T'Challa goes on a talk show with the Avengers and fights in the Evolutionary War!

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!

After joining with Earth’s champions to welcome a newly intelligent Hulk into their ranks in INCREDIBLE HULK #279, the Black Panther answered Wonder Man’s call to join him, the Beast, Hawkeye, and the Black Widow for an appearance on a late-night TV talk show in AVENGERS #239. Unfortunately, the studio came under fire from a nerdy, would-be villain who monopolized the show and the Avengers’ time. The Panther then spent some time off the radar, though he did pop up on television screens, alongside the Human Torch, in a battle against the Crimson Dynamo in MARVEL TEAM-UP ANNUAL #7.

Avengers (1963) #239

Avengers (1963) #239

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Some time later, T’Challa stood ready to aide his fellow Avengers when long-time member Quicksilver’s duplicity became evident in WEST COAST AVENGERS ANNUAL #1, and fought alongside them against the speedster’s robotic Zodiac gang. Traveling back to New York, the Panther faced off against the Man Without Fear in DAREDEVIL #245 when a down-on-his-luck Wakandan fell into a life of crime and into the hero’s crosshairs.

Back in Wakanda, T’Challa entertained deposed Latverian monarch Doctor Doom in FANTASTIC FOUR #311, and held off an attack by the doctor’s political rival Kristoff in FANTASTIC FOUR #312. Afterward, the Black Panther sprang to the aid of Captain America and a small army of allies in CAPTAIN AMERICA #342 versus the wily Viper and her Serpent Society.

Fantastic Four (1961) #311

Fantastic Four (1961) #311

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When the Panther spirit that gave T’Challa his abilities learned of rampant apartheid in neighboring Azania, it fled the king in BLACK PANTHER #1 (the kick off of a four-issue limited series) and inhabited an Azanian rebel to create Man-Cat. The blame for Man-Cat’s vicious attacks in the small nation fell on the Panther, but he found himself busy fighting the white-power Supremacists in BLACK PANTHER #2, sent by an Azanian general.

T’Challa flew to Azania in BLACK PANTHER #3 to divert a nuclear missile there aimed at Wakanda, then defeated Man-Cat in BLACK PANTHER #4 to clear his name and help Azania begin the process of breaking down their system of apartheid.

During the “Evolutionary War” event, an attempt by the High Evolutionary and his Gatherers to steal Vibranium from Wakanada led to Black Panther teaming with his Avengers allies again in WEST COAST AVENGERS ANNUAL #3.

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The Panther encounters the Avengers, the Fantastic Four, Iron Man and more!

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 found himself psychically forced to attend a gathering of heroes at Avengers Mansion in AVENGERS #211. There, he discovered a membership drive of sorts taking place, driven by the mental powers of Moondragon to bolsters the team’s ranks. When fights broke out among those gathered, T’Challa resisted Moondragon’s challenge and any offer of Avengers membership for the time being.

After being among the many heroes present for the tragic events in THE DEATH OF CAPTAIN MARVEL, T’Challa welcomed his friends the Fantastic Four to his African nation of Wakanda in FANTASTIC FOUR #241, and learned that the famous family sought a strange energy signature within the country’s borders. T’Challa disguised himself as one of his warriors to keep an eye on his friends, but when they stumbled upon a man using an ancient alien power to set himself up as a Roman emperor, he moved in to help them bring him down.

Fantastic Four (1961) #241

Fantastic Four (1961) #241

  • Published: April 10, 1982
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The cosmic Grandmaster summoned every known hero on Earth to compete in a grandiose game in CONTEST OF CHAMPIONS #1, and the Black Panther learned of the being’s desire to resurrect his brother the Collector should he win. Placed on a team alongside the X-Men’s Angel and the Russian hero Vanguard, T’Challa traveled to a city in Japan in CONTEST OF CHAMPIONS #3 to battle the Thing, Wolverine, and Peregrine. The Wakandan monarch’s team ultimately lost the challenge.

T’Challa next traveled to Washington D.C. to support the Hulk’s plea for amnesty from the President of the United States in INCREDIBLE HULK #278. When a supposed alien attack broke out, the Black Panther fought alongside the green giant to stop it, and then later raised his voice in triumph as the Hulk stood hailed as a hero.

Iron Man Annual (1970) #5

Iron Man Annual (1970) #5

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Tony Stark visited some holdings in Wakanda in IRON MAN ANNUAL #5, but ran face first into a gambit by Madame Slay to kill T’Challa. The Panther’s old foe Erik Killmonger then claimed the heroic mantle while Iron Man helped T’Challa behind the scenes to root out the true villain of the piece: The Mandarin.

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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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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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T’Challa aids the Avengers and Daredevil and goes solo to take on Killmonger and Venomm!

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!

Captured by the Space Phantom and his temporary ally the Grim Reaper in AVENGERS #107, the Black Panther witnessed the two villains’ temptation of the Vision and their plans to secure a new body for the android. After being freed by Captain America in AVENGERS #108, T’Challa and his teammates welcomed help from the cosmic Captain Marvel to defeat the Phantom and the Reaper as well as the hordes of Hydra.

Following that adventure, the Panther faced off against the gigantic Imus Champion in AVENGERS #109 and received Hawkeye’s resignation from the team. When the team rallied again to aid the X-Men in their battle with Magneto in AVENGERS #110, T’Challa found himself buried under rocks by the mutant villain, prompting a scouting mission in DAREDEVIL #99 to secure assistance for another fight.

Avengers (1963) #112

Avengers (1963) #112

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With Daredevil and the Black Widow at their side, the Black Panther and the Avengers finally put down Magneto’s latest scheme in AVENGERS #111, and welcomed the Widow into their ranks. Her tenure lasted briefly, though, for she left following T’Challa’s harrowing confrontation with the Lion God in AVENGERS #112.

The Panther served masterfully in helping his teammates operate on a wounded Vision in AVENGERS #113, and in another bout with the Lion God in AVENGERS #114. In AVENGERS #115 he secured a surrender from the dreaded Troglodytes and in AVENGERS #116 discovered the presence of the mystical Evil Eye in the mystery of the Black Knight’s disappearance. T’Challa found himself pitted against Doctor Strange during the search for the Evil Eye in DEFENDERS #9, and rejoined with his teammates to witness the final moments of a Thor-Hulk clash in DEFENDERS #10.

After the so-called Avengers-Defenders War wrapped up with a big battle involving both teams as well as Loki and Dormammu in AVENGERS #118, the Black Panther returned to his native Wakanda in JUNGLE ACTION #6 to meet the revolutionary called Erik Killmonger and suffer defeat at his hands. Later, in JUNGLE ACTION #7, T’Challa looked into an illegal vibranium mine to gain a new foe known as Venomm.

Jungle Action (1973) #7

Jungle Action (1973) #7

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The Black Panther welcomed Captain America’s partner The Falcon to Wakanda in CAPTAIN AMERICA #169, and by CAPTAIN AMERICA #171 provided the hero with a high-tech rig to grant him the power of flight. Later, T’Challa stopped a new menace known as Malice from invading the royal palace to free the Panther’s prisoner, Venomm, in JUNGLE ACTION #8.

Erik Killmonger directed Baron Macabre to send his undead against the Black Panther JUNGLE ACTION #9, while T’Challa’s friend Monica stood accused of murder. Macabre joined forces with Kind Cadaver in JUNGLE ACTION #10, but faced defeat at the hands of the Panther. Killmonger stole weapons from the Wakandan armory and directed King Karnaj to attack T’Challa in JUNGLE ACTION #11, and dumped an unconscious Black Panther into the wolf-ridden Land of the Chilling Mists in JUNGLE ACTION #12.

Returning to the States and the Avengers, the Panther aided Spider-Man in a conflict with Stegron the Dinosaur Man in MARVEL TEAM-UP #20, then joined with his teammates in battle with the Collector in AVENGERS #119, and a long campaign against the Zodiac in AVENGERS #121123. In the aftermath of that fight, T’Challa helped activate a Zodiac weapon that unfortunately brought the dreaded, dragon-like Star-Stalker to Earth in AVENGERS #124.

Avengers (1963) #126

Avengers (1963) #126

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Next, the Panther served valiantly in an immense struggle between the mad god Thanos and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes in AVENGERS #125, and then a rematch with his old foe Klaw and the energy-charged Solarr in AVENGERS #126.

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T'Challa recounts his origin, faces Doctor Doom, and much more!

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!

Alongside his fellow Avengers, T’Challa heard of the Black Knight being whisked away to Arkon’s world of Polemachus in AVENGERS #84, but when he summoned Thor to transport the team there, his colleagues found themselves spirited away by the Enchantress.

Having accompanied Thor to Polemachus to aid the team, the Black Panther returned to Earth in AVENGERS #85, only to lose his fellows once again, this time to the alternate Earth of the Squadron Supreme. Thor and the Panther searched for their comrades in AVENGERS #86, but Earth’s Mightiest Heroes made their own way back and with a mighty tale to tell, too.

Later, T’Challa followed a ruling by Avengers chairman Captain America in SUB-MARINER #35 to attend a charity event with other teammates instead of flying off with Thor, Iron Man, and Giant-Man to fight Namor, the Hulk, and the Silver Surfer at the request of the United States military.

Avengers (1963) #87

Avengers (1963) #87

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Iron Man noticed that the Black Panther seemed distracted in AVENGERS #87, and in answer to the charge T’Challa regaled his teammates about the details of his origin and his homesickness for his native Wakanda. Upon hearing of the death of a friend, he pondered whether or not to return to his country or renounce his throne and remain an Avenger.

Still concerned over the monumental decision, T’Challa jetted off to Wakanda in ASTONISHING TALES #6 when he heard that a long-dormant volcano there flared to life. Upon investigation, he discovered an invasion by Doctor Doom to steal the country’s most valuable resource, the sound-absorbing metal vibranium. In ASTONISHING TALES #7, the Black Panther fell under Doom’s assault, but freed himself to chase off the despot by threatening to blast all the vibranium to atoms.

While tracking a stolen Wakandan weapon, T’Challa would up in prison in a white supremacist nation in FANTASTIC FOUR #119, prompting a rescue by the Thing and the Human Torch, as well as a battle with Klaw. At this time, T’Challa also tried out a new codename, “Black Leopard,” but ultimately returned to his traditional moniker.

After consulting with Earth’s Mightiest Heroes in AVENGERS #99 over the appearance of the demi-god Hercules at their mansion, the Black Panther answered a summons from attorney Matt Murdock in DAREDEVIL #92 to pose as the Man Without Fear and squelch rumors of the hero’s true identity. Another call for help arrived in AVENGERS #100, that time from the Black Knight who required the Panther’s aid in breaking Ares and the Enchantress’ hold on fabled Olympus.

Avengers (1963) #105

Avengers (1963) #105

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T’Challa formally returned to the ranks of the Avengers in AVENGERS #105, just in time to accompany the Scarlet Witch and other teammates to Chile in search of missing scientists, and then to the Savage Land to confront a band of mutates known as the Beast-Brood and the siren-song of the alluring Lorelei.

Still on the track of missing persons reports in AVENGERS #106, the Black Panther and his allies stumbled upon an abandoned HYDRA base and a new scheme of the Space Phantom. Once captured by the alien trickster, the heroes discovered another villain lurking in the wings: the Grim Reaper.

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T'Challa proves his worth to the Avengers, teams with Daredevil, and more!

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 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 big day arrived for the Wasp and Yellowjacket in AVENGERS #60, a wedding witnessed by the Black Panther, who also took part in the simultaneous battle against party crasher the Ringmaster and his Circus of Crime.

T’Challa teamed with the Vision to confront the giant Ymir in Wakanda in AVENGERS #61, a ploy by the devilish Asmodeus to sew chaos throughout the world. Later, the Panther invited all of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes to his country in AVENGERS #62, but M’Baku the Man-Ape chose that occasion to attempt a coup and destroy his rival.

The Avengers held a wake for a seemingly dead Captain America in CAPTAIN AMERICA #113, but when they later learned of his return in CAPTAIN AMERICA #114, the Black Panther decided to allow the famous hero his privacy. T’Challa also aided Daredevil at this time, in DAREDEVIL #52, when the Man Without Fear suffered from radiation poisoning and had his hands full with the problem of Starr Saxon.

Avengers (1963) #62

Avengers (1963) #62

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Mislead by the villainous Egghead in AVENGERS #63, the Panther raced out with his teammates to rescue the Black Widow while back at headquarters Hawkeye fashioned himself into the new Goliath. Egghead’s scheme led to a confrontation aboard his space station in AVENGERS #64, and a bout with the Swordsman in AVENGERS #65.

After a short break, the Black Panther returned to help the team track down a revived Ultron in AVENGERS #68, then worked to convince them to back Kang in the Grandmaster’s Game of the Galaxies in AVENGERS #69. This led to a sprawling fight with the Squadron Sinister in AVENGERS #70, and T’Challa, the Vision, and Yellowjacket being transported by Kang back to 1942 for a scuffle with Captain America, Namor the Sub-Mariner, and the original Human Torch in AVENGERS #72.

Shortly after returning to the present, T’Challa encountered a singer who was under attack in AVENGERS #73, and asked his fellow heroes to allow him to battle the bigoted Sons of the Serpent on his own. After his capture by the Sons, the Panther chafed under his imprisonment in AVENGERS #74 while an imposter Black Panther confused the public and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.

Quicksilver returned in AVENGERS #75 to inform the team of his sister Wanda’s abduction to Polemachus, the other-dimensional home of Arkon. The Avengers and T’Challa made their way to Polemachus in AVENGERS #76 to confront Arkon, but the wily ruler traveled to Earth in retreat and suffered his defeat there.

While the team struggled with the wicked Cornelius Van Lunt, T’Challa took on a new identity in AVENGERS #77, that of “Luke Charles,” a high school teacher. He joined with his fellow Avengers again in INCREDIBLE HULK #128 to attempt to capture the Hulk with a Gammatron Bombarder.

Daredevil (1964) #69

Daredevil (1964) #69

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Captain America made his way back to Avengers Mansion in AVENGERS #78, only to be waylaid by the Black Panther’s old foe the Man-Ape. When the villain challenged T’Challa to single combat, the fight ushered in the Lethal Legion, a collection of crooks with beefs against the heroes. In AVENGERS #79, the Avengers defeated their opponents and also learned new information of the Vision’s creation.

A new incarnation of the Native American hero Red Wolf debuted in AVENGERS #80 to warn the group about a new scheme by Cornelius Van Lunt. The Black Panther returned to his teaching job and opened up an investigation into the Thunderbolt gang, which led to a team-up with the Man Without Fear in DAREDEVIL #69. When the Zodiac captured the Avengers in AVENGERS #81, it fell to T’Challa and Daredevil to rescue them in AVENGERS #82.

When all seemed quiet afterward, the mystical Enchantress disguised herself as Valkyrie and commanded a team of female warriors to battle the Black Panther and the Avengers in AVENGERS #83.

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Relive T'Challa's historic debut and tag along for his first groundbreaking adventures!

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 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 famous Fantastic Four found themselves amazed by the gift of a technologically advanced flying vessel in 1966’s FANTASTIC FOUR #52, a present from the people Wakanda and an invitation to visit their small African nation. Upon landing in a bio-organic mechanical forest, the super hero family fended off a seeming attack by a black-clad individual, only to discover him as T’Challa, the leader of Wakanda and known as their champion, the Black Panther.

In FANTASTIC FOUR #53, the Panther explained to Reed Richards and the others that his country’s greatest asset, the sound-absorbing metal vibranium, existed only within its borders. He further detailed a recent attempt by the evil Ulysses Klaw to steal the metal, a fact then made all-too clear by Klaw’s attack on T’Challa and the FF. The heroes held the poacher off, and Klaw disappeared into his own sonic device.

Fantastic Four (1961) #52

Fantastic Four (1961) #52

  • Published: July 10, 1966
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: November 13, 2007
  • Penciller: Jack Kirby
  • Cover Artist: Jack Kirby
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Hotheaded Johnny Storm wanted to visit his Inhuman girlfriend in FANTASTIC FOUR #54, so T’Challa lent him a Wakandan flying craft to rush to the Hidden Land. There, the Human Torch became embroiled in a dangerous fight against Prestor John and the Evil Eye. T’Challa also gifted Reed with pure vibranium bands in FANTASTIC FOUR #56 to defeat Klaw again and made his first 1967 appearance dealing with yet another flying ship in FANTASTIC FOUR #60 when the team returned to America and Doctor Doom stole the Silver Surfer’s cosmic power to try and take over the world.

Upon an expedition to Panther Island in FANTASTIC FOUR ANNUAL #5, the Black Panther and his Wakandan soldiers discovered both the intrepid Inhumans and evidence of the Psycho-Man’s underground headquarters. T’Challa joined with the Fantastic Four soon after to turn the tide against the emotion-controlling villain and send him packing back to the Microverse.

Captain America never expected a summons from far-off exotic Wakanda, but one arrived in 1968’s TALES OF SUSPENSE #97 to bring the Black Panther’s plea for Cap to help him against an invasion by mysterious forces.

Cap’s Wakandan flying craft came under attack on his way to the African country in TALES OF SUSPENSE #98, just the first salvo in T’Challa’s war with Baron Zemo and the villain’s orbiting solar ray projector. It took timely assistance from Agent 13 in TALES OF SUSPENSE #99 to turn the tide against Zemo, but Cap and the Panther still fought hard to win the day in CAPTAIN AMERICA #100.

Tales of Suspense (1959) #98

Tales of Suspense (1959) #98

  • Published: February 10, 1968
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: April 28, 2007
  • Penciller: Gene Colan
  • Cover Artist: Jack Kirby
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After things settled down a bit, Cap called his fellow Avengers back in the States to strongly suggest they consider T’Challa for membership among Earth’s Mightiest Heroes in AVENGERS #51. When the Panther flew to their New York headquarters to meet the famous team in AVENGERS #52 he discovered a room full of seemingly deceased heroes. It took being arrested and squaring off against the dreaded Grim Reaper for T’Challa to win his spurs as the newest member of the Avengers.

With little time to settle in, the Black Panther found himself at odds with the Magneto-controlled X-Men in AVENGERS #53 and skirmishes with both Cyclops and the Beast. Once the confusion cleared, he stood with his teammates in battle against his old foe Klaw and the new Masters of Evil in AVENGERS #54, and the revelation of stone-cold Ultron-5 behind the scenes of the attack in AVENGERS #55.

Avengers (1963) #52

Avengers (1963) #52

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The Panther joined with Captain America to travel back in time in AVENGERS #56 to solve the mystery of Cap’s partner Bucky during World War II, but that stood as only an appetizer for the adventure of meeting the synthezoid Vision in AVENGERS #57. Later, T’Challa helped welcome the Vision into the ranks of the team in AVENGERS #58, as well as find himself baffled by the appearance of newcomer Yellowjacket and the disappearance of Hank Pym in AVENGERS #59.

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Namor and Hulk team up to take on Earth’s Mightiest Heroes!

1917 to 2017: 100 years of Kirby.

Join us to celebrate Jack “King” Kirby’s 100th birthday by learning about the characters and stories he created that changed comics forever. To commemorate Jack’s centennial, we’ve sat down with the modern-day creators he influenced—and the decades of work he gifted us all.

Never let it be said that Hulk doesn’t have feelings. In fact, a strong sense of betrayal led him to leave the Avengers not long after they formed. He helped found the team along with Thor, Iron Man, Ant-Man, and Wasp in the first issue of AVENGERS, but then left at the end of the second after the team battled Space Phantom, who had the ability to take someone’s physical form. After assuming the Jade Giant’s identity, the Phantom fought the heroes who didn’t exactly have nice things to say about Bruce Banner’s alter ego, some of which came out even after Hulk regained his place in this reality.

As AVENGERS #3 by Jack Kirby and Stan Lee began, the team discussed finding The Hulk during their monthly meeting. Iron Man—in his sleeker red and gold armor for the first time in this book—projected himself to the likes of the X-Men, Fantastic Four, and even Spider-Man to see if they’d help track the man-monster down to no avail. However, Earth’s Mightiest Heroes did get help from Rick Jones and the Teen Brigade. Rick tried getting Hulk to turn back into Bruce and lie low for a while, but the procedure didn’t take and Hulk returned to his rampaging ways. Jones called out for help and the Avengers answered!

The heroes, however, didn’t quite have the upper hand. Hulk knew their desert battleground far better than anyone and used that knowledge to fight his attackers, hop a train, and make a thrilling escape. Unbeknownst to all the players, they had a secret audience watching all of this: Namor, the Sub-Mariner! He planned to put himself in the one place that Hulk would wind up and then convince him that they should both embrace their hatred of humanity and attack the surface world. Hulk agreed, though he never fully trusted his new partner. They then faced off against the Avengers in tunnels under Gibraltar, which housed abandoned weaponry from World War II. The daring duo used these destruction dealers as part of their attack on our favorite Assemblers.

Avengers (1963) #3

Avengers (1963) #3

  • Published: January 10, 1964
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: November 13, 2007
  • Penciller: Jack Kirby
  • Cover Artist: Jack Kirby
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The ensuing battle of epic proportions featured the pair essentially turning Iron Man into a statue, a sonic blast knocking Wasp out of the air, and both Hulk and Namor attempting to rip Mjolnir out of Thor’s hands! Though that endeavor failed, the two mighty misanthropes neared victory up until the moment when stress caused Hulk to return to his Bruce Banner form. At this point, he had kept his dual identity a secret, so the scientist made a break for it while no one watched.

Alone, Namor soon fell to the Avengers, partially because of their strength but also because his powers lessened the longer he moved outside of the water. Thanks to some H2O trickling in, The Sub-Mariner gained just enough juice to make his own escape. In the next issue, he’d have the most important tantrum in all of comics history, accidentally freeing Captain America from his icy prison.

This issue from 1964 went a long way to continue building the Marvel Universe that we all know and love. From the heroes communicating with one another in the beginning to the continued storylines and, of course, the epic villain team-up, Kirby and Lee worked hard on these stories to lay groundwork that’s still being used to this day.

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Meet one of the most deadly and persistent super villains of all-time!

1917 to 2017: 100 years of Kirby.

Join us to celebrate Jack “King” Kirby’s 100th birthday by learning about the characters and stories he created that changed comics forever. To commemorate Jack’s centennial, we’ve sat down with the modern-day creators he influenced—and the decades of work he gifted us all.

How do you stop a villain from the future, who knows the past and also comes stocked with weaponry to make even Tony Stark’s head spin? Jack Kirby and Stan Lee answered that very question in 1964 with AVENGERS #8. In that issue, Earth’s Mightiest Heroes met at Stark’s mansion by request from the Pentagon who showed them a video of an unidentified flying object landing in Virginia. Unafraid of the human element, the craft’s pilot smoothed over a mile of forest to land and then used another ray to vibrate the approaching tanks to pieces!

Before long, the invader revealed himself as Kang, the Conqueror! At the government’s request, the Avengers flew off to investigate. When they arrived at the craft, they found their foe lounging on an invisible, floating chair, completely unimpressed with their appearance. The villain then very simply stated his objective of taking over the entire planet and backed that up by tossing the mighty super heroes around like paper dolls.

Once the under-secretary of defense showed up, Kang explained that he had been born in the year 3000, mastered time travel, and then visited the past as Rama-Tut, first seen in FANTASTIC FOUR #19. While trying to return to his home time, he actually went to the year 4000 where warring barbarians wielded technologically advanced weapons built in a bygone era. However, the self-styled Conqueror grew bored with the war-ravaged climes and decided to return to an earlier Earth. He ordered his minions to build him another time machine and that’s how he came face to face with the Avengers.

Avengers (1963) #8

Avengers (1963) #8

  • Published: September 10, 1964
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: November 13, 2007
  • Penciller: Jack Kirby
  • Cover Artist: Jack Kirby
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Uninterested in Kang’s claims of dominance, the Avengers attacked the would-be despot, but didn’t fair well. The time traveler zapped Giant-Man, deflected Mjolnir, and foiled Wasp’s attempts at de-powering his helmet. Tired of the battle, the rogue had the male members of his opposition sucked into holding cells inside his ship and then gave the world an ultimatum: surrender or die.

Kang would soon learn the error of his ways in ignoring The Wasp and Rick Jones, though. Jones called in his Teen Brigade pals and feigned allegiance, causing all kinds of trouble along the way. They even managed to free our heroes! Meanwhile, Wasp searched Hank Pym’s lab and found a power ray she thought would tip the scales in their favor.

Reunited, the Avengers pressed their attack, which included a blast from the gun that unleashed a suit-melting acid on Kang. The invader then unleashed a Neutrino Missile, but Iron Man easily deflected it as Giant-Man sealed off the launchers on the ship. Besieged and beleaguered, The Conqueror could do nothing more than retreat to his chronal conveyance and make a hasty retreat! And that’s how you beat a time traveler!

Check out more Kang in video game form with “LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2”!

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