This month will feature The Black Panther. It's my hope to look at a number of the King of the Wakanda's early appearances in various comics as well as his run in his own self-titled comic by Jack Kirby from the late 70's.
Above is one of Jack "King" Kirby's takes on the Black Panther, at this point referred to as the "Coal Tiger". It's a bright and dynamic design,but far removed from the costume we eventually get for the character, though you do see in this illustration the origin of the lines which added some design details to the Panther's gloves and boots. I first saw this design as a special page in the pages of Jungle Action,a comic dedicated at the time to the adventures of the King of Wakanda.
Here's that same image in its original form, a bit less bright and polished but arguably a bit more subtle.
This February I want to take a gander at past Black Panther adventures beginning with his turns in the FF and how he came to be an Avenger. But the main focus will be his late 70's series when his creator Jack Kirby revisits him and offers up a spectacular if offbeat rendition of the character. Time permitting, I'd also like to have another go at the greatest Panther story, the epic "Panther's Rage" by writer Don McGregor and artists Rich Buckler and Billy Graham. We'll have to see about that.
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