The first black superhero: The Black Panther

black_pantherFebruary is Black History Month, so I’ve decided to take it upon myself to educate the masses about some of my favorite black comic book characters. One of the first black comic book superheroes is the Black Panther.

The Black Panther wasn’t the first black character in comic books, but he was the first black superhero. Originally released in 1966, the Black Panther debuted in Fantastic Four #52 and #53. The story surrounded the Black Panther (T’challa) inviting the Fantastic Four to his native land, Wakanda, and defeating the Four in individual combat, only losing to them when they are grouped together. All of this was just a test to see if the Fantastic Four were capable of helping the Black Panther defeat his father’s killer, Ulysses Klaw, and defend the nation of Wakanda.


The Black Panther would become friends (and member at one point) with the Fantastic Four, an Avenger, and eventually a member of the Illuminati. The Black Panther holds ties with the X-Men, Spider-Man, and just about anybody in the Marvel Universe making him a very important character in within Marvel Universe.

Marvel announced that a Black Panther movie is in the works and will be released in 2017, starring Chadwick Boseman. With all the lore that Black Panther has in his comic book history, and there are tons, it’s going to be a real task for Marvel to get this one right. He’s an Avenger, a warrior king, and most importantly, the first black superhero.

Recommended reading: Black Panther #6 – Who is the Black Panther? Part 6

Black panther #6Recommended TV series: Black Panther: The animated series 


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