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We’re about to approach a heavy topic here, but it’s reality and it’s part of this characters make up so we need to discuss it.

As racism is so prevalent these days, Stan Lee and the mighty Marvel crew back in the 1960’s were tackling the issue head on through funny books. They obviously did not stand for the hate mongering that existed so front and center back then. They took a stand. Not to say they don’t today, but back then taking a stand on racism was more of an outside the box thing to do and a noble one at that. As it is noble today too.

Nowhere is the topic of racism more predominant than with the character Black Panther. The first African born superhero character debuted in 1966 and Marvel Comics made sure the readers knew that racism was going to be a huge part of the character development. The Marvel crew took the same path during war times with Hitler and the Nazi’s. Showing how the hatred will always lose because of the ignorance, the non-education, the intolerance, and the emotional disconnect toward humanity.

Yes the Black Panther character is, if not one of the most important comic characters to ever be created. He wasn’t an alien from another planet with super human strength, he doesn’t have mutant powers, no he was not accepted because of the altering difference of powers he possessed over a human being or the knowledge of him being an alien, he wasn’t accepted because the color of his skin. Sounds ridiculous to even write that.

Although we’ve all come so far, there is still more work to do. Racist are not born, they are taught. It’s an infectious disease that spreads because of the rhetoric gospel taught by ignorance. Wake up it’s 2015.

Below is a checklist of some key appearances by the Black Panther. As always, there will be books that are not listed. Please help the collectors by writing your entry below in the comment section if you want to contribute.

 

Fantastic Four #52 (1966) First appearance. Written by Stan Lee, Pencils by Jack ‘King’ Kirby, cover by Kirby and Joe Sinnott. Also, this issue is the first time we ever know of the land Wakanda in Africa. This is also the character Bast’s first appearance.

Fantastic Four #53 (1966) Second appearance of Black Panther. First appearance of Klaw. Same creative team as the previous issue.

Tales of Suspense #97 (1968) The first time Black Panther appears in a story with Captain America. This issue also happens to be the first appearance of Whiplash.

Tales of Suspense #98 (1968) The first Captain America/Black Panther cover. Jack ‘King’ Kirby does the honors here.

Captain America #100 (1968) First appearance with the Avengers team. Cap’s origin.

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The Avengers #51 (1968) The first appearance in an Avengers title.

Uncanny X-Men #45 (1968) First appearance in an X-Men book.

Daredevil #52 (1969) Black Panther first appears in the Daredevil series right here.

Avengers #62 (1969) First appearance of Man-Ape (M’Baku), N’Gamo, and W’Kabi.

The Incredible Hulk #128 (1970) First appearance in the Incredible Hulk title.

The Avengers #87 (1971) The origin of Black Panther.

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Avengers #73 (1970) The first appearances of Monica Lynne, Montague Hale, Dan Dunn, and Simmons.

Marvel Team-Up #9 (1973) Here is the first time the Black Panther appears in the same book as Spider-Man. Not really the first team though. Spider-Man teams with Iron Man here in a separate story. Incidentally, this comic is the first time Spider-Man and Iron Man share a solo cover together. Civil War…..

Captain Marvel #27 (1973) Black Panther appears in this Jim Starlin story. Second appearance of Thanos.

Avengers #112 (1973) First appearance of Lion God. First appearance of Mantis.

The Defenders #7 (1973) First appearance in a Defenders book.

Jungle Action #5 (1973) The first Black Panther solo comic.

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Jungle Action Vol 2 #6  (1973) The first appearance of Erik Killmonger (N’Jadaka). Cameo of Venomm. The first full appearance of Venomm occurs in the next issue.

Jungle Action Vol 2 #8 (1974) A retelling and new additions to the origin of the Black Panther. First full appearance of Malice, first appearance of Mendinao.

Jungle Action Vol 2 #9 (1974) First appearance of Baron Macabre.

Jungle Action Vol 2 #10 (1974) First appearance of King Cadaver.

Jungle Action Vol 2 #11 (1974) First full appearance of Lord Karnaj.

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Jungle Action Vol 2 #12 (1974) First appearance of Sombre and the first mention of the Resurrection Altar.

Captain America #170 (1974) Black Panther supplies Falcon with his new wings. The first appearance of Falcon’s new wings. He can fly! He can fly! Also the first appearance of Moonstone. In Captain America #171, Falcon soars for the first time with his new wings.

Marvel Team-Up #20 (1974) First team-up with Spider-Man.

Doctor Strange #2 (1974) First appearance in a Doctor Strange comic. Frank Brunner art.

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Thor #233 (1975) First time appearing in a Thor comic.

Warlock #10 (1975) Black Panther first appears in this title. Jim Starlin art/story. Origin of Thanos and Gamora.

Jungle Action Vol 2 #15 (1975) First appearance of Salameander K’Ruel.

Jungle Action Vol 2 #18 (1975) First appearance of Madame Slay.

Jungle Action Vol 2 #19 (1976) The KKK made their first comic book appearance. It’s awareness like this in 1976 that separated (and separates) Marvel Comics from many of the other publishers. Also the first appearances of Kevin Trublood, Jessica Lynne, Lloyd Lynne, and Angela Lynne.

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Jungle Action Vol 2 #22 (1976) The first appearance of Soul-Strangler. The first full appearance came in the next issue.

Jungle Action Vol 2 #24 (1976) First appearance of Wind Eagle.

Black Panther #1 (1977) Black Panther’s first solo series. First appearances of Collectors, Hatch-22, Princess Zanda, Mister Little, and Silas Mourner. This issue also features the first look at King Solomon’s Frogs. Jack Kirby writes, pencils, and does the cover art. A must own here.

Black Panther #6 (1977) First appearance of Jakarra.

Black Panther #7 (1978) The first appearance of the first Black Panther from Wakanda; Bashenga. Also the first appearance of Jiru. First appearance of the Great Mound location.

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Black Panther #11 (1978) First appearance of Kiber the Cruel.

Black Panther #14 (1979) The first appearance of the Wakandan Embassy. Also an Avengers appearance.

The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #15 (1981) First appearance in a Spider-Man title comic.

Black Panther Vol 2 #1 (1988) The first limited series starring the Black Panther. First appearances; Moise Bomvana, Man-Cat, Supremacists (cameo), Governor Fugard, Jan Van Slambrouck, Ndebele, and Ralph Van Slambrouck.

Black Panther Vol 2 #2 (1988) The first full appearance of the Supremacists (Barricade, Captain Blaze, Harrier, Hungyr, Voortrekker, and White Avenger).

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Marvel Comics Presents #14 (1989) First appearance of Queen Ramonda and Strike.

Black Panther: Panther’s Prey (1991) Here is a four issue series written by Don McGregor, pencils by Dwayne Turner.

Black Panther Vol 3 #1 (1998) A new number one issue for the Black Panther under the Marvel Knights banner. First appearances; Malice (new), Zuri, Everett Ross, Dora Milaje, Okoye, Nakia, and Manuel Ramos. Also the first time readers see the Kimoyo Card.

Black Panther Vol 3 #4 (1999) The first full appearance of Achebe.

Deadpool #34 (1999) Black Panther appears in a Deadpool comic for the first time. Their first meeting.

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Black Panther Vol 3 #22 (2000) A rare Deadpool appearance. Does not appear on the cover.

Black Panther Vol 3 #23 (2000) Deadpool appears on the cover!

Marvel Mangaverse #3 (2002) The first non-continuity appearance of Shuri.

Black Panther Vol 4 #2 (2005) First appearances of Shuri (in flashback) in continuity, T’Shan (in flashback).

The New Avengers #7 (2005) Black Panther joins the the Illuminati. The first appearance of this group. A very important book if and when the World War Hulk movies become Marvel Phase IV.

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Civil War #3 (2006) Black Panther first appears in the Civil War title. Also the infamous Iron Spider cover by the late great Michael Turner. First appearance of Ragnork as Thor.

World War Hulk #2 (2007) The first appearance in the World War Hulk story line.

Ultimates 3 #1 (2008) First Ultimate Black Panther.

Black Panther Vol 5 #1 (2009) First appearance of Shuri as Black Panther (cover).

Black Panther Vol 5 #5 (2009) Shuri first appears as the Black Panther.

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Black Panther: The Man Without Fear #513 (2011) The first time Black Panther becomes the Man Without Fear. He takes over the Daredevil title.

Black Panther: The Man Without Fear #521 (2011) The first appearance of American Panther.

Fantastic Four #607 (2012) The first appearance of Necropolis; The land of the dead. It is a Wakandan city.

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