Read through the greatest appearances of the wily Wonder Man!

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Simon Williams did his best to talk to the Hulk in this week’s AVENGERS #686 by writers Mark Waid, Jim Zub, Al Ewing and artist Paco Medina, but the Jade Giant preferred to communicate with his fists instead. The super powered pacifist known as Wonder Man tried to stop his fellow resurrected Avenger by appealing to his human side, but couldn’t get through. While he may not have been able to achieve his goal, he did give a few other heroes enough time for revelations, switch-ups, and other a few other surprises.

To say that Simon Williams has evolved over his decades of comic book existence would be an understatement. In fact, when he debuted in 1964’s AVENGERS #9, he had no problem with violence. Back then, Williams was actually an inventor who stole money to support his company after Tony Stark’s latest innovation made his patents obsolete. Though he admitted his guilt, a mysterious woman offered to not only pay his bail, but to give him the chance to get back at Stark.

Avengers (2016) #686

Avengers (2016) #686

The woman turned out to be the Enchantress who, along with the Executioner, worked with Baron Zemo at the time. They took Williams to Zemo’s secret South American fortress and bombarded him with ionic rays to increase his strength and grant him invincibility. Once the enhancements were complete, Zemo dubbed him Wonder Man and gave him his first costume, complete with belt jets to make him fly.

While Wonder Man displayed enough power to take on the Avengers, Zemo kept a secret: Williams’ new abilities would kill him in one week! The Baron kept an antidote, though, and would give it to Williams weekly as long as he kept up his end of the bargain, which involved ingratiating himself to the Avengers by stopping the Masters of Evil from robbing a bank as the good guys watched.

Avengers (1963) #10

Avengers (1963) #10

  • Published: November 10, 1964
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: November 13, 2007
  • Penciller: Don Heck
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Wonder Man then got an invite to Avengers HQ, but his made-up story about being kidnapped and experimented on by Zemo did not ring true to Captain America, who had become obsessed with finding the criminal who facilitated Bucky Barnes’ death and his own fall into the icy depths that froze him for decades. At that juncture, Enchantress sent out a long range spell that distracted the Avengers into thinking Williams would soon die, leading them to try to find a cure.

After luring the Avengers to Zemo’s stronghold, Wonder Man’s duplicitous nature came to light. Though the Avengers fought valiantly, Wonder Man fought for his life and defeated his foes. When Zemo planned to kill the Avengers, however, Simon remembered how valiantly they tried to cure him and decided to revolt against the masked madman. The heroes managed to free themselves, but in the chaos, Wonder Man was left behind to die without the antidote.

Avengers (1963) #11

Avengers (1963) #11

  • Published: December 10, 1964
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: November 13, 2007
  • Penciller: Don Heck
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That might have been the end of Simon Williams had the Avengers not saved his mind electronically, as revealed in 1968’s AVENGERS #58. Continuing his trend of infrequent Avengers appearances, he showed up in a coma several years later in 1972’s AVENGERS #102. After that, Wonder Man’s body was revived no less than three times to fight Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, but he finally regained his form and consciousness to join the team in 1977’s AVENGERS #160. Most recently, Simon’s taken on a pacifistic stance while appearing in UNCANNY AVENGERS.

Flash Forward

Wonder Man returned to his villainous roots in 2010’s AVENGERS #1; when Captain America asked him to rejoin the team, Simon not only declined but told the Sentinel of Liberty that most of the worst things happening in the world revolved around the team. In the following issue, Williams attacked the team, causing some damage before later confronting Iron Man in AVENGERS #7.

Avengers (2010) #1

Avengers (2010) #1

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Wonder Man’s big move then came when he assembled a team called the Revengers. The group attacked and defeated the Avengers living in the Mansion in NEW AVENGERS ANNUAL #1, but Iron Man imprisoned Simon and his new team soon after. Later, Wonder Man reappeared, apologized to Captain America, and helped him to save Janet van Dyne from the Microverse in AVENGERS #34.

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The King of Wakanda offers experience and wisdom to a Fantastic Force and fights against Onslaught!

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!

Returning to his native Wakanda in FANTASTIC FORCE #4, T’Challa expressed surprise that his government decided to revive a vibranium research facility that proved unsafe in the past. His protests grew more strident in FANTASTIC FORCE #5 as his young charges back in the States battled the Super-Adaptoid.

T’Challa encountered Night Thrasher in NIGHT THRASHER #18, teamed with Black Widow and Thunderstrike in THUNDERSTRIKE #20, and in FANTASTIC FOUR #400, he participated in an all-out struggle between the Celestials and the Watchers, and fought against opponents plucked from different points in the timestream. Afterward, he attended the funeral of his believed-dead friend, Reed Richards.

After playing a role in the Atlantis Rising incident in FANTASTIC FOUR: ATLANTIS RISING #1, T’Challa landed in New York City in FANTASTIC FORCE #10, angry over his protégé Vibraxas’ killing of a street thug and Franklin Richards’ leadership over the team the Panther funded. Mollified somewhat by Franklin handing the reins over to Johnny Storm, The Black Panther joined in a struggle with Lord Moses and his agents in FANTASTIC FORCE #11.

Following the Moses incident, T’Challa traveled with his team to the other-worldly Elsewhen to aid Psi-Lord against the armies of Vangaard in FANTASTIC FORCE #12. Back on Earth, he stopped a mind-controlled She-Hulk during her raid on a museum in FANTASTIC FORCE #13, and, after welcoming her to the group, flew back to Wakanda for the trial of Vibraxas and the deepening situation with the small nation’s Vibranium Research Facility.

Still in his native Wakanda in FANTASTIC FORCE #15, Black Panther fought alongside his young compatriots against a towering monster called the Vibravore, a creature spawned from vibranium metal itself. Psi-Lord became the key to defeating it, but T’Challa possessed no answers to the Wakandan parliament cutting off all funding of Fantastic Force in the aftermath of the Vibravore’s rampage.

Returning once more to the States, the Panther witnessed the emergence of a new Wasp in AVENGERS #394, a radical evolution of Janet Van Dyne’s heroic persona and the arrival of a teenage Tony Stark from another timeline in AGE OF INNOCENCE: THE REBIRTH OF IRON MAN #1. Later, T’Challa encountered Daredevil in OVER THE EDGE #6, and found himself fighting shadow forms that resembled past foes of the Avengers in AVENGERS #400 – a devilish scheme by Loki, god of mischief, to crush the heroes once and for all.

Iron Man (1968) #332

Iron Man (1968) #332

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In IRON MAN #332, T’Challa worked alongside Tony Stark to fashion strong psychic shields for their fellow champions to use against Onslaught’s destructive and intrusive mental powers, and when his old friends the Fantastic Four needed him, Black Panther swept in to aid Nathaniel Richards in FANTASTIC FOUR #416 in a battle with a simulation of the Red Ghost and his apes. In the aftermath of the skirmish, Fantastic Force finally disbanded for good while the massive threat of Onslaught grew.

Finally, the Avengers and other heroes joined with the X-Men to confront the menace directly and en masse in ONSLAUGHT: MARVEL UNIVERSE #1. Though ultimately defeated, Onslaught brought about the disappearance of T’Challa himself, along with several of his closest comrades in the super hero community.

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The Black Panther reunites with the Avengers and teams with Spider-Man, Iron Man, and Excalibur!

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!

Heading to Washington D.C., T’Challa reunited with Monica Lynne while Prey planed to blow up Wakanda’s vibranium mound in BLACK PANTHER: PANTHER’S PREY #3. The newly engaged monarch returned to his nation in BLACK PANTHER: PANTHER’S PREY #4 to put down Prey’s insurrection and defuse his explosives.

The Black Panther later attended a party thrown by the Avengers, one crashed by none other than Doctor Doom himself, in AVENGERS #332 and #333.

Amazing Spider-Man Annual (1964) #25

Amazing Spider-Man Annual (1964) #25

  • Published: January 25, 1991
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T’Challa then teamed with Spider-Man and Iron Man to uncover Roxxon’s supposed discovery of a new source of Vibranium — bringing them into conflict with the Kingpin, Ghost, ane Ultron as well – in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL #25, THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL #11, and WEB OF SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL #7.

Earth’s Mightiest Heroes then called the Panther into service to accompany scientists Hank Pym and Beast to the Blue Area of the Moon in AVENGERS #335 to hunt for the origin of their new, powerful foes, the Brethren. T’Challa and the others entered the Collector’s starship in AVENGERS #336 to find not only a miniature ecosystem ravaged by the escaped Brethren, but also The Watcher in AVENGERS #337.

Avengers (1963) #336

Avengers (1963) #336

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With information culled from an elderly Brethren, Black Panther and his fellows returned to Earth in AVENGERS #338 to relay their findings to the main team. When The Collector tipped his hand and threatened the entire planet’s populace, T’Challa and the others took him down in AVENGERS #339.

After an encounter with the UK-based Knights of the Pendragon in KNIGHTS OF THE PENDRAGON #14-18 (published by Marvel UK), the Black Panther clashed with the alien N’Grith in MARVEL FANFARE #60 and then with the Coal Tiger, his exact duplicate from another reality, in AVENGERS #356, part of an ongoing struggle between Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and their new foes, the alternate-Earth-hopping Gatherers.

Excalibur (1988) #59

Excalibur (1988) #59

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Not long after, T’Challa played host to a small contingent of Avengers and Excalibur members to discuss toxic waste disposal in EXCALIBUR #59.

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T’Challa embarks upon a dangerous quest to locate his lost mother!

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 big “Panther’s Quest” storyline kicked off as T’Challa began a search for his lost mother in MARVEL COMICS PRESENTS #13, which led him to the South African nation of Pretoria and a man named Patrick Slade. Mercenaries under the command of Elmer Gore attacked the two men in MARVEL COMICS PRESENTS #14, and while the Panther battled them, Slade escaped on his own.

A bruised and bloodied Black Panther met a miner called Zanti who tried to help the hero back to his solar glider in MARVEL COMICS PRESENTS #16. Corrupt government official Pretorius turned the country against T’Challa in MARVEL COMICS PRESENTS #18, while the Panther and Zanti recovered the glider and returned to town to discover soldiers tear gassing citizens in MARVEL COMICS PRESENTS #19.

T’Challa took a bullet after rescuing a young boy named Theodore in MARVEL COMICS PRESENTS #20 and then escaped back to his craft in MARVEL COMICS PRESENTS #23. With all of Pretoria out for his head, the Black Panther reunited with Zanti to seek out a possible ally called Moshigo, but anti-apartheid group the Comrads attacked in MARVEL COMICS PRESENTS #25, complicating matters.

Young Theodore rushed to T’Challa’s aid in MARVEL COMICS PRESENTS #27 when the Comrads tried to set Moshigo’s house on fire, but the boy died in the process even after the hero ran him to a hospital for his extensive burns in MARVEL COMICS PRESENTS #28. The Panther discovered his mother’s name, Ramonda, in MARVEL COMICS PRESENTS #29, and realized Gore’s mercenaries paid Slade to keep the information to himself. Later, Gore killed Slade.

After receiving a letter from Ramonda in MARVEL COMICS PRESENTS #31 urging him to stay away, T’Challa linked Gore and his mercenaries to Pretorius and the government and escaped in his glider in MARVEL COMICS PRESENTS #34 with a wounded Zanti’s invaluable help.

At Pretorius’ mansion, the Black Panther saw his mother in MARVEL COMICS PRESENTS #36, and then fought Gore to the death. Ramonda told her story of being held prisoner by Pretorius in MARVEL COMICS PRESENTS #37 and the Black Panther spirited her away back to Wakanda.

T’Challa rejoined Earth’s Mightiest Heroes in AVENGERS #305 to bolster their ranks against the Lava Men. In AVENGERS #307, ally Gilgamesh fell in battle against the Lava Men priest Jinku and his Avatar, so the Panther and his teammates called upon the Eternals in AVENGERS #308 to come to the ancient hero’s rescue. Later, in SOLO AVENGERS #19, the Black Panther joined with an old college friend, Philip Whitehead, to confront a dangerous occult creature.

Mubaru, a Wakandan royal cabinet member, made a failed attempt on his sovereign T’Challa’s life in MARVEL SUPER-HEROES #1, as well as to steal vibranium by mining it from below the country’s sacred vein of the rare metal.

Returning to Wakanda, the Panther faced off against Solomon Prey’s agents in BLACK PANTHER: PANTHER’S PREY #1, and then with the winged, taloned man himself in BLACK PANTHER: PANTHER’S PREY #2.

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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
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: August 08, 2008
  • Writer: John Byrne
  • Cover Artist: John Byrne
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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 (1972) #7

Jungle Action (1972) #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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