Black Leopard I

Black Panther V

Note: The alias of Black Leopard was used briefly in 1972 to disassociate the character from the militant self-defense organization the Black Panther Party (BPP).

Nick Name
Civilian ID



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.



King of Wakanda

School Teacher


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


Fantastic Four

Base of Operations

Avengers Mansion, New York, New York

Royal Palace, Wakanda

185 lbs.
Eye Color
Hair Color
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.

Genius-level intelligence with an aptitude in a wide variety of scientific and engineering disciplines.


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



Kraven the Hunter II

Malice IV


Reverend Achebe


(The) Supremacists

(The) White Wolf

Regularly Appearing

Avengers Vol. 1 & 3

Black Panther Vol. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6

Black Panther: Long Live the King Vol. 1

Black Panther: Soul of the Machine Vol. 1

Fantastic Four Vol. 1

Jungle Action Vol. 2

Klaws of the Panther Vol. 1

Rise of the Black Panther Vol. 1

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.

Before the Black Panther there were few examples of comic heroes of color. The first black non-costumed superhero was Lion Man, who appeared only once in All-Negro Comics #1 (June, 1947), which was created and published by an all African-American group of creators and distributed to majority black communities. A second issue was never published because the publisher, Orrin Cromwell Evans, was unable to obtain newsprint, possibly due to a blockade by white distributors and publishers.

Later, Waku: Prince of the Bantu, appeared in Jungle Tales #1 (Sept. 1954) published by Atlas Comics, the precursor to Marvel Comics.

Stan Lee & Jack Kirby

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.

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