Kasper Cole takes on the 66 Bridges gang while T’Challa clashes with The Red Skull!

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!

Police officer Kasper Cole, the new Black Panther, opposed the 66 Bridges gang in BLACK PANTHER #51, while T’Challa remained missing. Cole found the Wakandan king in a housing project in New York City in BLACK PANTHER #52, but when he learned of an attack on his father in prison rushed off to investigate it in BLACK PANTHER #53.

Black Panther (1998) #53

Black Panther (1998) #53

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Cole discovered a crooked cop called for the hit on his dad in BLACK PANTHER #54, while another police officer looked into the new Panther’s identity. Cole gained info on the mysterious Kibuka of the 66 Bridges in BLACK PANTHER #55, unaware of a net closing in on him. Finally, together with T’Challa and The White Wolf, Cole took down the corrupt cops in BLACK PANTHER #56 and accepted a promotion in the police department to rank of detective.

In BLACK PANTHER #57, T’Challa told of a time when he tried to protect the former king of Dakenia, and also failed to stop the assassination of the man’s successor in BLACK PANTHER #58.

Black Panther (1998) #58

Black Panther (1998) #58

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Teaming up with The Falcon in BLACK PANTHER #59, Kasper searched for the kidnapped son of a fellow cop. Learning that the case involved the 66 Bridges gang, he attempted the ancient Wakandan Rite of Ascension to gain more power in BLACK PANTHER #60. T’Challa’s longtime foe Erik Killmonger fought Cole for the title in BLACK PANTHER #61, but then awarded him a synthetic version of the heart-shaped herb which bestowed the Panther’s abilities on a worthy person.

Now powered, Cole once again leapt onto the trail of the missing boy in BLACK PANTHER #62, only to discover the case completed by a restored T’Challa. Later, impressed with his diligence, the true Panther urged Cole to take on the mantle of the White Tiger.

Black Panther (1998) #62

Black Panther (1998) #62

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T’Challa looked into the mystery of the red cloud of death bacteria over the Dakotas in AVENGERS #66, but when he and Tony Stark learned of its origin as a bio-weapon, they found themselves locked out of their government lab by The Red Skull posing as Secretary of Defense Dell Rusk.

The Panther continued his quest for a cure in AVENGERS #67, but ended up a prisoner of the United States when Rusk sent soldiers to subdue him and Stark. After being freed by Iron Man in AVENGERS #68, T’Challa made his way to Rusk’s office in AVENGERS #69 to overhear the Red Skull’s plot to frame Wakanda for the spreading plague. In AVENGERS #70, the Black Panther fought the Skull one-on-one and won the day, as well as an antidote for the deadly bacteria.

Avengers (1998) #76

Avengers (1998) #76

  • Published: February 15, 2004
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: November 13, 2007
  • Rating: T+
  • Cover Artist: Jose Villarrubia, Jae Lee
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With lingering differences from their previous mission, Black Panther and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes witnessed the death of Jack of Hearts in AVENGERS #76, as well as the continued splintering of their teamwork. Later, in IRON MAN #75, T’Challa joined with his comrades to discuss whether or not Tony Stark should resign from the Avengers due to his new position as Secretary of Defense.

Stark arrived at Avengers Mansion in IRON MAN #84 to discuss matters with the Panther and others, but instead continued on a secret mission to recover a deactivated android from the building’s basement. When it accidentally activated in IRON MAN #85, T’Challa fought alongside his teammates to block the rampage.

At a full meeting of the United Nations, T’Challa placed himself between an unstable Tony Stark and the Latverian ambassador in AVENGERS #500, unaware of the simultaneous destruction of Avengers Mansion. Standing with his fellow heroes, The Black Panther approached the smoldering ruins in AVENGERS #501 to seek answers to troubling questions over the incident.

The Kree alien warrior race attacked the gathering in AVENGERS #502, prompting T’Challa to join in the fight. Hawkeye nobly sacrificed himself to save his teammates, and after the Kree retreated, the Panther heard Doctor Strange and Captain America deduce the culprit behind the heinous act in AVENGERS #503.

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T’Challa travels to 1875 Texas, tangles with Wolverine and Iron Man, 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!

The Black Panther joined forces with Storm of the X-Men in BLACK PANTHER #26 to search for a missing Lemurian child while his former protégé Vibraxas made his return to Wakanda. In BLACK PANTHER #27, full-blown hostilities broke out between the small African nation and Lemuria, prompting T’Challa to open negotiations with both Doctor Doom and Namor the Sub-Mariner.

Black Panther (1998) #26

Black Panther (1998) #26

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Juggling dealings with Doom, Namor, and Magneto in BLACK PANTHER #28, the Panther confronted an attempt by his long-time enemy Klaw to disrupt the fragile peace. T’Challa’s friend Everett Ross secured a more solid truce in BLACK PANTHER #29, while the Panther battled Klaw and once defeating him traveled to New York City with Namor.

Back in the U.S., The Black Panther faced a Senate intelligence committee over recent events in BLACK PANTHER #30, but stepped back to allow Everett Ross to defend him and his actions. Malice lured T’Challa into a devious trap in BLACK PANTHER #31, and sent her slaves to seize the Panther’s friend Monica Lynne in BLACK PANTHER #32. Her final defeat came about in BLACK PANTHER #33.

Black Panther (1998) #33

Black Panther (1998) #33

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T’Challa and Vibraxas entered the dreaded Crystal Forest of Wakanda in BLACK PANTHER #34 to find Queen Divine Justice, but found the Man-Ape instead. Government operative Henry Gyrich became involved in the struggle against Man-Ape in BLACK PANTHER #35, while Vibraxas found himself lost in the Crystal Forest.

Beyond all this, a resurrected Erik Killmonger captured Everett Ross in BLACK PANTHER #36, and T’Challa’s daughter teamed with the White Wolf for an adventure.

Black Panther (1998) #36

Black Panther (1998) #36

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The Black Panther gathered with Earth’s heroes to address the problem of twisted versions of the original Defenders in THE ORDER #5, and when those former champions returned to the planet in THE ORDER #6, T’Challa and the others stood ready to contain them at any cost.

When the world’s capital cities disappeared into strange maelstroms in AVENGERS #57, the Panther answered the call to investigate with his teammates. They discovered the capitals merged into one strange environment in AVENGERS #58, a situation brought about by the villainous Scorpio and prompting a response by Earth’s Mightiest Heroes in AVENGERS #59.

In BLACK PANTHER #38, T’Challa discovered that Nightshade somehow resurrected The Black Dragon in friend Everett Ross’ body. The Dragon mind-controlled hero Iron Fist in BLACK PANTHER #39 to attack the Panther but found himself unable to fully control the rapid mutations in his own form. He took on his own body again in BLACK PANTHER #40 to battle both T’Challa and Iron Fist, while Nightshade revealed another Panther.

Black Panther (1998) #38

Black Panther (1998) #38

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The real King of Wakanda investigated the tyrannical aspirations of the global spy organization called XCon in BLACK PANTHER #41, but even with the aid of Wolverine in BLACK PANTHER #42, he ran up against heavy-duty resistance from Iron Man. While the three heroes fought, the other Panther sought one-half of the fabled Brass Frog device on Kiber Island in BLACK PANTHER #43.

XCon replaced the presidents of both the United States and Canada in BLACK PANTHER #44, and T’Challa discovered the organization’s head to be none other than his half-brother The White Wolf. The real Panther tried to set everything right in BLACK PANTHER #45 before the Brass Frog unexpectedly transported T’Challa and the others to the Old West.

Black Panther (1998) #44

Black Panther (1998) #44

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In 1875 Texas, Black Panther met that era’s Thor and Loki in BLACK PANTHER #46, and he helped the Thunder God stop his mischievous brother from conquering Asgard in BLACK PANTHER #47. Back in the present day in BLACK PANTHER #48, both Panthers suffered from the same aneurysm, a situation complicated by the release of T’Challa’s foe the Man-Ape by Queen Divine Justice in Wakanda.

The real Panther became increasingly ill and delusional in BLACK PANTHER #49, and after a tense struggle with the Man-Ape, T’Challa disappeared. A new Black Panther, New York City cop Kasper Cole, took his place in BLACK PANTHER #50.

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T’Challa goes to Hell and back, teams with the Avengers, fights for his country, 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!

His mind troubled by the Tomorrow Fund and the coup in Wakanda, T’Challa fell under the gaze of the demon Mephisto in BLACK PANTHER #3, which led to a full-blown confrontation between the two in BLACK PANTHER #4. Subsequently, Mephisto sent the hero and U.S. representative Everett Ross to Hell in BLACK PANTHER #5 to cause them even more trouble and turmoil.

Black Panther (1998) #5

Black Panther (1998) #5

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Later, at a state dinner in New York, the Panther fended off an attack from Kraven the Hunter in BLACK PANTHER #6, and set up a rematch with him in BLACK PANTHER #7. The Avengers joined their old compatriot in BLACK PANTHER #8, when Michael Achebe, the man behind the Wakandan coup, orchestrated a riot.

The Black Panther stood with Earth’s Mightiest Heroes in AVENGERS #19 during an assault on the team by Alkhema, a female version of the robotic Ultron. Afterward, T’Challa and his teammates learned of Ultron’s destruction of the small European country Slorenia in AVENGERS #20, and made plans to lead a multi-nation invasion to stop him.

Black Panther (1998) #3

Black Panther (1998) #3

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Once in Slorenia, Captain America instructed the Panther and Firestar to hunt down Ultron’s location in AVENGERS #21, and when they accomplished their task, the Avengers seemingly destroyed their foe…until a multitude of Ultrons arrived to battle them. New team member Justice’s timely arrival with Antarctic Vibranium helped turn the tide in AVENGERS #22.

T’Challa decided to confront Achebe directly in BLACK PANTHER #9, but as the situation in Wakanda grew grimmer, in BLACK PANTHER #10 he accused the U.S. intelligence community of fostering the coup. Back in Wakanda in BLACK PANTHER #11, the king fought valiantly against his enemy, but even though he escaped Achebe’s deathtrap in BLACK PANTHER #12, he faced the threat of The White Wolf, too.

Black Panther (1998) #12

Black Panther (1998) #12

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BLACK PANTHER #13 revealed T’Challa’s quest for Monica Lynne, while the mystery of the woman known as Queen Divine Justice expanded in the background.

While The Black Panther tracked down the villainous Hydro-Man in BLACK PANTHER #14, his friend Everett Ross settled into his new position as regent to Wakanda. Later, Ross found the job to be fraught with danger as The Hulk appeared during a ritual elephant hunt in INCREDIBLE HULK #15.

Black Panther (1998) #14

Black Panther (1998) #14

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T’Challa continued his search to find old foe Erik Killmonger in BLACK PANTHER #16, while back in Wakanda, Killmonger met with Ross and revealed his plan to take over the nation. The Panther mused briefly on the news of Sue Richards marrying Doctor Doom in FANTASTIC FOUR #27, and then joined Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and The Falcon to battle Killmonger’s Harlem-based agents in BLACK PANTHER #17.

Brother Voodoo and Everett Ross urged T’Challa to return to Wakanda in BLACK PANTHER #18 to confront Killmonger’s ever-increasing boldness. Voodoo and the Panther fought Killmonger and his Death Regiment directly in BLACK PANTHER #19, leading to the two eternal foes’ struggle to the death at Warrior Falls in BLACK PANTHER #20.

Black Panther (1998) #19

Black Panther (1998) #19

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Moon Knight entered the land of the dead with Brother Voodoo’s help to rescue a dying T’Challa in BLACK PANTHER #21, while Killmonger rose to the role of Chieftan of the Panther Clan in the waking world. The Panther battled Nightmare in BLACK PANTHER #22 to reform his mystical bond to the Panther God. In Wakanda, a war broke out in the Techno Jungle between the Avengers, Deadpool, and Killmonger’s forces in BLACK PANTHER #23.

Still weakened from his ordeal, T’Challa held off an attack by Malice in BLACK PANTHER #24, and Killmonger lost his life while attempting to secure the heart-shaped herb that allows the Black Panthers their strength and abilities. In BLACK PANTHER #25, T’Challa and Ross dealt with the global Maximum Security situation of aliens designating the Earth as a prison world.

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T’Challa experiences a reality-warping adventure with the Avengers and meets Everett Ross!

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!

Trapped on “Counter-Earth” and initially unaware of his prior existence, T’Challa investigated an object falling from the sky in Wakanda and met the Fantastic Four all over again in FANTASTIC FOUR #4. After being captured by Dr. Doom alongside Reed Richard and Sue Storm, T’Challa escaped in FANTASTIC FOUR #5, only to be caught in the middle of a struggle between the Super-Skrull and Silver Surfer in FANTASTIC FOUR #6. T’Challa would then join the fight against Galactus and his heralds in FANTASTIC FOUR #12, and finally returned to his true Earth with his fellow heroes in HEROES REBORN: THE RETURN #4.

Fantastic Four (1996) #4

Fantastic Four (1996) #4

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Attacked unexpectedly by Asgardian creatures in AVENGERS #1, the Black Panther sought out his former teammates to join them in battle against Mordred and the evil Morgan le Fay. The wily sorceress whisked the heroes away to a world of her creation in AVENGERS #2, and shorn of his memories of Earth, T’Challa became the Nubian Prince, a warrior in Morgan’s personal guard, the Queen’s Vengeance.

Avengers (1998) #2

Avengers (1998) #2

  • Published: March 10, 1998
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: March 13, 2009
  • Rating: T+
  • Writer: Kurt Busiek
  • Penciler: George Prez
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Captain America regained his proper memories and attempted to convince the Panther and the others of their rightful places. When Wonder Man reappeared to turn the tide in AVENGERS #3, T’Challa and his comrades returned to their own true selves upon Morgan’s defeat. Later, at Avengers Mansion, he witnessed Cap’s awkward try-out of his new shield in CAPTAIN AMERICA #3.

Cable (1993) #54

Cable (1993) #54

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Ultimately, T’Challa declined membership in the newest incarnation of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes in AVENGERS #4, citing his important Wakandan duties. Not long after, he aided Ka-Zar in returning to the far-off Savage Land in KA-ZAR #17, and upon his own return to his native Wakanda, the Panther accepted help from Cable in a battle against Klaw in CABLE #54.

Black Panther (1998) #1

Black Panther (1998) #1

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His beloved country in turmoil, T’Challa reluctantly left it behind to fly to New York City in BLACK PANTHER #1 to open an investigation into the Tomorrow Fund, a non-profit charitable organization to which Wakanda contributed. There, the Panther made the acquaintance of Everett Ross, his American liaison to Wakanda, in BLACK PANTHER #2, and continued his investigation while Ross dallied with the demonic Mephisto.

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You’ve just seen Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” and now want to learn everything you can about the young king of Wakanda. The character of Black Panther has been around since 1966 and has gone through many adventures over the years, from a variety of comic book iterations to a young adult novel. T’Challa is a leader and hero, through and through.

Here are a few things to read to get you up to speed on the Black Panther and his storied history within the Marvel universe now that you’ve visited Wakanda courtesy of “Black Panther.”

FANTASTIC FOUR #52 – #53
Stan Lee and Jack Kirby 

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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Let’s start at the beginning. Making his first appearance in the pages of FANTASTIC FOUR #52, Marvel’s first family were gifted a technologically-advanced aircraft from the people of Wakanda. Upon visiting the mysterious African nation, they meet T’Challa, the leader of Wakanda, and who later reveals himself to be the Black Panther.

In the continuation of the story, FANTASTIC FOUR #53 is when we find out that things in Wakanda are not quite as they seem and the country is rich with a rare metal known as Vibranium. The villain from Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” also gets his origin story in this issue — it’s revealed that in Ulysses Klaw’s drive to steal the Vibranium to make weapons, he killed the Black Panther’s father. In turn, T’Challa used one of the weapons which caused Klaw’s pistol to explode in his hand.

BLACK PANTHER (1998)
Christopher Priest, Mark Texeira, Vince Evans, and Joe Jusko 

Black Panther (1998) #1

Black Panther (1998) #1

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Christopher Priest’s run on Black Panther reinvented the character for the modern era. Laying the groundwork for Black Panther’s big screen debut, the comic introduced Everett Ross and explored the complex world of the Dora Milaje, as well putting a spotlight on T’Challa’s political responsibilities to both the world and Wakanda.

BLACK PANTHER (2005)
Reginald Hudlin and John Romita Jr. 

Black Panther (2005) #1

Black Panther (2005) #1

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Screenwriter Reginald Hudlin took a super heroic approach to Black Panther, including a fight with a World War II-Captain America, leaving Steve Rogers defeated. Hudlin’s run is notable for introducing Shuri, T’Challa’s tech-genius sister. The character has become a fan favorite—thanks to Letitia Wright’s on-screen portrayal—and in Hudlin’s stories, Shuri gets her time to shine when she inevitably takes over as not only as Black Panther but the Queen of Wakanda.

BLACK PANTHER (2016)
Ta-Nehisi Coates, Brian Stelfreeze, Chris Sprouse, and Laura Martin 

Black Panther (2016) #1

Black Panther (2016) #1

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National Book Award winner Ta-Nehisi Coates’ BLACK PANTHER sets the world of Wakanda on the verge of a breakdown. Heavy is the head that wears the crown, as this story is set right after “Captain America: Civil War,” with T’Challa dealing with the death of his father, T’Chaka. The complications of being thrust into the responsibilities of the throne lie heavy with T’Challa, as Black Panther learns what it is to make decisions that affect the future.

BLACK PANTHER: THE YOUNG PRINCE
Ronald L. Smith

For new young fans of Black Panther, they can follow new adventures—set before T’Challa becomes king—in the young adult read, BLACK PANTHER: THE YOUNG PRINCE. This book written by Coretta Scott King award-winning author Ronald L. Smith, sets up T’Challa in a new world, faced with new decisions. T’Challa’s morals are tested, as well as his friendships, all setting him up for his role to someday be king.

Look for Black Panther again soon on the big screen when Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War” comes out this May!

For even more Black Panther, follow @theblackpanther on Twitter and like Black Panther’s official Facebook page for all the latest news and updates!

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Christopher Priest closes out his historic run with a different face behind the Black Panther mask!

Read through some of T’Challa’s most thrilling adventures on Marvel Unlimited to mark Black Panther’s 50th anniversary!

To close out his run on BLACK PANTHER, Christopher Priest shifted the book’s focus onto a new character by the name of Kasper Cole for most of the volume’s last issues.

BLACK PANTHER #5062 shined a light on Kevin “Kasper” Cole, a troubled New York City cop with a pregnant girlfriend who lived with his mom. Thanks to his fellow officer and Priest creation Sergeant Tork, Cole discovered a damaged Black Panther costume that he used while on suspension to keep himself safe and disguised as he battled corrupt police and the 66 Bridges Gang.

Cole’s co-opting of the ceremonial garb gained the attention of Hunter the White Wolf, T’Challa and even Erik Killmonger. They each had their own opinions of what he should do with his skills and the costume, but Cole blazed his own trail.

More than just the story of how a young man built himself up into a hero for people outside of himself, this last stretch of issues also helped heal T’Challa. He first appeared as an unkempt man looking about as far from kingly as possible, but by the end, he put the costume back on and agreed to train Cole. Instead of continuing to run around as another Black Panther, Cole agreed to train under T’Challa as the White Tiger. This made up for the fact that Kasper’s Right of Ascension came to an abrupt end thanks to the craziness brought about by Killmonger’s return.

Black Panther (1998) #50

Black Panther (1998) #50

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In the end, Cole did the right thing not just for himself, but also for humanity and his unborn son. After making the right choice, he agreed to become a Panther acolyte and continue protecting the streets of New York City.

Secrets of Wakanda

While Kasper’s time as Black Panther ended with the last issue of this series, his super hero career continued on in the pages of a team book called THE CREW first as the Panther and then as White Tiger. Written by Priest with Joe Bennett providing artwork, the series also starred War Machine, Isaiah Bradley’s son Justice and another Priest creation from BLACK PANTHER, Junta. They protected an area in Brooklyn called Little Mogadishu which had been overrun with crime thanks to the recent construction of a luxury gated community.

Next, after running around reality and time with the Fantastic Four, Storm and T’Challa return to Wakanda in the last arc of Reginald Hudlin’s BLACK PANTHER run.

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T’Challa works with and against Iron Man to save world leaders!

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T’Challa and Tony Stark failed to see eye to eye on a great many issues in the early 2000’s, stemming mainly from the former’s admission that he initially joined the Avengers to spy on the team. So, when the leader of a CIA front company wound up on the wrong end of an assassin’s bullet and the government approached Stark and the Avengers to investigate, the Panther didn’t take kindly to Iron Man’s request of his involvement to more easily “interface” with the urban Chicago-area community where the murder took place.

Considering that writer Christopher Priest and artist Sal Velutto’s series often featured wildly intricate plots and plans in the works from our title hero, it should come as no surprise that T’Challa didn’t work directly with Stark because of the involvement of Solomon’s Frogs! Those same mystical objects that originally appeared in Jack Kirby’s first BLACK PANTHER arc, also lead to the appearance of the Kirby-esque Panther who seemed to relish the act of fighting villains, many of whom were also created by “The King.”

The five-part “Enemy of the State II” ended with an epic Iron Man and Black Panther fight, the resolution of a few time paradoxes, and a reconciliation of sorts between Tony and T’Challa.

Black Panther (1998) #41

Black Panther (1998) #41

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From the halls of Washington, the gang transported to 1875 to a Wild West town called Danville thanks to Henry Peter Gyrich messing with the Frogs. In addition to meeting up with classic Western characters like Two-Gun Kid, Kid Colt, and Rawhide Kid, Panther and company also encounter two other familiar faces: Thor and Loki! This story actually takes place around the same time as MIGHTY THOR #370 from 1986!

Finally, the group returned to their own time where they mourned the loss of the Kirby-esque Black Panther who passed away because of a brain aneurysm. While many assumed this version came from the past, we discovered that he actually hailed from the future and that his sunny demeanor came from the realization that his time on Earth ran short. We also discover that the aneurysm’s roots spanned back to the fight Panther had with the mind-warped Iron Fist as seen in the previous arc.

Speaking of losing control of oneself, T’Challa experienced exactly that while facing off with Man-Ape and his people. In the process he almost killed Queen Divine Justice and ultimately abandoned not just his post but his costume.

Secrets of Wakanda

In addition to leading T’Challa down the path to be explored in the remaining issues of this series, the king’s attack on Queen Divine Justice led to another major change. To make reparations for injuring her, T’Challa agreed to not only release her from the Dora Milaje, but also allow her people, the White Gorilla tribe, to be free and live their own lives. Queen did appear to help the new guy in the cat suit, but that’s been about it.

Next, T’Challa ends his time in Hell’s Kitchen in the pages of BLACK PANTHER: MOST DANGEROUS MAN ALIVE.

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A peek into T'Challa's future and a battle against a massive foe!

Read through some of T’Challa’s most thrilling adventures on Marvel Unlimited to mark Black Panther’s 50th anniversary!

Marvel celebrated T’Challa’s 35th anniversary in BLACK PANTHER #36 with reprints of his first appearances plus entries in Everett K. Ross’ journal, a map of Wakanda and the first entry in the “Once and Future King” story by Christopher Priest and Sal Velluto.

Taking place 25 years after the events of the series, Ross now holds the title of former U.S. Secretary of State and T’Challa has closed off the Wakandan borders. However, when his former friend finds himself captured by a series of the Panther’s old villains, the leader of Wakanda breaks his oath, returns to the States and faces off against the likes of Achebe, Venomm, and an unexpected traitor from within his own family. Thanks to some help from Luke Cage and Falcon, Black Panther stops his enemies from hurting Ross, but fails as a father twice over.

Black Panther (1998) #36

Black Panther (1998) #36

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In BLACK PANTHER #38, Priest and Velluto returned to the present for a three-parter called “Return of the Dragon” that teamed our hero up with the likes of Colleen Wing, Misty Knight, and Iron Fist to stop the Black Dragon, recently returned to life by Malice. At the same time, the Panther tasked his people with trying to figure out how to return Ross to his own body instead of Mephisto’s! But before things get solved, the creators worked on #39, a silent issue filled mostly with a fight between T’Challa and a mind-warped Danny Rand as part of the ‘Nuff Said initiative from that year.

With Iron Fist back to his senses, he and Panther teamed up to take on Black Dragon and Malice, using the latter’s methods to help defeat the former. But, the story ended on yet another cliffhanger as the supposedly original Black returned to Wakanda thanks to some meddling from Malice.

Secrets of Wakanda

Though the Jack Kirby BLACK PANTHER series came out at the same time, T’Challa never actually appeared in POWER MAN AND IRON FIST or vice versa. In fact, it seems like Luke Cage and Black Panther didn’t actually meet until 1982 when they both appeared in CONTEST OF CHAMPIONS #1 by Mark Gruenwald, Bill Mantlo, Steven Grant, and John Romita Jr. In the story, the Grandmaster snatched a variety of heroes and villains. The duo didn’t actually say anything to one another on-panel, but definitely stood next to each other before T’Challa got selected to compete on Death’s team.

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Storm, Vibraxas, Man-Ape, Malice, and more return!

Read through some of T’Challa’s most thrilling adventures on Marvel Unlimited to mark Black Panther’s 50th anniversary!

Christopher Priest continued to test T’Challa’s nature in the pages of BLACK PANTHER #2635 with art by Sal Velluto, Norm Breyfogle, and Jim Calafiore. This batch of issues kicked off with a reunion between the Wakandan king and his childhood sweetheart Storm after the events of Maximum Security.

While T’Challa attempted to clean up his realm, he ran afoul of Lord Ghaur of the Deviant Lemurians. Ghaur claimed the Panther held one of his people without reason and wanted the young woman returned. Due to some complicated political alliances between the likes of the Deviant Lemurians, Namor’s Atlantis and Doctor Doom, this conflict threatened to send the world into a war the likes of which it had never seen before.

Unfortunately, at this same time, T’Challa’s half-brother The White Wolf arranged for Klaw to return by way of Vibraxas, the young hero whose vibrational powers remained in flux at the time. As the Marvel Kings continued their conflict, Klaw did his level best to cause his own heaps of trouble. Thanks to some clever thinking by both T’Challa and Everett K. Ross, they silenced the drums of war. However, opinions toward Wakanda and its monarch remained less than high, especially after he nearly killed Klaw in front of a crowd.

Black Panther (1998) #27

Black Panther (1998) #27

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More than anyone, though, Malice wanted to take a pound of flesh from T’Challa and would have succeeded if he hadn’t hired the likes of Dakota North to keep Monica Lynne safe. As you might expect, he also had his own intricate plan to stop the former Dora Milaje from killing other people he loved.

With the immediate threat of Malice snuffed out for the time being, the Panther then focused on Man-Ape’s rejuvenated plans to reinstate his clan, the Jabari. The would be leader also revealed the Queen, Panther’s latest Dora Milaje, as his cousin and also the blood-defined leader of their clan. This fight with Man-Ape ended with a huge cliffhanger as the villain unveiled the supposed original Black Panther suspended in a block of ice!

Secrets of Wakanda 

Between yesterday’s entry where we witnessed Man-Ape’s first appearance and this more modern one, we’ve gotten to know aspects of M’Baku, but far from the whole story. After his apparent death in AVENGERS #62, Man-Ape came back to life thanks to N’Gamo. He headed to America where he joined the Lethal Legion to take on the Avengers. He even joined up with the Masters of Evil to cause more trouble. After Priest’s run, Reginald Hudlin wrote Man-Ape into T’Challa and Strom’s wedding where a brief tiff with Spider-Man marked the event’s only altercation! Oh, and you might be wondering where he got those enhanced abilities. Well, he ate the flesh of a white gorilla.

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Erik Killmonger takes his place as the new Black Panther!

Read through some of T’Challa’s most thrilling adventures on Marvel Unlimited to mark Black Panther’s 50th anniversary!

Both T’Challa and Everett K. Ross experienced trials and tribulations in BLACK PANTHER #1825 by Christopher Priest, Kyle Hotz, Sal Velluto and M.D. Bright. The latter found himself no longer king of Wakanda and stripped of his Black Panther rank by Erik Killmonger while Ross and his boss/girlfriend Nikki fell apart after he discovered that she used to date the King back in college. Making matters worse, Ross essentially facilitated to Killmonger’s defeat of T’Challa.

To help ensure that T’Challa lived after nearly dying at Killmonger’s hands, Brother Voodoo enlisted Moon Knight to aid the once and future king on a journey through the spirit world that actually pit them against Nightmare. Luckily they succeeded, but the son of T’Chaka had to stay in a floating wheelchair for a time.

Meanwhile, Killmonger developed his own take on the Black Panther costume and headed to America where he attempted to join the Avengers. Though the team didn’t quite know what to do with him, the Achebe-hired Deadpool appeared and mixed everyone up by teleporting Killmonger’s leopard Preyy and the Avenger Triathalon to Wakanda.

With the Avengers—consisting of Giant Man, She-Hulk, Wasp, and Iron Man—and the new Black Panther back on Wakandan soil, the players came into quick conflict, but with Triathalon recovered the team took off, leaving ‘’Challa to deal with Malice, formerly known as the Dora Milaje Nakia. At the same time Killmonger attempted at fully becoming the Black Panther. Not one to let another take his place, T’Challa worked out to regain his physical prowess.

Unfortunately for everyone involved, the arc ended with a great deal of blood. Achebe killed Preyy, creating an unflinching enemy in Killmonger. As it happened, he wound up on the wrong end of an assassin’s scope and proved to no longer be a problem—for the time being at least. More troubling, though, came the death of Nikki at the hands of Malice.

All of this came to a head when Ross and T’Challa get into a knockdown, drag out argument that led into the former actually decking the latter. Eventually the two patch things up and T’Challa regained both the throne and station of Black Panther, but not before dealing with more pain and suffering than he’d experienced in quite a while.  

Secrets of Wakanda

For the full story on what the Merc with a Mouth was doing working for Achebe and causing trouble for Wakanda, read DEADPOOL #44 by Priest and Jim Calafiore. That issue holds much of the discussion about what to do with Killmonger plus the actual teleportation of Preyy and Triathalon to Wakanda, plus an explanation of what’s up with Constrictor and Titania at the beginning of BLACK PANTHER #23.

Speaking of BLACK PANTHER #23, check out page 12. See that tall panel on the left side, the one with T’Challa reading? That panel features a yellow, black and red costume with a big T on the belt. That’s actually Velluto’s take on Jack Kirby’s very first designs for the Black Panther! All respect to the King, but we’re glad he went with something more simple.

Black Panther helps track down the person behind a massive chemical attack on U.S. Soil alongside his teammates in AVENGERS #65-70 by Geoff Johns and Olivier Coipel.

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