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The Ages of the Black Panther: Essays on the King of Wakanda in Comic Books

The Ages of the Black Panther: Essays on the King of Wakanda in Comic Books

by Joseph J. Darowski (Editor)


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Black Panther was the first black superhero in mainstream comic books, and his most iconic adventures are analyzed here. This collection of new essays explores Black Panther's place in the Marvel universe, focusing on the comic books. With topics ranging from the impact apartheid and the Black Panther Party had on the comic to theories of gender and animist imagery, these essays analyze individual storylines and situate them within the socio-cultural framework of the time periods in which they were created, drawing connections that deepen understanding of both popular culture and the movements of society. Supporting characters such as Everett K. Ross and T'Challa's sister Shuri are also considered. From his creation in 1966 by Jack Kirby and Stan Lee up through the character's recent adventures by Ta-Nehisi Coates and Brian Stelfreeze, more than fifty years of the Black Panther's history are addressed.

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ISBN-13: 9781476675220
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 04/22/2020
Pages: 234
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.47(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Joseph J. Darowski teaches English at Brigham Young University and has published on comic book superheroes such as the X-Men, Wonder Woman, and Superman as well as on television series such as Chuck and Frasier.

Table of Contents

Preface Joseph J. Darowski 1

The "Secret Origin" of the Black Panther: Literary and Historical Sources of Inspiration Liam T. Webb 5

Breaking (Some) Ground While Dodging Politics: How Stan Lee and Jack Kirby Started a Legend Cathy Leogrande 20

A Tale of Two Panthers: T'Challa and the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense Charles W. Henebry 36

Wakanda Forever! (Except for That One Time…): The Black Panther Party, Apartheid and the Brief Identity Crisis of the Black LEOPARD?!? Christopher Maverick 64

Wakanda Speaks: Animals and Animacy in "Panther's Rage" José Alaniz 76

Fighting the Long War Against the Klan: The Black Panther as a Symbol of Self-Defense and Social Justice Burton P. Buchanan Ivon Alcime Carlos D. Morrison 99

The Shadow of Apartheid: Analyzing Peter Gillis' Run in the 1980s Fernando Gabriel Pagnoni Berns 113

The King of Wakanda and the Emperor of the Useless White Boys: Race and Gender in Christopher Priest's Black Panther John Darowski 125

An Initiative for a More Fantastic Union: Prowling Around the PATRIOT Act Peter W.Y. Lee 149

Secret Invasions, Lost Technology and 21st Century Learning Skills: How Black Panther Saved Wakanda Using the "Four C'S" Daniel J. Bergman 166

Gender in Wakanda: Exploring Intersectionality and Hyper-Sexualization in Princess Shuri's Tenure as Black Panther Hollie Fitzmaurice 182

Black Panther, Namor and Mimetic Violence in Jonathan Hickman's New Avengers Matthew Brake 193

A Different Nation: Continuing a Legacy of Decolonization in Black Panther Julian C. Chambliss 204

About the Contributors 221

Index 225

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