As early as 1966, Black Panther #1 appeared in 1977
Fantastic Four #52, 1966
Also see Avengers #52 & Jungle Action #5
Panther (15 books)
#1, Jan, 1977 - #15 May 1979
Panther Series (4 books)
#1, July 1988 - #4, Oct, 1988
Prey (4 books) #1, 1991 - #4, 1991
Marvel Entertainment Group
Trailblazer in the history of Black Superheroes, the Black Panther's
story is a story of "firsts". Definitely one of the first
mainstream Black Heroes to be portrayed in a decent light, even
though he was not created by a black artist. His name was T'Challa,
Leader of the imaginary Wakanda nation and a scientist at heart.
The Black Panther was portrayed as a dignified king and even the
nation of Wakanda was a technologically advanced nation, while the
TV show "Tarzan" showed Africans as incoherent jungle
bunnies that were helpless without a loin cloth wearin', vine-swinging
caucasian saving the day.
We applaud Jack Kirby for not only having the wherewithal to create
a Black character in the 60's but to show one in a positive light.
It is ironic that during a time when Bobby Seales and the real-life
Black Panthers were taking a stand against police brutality, many
criticized the comic hero for not being radical enough. I think
this was somewhat unfair complaint however given all the other positives
the comic contained.
first showed up in 1966 Fantastic Four #52, and after spending several
years as a member of the avengers he received his own short-lived
series in the mid 70's. The Black Panther #1 finally appeared in
1977. 11 years after his first appearance, I guess superheroes with
all their powers still needed affirmative action!
Black Panther has returned to the limelight with his own series
written by Christopher Priest. Beautiful art by Joe Jusko set the
tone for a book that has received quite a bit of notice as of late.