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Black Panther: Postcolonialism in Marvel Comics


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The emergence of black superhero characters offers a window on how comic creators balanced changing race relations, new political ideas, and market demands. Superhero comics offer a way to understand changing ideas about race, power, and society. The presentation examines the Black Panther, the first black superhero in U.S. comics and his home, the mystical land of Wakanda. In creating an African country untouched by European imperialism, Stan Lee and Jack Kirby began a dialogue about postcolonialism in Marvel Comics that continues to this day. This presentation explores the placement, evolution, and depiction Black Panther and his homeland since its creation in 1966. Both the hero and his homeland have grown in complexity as creators seek to explore power, identity, and agency linked to the African Diaspora.

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Black Panther: Postcolonialism in Marvel Comics

  1. 1. Black Panther Postcolonialism in Marvel Comics Dr. Julian C. Chambliss Valcenia College February 10, 2015
  2. 2. Black Panther • Ages of Heroes is now available in paperback! • Please check it out.
  3. 3. Fantastic Four #241 (1982)
  4. 4. Wakanda, West Africa, Marvel Atlas, 2008
  5. 5. Wakanda Wakanda in East Africa (2010)
  6. 6. Where is the Black Panther From? The answer is linked directly to race and postcolonial narratives in the American mind.
  7. 7. Fantastic Four #52 (1966)
  8. 8. Fantastic Four #52-53(1966)
  9. 9. Jungle Action # 5 (1973)
  10. 10. Jungle Action # 21 (1975)
  11. 11. Black Panther Vol.1 (1977)
  12. 12. Black Panther: “Cry the Accursed Country!” (1988)
  13. 13. Panther’s Prey (1990)
  14. 14. Black Panther Vol. 3 (1998-2003)
  15. 15. Black Panther, Volume 4 (2005-2008)
  16. 16. Dondi Reese Alternate reality Martin Luther King and Malcolm X
  17. 17. Black Panther Volume 5 (2009-2010)
  18. 18. Black Panther Volume 6 (2011)
  19. 19. Marvel Now
  20. 20. T’Challa King of the Dead
  21. 21. Thank You!! Dr. Julian C. Chambliss Chair and Associated Professor of History of History at Rollins College Contact: Twitter: @JulianChambliss