One of T’Challa’s greatest foes returns, plus Skrulls and more Skrulls!

For 50 years, the Black Panther has stood at the forefront on the Marvel Universe. As we count down to a vision of T’Challa on the big screen coming soon, take a look back at five decades’ worth of comic book adventures…

Captured on a planet populated by Skrulls posing as 1930’s Earth gangsters in BLACK PANTHER #32, T’Challa, Johnny Storm, and Ben Grimm placed their hopes in Storm to rescue them. She discovered in BLACK PANTHER #33 that one-half of that world featured shapeshifters obsessed with Earth’s 1960’s civil rights movement, and returned to rescue the Panther and his allies in BLACK PANTHER #34.

Upon returning to Earth, Black Panther witnessed the final defeat of The Hulk by the Sentry and Tony Stark in WORLD WAR HULK #5, and found his sister Shuri and friend Monica Rambeau kidnapped by Erik Killmonger in BLACK PANTHER #35. The king of Wakanda made plans to invade neighboring Niganda to rescue the women in BLACK PANTHER #36.

Black Panther (2005) #32

Black Panther (2005) #32

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Once in Niganda, T’Challa entered into mortal combat with Killmonger in BLACK PANTHER #37, while his Wakandan forces moved to rescue Shuri and Monica. Upon spotting the Panther felled by his foe and about to be executed in BLACK PANTHER #38, Rambeau used her energy powers to zap Killmonger dead.

During Secret Invasion, the shape-shifting Skrulls invaded Wakanda to seize its precious vibranium stores in BLACK PANTHER #39, but T’Challa rooted out all spies in his midst before being confronted with the awesome Super-Skrull.

Black Panther (2005) #39

Black Panther (2005) #39

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The Panther fought and defeated The Super-Skrull in BLACK PANTHER #40, though he found himself faced with two more soon after. A traitor close to him spoiled the moment, leading to T’Challa’s capture by the invaders. He managed a clever turnaround of the situation in BLACK PANTHER #41, allowing him and his people victory over their alien opponents.

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King T’Challa of Wakanda shows off his incomparable skills!

Celebrate Black History Month by delving into the first appearances of Marvel’s most prominent African and African-American characters on Marvel Unlimited!

When it comes to prominent Marvel characters to spotlight during Black History Month, King T’Challa of Wakanda jumps to the very top of the list. In addition to being one of the most famous African characters, he also holds the record as the first major black super hero from a mainstream comic company.

Created by Jack Kirby and Stan Lee in 1966’s FANTASTIC FOUR #52, The Black Panther showed his impressive skills right off the bat by sending a high-tech, Vibranium-powered sky-ship to pick up the FF for their first trip to Wakanda. Before long we got our first look at the great African nation where some tribal traditions carry over into modern times in the most technologically advanced society on the planet.

Upon arriving, the Fantastic Four plus Johnny Storm’s college roommate Wyatt Wingfoot landed and immediately found themselves thrown into a battle with The Black Panther, who quickly bested all except for the unexpected Mr. Wingfoot. Between his peoples’ weapons and his own skills, Black Panther nearly took out Marvel’s first family, but Wingfoot acted as a wild card, throwing a wrench in the plans and ending the hunt.

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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In the following issue, T’Challa explained Wakandan tradition, including the role Vibranium plays in their society and the passing of the Black Panther mantel. The history lesson came to a halting stop when Klaw attacked. While the FF took on his sinister sound-created constructs, the Panther faced the villain on his own and walked away the victor.

After the battle, Mr. Fantastic, Invisible Woman, Human Torch and The Thing encouraged T’Challa to keep at the hero game. He pledged to use his resources to defend all of humanity, a vow we’ve seen followed in the ensuing 51 years. Black Panther eventually teamed up with Captain America which led directly to him joining the Avengers, which prompted him to take on the identity of a teacher named Luke Charles to experience black life in America.

Not content to only play a part on a team, T’Challa has also anchored ongoing series written and drawn by the likes of Jack Kirby, Christopher Priest, Reginald Hudlin, John Romita Jr., Ta-Nehisi Coates, Brian Stelfreeze, Chris Sprouse, and many other top-notch talents. Each and every one of those comics shows the complexity of this hero who constantly struggles with his responsibilities to his kingdom and the world at large. They say that heavy is the head that wears the crown, but that’s got nothing on the Panther mask!

History Lesson

Though T’Challa remains the Black Panther we’ve seen the most throughout the years, other Wakandan warriors have donned the mask as well. During World War II, Captain America went toe to toe with T’Challa’s grandfather Azzari. He passed the mantle on to T’Challa’s father T’Chaka, but he died at the hands of Klaw. After his death, T’Chaka’s brother S’Yan took over, but lost the honor in ritual battle with T’Challa. Later on, a New York City cop named Kasper Cole used a discarded costume to become the Panther himself. T’Challa didn’t take kindly to the play, but did train Cole as White Tiger. A few years later, T’Challa fell in battle to Doctor Doom leaving his sister Shuri to take over. After healing up, T’Challa returned to the duties at the same time as Shuri who eventually died defending Wakanda right before Secret Wars. Now she’s back as something new in the pages of BLACK PANTHER!

Tomorrow we honor Ororo Munroe, the wildly powerful and incredibly skilled leader of many an X-Men team more widely known as Storm.

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T’Challa and Storm navigate their way through Civil War and join the Fantastic Four!

For 50 years, the Black Panther has stood at the forefront on the Marvel Universe. As we count down to a vision of T’Challa on the big screen coming soon, take a look back at five decades’ worth of comic book adventures…

Set up by Tony Stark, T’Challa and Storm found themselves waylaid by Iron Man and the Sentinel Squad in BLACK PANTHER #22. When our heroes refused to leave the U.S. until the Civil War between Stark and Captain America ended, the situation worsened.

Smarting from a vicious media spin on him and an attack by Black Widow in BLACK PANTHER #23, the Panther sought out Cap for answers while Storm contacted Reed Richards in BLACK PANTHER #24. When the final battle between Iron Man and Cap’s forces occurred in BLACK PANTHER #25, T’Challa and Storm fought at the resistance movement’s side until Steve Rogers surrendered in CIVIL WAR #7.

With the Wakandan Embassy destroyed, Reed invited the Panther and Storm to live at the Baxter Building in BLACK PANTHER #26, and in FANTASTIC FOUR #543, he introduced them to The Thing and The Human Torch as the newest members of the team.

Barely unpacked, T’Challa and Storm flew off with Ben and Johnny in FANTASTIC FOUR #544 to investigate the desecrated grave of the fallen hero Gravity, and their path took them to Epoch, the offspring of Ego the Living Planet. In outer space, the team battled the Silver Surfer while Epoch resurrected Gravity in FANTASTIC FOUR #545. Afterward, T’Challa helped to convince Galactus not to destroy Epoch in FANTASTIC FOUR #546.

Black Panther (2005) #26

Black Panther (2005) #26

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The Panther and Storm returned to Earth with Ben and Johnny in BLACK PANTHER #27 to find a Negative Zone monster running around the Fantastic Four’s headquarters. When T’Challa activated the Solomon Frogs to transport it away, the entire team ended up on an alien world controlled by the Skrulls. The aliens attacked them in BLACK PANTHER #28, but the battle ceased when a horde of cosmic-powered zombies arrived on the planet.

The Fantastic Four learned that they’d landed in an alternate reality in BLACK PANTHER #29, but that knowledge provided little help in holding off the zombies. With no recourse, they teleported off the world in BLACK PANTHER #30 just as the flesh-eating monsters began to devour everything.

Reed Richards returned to the Baxter Building in FANTASTIC FOUR #547 to inform the Panther and the others about a missing Invisible Woman. It all ended up in a huge skirmish against the Frightful Four in FANTASTIC FOUR #548, and a new confrontation between The Black Panther and his old foe Klaw.

After the heroes triumphed over the villains in FANTASTIC FOUR #549, Reed discovered a rift in space-time that threatened the universe itself. He gathered up Gravity and The Silver Surfer to aid the team in FANTASTIC FOUR #550, and together with T’Challa and Storm they saved Eternity from dying and in turn, rescued the entire universe.

Taking a breather, The Black Panther held off a psychic onslaught from the Psycho-Man in BLACK PANTHER #31, right before being whisked away with Thing and the Torch to another alternate reality, one with Skrulls posing as Earth gangsters.

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The king of Wakanda finds his queen as Civil War rages and more!

For 50 years, the Black Panther has stood at the forefront on the Marvel Universe. As we count down to a vision of T’Challa on the big screen coming soon, take a look back at five decades’ worth of comic book adventures…

The Black Panther went on the prowl for a wife in New York in BLACK PANTHER #10, but after Monica Lynne turned him down he approached Luke Cage with a job offer. Then, in BLACK PANTHER #11, the criminal overlord called Han sent the Hand against the Panther and Cage when T’Challa refused to wed the villain’s daughter.

Later, the two heroes flew down to New Orleans in BLACK PANTHER #12 to help in the aftermath of a hurricane, but ran afoul of vampires. With the help of Blade and Brother Voodoo, they staked their claim to victory over the bloodsuckers in BLACK PANTHER #13.

After returning Cage to New York in BLACK PANTHER #14, T’Challa jetted back to Wakanda and proposed marriage to Storm of the X-Men, whom he’d loved for many years. She accepted his proposal in BLACK PANTHER #15 and together the happy couple announced their engagement publicly in BLACK PANTHER #16 and began to issue invitations to the impending nuptials.

Black Panther (2005) #10

Black Panther (2005) #10

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Following a bachelor party thrown by Luke Cage and Wolverine in BLACK PANTHER #17, T’Challa and Storm made their vows to each other in BLACK PANTHER #18. Reed Richards approached the Panther in CIVIL WAR #3 to issue a request from the U.S. government for aid in tracking down rogue super heroes, but the king of Wakanda refused, saying his nation must remain neutral.

The newly wed Panther and his bride traveled to Latveria in BLACK PANTHER #19, but declined Doctor Doom’s suggestion that their two countries form an alliance. Afterward, T’Challa and Storm landed on the Moon to confer with the Inhumans in BLACK PANTHER #20, and with Namor the Sub-Mariner in Atlantis in BLACK PANTHER #21.

When he could no longer avoid the repercussions of the struggle between Iron Man and Captain America, Black Panther joined Cap’s underground resistance fighters to storm Stark’s secret prison in CIVIL WAR #6.

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The Black Panther reaches out for help understanding the rogue Dora Milaje!

The following is a summary the two subjects, Ayo and Aneka, and their initial psychological battery for inclusion in the Dora Milaje, yearly check-ups, evaluation to stand trial, and other assorted encounters between them and our offices.

This information is being provided under protest. Despite the court order, this office believes that this data should be protected and that their initial releases no longer stand up under scrutiny given changes in their status with the government. However, given the Wakandan court ruling, we recognize we have no legal right to withhold.

The subjects, Ayo and Aneka, were ideal Dora Milaje candidates. They presented as physically healthy and in above average shape. Additionally, on intelligence testing, they demonstrated excellent recall, a strong knowledge background, and a propensity for problem solving even under pressure and time constraints.

In training, they largely adapted to situations with little to no difficulty. Neither ever was reported for errors in judgment, for exhibiting signs of distress, or for insubordination.

In reviews, both seemed dedicated to Wakanda and the ideals of their country as they saw them. They felt, as most do, that serving King T’Challa and the royal family as Dora Milaje was a tremendous honor.

Throughout their service, both did demonstrate a strong desire to help those disempowered and to represent equality for all people in the nation. They saw this as part of their job and as in keeping with traditions and beliefs of Wakanda.

In summary, prior to the occurrence of Aneka’s “crime,” both individuals were very committed to their roles and very psychologically healthy.

After the trial and death sentence, however, both experienced a tremendous sense of disillusionment. Both felt betrayed by the institution they belonged to and the country they fought for. They saw themselves as being “right” regarding what were the values of the country and that it was the leadership that had become wrong.

They are not, however, mentally ill. Their reaction, while arguably extreme, has not abandoned logic and does not seem to suggest the subjects can no longer understand the difference between right and wrong. They have become radicalized, it is true, but these reactions are not a sign of a disconnect from reality. The only arguable diagnosis this writer can put forward is Acute Stress Disorder in reaction to the trauma of their way of life, their belief in a system, being dashed.

This writer would refer the crown to Doctors Ta-Nehisi Coates, Roxane Gay, and Alitha Martinez for further information as they have had far more session time with Ayo and Aneka and our experts on the history, values, and day to day life of the Dora Milaje. Their latest volume on the subject, BLACK PANTHER: WORLD OF WAKANDA #4, will be available for scholarly review on February 15.

Psy D. Candidate Tim Stevens is an Outpatient Therapist who has quelled a rebellion or two in his time. But that’s classified.

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A new day dawns for the King of Wakanda as the X-Men and more stop by!

For 50 years, the Black Panther has stood at the forefront on the Marvel Universe. As we count down to a vision of T’Challa on the big screen coming soon, take a look back at five decades’ worth of comic book adventures…

The U.S. government weighed options of involving itself in the Black Panther’s nation of Wakanda in BLACK PANTHER #1, while elsewhere the hero’s old foe Klaw assembled a team of agents for his own invasion. When the National Security Agency decided to make a secret landing in Wakanda in BLACK PANTHER #2, Klaw moved to launch his strikeforce.

With backing by the neighboring nation of Niganda he’d secured in BLACK PANTHER #3, the Master of Sound rained hellfire on Wakanda’s capital in BLACK PANTHER #4. The Radioactive Man, operating on orders from Klaw, attacked the small country’s storehouse of precious vibranium in BLACK PANTHER #5, while the mastermind took T’Challa’s mother hostage.

The Panther rescued Ramonda in BLACK PANTHER #6, and his sister Shuri battled and killed Radioactive Man. T’Challa in turn faced Klaw and killed him in combat, also. When the smoke cleared from the action, The Black Panther demanded that U.S. Deathlok troops return to their home base and not remain in Wakanda.

Black Panther (2005) #1

Black Panther (2005) #1

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After the strange situation of the reality-bending House of M in BLACK PANTHER #7, the X-Men approached T’Challa in X-MEN #175 about investigating mutant creatures in strife-torn Niganda. The Panther and his mutant allies entered Wakanda’s neighboring nation in BLACK PANTHER #8 and found it nearly crippled with chaos.

The Red Ghost captured the X-Men in Niganda in X-MEN #176, while Storm reunited with T’Challa. Together, the heroes won their battle versus Red Ghost in BLACK PANTHER #9, and Storm quit the X-Men to stay in Wakanda with the Panther.

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T’Challa finds himself on hand for the worst day in Avengers history!

For 50 years, the Black Panther has stood at the forefront on the Marvel Universe. As we count down to a vision of T’Challa on the big screen coming soon, take a look back at five decades’ worth of comic book adventures…

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.

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

For 50 years, the Black Panther has stood at the forefront on the Marvel Universe. As we count down to a vision of T’Challa on the big screen coming soon, take a look back at five decades’ worth of comic book adventures…

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.

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.

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.

Black Panther (1998) #51

Black Panther (1998) #51

  • Published: January 01, 2003
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: April 28, 2007
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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.

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.

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Learn about King T’Challa’s warrior women of Wakanda!

The Black Panther is the King, the champion, and the warrior of Wakanda. A superhuman sovereign with a genius mind. The guardian of the most advanced – and isolated – nation in the world. But who guards the guardian? Who protects the protector?

The Dora Milaje – in translation, the “Adored Ones.”

On January 18, the bonds that define this elite group of Wakandan women stretch to their limit in BLACK PANTHER: WORLD OF WAKANDA #3. But first, who are the Dora Milaje?  

Black Panther: World of Wakanda (2016) #3

Black Panther: World of Wakanda (2016) #3

Thousands of years ago, the ancient leader Bashenga united local tribes around the sacred power of a crash-landed Vibranium meteorite to form a country he called Wakanda. Today, 18 tribes exist around the capital city Birnin Zana, where the Black Panther, King T’Challa, resides.

In an ancient practice devoted to maintaining unity among the Wakandan tribes, each of the 18 factions provide a potential queen to the Black Panther. This tradition, however, is ceremonial in nature, and does not simply provide a wife for the King. Instead, these elite women train to form the Black Panther’s personal Secret Service, known as the Dora Milaje.

Among the most highly-skilled and deadly fighters in the world, the Dora Milaje traditionally have shaved heads and tribal markings. Equipped with Vibranium armor and weaponry, the Adored Ones provide muscle at the Black Panther’s side – and occasionally travel on individual missions at the King’s orders.

While the Dora Milaje usually serve as bodyguards, their numbers increase in times of emergency to provide Wakanda with a powerful military force. During CIVIL WAR (2006), over 500 Dora Milaje aided the Black Panther to defend their beloved country.

The Dora Milaje, selected from each tribe of their great nation, devote their lives in service to their leader, the Black Panther. And the Adored Ones’ devotion to their King is only surpassed by their devotion to Wakanda.

Witness the Dora Milaje continue to make history with BLACK PANTHER: WORLD OF WAKANDA #3 by Roxane Gay, Ta-Nehisi Coates, and Alitha Martinez – coming January 18!

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Old foes and trips through time prove taxing for T’Challa!

For 50 years, the Black Panther has stood at the forefront on the Marvel Universe. As we count down to a vision of T’Challa on the big screen coming soon, take a look back at five decades’ worth of comic book adventures…

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.

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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