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We’re about to approach a heavy topic here, but it’s reality and it’s part of this characters make up so we need to discuss it.

As racism is so prevalent these days, Stan Lee and the mighty Marvel crew back in the 1960’s were tackling the issue head on through funny books. They obviously did not stand for the hate mongering that existed so front and center back then. They took a stand. Not to say they don’t today, but back then taking a stand on racism was more of an outside the box thing to do and a noble one at that. As it is noble today too.

Nowhere is the topic of racism more predominant than with the character Black Panther. The first African born superhero character debuted in 1966 and Marvel Comics made sure the readers knew that racism was going to be a huge part of the character development. The Marvel crew took the same path during war times with Hitler and the Nazi’s. Showing how the hatred will always lose because of the ignorance, the non-education, the intolerance, and the emotional disconnect toward humanity.

Yes the Black Panther character is, if not one of the most important comic characters to ever be created. He wasn’t an alien from another planet with super human strength, he doesn’t have mutant powers, no he was not accepted because of the altering difference of powers he possessed over a human being or the knowledge of him being an alien, he wasn’t accepted because the color of his skin. Sounds ridiculous to even write that.

Although we’ve all come so far, there is still more work to do. Racist are not born, they are taught. It’s an infectious disease that spreads because of the rhetoric gospel taught by ignorance. Wake up it’s 2015.

Below is a checklist of some key appearances by the Black Panther. As always, there will be books that are not listed. Please help the collectors by writing your entry below in the comment section if you want to contribute.

 

Fantastic Four #52 (1966) First appearance. Written by Stan Lee, Pencils by Jack ‘King’ Kirby, cover by Kirby and Joe Sinnott. Also, this issue is the first time we ever know of the land Wakanda in Africa. This is also the character Bast’s first appearance.

Fantastic Four #53 (1966) Second appearance of Black Panther. First appearance of Klaw. Same creative team as the previous issue.

Tales of Suspense #97 (1968) The first time Black Panther appears in a story with Captain America. This issue also happens to be the first appearance of Whiplash.

Tales of Suspense #98 (1968) The first Captain America/Black Panther cover. Jack ‘King’ Kirby does the honors here.

Captain America #100 (1968) First appearance with the Avengers team. Cap’s origin.

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The Avengers #51 (1968) The first appearance in an Avengers title.

Uncanny X-Men #45 (1968) First appearance in an X-Men book.

Daredevil #52 (1969) Black Panther first appears in the Daredevil series right here.

Avengers #62 (1969) First appearance of Man-Ape (M’Baku), N’Gamo, and W’Kabi.

The Incredible Hulk #128 (1970) First appearance in the Incredible Hulk title.

The Avengers #87 (1971) The origin of Black Panther.

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Avengers #73 (1970) The first appearances of Monica Lynne, Montague Hale, Dan Dunn, and Simmons.

Marvel Team-Up #9 (1973) Here is the first time the Black Panther appears in the same book as Spider-Man. Not really the first team though. Spider-Man teams with Iron Man here in a separate story. Incidentally, this comic is the first time Spider-Man and Iron Man share a solo cover together. Civil War…..

Captain Marvel #27 (1973) Black Panther appears in this Jim Starlin story. Second appearance of Thanos.

Avengers #112 (1973) First appearance of Lion God. First appearance of Mantis.

The Defenders #7 (1973) First appearance in a Defenders book.

Jungle Action #5 (1973) The first Black Panther solo comic.

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Jungle Action Vol 2 #6  (1973) The first appearance of Erik Killmonger (N’Jadaka). Cameo of Venomm. The first full appearance of Venomm occurs in the next issue.

Jungle Action Vol 2 #8 (1974) A retelling and new additions to the origin of the Black Panther. First full appearance of Malice, first appearance of Mendinao.

Jungle Action Vol 2 #9 (1974) First appearance of Baron Macabre.

Jungle Action Vol 2 #10 (1974) First appearance of King Cadaver.

Jungle Action Vol 2 #11 (1974) First full appearance of Lord Karnaj.

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Jungle Action Vol 2 #12 (1974) First appearance of Sombre and the first mention of the Resurrection Altar.

Captain America #170 (1974) Black Panther supplies Falcon with his new wings. The first appearance of Falcon’s new wings. He can fly! He can fly! Also the first appearance of Moonstone. In Captain America #171, Falcon soars for the first time with his new wings.

Marvel Team-Up #20 (1974) First team-up with Spider-Man.

Doctor Strange #2 (1974) First appearance in a Doctor Strange comic. Frank Brunner art.

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Thor #233 (1975) First time appearing in a Thor comic.

Warlock #10 (1975) Black Panther first appears in this title. Jim Starlin art/story. Origin of Thanos and Gamora.

Jungle Action Vol 2 #15 (1975) First appearance of Salameander K’Ruel.

Jungle Action Vol 2 #18 (1975) First appearance of Madame Slay.

Jungle Action Vol 2 #19 (1976) The KKK made their first comic book appearance. It’s awareness like this in 1976 that separated (and separates) Marvel Comics from many of the other publishers. Also the first appearances of Kevin Trublood, Jessica Lynne, Lloyd Lynne, and Angela Lynne.

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Jungle Action Vol 2 #22 (1976) The first appearance of Soul-Strangler. The first full appearance came in the next issue.

Jungle Action Vol 2 #24 (1976) First appearance of Wind Eagle.

Black Panther #1 (1977) Black Panther’s first solo series. First appearances of Collectors, Hatch-22, Princess Zanda, Mister Little, and Silas Mourner. This issue also features the first look at King Solomon’s Frogs. Jack Kirby writes, pencils, and does the cover art. A must own here.

Black Panther #6 (1977) First appearance of Jakarra.

Black Panther #7 (1978) The first appearance of the first Black Panther from Wakanda; Bashenga. Also the first appearance of Jiru. First appearance of the Great Mound location.

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Black Panther #11 (1978) First appearance of Kiber the Cruel.

Black Panther #14 (1979) The first appearance of the Wakandan Embassy. Also an Avengers appearance.

The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #15 (1981) First appearance in a Spider-Man title comic.

Black Panther Vol 2 #1 (1988) The first limited series starring the Black Panther. First appearances; Moise Bomvana, Man-Cat, Supremacists (cameo), Governor Fugard, Jan Van Slambrouck, Ndebele, and Ralph Van Slambrouck.

Black Panther Vol 2 #2 (1988) The first full appearance of the Supremacists (Barricade, Captain Blaze, Harrier, Hungyr, Voortrekker, and White Avenger).

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Marvel Comics Presents #14 (1989) First appearance of Queen Ramonda and Strike.

Black Panther: Panther’s Prey (1991) Here is a four issue series written by Don McGregor, pencils by Dwayne Turner.

Black Panther Vol 3 #1 (1998) A new number one issue for the Black Panther under the Marvel Knights banner. First appearances; Malice (new), Zuri, Everett Ross, Dora Milaje, Okoye, Nakia, and Manuel Ramos. Also the first time readers see the Kimoyo Card.

Black Panther Vol 3 #4 (1999) The first full appearance of Achebe.

Deadpool #34 (1999) Black Panther appears in a Deadpool comic for the first time. Their first meeting.

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Black Panther Vol 3 #22 (2000) A rare Deadpool appearance. Does not appear on the cover.

Black Panther Vol 3 #23 (2000) Deadpool appears on the cover!

Marvel Mangaverse #3 (2002) The first non-continuity appearance of Shuri.

Black Panther Vol 4 #2 (2005) First appearances of Shuri (in flashback) in continuity, T’Shan (in flashback).

The New Avengers #7 (2005) Black Panther joins the the Illuminati. The first appearance of this group. A very important book if and when the World War Hulk movies become Marvel Phase IV.

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Civil War #3 (2006) Black Panther first appears in the Civil War title. Also the infamous Iron Spider cover by the late great Michael Turner. First appearance of Ragnork as Thor.

World War Hulk #2 (2007) The first appearance in the World War Hulk story line.

Ultimates 3 #1 (2008) First Ultimate Black Panther.

Black Panther Vol 5 #1 (2009) First appearance of Shuri as Black Panther (cover).

Black Panther Vol 5 #5 (2009) Shuri first appears as the Black Panther.

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Black Panther: The Man Without Fear #513 (2011) The first time Black Panther becomes the Man Without Fear. He takes over the Daredevil title.

Black Panther: The Man Without Fear #521 (2011) The first appearance of American Panther.

Fantastic Four #607 (2012) The first appearance of Necropolis; The land of the dead. It is a Wakandan city.

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Hard to believe that after this new comic book week that 2012 is almost half over already. And what a year it has been so far. Although some may say that December will be the last month of all time, we want to be positive here and believe we’ll see the next chapter within the Avengers movie saga…..

The next movie is going to be epic in so many ways it’s unreal. Simply because of one character and where Marvel will begin to turn its attention. The door has been opened with that smirk of evil after the credits. As said in previous InvestComics articles and Hot Picks for many years, the Marvel Cosmo’s will in fact be the next “Star Wars” of the “outer space” movies. The character Thanos will be the next Darth Vader. Loath him as we all will, but we’ll love him. Who will be Luke? Silver Surfer maybe? How about Captain Marvel? The heroes to choose from are absolutely countless.

The idea that Marvel will pursue their Cosmic Universe is pure speculation here. But why wouldn’t they now? The foundation has been set with one single look from one of the most evil, narcissistic, possessive villains within the Marvel Universe, but his mainstay is within the Cosmic side. Marvel began bringing their Cosmic Universe back to the forefront with a very well put together Annihilation storyline. The Marvel Cosmo’s are about to make another run here and we’re on top of it here at InvestComics.

This week we will cover many of the first appearances from within that vast universe that Marvel has put together. A lot has to be owed to Jim Starlin in regards to help shape this Universe. The Cosmo’s would NOT be the same without HIS creation of Thanos and storylines. It would look and feel vastly different if not for Jim Starlin. Do not kid yourself; Thanos is the center piece of this alternative Universe. If he wasn’t so important, or an integrate part of the grand scale of things, why is he in that last panel in the Avengers movie? If you have not seen Jim Starlin’s Video interview on InvestComics TV, you should really check it out. It so happens that in a case of irony if you will, Martin Pierro of his publishing company Cosmic Times  team’s up with me to conduct the Interview. Martin is also the creator of the successful West Palm Beach comic book show called PalmCon. Do yourself a favor and check that out if you’re down here in Florida. Look for Martin on Facebook too! So back to Jim Starlin here, be sure to check out the 3 part interview that we did with him from his home in upstate New York.  Part 1 is right HERE (in which he talks about the creation of the Thanos character), Part 2 is right HERE (In which he talks about the death of Jason Todd, Captain Marvel and his Dreadstar character), and Part 3 is right HERE (In which he talks about Breed III).

Below you will find an abundance of comic books featuring the first appearances of many Marvel Cosmic characters. These are not by any means all of them, it’s just a guideline list of some that may or may not ever appear in a Marvel Cosmic movie. Rocket Raccoon; although he has been covered before on InvestComics, Actually…… look for Marvel Preview #7 (1976) if you want Rocket’s first. Many of these comics are at a very affordable price’s right now. Get your hands on these at the next Comic show or your local comic shop. You’re sometimes better off getting these at the comic conventions due to the fact that many dealers will make deals with you on a lot that you buy. So with that, let’s check out some more first appearances in no particular order.

Iron Man #55 – The Mecca of everything  Cosmic. The First appearance of Thanos. This comic has been one of the most recommended comics on InvestComics for many years. If there was ever one comic to buy for your collection right now, this would be It.……Or would the next comic be?

Marvel Super-Heroes #12 – Featuring Captain Marvel! The first Captain Marvel. Yes folks, this too needs to be in your collection as of yesterday. If there was ever one comic to buy….no wait, said that already. Well you get the idea here. If Marvel plays their cards right here with the Cosmic movies, Captain Marvel would be the answer to DC’s Superman. Imagine if you will, with all the feeble attempts that DC has tried now with making the “right” Superman movie how Captain Marvel will outdo that character on the screen its first time out. That would be instant victory for the House of ideas (no not InvestComics, Marvel). The potential upticks here for Captain Marvel is simply astounding. Buy this.

Fantastic Four #48 – There needs to be a story told right? In general, in life….even if the stories exist in your own head, it’s still being narrated by ….you! So the question here is, who tells the story when we’re gazing into the galaxy that fills the movie screen? The Watcher of course! Check out his first appearance here. Oh yes, almost forgot. Buying this comic would be a three for one deal. Silver Surfer AND Galactus also make their debut here. So let’s recap here. Buying this comic will get you the narrator of our cosmic films, the possible headlining star and a character that will NOT be a purple cloud next time around? Buy this pronto.

The Infinity Gems – It’s very safe to assume that Thanos will be seeking the gems in the second Avengers film. Here are some of the comics that feature the first look at these gems that the madman craves. Power of Warlock #1, Marvel Team-Up #55 and Avengers Annual #7.  Seek those before Thanos finds them first, we don’t want that!

Incredible Hulk #234 – First appearance of Quasar. Hey one never knows if he’ll ever pop up someplace!

Strange Tales #138 – First appearance of Eternity.

The Eternal #2 – The Celestial first appear here.

Captain Marvel #27 – Jim Starlin revisits this character in one of his many creations later in a historic graphic novel called The Death of Captain Marvel. Death first appears here.

The Cosmic Cube – Another handy item Thanos would love to wrap his purple hands around. Get the first look at the Cosmic Cube in Tales of Suspense #79.

Secret Wars #1 – The Beyonder makes his debut here. If you do not own this limited series, well then you’re not really a comic collector.

Thor #132 – Here’s an obscure but fun first appearance. Ego the Living Planet! Created by Stan Lee and Jack “King” Kirby.

Quasar #24 – First appearance of Infinity.

Giant Sized Defenders #3 – First look at Korvac.

Fantastic Four #20 – First Molecule Man.

X-Man #15 – First appearance of Onslaught. This character sure reeked a lot of havoc over the years.

Fantastic Four #18 – First Super-Skrull.

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So there is a nice list to get you started. Who would you include on this list? Don’t be shy, let your voice be heard!

Okay so let’s take a look at a few comics heading your way this week shall we?

DC’s new 52 will introduce us to the new Mr. Freeze in Batman Annual #1. This villain originally appeared in Batman #121 back in 1959. DC also gives back to the kids again this week with two new “kid friendly” titles. Superman Family Adventures #1 and DC Nation #1. And the last of the number one issues to check out this week from DC is Ravagers #1.

Two independent number one issues to seek this week; Grim Leaper #1 from Image Comics and my very own Vincent Price House of Horrors #1! Yes the First work ever from the owner of InvestComics! Hopefully there will be no delays in this comic coming out, but if you buy the comic and would like it signed, send it to me and I’ll send it back signed for you! Contact me at jaykatz@trendingpopculture.com so that we can get that done!

That’s it for this week. Invest wisely.

Jay Katz