While Black Panther was a great new addition to the Marvel pantheon with his appearance in the entertaining Captain America: Civil War, hardcore MCU fans have known about T’Challa since his introduction way back in Fantastic Four Vol. 1 #52 from 1966. Okay, maybe you bumped into him a bit more recently, he has been involved with a bunch of different groups including not just the Fantastic Four, but also the Secret Avengers, the Avengers, Pendragons and Queen’s Vengeance.
Still not sure about T’Challa? Here’s his thumbnail bio, according to Marvel:
T’Challa is a brilliant tactician, strategist, scientist, tracker and a master of all forms of unarmed combat whose unique hybrid fighting style incorporates acrobatics and aspects of animal mimicry. T’Challa being a royal descendent of a warrior race is also a master of armed combat, able to use a variety of weapons but prefers unarmed combat. He is a master planner who always thinks several steps ahead and will go to extreme measures to achieve his goals and protect the kingdom of Wakanda.
Turns out that all these years after his initial introduction, Black Panther is popular. Really popular. In fact, sales of Black Panther #1 in the industry have been terrific, over 250,000 copies sold at $4.99, producing over $1.2 million in retail sales. So successful that you can’t get it any more!
Congrats to writer Ta-Nehisi Coates and artists Brian Stelfreeze and Laura Martin for a huge success with this re-introduction of Black Panther to a new generation, and if you haven’t yet picked up a copy of this terrific comic, what’s holding you back?
Black Panther #1, written by Ta-Nehisi Coates, art by Brian Stelfreeze and Laura Martin. Published April 6, 2016. We don’t have this particular issue in stock, but we’ve got quite a lot of other Black Panther comics to feed your zeal, including Black Panther #2 and Black Panther #3.