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Follow the History of the Black Panther Pt. 33

For 50 years, the Black Panther has stood at the forefront on the Marvel Universe. As we count down to a vision of T’Challa on the big screen coming soon, take a look back at five decades’ worth of comic book adventures…

Storm returned to Wakanda to help a young mutant named Nezhno in X-MEN: WORLDS APART #1, but found herself attacked by her husband The Black Panther. After T’Challa then publicly disowned her, she discovered his possession at the hands of her foe The Shadow King. She fled into the jungle with Nezhno in X-MEN: WORLDS APART #2 with the Panther hot on her trail.

Turning to fight her subjugated husband in X-MEN: WORLDS APART #3, Storm contacted the Panther God after defeating T’Challa and made a pact with the deity. In X-MEN: WORLDS APART #4 she beat The Shadow King, freed T’Challa, and saw herself accepted as Wakanda’s queen throughout the nation.

The Panther attended the funeral of Sue Storm’s future self in FANTASTIC FOUR #562, and then joined with the Avengers to check in on a newly de-Hulked Bruce Banner in INCREDIBLE HULK #601.

Black Panther (2008) #1

Black Panther (2008) #1

  • Published: February 04, 2009
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: September 29, 2009
  • Rating: T
  • Writer: Reginald Hudlin
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In BLACK PANTHER #1, T’Challa’s jet crashed in Wakanda, sending him into a deep coma. Wakandans turned to his sister Shuri to perhaps become the new Black Panther in his stead in BLACK PANTHER #2, and T’Challa’s mother conferred with Storm on a plan to save her son. In BLACK PANTHER #3, Storm prepared for a special mystical rite to enter the netherworld, while Shuri sought the Panther God for the transference of power. Elsewhere, the villainous Morlun rose from the dead to rampage anew.

Near death, T’Challa saw and spoke with his departed father in BLACK PANTHER #4, but the Panther God rejected Shuri for the role of Wakanda’s official savior. With Morlun swiftly approaching the capital city in BLACK PANTHER #5, Shuri defied the deity and donned the mantel of the Panther as Storm readied herself to take her husband’s place in the afterlife and allow him to return to the land of the living.

Ultimately, a Wakandan mystic managed to trade Morlun’s soul for T’Challa’s and Storm’s souls after Shuri battled and failed to stop the menace in BLACK PANTHER #6. Because of T’Challa’s necessary convalescence after his ordeal, Shuri became the true Black Panther in BLACK PANTHER #7 and fought mercenaries while on a trip to the United States.

The new Panther tracked down a Wakandan agent in BLACK PANTHER #8, and back in her home country, T’Challa underwent a strength-renewing ritual which revealed to him their true foe: Doctor Doom.

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Unleash the Beasts: Vandoom’s Monster

With so many classic creatures on the loose in Monsters Unleashed, we turn to their earlier adventures thanks to Marvel Unlimited.

Artists have always wondered what would happen if their creations sprang to life. In the pages of 1961’s TALES TO ASTONISH #17, Stan Lee and Jack Kirby turned that dream into a nightmare by introducing Vandoom, a man who created a massive monster to help bring in business for his failing wax museum.

The Transylvania-based artist got to work designing the creature and putting it together, but took great care in the process, noting, “I must do this slowly, cautiously. Each feature—each particle of wax—must suggest inhuman ferociousness!” Vandoom’s creation proved so large that he cut a hole in the roof of his museum to accommodate the wax statue. As the vicious visage took shape, the townspeople tried to get him to stop, but he kept on working.

Finally, with the piece ready to unveil the next day, Vandoom scrambled to the roof during an intense storm. Like something out of a storybook, the monster slowly came to life after lightning struck. Revealing its huge, gaping mouth, the orange beast smashed its way out of Vandoom’s museum to run amok.

Tales to Astonish (1959) #17

Tales to Astonish (1959) #17

  • Published: March 01, 1961
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: July 08, 2010
  • Cover Artist: Jack Kirby
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Vandoom tried reasoning with the villagers, positing that the new being might just be trying to get a feel for life and mean them know harm, but they didn’t appreciate his dose of level-headedness and got a torch-bearing mob together with characteristic quickness. The monster did his best to avoid the mob, but they came at him relentlessly. Just then, a spaceship full of Martians landed to conquer first Transylvania, then the world. Though they used telepathy, the signal proved so powerful that the surrounding humans could easily understand them.

As the monster came face to face with the aliens, Vandoom tried explaining to his creation that these new faces planned to hurt the planet. The creature plowed through the Martians, completely diverting the invasion in the process. After they fled back to their planet the monster collapsed, having exhausted its reserves. The villagers came to understand that they attacked the being without cause and that it had never even tried to harm them. They offered to help bury this version and assist the artist in creating another one which succeeded in bring in plenty of visitors to the museum.

Next, John Cummings enters the Dimension of Doom and confronts the Hypno-Creature in TALES OF SUSPENSE #23

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Black History Month: Miles Morales

Celebrate Black History Month by delving into the first appearances of Marvel’s most prominent African and African-American characters on Marvel Unlimited!

In the wake of Peter Parker’s death in the pages of ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN, the void was felt in the pages of ULTIMATE FALLOUT by friends, family, teammates, and strangers alike. So, it’s appropriate that Miles Morales, a teenager of African American and Hispanic descent, first appeared in the fourth issue of that limited series in a tale by Brian Michael Bendis and Sara Pichelli and eventually went on to fill Peter’s web-lined boots.

When a new Spider-Man in a costume very much like Peter’s appeared to take on Kangaroo, a lot of people thought the demonstration to be in poor taste. Even Miles agreed at the end of the short story that set up the new ongoing series ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN.

The series, also by Bendis and Pichelli, actually started out before the events of FALLOUT to show how Miles got his powers after his uncle, who also happened to be The Prowler, robbed Norman Osborn and a genetically altered spider hitched a ride with the loot. The creepy crawly then chomped into young Miles during a visit and a new hero was born.

Ultimate Fallout (2011) #4

Ultimate Fallout (2011) #4

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As he got used to his powers Miles realized his abilities mirrored Spider-Man’s though he also could camouflage himself and paralyze assailants with a venom sting. With these abilities, the youngster decided to become a hero and pick up where Peter Parker left off, donning a new costume and eventually using his predecessor’s web shooters for a time after Aunt May gifted them to him.

Miles went on to become an important part of the Ultimate Universe, meeting the Marvel Universe’s version of Spider-Man, helping save the world from Galactus in CATACLYSM, carrying on into another ongoing series called MILES MORALES: ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN and then playing a major role in SECRET WARS.

At the end of the reality-altering event, Miles found himself integrated into the main Marvel Universe, much to his surprise. Better yet, his mom, dad, and friends also made the jump! Now he’s training to be New York City’s protector while Peter Parker continues his more global exploits.

Spider-Man (2016) #1

Spider-Man (2016) #1

  • Published: February 03, 2016
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: August 01, 2016
  • Rating: Rated T
  • Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
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History Lesson

In addition to starring in his own post-Secret Wars series, simply titled SPIDER-MAN, Miles also became an important player with ALL-NEW, ALL-DIFFERENT AVENGERS. Plus, in CIVIL WAR II, Ulysses envisioned the younger Webslinger murdering Captain America! As you know by now, that didn’t happen—yet—but Miles did join up with a group of fellow young heroes including Nova, Ms. Marvel, the time-displaced Cyclops, Amadeus Cho’s Totally Awesome Hulk, and Viv Vision in the pages of CHAMPIONS. He even recently started a romance with Earth-65’s Spider-Woman, otherwise known to readers as Spider-Gwen.

Next, another newer African American character takes center stage as we dive into Lunella Lafayette and her giant red pal as seen in MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR.

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