The Ages of the Black Panther

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

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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 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 political 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 period 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 first appearance 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 character's history are addressed.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 198 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 10mm | 317.51g
  • Jefferson, NC, United States
  • English
  • 1476675228
  • 9781476675220
  • 3,396,761

Table of contents

The "Secret Origin" of the Black Panther: Literary and Historical Sources of Inspiration
Breaking (Some) Ground While Dodging Politics:
How Stan Lee and Jack Kirby Started a Legend
A Tale of Two Panthers: T'Challa and the Black Panther Party
for Self-Defense
Wakanda Forever! (Except for That One Time...):
The Black Panther Party, Apartheid and the Brief Identity
Crisis of the Black LEOPARD?!?
Wakanda Speaks: Animals and Animacy in "Panther's Rage"
Fighting the Long War Against the Klan: The Black Panther as a Symbol of Self-Defense and Social Justice
The Shadow of Apartheid: Analyzing Peter Gillis' Run in the 1980s
The King of Wakanda and the Emperor of the Useless White Boys: Race and Gender in Christopher Priest's Black Panther
An Initiative for a More Fantastic Union: Prowling Around the PATRIOT Act
Secret Invasions, Lost Technology and 21st Century Learning Skills: How Black Panther Saved Wakanda Using the "Four C's"
Gender in Wakanda: Exploring Intersectionality and
Hyper-Sexualization in Princess Shuri's Tenure as Black Panther
Black Panther, Namor and Mimetic Violence in Jonathan Hickman's New Avengers
A Different Nation: Continuing a Legacy of Decolonization
in Black Panther
About the Contributors
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About Joseph J. Darowski

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.
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