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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Excalibur, Deathlok, Captain America and more cross the Panther's path, as he helps form a new team!

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 gathering of Excalibur and Avengers team members the Black Panther took part in brought forth the menace of Icon, a bio-chemist with the ability to transmute his body into wood, in EXCALIBUR #60.

When the Panther welcomed his friend Captain America to Wakanda in CAPTAIN AMERICA #414, he opened the nation up to an invasion by the Dinosaur-Men. During the fracas, he also discovered illegal vibranium mining and fought Ka-Zar in CAPTAIN AMERICA #415, as well as fell into the middle of a war between the High Technician and A.I.M. in CAPTAIN AMERICA #416, and held back the onslaught of A.I.M.’s use of the giant Terminus’ corpse as an attack vehicle in CAPTAIN AMERICA #417.

Captain America (1968) #414

Captain America (1968) #414

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After aiding the Fantastic Four in another dust-up with his old enemy Klaw in FANTASTIC FOUR UNLIMITED #1, the Panther hired the cyborg Deathlok to provide cyber-security for Wakanda in DEATHLOK #22. Moses Magnum sent his agent Phreak and others to invade the small country, but when that attack fell apart, he dispatched Killjoy to assassinate T’Challa in DEATHLOK #23. The cyber warrior blocked Killjoy’s assignment in DEATHLOK #24, and joined forces with the Panther in DEATHLOK #25 to bring down Magnum once and for all. T’Challa then teamed with the immortal Black Axe and fellow African hero Afrikaa in the Marvel UK title BLACK AXE #5, #6, and #7 against Jonathan Cardinal and his Cardinal’s Guard.

After unwittingly participating in a S.H.I.E.L.D. Life Model Decoy test in MARVEL COMICS PRESENTS #148, T’Challa loaned his longtime ally Sue Storm much needed money for use by her team in FANTASTIC FOUR #385. The Panther would then find his own request for assistance with a young, superpower Wakandan called Vibraxis rebuffed by an upset Human Torch in FANTASTIC FOUR #390, and as a result traveled to see the Inhumans in FANTASTIC FOUR #391. Now joined by both Vibraxis and the Inuuman Devlor, the Panther was present for the first meeting between those two, the Warrior-Princess Huntara, and a teenage version of Franklin Richards called Psi-Lord in FANTASTIC FOUR #392. The Black Panther then brought these four young heroes together to form a new team in FANTASTIC FORCE #1 and the group acquitted themselves well against the Panther’s longtime foe, Klaw, in their first outing.

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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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Brush up on some essential reads after your audience with the King.

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

For more than 50 years, the Black Panther has stood at the forefront on the Marvel Universe. With T’Challa appearing on the big screen this year in both Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” and “Avengers: Infinity War,” take a look back at over five decades worth of comic book adventures for the King of Wakanda!

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

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

Fantastic Four (1961) #52

Fantastic Four (1961) #52

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

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

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

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

Tales of Suspense (1959) #98

Tales of Suspense (1959) #98

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

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

Avengers (1963) #52

Avengers (1963) #52

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

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The Kirby Spotlights conclude with a classic Fantastic Four tale!

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

In Jack Kirby’s final issue contributing pencils to FANTASTIC FOUR, the first family of super heroics spotted an old foe called Janus—whom readers had never seen before—in the Negative Zone. Issue #108, which also featured the work of Stan Lee, Joe Sinnott, John Buscema, and John Romita, explained how, long ago, this incredibly powerful individual wreaked havoc, and once even defeated Johnny Storm and Ben Grimm in combat.

Fantastic Four (1961) #108

Fantastic Four (1961) #108

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When Reed Richards recalled an old school friend, named Janus, who studied Nega-Power, he joined Sue Storm on a reconnaissance mission. The Invisible Woman and Mr. Fantastic traveled to his old friend’s home, where they discovered that Janus’ scientific experiments went awry, creating an evil Janus that had to be killed.

Instead of ceasing his research entirely, however, Janus decided to travel to the Negative Zone to continue his Nega-Power experiments in isolation. As the team watched him, they wondered what would happen should his evil form return—which, of course, he did.

Fantastic Four (1961) #109

Fantastic Four (1961) #109

  • Published: April 10, 1971
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: January 09, 2009
  • Penciller: John Buscema
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This tale, however, did not appear as originally intended. In 2008, Marvel published a one-shot called FANTASTIC FOUR: THE LOST ADVENTURE, which presented the story as written by Lee and Kirby, this time with some help from Sinnott, Ron Frenz, and colorist Chris Sotoymayor.

As explained in the book’s intro, Lee and Kirby intended for the Janus adventure to take place five issues earlier than it did, in FANTASTIC FOUR #103. Despite their original plan, however, they didn’t complete the issue in time, and Romita and Buscema ended up filling in to complete the issue for #108.

The original story—which Frenz helped finish drawing based on notes made by the original creators—varied from the one first published. Instead of seeing Janus in the Negative Zone, the team saw a statue of Janus, inspiring Mr. Fantastic to recount their adventure with the villain by way of the nearby Neuroscan. Then, after Reed and Sue planted a camera in Janus’ house, the evil Janus appeared and discovered the FF’s spying device. The good Janus, also present, pulled a gun on his evil form, but this time did not kill him—instead, it was revealed that Janus and Janus were twins!

Fantastic Four: The Lost Adventure (2008) #1

Fantastic Four: The Lost Adventure (2008) #1

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This issue—our final Kirby Spotlight—is the King working at his peak. Featuring killer fight scenes, secret hideouts, wild villains, as well as powerful imagery and character work, Jack Kirby ended his run with the Fantastic Four in style.

In appreciation for this story—and for every story we’ve covered during the celebration of the King’s centennial—we say thank you, and happy birthday, to Jack.

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The King concludes his unparalleled run with the Fantastic Four!

1917 to 2017: 100 years of Kirby.

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

As Kirby 100 winds down to its final few weeks, we’re going to focus in on the King’s last issues and arcs on some of the books he became most well known for. Today, we spotlight FANTASTIC FOUR #102 from 1970 by Jack and Stan Lee which marked the end of an incredible run on the book by these two titans. Few would expect Kirby’s last FF adventure to begin with Johnny Storm and Crystal trying to nurse Ben Grimm back to health as the flu threatened to take out the team. However, they had much greater problems brewing once again with Namor at the center.

While sailing around in an Atlantean Naval patrol ship, The Sub-Mariner spotted a man unconscious on an island overrun by dinosaur-like creatures. The sea king jumped into the fray, beat away the flying attackers and decided to bring this stranger back to the land of the living, not realizing he now had none other than Magneto in tow!

Not long after, The Thing thought he might be losing his mind as he witnessed nearby buildings flying to pieces. As it happened, Magneto had woken up and started messing around with some of Namor’s equipment, allowing him to project his powers all the way to New York City. Back in Atlantis, the Master of Magnetism got the grand tour of his host’s palace, which Kirby took obvious delight in designing. The two human haters then discussed their shared disdain for those who walked the surface world and decided to team up.

Fantastic Four (1961) #102

Fantastic Four (1961) #102

  • Published: September 10, 1970
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: November 30, 2007
  • Penciller: Jack Kirby
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In NYC, Mr. Fantastic explained to the rest of the team that he found the signal behind the disturbances coming from Atlantis. He also said that he had a weapon that could retaliate with a concussion missile that would act as a kind of warning shot. They didn’t intend to use the device, but after Magneto attacked them directly in their home, Grimm jammed the button and shot it off. Knowing what caused the rumblings in Atlantis, the mutant menace decided not to explain this to his host and continued pushing his new partner into declaring war on humanity. Namor moved forward with his retaliation, even agreeing to let Magneto tag along.

This story would continue for the next two issues, but without Jack Kirby. He left Marvel in 1970 and moved over to the Distinguished Competition for a few years before returning later in the decade. For more on the very last issue of FANTASTIC FOUR with new Kirby artwork, come on back for the very last installment of Kirby 100!

Stay tuned to Marvel.com for more throughout Kirby Month and beyond! And join the conversation on all of our social channels with the hashtag #Kirby100.

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The FF's fifth anniversary was marked by Doom stealing the Silver Surfer's powers.

1917 to 2017: 100 years of Kirby.

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

Traditionally, you celebrate a fifth anniversary with a gift of wood. The Fantastic Four would have probably appreciated a discarded piece of drywall instead of the challenges Stan Lee and Jack Kirby threw at their heroes in the pages of FANTASTIC FOUR #5760!

Fantastic Four (1961) #57

Fantastic Four (1961) #57

  • Published: December 10, 1966
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: November 13, 2007
  • Penciller: Jack Kirby
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The adventure began with Reed, Sue and Ben getting duped into thinking Sandman and The Wizard planned on confessing to their crimes as a ruse to break out of prison. Sandman succeeded, which Wizard said was part of their plan, but the team felt blindsided by their efforts. Later, Sandman attacked the FF in their own home and made off with some of Mr. Fantastic’s equipment.

Meawhile, Doctor Doom worked on a scheme of his own as he invited the Silver Surfer to visit Castle Doom. Intrigued, the spaceman accepted and demonstrated his astonishing mastery of Cosmic Power to the Latverian leader. The Surfer would live to regret this display and the trust he placed in his host as Doom distracted his guest and then stole his power!

To prove himself, Doom rode the Surfer’s board to Manhattan where he crashed through the FF’s headquarters only to find the Thing there. The ensuing battle tore through the Big Apple until the villain used Vibration Rays to slow Grimm to a standstill, turning him into a temporary statue!

Fantastic Four (1961) #58

Fantastic Four (1961) #58

  • Published: January 10, 1967
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: November 13, 2007
  • Penciller: Jack Kirby
What is Marvel Unlimited?

The souped up despot then made his way to the Southampton cottage the Richards’ had rented for some time away. Around this time, Lockjaw landed Johnny Storm and his pal Wyatt Wingfoot back in New York City as well. The trio had been fruitlessly searching for a way to find the Inhumans. Facing a new problem, Johnny saw the frozen Thing and then zoomed to the cottage to save his sister and brother-in-law from Doom’s attack.

Even though things got pretty hot during his fight with the Human Torch, Doom decided to simply leave the reunited Fantastic Four as they were. In his eyes, seeing Doom take over the world would prove a far worse punishment than actually killing them.

Doom’s arrogance would lead to his ultimate downfall. Richards appealed to the worlds’ governments to focus their efforts against Doom, but – after Ben gave him a walloping dose of motivation – he got to work developing a device that would weaken the villain.

Fantastic Four (1961) #59

Fantastic Four (1961) #59

  • Published: February 10, 1967
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: November 13, 2007
  • Penciler: Jack Kirby
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With time running out before Doom fully took over the planet and then moved on to the stars, the Fantastic Four jumped into action against the madman. Torch did his level best to fry the bad guy to no avail. Then Thing jumped into the ring to fight the foe for a second time. That gave Mr. Fantastic enough time to unleash the Anti-Cosmic Flying Wing.

The doohickey did the job of zapping and angering Doom while absorbing some of his power. However, the real reason for its presence came as it flew up into space where the bad doctor soon lost his power! As Richards explained, when Galactus stranded the Silver Surfer on Earth, that included his Cosmic Energy. When Doom passed a certain point, he lost the power! With that, Doom returned to his usual level of power and the board made its way back to the Surfer.

Fantastic Four (1961) #60

Fantastic Four (1961) #60

  • Published: March 10, 1967
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: November 13, 2007
  • Penciller: Jack Kirby
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It didn’t quite play into this particular story all that much, but Stan and Jack also finally released the Inhumans from their captivity. After Black Bolt told the citizens to hide underground tunnels, he unleashed the power of his voice to destroy the walls, and much of the city in the process. The Council of Elders then informed the Royal Family – that’s Black Bolt, Medusa, Gorgon, Crystal, Triton and Karnak – to return to the human world. Never let it be said that Lee and Kirby didn’t pack as much action and intrigue as possible into these big anniversary stories!

Stay tuned to Marvel.com for more on Jack Kirby’s legacy and join the conversation on all of our social channels with the hashtag #Kirby100.

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Find out how the Kree have a played a part throughout 'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' history!

By: Jenn Fujikawa and Christine Dinh

Every Thursday, we look back at how the last five years of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” influenced this past week’s episode. 

The beginning of Season Five of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. took viewers to unfamiliar territory. Our agents escaped the Framework, battled Life Model Decoys, and crossed paths with Ghost Rider, only to find themselves, with the exception of Fitz, transported onboard a station—in space!

As they come into contact with the vessel’s inhabitants, it becomes abundantly clear that something has gone terribly awry. Not only do they have to fend off vrellnexians “roaches,” but they come to learn humanity is at the mercy of Kree soldiers and their military governor, Kasius.

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen the Kree in “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D..” In Season 1, we learned Phil Coulson was resurrected after facing Loki at Battle of New York in Marvel Studios “The Avengers” after being treated with Project T.A.H.I.T.I. serum, GH.325, derived from a blue alien corpse, with abilities to promote advanced cellular regeneration. Eagle-eyed viewers will recall the flashback to Agent Peggy Carter retrieving that very blue alien corpse. In Ep. 14 “T.A.H.I.T.I.,” that very serum saves Skye’s life, without any consequence or side effects that Coulson endured, signaling she’s not quite a normal. In the following episode, Ep. 15 “Yes Men,” Lady Sif mentions the Kree as one of blue-colored species she has met on her travels.

Throughout “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” the Kree have been present—the Diviner, Hive summoning of Kree Reapers, the Monolith, and now culminating on the Lighthouse under the heel of the Kree ideology of a life earned, a life spent.

The Kree, a scientifically and technologically-advanced race of blue-skinned humanoids from the planet Hala, play a big part in Marvel history, not only in the comics, but in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The Kree first appeared in FANTASTIC FOUR #65 by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. Over on the big screen, who can forget Ronan the Accuser in Marvel Studios’ “Guardians of the Galaxy” and his mission to end the Xandarians and their Nova Corps?

In Season 2, Ep. 12 “Who You Really Are,” Vin-Tak, a Kree sent to Earth to track down who activated the Diviner, revealed to Lady Sif and our Agents the true origin of the Inhumans—genetic experiments performed by Kree Reapers in hopes of creating bio-weapons. The Kree left Earth thinking these “genetic abominations” would die off on their own.

The Kree’s large mistrust and disgust of the Inhumans stemmed from Hive, an Inhuman who was supposed to lead the race for the Kree but who ultimately gained too much power and rebelled against them instead. You can thank the Kree for the Monolith and the earliest iteration of HYDRA, but that look back is for another time.

Catch more Kree action in new episodes of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Fridays at 9:00 PM ET on ABC. Not only that, keep an eye out for the Kree’s prominent role in the upcoming Marvel Studios’ “Captain Marvel.”

For a look at more references in S.H.I.E.L.D. history, check Marvel.com every Thursday for “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Throwback Thursday. Don’t forget to follow @AgentsofSHIELD on Twitter and like “Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.” on Facebook!

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A Fantastic family vacation turns into a wet and wild adventure!

1917 to 2017: 100 years of Kirby.

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

In their time working together, Stan Lee and Jack Kirby conveyed many lessons to their readers, but one of the primaries included “things aren’t always what they seem.” The duo worked that theme in 1970’s FANTASTIC FOUR #97 on a variety of levels.

First and foremost, what seemed like a simple vacation for the First Family of Marvel turned into a monster hunt as Reed drove Ben and Johnny around in a borrowed Air-Sea Cruiser in an effort to find out what caused a series of sunken ships in Lost Lagoon. Seeing a humanoid shape in the water, the erstwhile Mister Fantastic thought they figured out part of the problem, but an enormous whale interrupted their search. Fed up, The Human Torch flew back to the nearby beach where Sue actually enjoyed their vacation with young Franklin.

As the teammates met up to try and just enjoy themselves, the action cut away to an undersea cave where the creature revealed itself as a green water-breather who could use some kind of agent to transform himself to look more human. He then swam up to the surface world where he worked a dolphin show at an oceanarium. The fish-man recognized Reed, Johnny and Ben from earlier that day and wondered if they did the same with him as he performed his act. Still driven to figure out the problem at hand, Richards asked the swimmer to help guide them underwater to find the party responsible for the downed ships.

Fantastic Four (1961) #97

Fantastic Four (1961) #97

  • Published: April 10, 1970
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: November 13, 2007
  • Penciller: Jack Kirby
  • Cover Artist: Jack Kirby
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They seemed to work well together—even though the newcomer didn’t actually speak—until the would-be guide punched his way through the ship’s hull and swam off. The Thing managed to get his friends into another underwater cavern filled with air where they came face to face with their transformed foe for the first time! Though the creature proved strong enough to take Ben on in a fistfight, he made a break for it as soon as the Torch shot off some of his own brand of fireworks.

Moving further into the cavern, our heroes discovered the truth of the matter as they came upon the creature loading water balls onto some kind of spaceship! Reed explained that the alien must have landed on Earth and needed to stock up on H20, taking out any nearby ships just to keep him and his partner safe. Having fulfilled its immediate mission, the extraterrestrial motioned for the adventurers to back away as he entered the ship and blasted off for home! With that, the Fantastic Four could get back to their relaxation time and enjoy some fun in the sun.

Stay tuned to Marvel.com for more throughout Kirby Month and beyond! And join the conversation on all of our social channels with the hashtag #Kirby100.

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