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Yearning for Wakanda: The Complex Relationship Between Black America, Black Africa, and the Black Panther

I am a Negro: Black as the night is black, Black like the depths of my Africa. – Langston Hughes, “Negro” Although many Black people in the United States feel a kinship or even yearning… [more]

The Knighted King: A Brief Publication History of Christopher Priest’s Black Panther

When Christopher Priest returned to Marvel Comics in 1998 it had been almost ten years since his tumultuous exit from the company. In the interim the company and the comic book industry had undergone tremendous… [more]

Panther’s Range: The History of the Black Panther Prior to Christopher Priest

The Black Panther was a ground-breaking character in his 1966 debut. From his first appearance onward, he was seldom absent for long from Marvel Comics publications, whether as a guest star or part of the… [more]

Exploring White Privilege in Christopher Priest’s Black Panther: Part 2, Hunter, the White Wolf

Hunter glided into the pages of Black Panther stealthily, first trailing him under a cloak of invisibility in the closing panels of issue #3, before fully appearing in issue #4. Even then, his back story… [more]

Exploring White Privilege in Christopher Priest’s Black Panther: Part 1, Everett K. Ross

It seems shocking that it took more than 30 years for Marvel’s flagship black superhero Black Panther to have a writer who was himself black. This milestone on its own would have made Christopher Priest’s… [more]

Jonathan Hickman’s New Avengers #2: In Secret, They Rule

To understand some of the elements of this story, one must dive back into Brian Michael Bendis’s time as the writer for the Avengers. In New Avengers: Illuminati #2, the Illuminati gathers together the Infinity… [more]

Politics, Power, and the Black Panther: A Commentary

Much has been said about the recent blockbuster film, Black Panther. As of this writing— and the film has yet to play a full week—it has already grossed nearly $1 billion, and global box office… [more]

Zaki’s Review: Black Panther

Black Panther is a movie that, of necessity, means different things to different audiences. As the latest entry in Disney’s expansive Marvel Cinematic Universe, it holds a specific appeal to longtime comic fans and those… [more]

Smorgasbord #67: Gene Simmons v. Richard Simmons

This week, Tom and Shawn bid a sad farewell to the great Adam West, puzzle over Joel Schumacher’s strange apology, compare the triumphant roar of the Black Panther trailer to the pitiful meow coming from Marvel… [more]

Smorgasbord #65: The Allred Family Tree

The highs and lows of media adaptation are explored as we face future TV adaptations of Judge Dredd and Wayward, plus a Hellboy movie reboot by some guys Tom’s rather excited about. In the wild… [more]

Smorgasbord #55: Demon Detectives on Magic Skateboards

Between sirens and power drills, Tom and Shawn manage to talk about the Riverdale trailer and why Sexy Jailbait Archie is a thing nobody needs. Angela Bassett joins Marvel’s Black Panther, and Shawn finally lets… [more]

Smorgasbord #41: The Cat who Vomits Blood and Other Grisly Tales

The post Emerald City Comicon is a very strange place indeed, with DC announcing a new mature comics imprint, IDW assimilating other companies as if it were the Borg, HeroesCon facing backlash over the Virginia… [more]

A Priest, a Panther, and the Dora Milaje Walk into a Bar: Christopher Priest’s Black Panther

With the Black Panther entering the Marvel Cinematic Universe soon, I figured it was high time I explored the character in print, at least more so that I have previously. I’ve always liked T’Challa but… [more]

Erasing Black Panther to Render Him Safe

The Captain America: Civil War trailer has caused a lot of excitement with fans. And certain images have gone onto become instant memes and gifs. Newspapers, reviewers, as well as comic book related journals, have… [more]

Smorgasbord #28: Sandcastles in the Sand

Tom and Shawn discuss recent news out of Baltimore, Mark Millar’s third run at playing Simon Cowell, the redemption of Chip Zdarsky, Genndy Tartakovsky’s CAGE!, Ta-Nehisi Coates’s upcoming run on Black Panther (and why people… [more]

Marvel Studios Selects Ava DuVernay to Direct Black Panther

For those unaware of her work, Ava DuVernay is an award winning and Golden Globe nominated director (Selma 2014) with a pedigree rooted in African-American-themed films. She debuted in 2008 with a documentary about ’90s… [more]

Smoragsbord #6: #Doom

Crossover season is once again upon us, here Shawn and Tom try and grapple with DC’s Convergence event and Marvel’s brewing Secret Wars and come up with mostly headache and confusion. Also: the frankly bizarre declaration about… [more]

Eric Jerome Dickey on Writing Black Characters for Marvel Comics

When Eric Jerome Dickey was just a youth growing up in Memphis, Tennessee during the late ’60s and early ’70s, he, like many other young boys his age, got hooked on the comic book craze… [more]