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Black Leopard

Black Panther IV


Nick Name
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Civilian ID

T'Challa


Alias

Luke Charles


Note: T'Challa is the heir in a linage of Black Panthers including his father T'Chaka, grand-father Chanda and an ancient relation Bashenga.


Occupation

Adventurer

King of Wakanda

School Teacher

Scientist


Legal Status
Sovereign of Wakanda, Africa
Nation or Planet of Origin
Wakanda, Africa
Group Affiliation

Avengers

Fantastic Four


Base of Operations

Avengers Mansion, New York, New York

Royal Palace, Wakanda


Height
6'
Weight
185 lbs.
Eye Color
Brown
Hair Color
Black
Known Powers

Herbal potions granting the heightened physical strength, speed, agility, and endurance of a gifted athlete in peak human condition. All five senses are highly acute; especially keen eyesight and night vision.


Excellent hand-to-hand combatant utilizing various African martial arts and a variety of weapons.


Accessories

Panther Costume: Vibranium micro-weave body suit capable of stopping blunt force objects including bullets, equipped with communications equipment, taloned gloves and vibranium soled boots for scaling vertical surfaces.


Talon Fighter: Advanced multi-person VTOL jet aircraft.


Vibro-Dagger: Hand-held energy emitting weapon capable of cutting through most surfaces.


Resources of the African nation of Wakanda.


Common Enemies

Baron Zemo II

Black Dragon

Deadly Nightshade

Dr. Doom I

Killmonger

Klaw

Kraven the Hunter II

Malice IV

Man-Ape

Reverend Achebe

(The) Supremacists

(The) White Wolf


Regularly Appearing

Avengers Vol. 1 & 3

Black Panther Vol. 1, 2 & 3

Fantastic Four Vol. 1

Jungle Action Vol. 2


First Appearance

Fantastic Four Vol. 1 #52 (July, 1966)

Note: The Black Panther was the first costumed superhero of color, and his creation apparently has no correlation to nor was the inspiration for the naming of the militant self-defense organization the Black Panther Party (BPP), which was founded in Oakland California by Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale in October of 1966.


The first black non-costumed superhero, Waku: Prince of the Bantu, first appeared in Jungle Tales #1 (Sept. 1954) published by Atlas Comics, the precursor to Marvel Comics.


Creator
Stan Lee & Jack Kirby
Origin

When his father T'Chaka was slain by criminal miners, young T'Challa swore vengeance and thwarted the miners' raid of Wakanda's Vibranium mines, the source of the nation's wealth.


T'Challa later attended the finest schools in Europe and America. After graduation and returning to his homeland he assumed leadership of his tribe and nation. At his coronation, T'Challa ingested the sacred herb that granted great physical strength and heightened senses. The new king then donned the ceremonial garb representing his tribe's patron animal and assumed leadership as the Black Panther.