An exploration into the comic book origins of Black Panther via conversations with the creators who have shaped T’Challa’s journey, a celebration of the Afro-Futurism of Wakanda, and the worldwide social impact of the character. Hosted by author Nic Stone.
The World of Wakanda
It’s 2021 and the Black Panther has become a lot more popular than he’s ever been. In fact, Black Panther has done something that no other Marvel hero or team has done before: expand beyond the one man behind the mantle, beyond T’Challa, and has created a world of its own: Wakanda-- a land, a people, and a cultural phenomenon. It’s here that we’ll explore John Ridley’s take on the character, as we look back at the seeds that Stan and Jack planted all those years ago, a present that’s grown and branched out beyond its own roots, and finally a blossoming future of endless possibilities.
Beyond The Scenes with John Romita, Jr.
In this Beyond the Scenes episode, hosted by Nic Stone, we talk to artist John Romita, Jr. John's contribution to the legacy of Black Panther cannot be understated; he was the artist who worked alongside Reginald Hudlin, on “Who is The Black Panther?” as well as the son of another Marvel legend, John Romita Sr.
A Nation Under Our Feet
By the time we reach 2016, the Black Panther has experienced decades of adventures, fought countless villains, and teamed up with many of Marvel’s mightiest heroes— however, in Ta-Nehisi Coates' run, we find T’Challa struggling to define himself as a person, as a Super Hero, and as a leader of a world power. Far from the swashbuckling adventures of the character’s origins, this Black Panther is a ruler with a heavy burden. Ta-Nehisi Coates flips the paradigm on the character and finally puts the expectations of a people on its king. Can he live up to it?
Allow Me To Reintroduce Myself
It’s 2005, and Marvel has tapped film screenwriter, director, and President of Entertainment of BET, Reginald Hudlin, to write a new Black Panther book. Excitedly, Reggie shares this news with his friends and family. Their reaction? “Who is the Black Panther?” Written by Reginald Hudlin, “Who Is The Black Panther” was Reggie’s definitive response to that reaction— building off of previous Panther stories, and reintroducing T’Challa to the world by over-satisfying his community and his own desires for a black Super Hero.
Time For a Translation
In 1996, Marvel filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy but the experimental Marvel Knights imprint was the light at the end of the tunnel. And after his first solo series, the Black Panther was in dire need of an upgrade. With the help of Joe Quesada, Mark Texiera and Marvel’s first African-American editor-writer, Christopher Priest, the Black Panther was in for the glow up of the century. This is the beginning of the Black Panther mythos we know and love today.
Beyond The Scenes with Steve Englehart
In this Beyond the Scenes episode, hosted by Nic Stone, we talk to writer Steve Englehart about his time writing The Avengers — where T’Challa was a core member of the team during the 70s.
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Talks about hard topics
I saw a review that said “American racism at its finest.” And black panther was made in the late 1960’s and a lot of people where racist and so there will be hard topics about racism and how black panther didn’t know about it. They were trying to ease America back then into a black character. Don’t be offended if they say stuff about that.