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Ta-Nehisi Coates' "Black Panther" Is Ushering Us Into The Age Of T'Challa

Bow down to T'Challa, because he's not going anywhere. We spoke to Ta-Nehisi Coates about the daunting, thrilling task of bringing Black Panther to life.

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The literary and comic book worlds alike perked up this past September when it was announced that acclaimed author Ta-Nehisi Coates would be writing the latest run of Black Panther.

And that he would be joined by artist Brian Stelfreeze and colorist Laura Martin, two seasoned pros in the comics industry.

This is Coates' first go at comics following a long history as a devoted comics fanboy. As Coates told BuzzFeed, getting to step into the shoes of comic book creator was a thrilling prospect:

Writing Black Panther was a chance to be a kid again. I didn't know how to turn that down. Like almost every other comic book fan, I've sat in my room, as a kid, making up stories about superheroes. Here was a chance to actually do the thing. I was tremendously excited. I was not so much afraid, but I had a strong desire not to suck. I wanted it to be good. Hopefully it is.


Black Panther, who made his debut in a Fantastic Four comic in 1966, is celebrating his 50th anniversary as the first black superhero to grace the pages of a mainstream American comic.

Marvel Comics

Black Panther – off-duty name T'Challa – was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. You may know Stan Lee by his cameos in literally every Marvel movie, and Lee and Kirby's names as two of the ones behind an alarming number of the world's most recognizable superheroes.

Exactly a month from the debut of Black Panther #1 brings the theatrical release of Captain America: Civil War – which will usher T'Challa, played by Chadwick Boseman, into the Marvel cinematic pantheon.

Marvel Studios

Consider it a 2016 version of that Fantastic Four entrance fifty years ago.

And, come 2018, Marvel promises a Black Panther solo film helmed by acclaimed Creed and Fruitvale Station director Ryan Coogler.

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Above we see Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige announcing the Black Panther movie back in 2014.

But he is just getting started.