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Black Panther’s Pride: Enter the Panther

Black Panther and the Avengers by Scott Kolins

Read through some of T’Challa’s most thrilling adventures on Marvel Unlimited to mark Black Panther's 50th anniversary!

Plenty of comics over the years have featured trips to Wakanda, like EXCALIBUR #59-60 for instance. Written by Scott Lobdell with art by Scott Kolins, the 1992 story featured Captain Britain agreeing to a meeting with the Black Panther, but only in his guise as Brian Braddock. He brought Meggan along with him, and Kitty Pryde hitched a ride to enjoy a few days in the Wakandan sun.

T’Challa surprised Brian by introducing him to the rest of the attendees which included Captain America and War Machine. Before long, the host revealed the purpose of the meeting: to see if Vibranium could be used to eradicate toxic waste. Instead of actually getting into any of that though, the heroes found themselves distracted by an entity calling himself Icon who turned himself and his fellow Wakandans into wooden-headed zombies.

To keep Braddock and his aide safe, Black Panther tossed an instant Vibranium containment cell around them, but Shadowcat phased in to get them out. Not wanting to screw up their secret identities, Braddock decided to take the wild man of the jungle route while Meggan shape shifted to look more Wakandan. Even with the assembled extra power, Black Panther surrendered to Icon as a way to keep his mind-controlled people safe. That didn't quite work out as planned and a small brawl ensued.

Eventually Icon’s time ran out, quite literally. Before everyone's eyes he transferred back into his actual identity: Dr. A’Kurru. T’Challa even took pity on the criminal because he could not save his daughter from the toxic waste poisoning that killed her. T’Challa then explained that that’s the exact reason he called the meeting that A’Kurru interrupted in the first place. 

Secrets of Wakanda 

The wedding of Black Panther and Storm offered another occasion for Kitty Pryde to visit Wakanda. She traveled there with her fellow X-Men, but also served as Ororo’s maid of honor during the ceremony. Kitty helped push away some of the bride’s worries before helping her into the wedding dress.

Next, T'Challa takes on Kraven and the Fear Itself crossover in BLACK PANTHER: MAN WITHOUT FEAR #519-523 by David Liss, Jefte Palo and Francesco Francavilla!

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The Spells of Doctor Strange: Daring Debut

Doctor Strange by Steve Ditko

Who do you call when supernatural problems need tending to? Why Doctor Stephen Strange of course!

Stan Lee and Steve Ditko debuted the Sorcerer Supreme in the pages of STRANGE TALES #110 back in 1963 and he’s been battling the forces of evil ever since. Dubbed the “Master of Black Magic” in the title treatment, Doctor Strange jumped right into the Marvel Universe by helping out a man hounded by horrible dreams that kept him awake.

After agreeing to help the man, Strange used his astral form to meet with his teacher the Ancient One and then entered the sufferer’s mind. There he met a shackled being who claimed to be the dreamer’s own evil deeds taken shape.

Immediately following the realization, Strange found himself face to face with Nightmare. While the Master of the Mystic Arts dealt with this villain the man awoke with murderous intent. However, thanks to some help from the Ancient One, Strange prevailed over Nightmare and returned to his body to stop his physical assailant.

With Doctor Strange’s second appearance in STRANGE TALES #111 his longtime foe Baron Mordo made his first appearance. He didn’t pop up again until issue #115 of the anthology title because, as the intro box at the beginning of the issue explained, the editors wanted to see how popular the character proved.

At that point, Lee and Ditko laid down the now-famous origin story of a haughty and egotistical narcissist surgeon saw his career go down the tubes after a car crash left his hands too shaky to operate. Embracing a downward spiral into self-contempt, Strange wandered around the city until he heard about an Ancient One who could heal anything.

Refocusing his attention to locating this supposed healer, Strange cleaned up his act and eventually found his quarry on a mountain in India. However, after hearing the doctor’s tale, the Ancient One said, “I cannot help you...for your motives are still selfish.”

Strange intended to leave, but soon discovered Baron Mordo’s plot to kill the Ancient One. The villain cursed the former surgeon so that he could not tell their elder about the plan. So, to prevent the murder, Strange stayed on to study with the Ancient One and keep Mordo’s schemes at bay thus beginning their eternal struggle.

However, the Ancient One released Strange of Mordo’s curse, explaining that he knew about it all along, but that it served as a test that Strange passed. With that approval, he went on to become the Sorcerer Supreme and one of the most interesting and dynamic characters in the Marvel Universe!

Opening the Book of Vishanti

First appearing in STRANGE TALES #111, Baron Mordo quickly became Doctor Strange’s number one enemy during his time in that series and beyond. In that first appearance, Mordo sent his astral projection to possess the Ancient One’s servant in an attempt to kill his former master. Luckily, Stephen attempted to contact the potential victim at that time, failed and sent his own astral form to investigate. Understanding that Mordo’s black magic abilities surpassed his own, Strange resorted to mind games to eventually succeed!

Next time, Brian K. Vaughan and Marcos Martin send Stephen on a pan-dimensional mystery in DOCTOR STRANGE: THE OATH.

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‘The Lost Boys’ Comic Writer Explains Why Santa Clara Is Still Dangerous After All These Years

"I felt like I had to write this," Tim Seeley tells THR about the new DC/Vertigo comic book series based on the 1980s horror movie. "I've been waiting my whole life to tell a story with these characters."read more

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The BBC resurrects lost ‘Doctor Who’ episodes via animation – and gives ‘The Power of Daleks’ a theatrical release

The Second Doctor is getting a big screen debut. BBC America and Fathom Events have announced that “Doctor Who: The Power of the Daleks” animated series is headed to movie theaters for a special one-night screening. 

The original “The Power of the Daleks” aired from November to December 1966. The...

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