Here is the latest in our year-long look at one cool comic (whether it be a self-contained work, an ongoing comic or a run on a long-running title that featured multiple creative teams on it over the years) a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the comics posted so far!
I figure we might as well look at the END of the classic Fantastic Four stretch by Jack Kirby and Stan Lee where they introduced the Inhumans, Galactus, the Silver Surfer, the Black Panther AND had one of the all-time greatest single issue stories!!! All we have left is the introduction of the Black Panther!!
Fantastic Four #52 by Jack Kirby and Stan Lee contains the first appearance of the Wakanda Chieftan T’Challa, the famed Black Panther. After dazzling the Fantastic Four with technological wizardry, T’Challa invites them to Wakanda for a visit.
Once there, however, the FF find themselves trapped, forced to be hunted by the Black Panther!!!
Of course, the FF escape (I won’t spoil HOW) but when they do, he lets them know that it was all just a test (yes, it was a pretty jerky thing for him to do, but hey, this was the Silver Age, heroes did jerky things all the time for even less valid reasons than what T’Challa had here – and when you see the Thing’s reaction to T’Challa’s origin, you’ll realize that there is jerkiness on both sides).
Issue #53 delivers the origin of T’Challa, and it’s a really impressively told one by Lee and Kirby…
This, of course, sets them up for the battle against Klaw. I won’t spoil that. You can find these stories in a number of collections.
By the way, by spotlighting this stretch, it isn’t to say that #54, 55, etc. were not great stories, TOO, they just are not as easily demarcated as the Inhumans intro/Galactus trilogy/This Man, This Monster/Black Panther intro is.