Penciller: Jack Kirby
What is Marvel Unlimited?

The King of Wakanda traveled with Abner Little in BLACK PANTHER #7 to rendezvous with his Collector associates, but when T’Challa revealed he’d taken a vial of healing water from Samurai City, the strange collective nearly tore each other apart to get at it.

Back in his home country, the Panther’s top general Jakarra exposed himself to raw vibranium in BLACK PANTHER #8, causing incredible mutation. The Wakandan royal family engaged the transformed military man in BLACK PANTHER #9, but it took a returned Black Panther in BLACK PANTHER #10 to put Jakarra and his coup down for good.

Black Panther (1977) #8

Black Panther (1977) #8

  • Published: March 10, 1978
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: November 13, 2007
  • Writer: Jack Kirby
  • Penciller: Jack Kirby
What is Marvel Unlimited?

T’Challa gained psychic abilities after the battle in BLACK PANTHER #11, all the better to aid him in his fight against the energy-eating Kiber and his powerful agents in BLACK PANTHER #12. Later, he joined with Earth’s Mightiest Heroes in AVENGERS #169 on a quest for explosive devices that took him to the Arctic and into the embrace of a giant polar bear.

The Fantastic Four’s Ben Grimm found T’Challa in his guise as a high school teacher in MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE #40 and an investigation into kidnappings that led to a vampire at Carnegie Hall. When the Black Panther lost his soul to the creature, it fell to the Thing and Brother Voodoo in MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE #41 to return it to the hero so he might free himself from capture.

Black Panther (1977) #12

Black Panther (1977) #12

  • Published: November 10, 1978
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: September 17, 2008
What is Marvel Unlimited?

The Panther then answered Iron Man’s call in AVENGERS #172 to help investigate a rash of disappearing heroes, but when the trail ended at the Collector’s lair in AVENGERS #173 and the villain’s destruction by an unknown force in AVENGERS #174, T’Challa knew he and his teammates faced a larger variety of menace.

The team began the investigation into the Collector’s death in AVENGERS #175, and finally tracked down their mysterious new opponent in AVENGERS #176. Deep in the quiet suburbs, the cosmic entity known as Korvac awaited the Black Panther and his friends and in a fit of pique killed them all in AVENGERS #177. Amazingly, when Korvac then did away with himself, the resulting release of power resurrected T’Challa and the other Avengers.

Still in their ranks despite the arduous ordeal, the Black Panther fought alongside his brethren against Doctor Spectrum in AVENGERS ANNUAL #8, and sought out an amnesic Hyperion to lend a hand against his old comrade from the Squadron Sinister.

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Learn about T'Challa's family lineage!

After you explore the roots and different branches of T’Challa’s family tree, dive into Marvel Unlimited for a look at his history in Marvel Comics over the last 52 years.

The Black Panther made his first ever appearance in the contentious FANTASTIC FOUR #52 alongside Reed Richards, Sue Storm, Johnny Storm, and Ben Grimm. Two years later, he teamed up with Captain America for the first time in TALES OF SUSPENSE #97 before Steve Rogers visited Wakanda one issue later in #98.

In 1968, just two years after his debut, T’Challa rose to the highest ranks of super heroism when he joined the Avengers in issue #52 of the team series. The King’s rise in popularity continued, and after working alongside Earth’s Mightiest Heroes for several years, Black Panther got his own solo series with JUNGLE ACTION in 1973. A different king—Jack Kirby—then took over as writer, artist, and editor of another new series for the hero with BLACK PANTHER.

After enjoying some legendary solo title runs, including Christopher Priest’s seminal BLACK PANTHER, T’Challa brought his brand of compassion and justice to all corners of the Marvel Universe. He made a visit to the year 2099, Reginald Hudlin took him to new heights with a new series, and the mantle underwent a couple of changes starting in 2008, but the best was still yet to come for the now classic super hero.

In 2016, Ta-Nehisi Coates began telling a story with a different focus on the struggles of the throne, the responsibility of leadership, and the precarious relationship that Wakanda has with the world in his ongoing BLACK PANTHER series. These new emphases were further explored as the range of the character’s influence expanded in BLACK PANTHER: WORLD OF WAKANDA and BLACK PANTHER AND THE CREW.

Most recently, Evan Narcisse has examined the early days of T’Challa’s ascension to the throne in RISE OF THE BLACK PANTHER and Ralph Macchio has unleashed the power of the Panther on villains and criminals everywhere in BLACK PANTHER: THE SOUND AND THE FURY.

Already one of the greatest Marvel characters in history, the future will see The Black Panther continue his ascent as a symbol, a king, and a super hero.

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The artist gives us a preview of CAPTAIN AMERICA #698 before its release on February 14.

Sit back, relax, and gaze in wonder at an exclusive look at Chris Samnee’s art for CAPTAIN AMERICA #698, out February 14 in the gallery below! The issue marks the kickoff of Samnee and writer Mark Waid’s big “Out of Time” storyline and the lead-up to the blockbuster CAPTAIN AMERICA #700!

Cap’s in a strange new future, and Samnee’s having a ball imagining it! Here’s what the artist told us about his work in the upcoming issue.

Marvel.com: Chris, we’ve procured three pages from CAPTAIN AMERICA #698, so let’s jump around for a look-see at them. Seems like Cap’s pretty mad on page 7; what are your thoughts about drawing Steve when he’s this angry?

Chris Samnee: I think Steve is a ball of emotions just like the rest of us, but outwardly he looks calm, cool and collected. He has a resting chill face. But, as in any scene, I try to put myself in each character’s respective shoes and do my best to make these lines on paper appear to emote.

Marvel.com: Hey, we’d never want to get him mad at us. What were your inspirations for designs of the tank and the soldiers on page 6?

Chris Samnee: I wish I had a better answer for this but honestly, for both the ground troops and tanks, I was just winging it. Everything was designed on the page as I went. Spangly plus “Escape from New York” and go…

Marvel.com: Okay, okay, but listen; you’ve got to tell us something about the little dog guy on page 3!

Chris Samnee: Mark said to fill in the group with whatever I felt like drawing, but none of the characters—with the exception of Liang—actually had names in the script. In the first draft of page 2 Mark named three of the crew that didn’t make it: Dog, Amber and Tyrus. So I used those three names as my jump off point characters and asked Mark if he wouldn’t mind coming up with different names for the casualties.

Amber has near bulletproof translucent amber colored skin, Tyrus is the blue/purple older fella with the white hair and Dog is well, a dog. Everyone is affected by the radiation in their own way and this random stray dog mutated into a walking, talking anthropomorphized Good Boy. I just thought it would be something fun to keep me entertained in the middle of drawing all of this post-apocalyptic looking stuff.

Captain America (2017) #698

Captain America (2017) #698

Marvel.com: We see a lot of different, well, mutations in figures on page 3. What went into their designs? Did you have a free hand in coming up with those, too? 

Chris Samnee: Same as above. Random radiation disfigurements and mutations. Nothing specific spelled out by Mark in the script. I just let my mind wander and came up with this motley crew as I was inking.

Marvel.com: And lastly, the sound effect at the bottom of page 7—what’s your philosophy on their use? Does Mark always dictate those, or is that within your artistic purview? When to use them and when not?

Chris Samnee: Oh, I’m a big proponent of artists drawing sound effects into their pages. It just makes the art work better as a whole. I’ll sometimes add little ones here and there if I think the page needs it but for the most part, as is the case here, Mark wrote out the onomatopoeia in the script.

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