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
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: September 26, 2016
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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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The Avengers and Excalibur team-up for Wakandan adventure!

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

Plenty of comics over the years have featured trips to Wakanda, like EXCALIBUR #5960 for instance. Written by Scott Lobdell with art by Scott Kolins, the 1992 story featured Captain Britain agreeing to a meeting with the Black Panther, but only in his guise as Brian Braddock. He brought Meggan along with him, and Kitty Pryde hitched a ride to enjoy a few days in the Wakandan sun.

T’Challa surprised Brian by introducing him to the rest of the attendees which included Captain America and War Machine. Before long, the host revealed the purpose of the meeting: to see if Vibranium could be used to eradicate toxic waste. Instead of actually getting into any of that though, the heroes found themselves distracted by an entity calling himself Icon who turned himself and his fellow Wakandans into wooden-headed zombies.

Excalibur (1988) #59

Excalibur (1988) #59

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To keep Braddock and his aide safe, Black Panther tossed an instant Vibranium containment cell around them, but Shadowcat phased in to get them out. Not wanting to screw up their secret identities, Braddock decided to take the wild man of the jungle route while Meggan shape shifted to look more Wakandan. Even with the assembled extra power, Black Panther surrendered to Icon as a way to keep his mind-controlled people safe. That didn’t quite work out as planned and a small brawl ensued.

Eventually Icon’s time ran out, quite literally. Before everyone’s eyes he transferred back into his actual identity: Dr. A’Kurru. T’Challa even took pity on the criminal because he could not save his daughter from the toxic waste poisoning that killed her. T’Challa then explained that that’s the exact reason he called the meeting that A’Kurru interrupted in the first place. 

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The wedding of Black Panther and Storm offered another occasion for Kitty Pryde to visit Wakanda. She traveled there with her fellow X-Men, but also served as Ororo’s maid of honor during the ceremony. Kitty helped push away some of the bride’s worries before helping her into the wedding dress.

Next, T’Challa takes on Kraven and the Fear Itself crossover in BLACK PANTHER: MAN WITHOUT FEAR #519-523 by David Liss, Jefte Palo and Francesco Francavilla!

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Excalibur goes post-apocalyptic in this 90's classic!

It’s time to face facts, true believers – the 90’s were awesome. The pouches were plentiful, the costumes were impractical, and Marvel Universe dentists made a fortune correcting damages caused by perpetually gritted teeth. Thanks to the power of nostalgia, though, what would once be considered extremely embarrassing can now be called extremely awesome!

With that in mind, we’ve pulled a Marvel comic from the not-so-modern era and broken it down, one radical fact at a time! This week we’re singling out EXCALIBUR #94 by Warren Ellis and Casey Jones. Here’s “Days of Future Tense ” by the numbers!

52 visible teeth in the mouths of 2 techno-organic warliquids

Art from Excalibur #94

Art from Excalibur #94

 

29 wires, cables and pipes in future Excalibur’s fallout shelter

Art from Excalibur #94

Art from Excalibur #94

 

11 tiny rectangles running down the side of Captain Britain’s costume

Art from Excalibur #94

Art from Excalibur #94

 

11 members of Excalibur, circa 1995

Art from Excalibur #94

Art from Excalibur #94

 

7 tombstones in a graveyard in the far-flung future of 2013

Art from Excalibur #94

Art from Excalibur #94

 

4 wanted posters

Art from Excalibur #94

Art from Excalibur #94

 

2 sky-diving super heroes

Art from Excalibur #94

Art from Excalibur #94

 

1 startled Captain Britain

Art from Excalibur #94

Art from Excalibur #94

 

Witness the current adventures of Captain Britain in NEW AVENGERS #30!

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See which heroes from the Marvel Universe made their mark with us during this crucial decade!

As we continue to celebrate Marvel’s 75th anniversary all year long on Marvel.com, we move into the 1980’s, and “Marvel’s Main Event,” where established characters exploded, often times spinning off in new directions and encountering exciting new friends and foes while attempting to survive tumultuous events.


This week, we count down our top 10 Marvel heroes to debut during the 1980’s. Have your own thoughts? Let us know on Twitter using the hash tag #Marvel75!

Excalibur by Alan Davis

Excalibur by Alan Davis

10. EXCALIBUR
First Appearance: EXCALIBUR SPECIAL EDITION #1
Why They’re #10: “For comic fans outside of the United States it’s often exciting to see their own country represented in their favorite books—even when they’re not always represented very accurately! As a Brit I was always thrilled to read the adventures of Captain Britain, but I was also a big X-Men fan, so when those two worlds collided in Excalibur, the United Kingdom-based team created to replace the feared-dead X-Men, it felt like a comic made just for me. Kitty, Kurt, Brian, Meggan, Rachel and Lockheed were all such great characters that any of them could easily be my favorite, and together this oddball family went on some of the wildest adventures I’d ever read. Creators Chris Claremont and Alan Davis did some of their all-time best work on Excalibur—and because they were both born in the UK, their version of Britain was actually recognizable!” – Andrew Wheeler 
Digital Comics Spotlight: EXCALIBUR (1988) #1

Dazzler (1981) #1

Dazzler (1981) #1

  • Published: March 10, 1981
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: September 17, 2008
  • Writer: Tom Defalco
  • Penciler: John Romita
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9. DAZZLER
First Appearance: UNCANNY X-MEN #130
Why She’s #9: “Whit Stilman chronicled the torrid early 1980’s in his 1998 film ‘The Last Days of Disco.’ It was into that time of transition and dusky rhinestones that Alison Blaire first brandished a microphone. Originally envisioned at the height of disco’s popularity in the mid-70’s, Dazzler didn’t see her first single and series of duets hit the charts until February of 1980. Pitched as a multi-media tie-in meant to coincide with a flesh-and-blood songstress, the character transcended her origins and original purpose with a level of staying power none could have predicted. As a member of the X-Men, Excalibur, and even S.H.I.E.L.D., the ever adaptable pop sensation provides her own pyrotechnics with the mutant ability to reprise sonic vibrations as light emissions. The last scion of disco, once pegged as a potential one-hit wonder, outshone all her critics and continues to serve as the mutant ambassador in the world of glamour and celebrity.” – Paul Montgomery
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DAZZLER (1981) #1

New Mutants (1983) #21

New Mutants (1983) #21

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8. THE NEW MUTANTS
First Appearance: MARVEL GRAPHIC NOVEL #4
Why They’re #8: “The first ever X-Men spin-off series featured characters from all over the world as Professor Xavier continued his mission to help mutantkind by welcoming a new batch of students. The five original New Mutants—the Brazilian Sunspot, Vietnamese Karma, Dani Moonstar of the Cheyenne Nation, the Scottish Wolfsbane, and Cannonball from Kentucky—constitute one of the most diverse mutant teams ever. As their ranks grew to include a number of fan favorite female characters—Magma and Magik—as well as the dynamic duo of Cypher and Warlock, the teenagers experienced a dramatic shift when Magneto assumed headmaster duties from Xavier. Their education continued through triumph and tragedy, and they eventually struck out on their own, only to find a new purpose with the militaristic Cable. By learning from three drastically different mentors, the no longer new mutants possess diverse skill sets that now benefit such teams as X-Factor, the X-Men, and the Avengers.” – Brett White
Digital Comics Spotlight: NEW MUTANTS (1983) #1

Uncanny X-Men (1963) #171

Uncanny X-Men (1963) #171

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7. ROGUE
First Appearance: AVENGERS ANNUAL #10
Why She’s #7: “The enigmatic Rogue made first contact as a villainous pawn of Mystique and the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants in November of 1981. Like the streak of white coursing through her russet mane, she sent a violent shockwave through the mutant community, robbing opponents of their minds and talents with the slightest touch. At the behest of the Brotherhood, she attacked Carol Danvers, and in the process permanently assumed her traits of resilient skin, augmented strength, and flight. In time, she fell under the wing of the Xavier School, where, over the course of many years, she learned to control the abilities that left her a pariah from an early age. Rogue remains a quintessential example of the mutant metaphor, overcoming the stigma of fear others attached to her uniqueness. Now this irrepressible Mississippi firebrand removes her gloves with her teeth, unashamed and eager to put her skill to good use, to contribute to the cause of her adopted family.” – Paul Montgomery
Digital Comics Spotlight:
UNCANNY X-MEN #173

6. EMMA FROST
First Appearance: UNCANNY X-MEN #129
Why She’s #6: “Revealed yet guarded, cold but passionate, seemingly a pawn but always the master—few mutants revel in contradictions the way that Emma Frost does. Frost made her debut as the White Queen of the power hungry Inner Circle of the Hellfire Club, a villainess holding her own in the most patriarchal mutant group in the Marvel Universe. She subverted expectations with her revealing wardrobe and manipulated both her ‘superiors’ in the Club and her adversaries in the X-Men, usually without the aid of her telepathy. Even as one of the X-Men’s fiercest opponents, Emma still shared common ideology with the mutant heroes: the belief that young mutants should be protected, educated, and empowered to live their best lives. This shared belief eventually brought Emma to the X-Men as she became the team’s leading educator and, eventually, one of their most passionate and prominent faces.” – Brett White
Digital Comics Spotlight: UNCANNY X-MEN #151

Cloak and Dagger (1983) #2

Cloak and Dagger (1983) #2

  • Published: November 01, 1983
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: July 14, 2009
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5. CLOAK & DAGGER
First Appearance: PETER PARKER, THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #64
Why They’re #5: “Two societal concerns of the early 1980’s—drug peddling and teenage runaways—proved the perfect combination as the foundation for the origin of Cloak and Dagger. While vastly different childhoods prompt the two 17-year-olds’ arrival in New York, circumstances quickly intertwined Tyrone Johnson and Tandy Bowen’s separate paths into one. Maggia henchmen ensnare the naive teens as test subjects for a new synthetic heroin. The normally fatal experimental drug actually triggers their powers: Johnson envelops evildoers in darkness while Bowen harnesses light as a weapon in the form of debilitating blades. While Cloak and Dagger burst into the Marvel universe within the pages of SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN, the vigilantes’ war on drugs grew to a limited series before long. The bond between Tyrone and Tandy runs deeper than their respective symbolic opposite powers, as Cloak finds himself constantly hungry to feed his dark powers with Dagger able to temporarily satiate him with her light. Indeed over time Dagger also convinced Cloak to lighten their vigilante approach to a more acceptable pursuit of justice. While born in the 1980’s, this duo still fights evil, winning new fans with every victory.” – Tim O’Shea
Digital Comics Spotlight:
CLOAK AND DAGGER (1983) #1

Fantastic Four (1961) #275

Fantastic Four (1961) #275

  • Published: February 10, 1985
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: February 19, 2010
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4. SHE-HULK
First Appearance: SAVAGE SHE-HULK #1
Why She’s #4: “By placing herself in harm’s way while going head to head with the mob in a court battle, lawyer Jennifer Walters ended up with a bullet in her side. A blood transfusion from her cousin Bruce Banner—the Incredible Hulk—saved her life and gave her powers, but she already possessed a hero’s heart and determination. Unlike her gamma-irradiated cousin, Jen quickly learned how to control her transformations and utilized that knowledge to become the person she always aspired to be. Confident, inspiring, compassionate—you’ll be hard pressed to find a super hero more loved by her peers than She-Hulk. She never backs down from a fight, she’s always the last to leave any party, and she spends her time away from the Avengers fighting for justice in a courtroom. Just as the Hulk represents the danger of male repression, She-Hulk represents the strength and confidence that can be found in unrestrained femininity.” – Brett White
Digital Comics Spotlight:
FANTASTIC FOUR #265

Daredevil (1964) #179

Daredevil (1964) #179

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3. ELEKTRA
First Appearance: DAREDEVIL #168
Why She’s #3: “The flash of red, the whisper of steel, and she arrived. In 1981, Elektra Natchios slipped silently and lethally into the annals of Marvel history in the pages of DAREDEVIL. Despite her talents for stealth, she quickly asserted herself as the sort of character who could not be ignored, an antagonist as complex as the book’s titular hero. In less than a year, she became an icon of Marvel publishing, helped contribute to the dramatic reinvention of the Man Without Fear, and participated in one of the most brutal, tragic fights in the House of Ideas’ history. Then she would return some five years later, starring in ELEKTRA: ASSASSIN. A dose of surreal, mind altering storytelling, it remains one of the best second acts in Marvel Comics history. Importance must be measured in impact, not just ubiquity, and Elektra’s brief moments in the spotlight in the 80’s hit hard and left a mark for years to come.” – Tim Stevens
Digital Comics Spotlight:
DAREDEVIL #181

Thor (1966) #339

Thor (1966) #339

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2. BETA RAY BILL
First Appearance: THOR #337
Why He’s #2: “Created by the legendary Walt Simonson, Beta Ray Bill is so heroic and selfless that he’s one of the very few people in the universe worthy enough to wield the enchanted uru hammer Mjolnir and take on the powers of Thor. He’s so worthy that he even bested Thor in combat, and Odin gave him his own hammer, Stormbreaker, that is the equal of Mjolnir. And on top of all that—he’s a golden horse-faced alien called Beta Ray Bill! Honestly, it doesn’t get much more awesome than that. Simonson designed Bill to appear like a monster, to demonstrate that heroes don’t always look the way you expect, and that’s still a useful message to take to heart today. The character also helped establish another idea that’s still very relevant today: Mjolnir can bestow the title and power of Thor on anyone, so long as he—or she—is worthy.” – Andrew Wheeler
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THOR #338

Uncanny X-Men (1963) #168

Uncanny X-Men (1963) #168

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1. KITTY PRYDE
First Appearance: UNCANNY X-MEN #129
Why She’s #1: “Katherine Anne Pryde developed severe headaches in adolescence, as her latent mutant abilities began flickering into being. To her own dismay, Kitty discovered she could turn immaterial long enough to ‘phase’ through solid objects like a living specter. In time she would master such abilities and slink through walls, nimbly as a ‘Sprite,’ stealthily as a ‘Shadowcat.’ But at age 13 in January of 1980, she emerged as a reluctant yet highly valued free agent in the ongoing battle between Charles Xavier’s X-Men and Emma Frost’s Hellfire Club. It played out like a fairy tale, with Frost as the imperious, predatory White Queen, and the X-Men as the young woman’s motley protectors. Kitty eventually enrolled as the youngest student at Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters, a new role model for young readers. The character offered a more contemporary voice, overcame prejudices, and found community and family amongst the X-Men. Wolverine and Storm came to present parental figures and mentors while Colossus arrived as the love of her life.

“Young fans lived vicariously through Kitty’s misadventures and relationships, representing the ultimate fulfillment of youthful daydreams. That someone so unassuming and ordinary, from a household not so different from those we passed through every day, could take flight with our heroes and enjoy their respect and camaraderie, was tantamount to personally donning the blue and gold. So many readers grew up with Kitty, stared down the dissolution of family, wrestled with the natural—and supernatural—ebb and flow of relationships.

“In 1981, just a year after her first appearance, Kitty headlined ‘Days of Future Past,’ a landmark story line from Chris Claremont and John Byrne that practically rewrote the very DNA of the X-Men saga. It stands not only as one of the most pivotal works of the 1980’s, but continues to influence the topsy turvy timeline to this day.

“Kitty Pryde still gets headaches, though now they stem from ill-timed video calls from Star-Lord or a student’s request for an extension on their paper. Once a pawn, she now holds sway over her own allegiances, her own comings and goings, as well as the shepherding of young mutants fearful of the walls closing in on them. If she knows anything, it’s that there’s often more than one way around—or through—every obstacle and she’s keen to share that knowledge in good faith.

“Her power is intangible. Her impact is anything but.” – Paul Montgomery
Digital Comics Spotlight:
UNCANNY X-MEN #143

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