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Saturday, July 8, 2017

Hey, Mom! Talking to My Mother #732 - Black Panther Movie Trailer

Hey, Mom! Talking to My Mother #732 - Black Panther Movie Trailer

Hi Mom,

Welcome back to Saturday in which I present something to watch.

I have been holding on to this one for a few weeks, as the trailer and the subsequent posting by my friend Charles Skaggs (shared here with credit) came out on June 10th.

I am a huge Black Panther fan.

I wrote about Black Panther in my T-shirts blog, here


I feel I am due for a T-shirt reprint, and so I am going to reprint this Black Panther entry from T-shirt #185 along with some extra videos plus the blog entry from DAMN GOOD COFFEE AND HOT.

The trailer shown first in the video sequence below teases the film devoted to Black Panther scheduled to debut on February 16, 2018.


Since the beginning of the year, I have intended to write about the new Black Panther comic book written by Ta-Nehisi Coates  since 2016 - Official Marvel Comics Link. Entertainment Weekly named the new Black Panther comic book as one of the best comic books of 2016, and so I saved the page from the magazine's year end issue, and I have been planning to finish a post about it since January. Six months later, it seems like a good time to mention that I am still planning my Black Panther comic book post. I set out the new issues in a prominent and visible space in my office remodel. Anyway, I will try to get to that entry soon.

Black Panther ranks among my favorite Marvel heroes in my list of non-Franchise characters (the biggest names) that I have shared several times, here it is again (but this time with Comic Vine and wiki Links)(this is yet again a modified list as I forgot Nova):

Yes, here it is, the list you have been waiting for. It was difficult to make this list. I had to confine myself to male Marvel heroes who either did not have their own books or who had/have solo books but are not considered the pillars of the Franchise (like Spider-Man and Captain America). Doctor Strange heads the list.
  1. Doctor Strange - wiki
  2. The Silver Surfer  - wiki
  3. The Black Panther  - wiki
  4. The Vision  - wiki
  5. Adam Warlock  - wiki
  6. The Black Knight  - wiki
  7. Daimon Hellstorm - Son of Satan  - wiki
  8. Iron Fist  - wiki
  9. Killraven  - wiki
  10. Falcon  - wiki
  11. Ka-Zar  - wiki
  12. Deathlok  - wiki
  13. MOON KNIGHT  - wiki
  14. Black Bolt  - wiki
  15. Nova - wiki
  16. 3D Man  - wiki
  17. Machine Man  - wiki
  18. Shang-Chi, Master of Kung Fu  - wiki
  19. Quasar  - wiki
  20. Captain Mar-Vell  - wiki
As you can see, I have Black Panther ranked as my NUMBER THREE favorite, and really the top five could shift at any time depending on my mood, though Doctor Strange would probably always remain NUMBER ONE.


The Black Panther movie looks very good (trailer first, directly below) with the Charles Skaggs entry following. I include a video that dissects the trailer, another with an interview with Stan Lee, two videos about history and background, and a final video with a great instrumental cut from Run the Jewels. Following the videos is the reprint of my T-shirt post #185 about The Black Panther plus a lot of covers! Even though I had a comic book related post yesterday, it was time for some more significant comic book content.

Text below FROM - http://charlesskaggs.blogspot.com/2017/06/black-panther-teaser-trailer-debuts.html

What do you know about Wakanda?

Last night, Marvel Studios debuted the first teaser trailer to their upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe film Black Panther during Game 4 of the 2017 NBA Finals, where the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Golden State Warriors 137-116.

The one-minute, fifty-second trailer opens in an interrogation room, where CIA Agent Everett K. Ross (Martin Freeman) is questioning arms dealer/smuggler Ulysses Klaue (Andy Serkis) following the events of Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Age of UltronKlaue, having lost his arm at the hands of Ultron, asks Ross, "Tell me something.  What do you know about Wakanda?

"It's a third world country," replies Ross.  "Textiles, shepherds, cool outfits."

"All a front," Klaue remarks.  "Explorers have searched for it, called it 'El Dorado'.  They've looked for it in South America, but it was in Africa the whole time."

We see T'Challa (Chadwick Boseman) exiting his personal shuttle, the Royal Talon Fighter, and he's met by various tribal representatives and the elder statesman Zuri (Forest Whitaker) at at place called Warrior Falls.

"I'm the only one who's seen it," continues Klaue, "and made it out alive."  Klaue laughs at the room's one-way window, knowing he's being watched by T'Challa and Okoye (Danai Gurira), the leader of the Dora Milaje, Wakanda's all-female special forces.

The Royal Talon Fighter arrives in a technologically-advanced Wakandan city, as we hear the voice of T'Chaka (John Kani), T'Challa's dead father.  "The world is changing," T'Chaka says in a voiceover.  

We see fleeting images of the villainous Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan) wearing a mask and T'Challa's love interest Nakia (Lupita N'yong'o) in a casino.

"Soon there will only be the conquered...and the conquerors," T'Chaka continues. "You...are a good man with a good heart, and it's hard for a good man to be a king."

We see a brief scene of T'Challa's mother Ramonda (Angela Bassett) and sister Shuri (Letitia Wright) with Ross, possibly surrounded.  This is followed by a battle between T'Challa and Killmonger at Warrior Falls.  The final shot shows T'Challa as Black Panther, reeling backwards from an upended car as it crashes.

If you'd like to check out the teaser trailer, you can view it below thanks to the official Marvel Entertainment account on YouTube...

T-shirt #185 - Black Panther-1978

Happy Autumn people.

Is the Black Panther autumnal?

Is a yellow shirt the color of autumn?

No, definitely not. I associate yellow with Spring, even though many leaves on trees turn yellow in the autumn.

The Marvel Comics character Black Panther is one of the coolest characters in all of comics. More on this subject in a minute.

This is a new shirt since the start of the blog. I bought it via an Internet store for the specific purpose of writing about it on my blog.

If you check my category, so far, I have only 18 new shirts since the start of the blog, which includes one you cannot see yet because it's under production for a future blog entry. So of the 17 shirts featured so far that have been purchased since the beginning of the blog, four of them are KUDL shirts, not really purchased for the sole intention of being featured on the blog. Two were purchased at concerts, which is something I would have done anyway. Two shirts, including the very first shirt, T-shirt #1: Son of Satan, and T-shirt #49: Hawkman were both on order before the blog began, which is how the blog project began when T-shirt #1: Son of Satan arrived at Fanfare. And one was a gift. This leaves me with nine shirts that have been featured so far that were purchased just for the blog.

I know these statistics may be more interesting to me than anyone else, but here's another interesting point to make: I have many newly purchased T-shirts waiting in the wings. Five are stacked in my office awaiting the photo shoots. I have photos with three others that are hanging in my closet. I wore another one (ninth overall) on Friday hoping to take photos and never did. So, if I am truthful, this brings me to a total of twenty-six shirts, twenty-two not counting KUDL, that were purchased so far for the blog. But given that I am featuring T-shirt #185 today, I do not think those purchasing numbers are significant (26 of 185 is about 15%). Granted, it's likely that there has been no other six month period in my life in which I bought or acquired twenty-six T-shirts. But then, I was not writing this blog before.

I originally featured Black Panther in T-shirt #104 along with the Silver Surfer and Daredevil in the image directly below. Promising you readers more on Black Panther and Daredevil in future posts, here's my delivery of some Black Panther content.

I focused the majority of T-shirt #104 on the Silver Surfer.

Black Panther also came up in the incredibly huge Doctor Strange entry that I wrote for T-shirt #119.

In the Doctor Strange entry, I listed my top twenty male superheroes that were not "Flagship" characters. They were not the big and best known characters. Black Panther ranked third on that list just after Doctor Strange and the Silver Surfer.

Of those three characters, two of them--Silver Surfer and Black Panther--were created by Jack Kirby. In the photos, you see me posing with various Jack Kirby Black Panther books and the Jack Kirby Collector magazine, featuring Black Panther content.

Jack Kirby invented the Black Panther for issue #52 of the Fantastic Four comic book published in 1966. Interestingly, the naming of the Black Panther, which must have occurred at least a couple of months prior to the July publication date of the comic book preceded the foundation of the Black Panther Party, a revolutionary socialist organization, which came in October of 1966. With some minor exceptions, which are not significant enough to detract from the following claim, the Black Panther is the first black hero in comics, certainly the first black hero with any kind of powers in the history of comic books.

I missed the introduction of the Black Panther in Fantastic Four as my first issue of FF was #69. But later, after the Black Panther (whose name is T'Challa) became an Avenger, he became one of my favorite Marvel characters.

The idea of an African king of a fictional nation called Wakanda that was scientifically advanced and bestowed its king with a super powerful panther spirit was very intriguing.

Some of the earliest Panther stuff is the best as seen here in Avengers #87 with cover by John Buscema and a story inside "Look Homeward, Avenger!" written by Roy Thomas and drawn by Sal Buscema published in 1971. This issue elaborates quite effectively on the origin of the Black Panther first told in Fantastic Four #53, which was the second issue of the arc introducing the Black Panther by Lee and Kirby. It was also the first mention of Wakandan Vibranium, the special extraterrestrial ore that gives Wakanda its technological advances. Check out that link, too.

Via the link, there's a map to the likely location of Wakanda. Awesome.

Hold on to your hats and galoshes, kiddos. There's gonna be a lot of art on the blog today. In fact, it's mostly art. Directly below are the title splash page and part of the last page of Fantastic Four #53.

Splash Page Fantastic Four #53
Most of the last page of Fantastic Four #53

Some of my favorite Marvel heroes have nobility, which is what attracts me to them. I probably should revise the top twenty list from T-shirt #119 to include one of the most noble of all: Namor, the Sub-Mariner. I probably did not include him because in many ways he is a Flagship character, especially since he is also one of the oldest Marvel Comics characters (dating back to 1939). I often wondered if the idea for the character's name, Namor, came from reversing "Roman," or if that's simply a coincidence.

On the subject of nobility, Black Panther and Namor are currently in conflict in the comics and one of their conflicts, two kings, two nobles is immortalized in one of the images in today's art gallery.

After debuting in Fantastic Four and being featured featured in Avengers, the popular character found a home in the comic Jungle Action (please forgive Marvel Comics for the potentially insulting title). Don McGregor along with many artists, including one of my favorites, Gil Kane, created what many comic historians consider the first comic book graphic novel from Jungle Action #6-24 (spanning 1973-1976). Though my comic buying was sporadic in those years, I own many of these issues and have since read the entire story, known as "Panther's Rage." The story is considered the first long story conceived as a novel, a two hundred page story of Wakanda ravaged by revolution against its king, T'Challa, the Black Panther.

Following on his success with "Panther's Rage," McGregor wanted to focus a Black Panther story on the Klu Klux Klan. Deemed too controversial, the story ended midway and Jungle Action was canceled.

Jack Kirby, who had been working at DC Comics since leaving Marvel in 1970, launched a wacky, unique, totally wild, and Kirby-esque Black Panther comic book that ran 15 issues from 1977-1979. You see me holding the collected volumes in one of the pictures. At this point in my comic buying, I bought every issue. As I wrote about previously when I wrote about Jack Kirby (1917-1994) in T-shirt #106: Captain America, I was buying all of Jack Kirby's work in this period, including Black Panther, Captain America, Eternals, 2001: A Space Odyssey, and Devil Dinosaur, the last in the list is seen in the picture to the above left and is one of the permanent images on the blog page (see upper right corner): "Bonk! Bonk!"

yes, I actually wear the shirts
Me in Detroit on 1309.14
working in the hotel

Kirby's Black Panther is among his most creatively brilliant work in comics like all that 1970s work, especially the late '70s return to Marvel. Kirby started the Panther mid-adventure with no explanation for his association with someone named Mister Little. The socially relevant stories of Don McGregor were gone without a single reference or connection for continuity. The first issue begins as the duo enters the home of someone named Queely, who has just been killed by a mysterious swordsman, whom the Panther battles, over an artifact called King Solomon's Frog. The stories became increasingly more wacky and surreal as the Panther encounters a strange, purple-headed visitor from the future called Hatch-22.

The Kirby stuff from the late 1970s at Marvel was much maligned by the majority of fans at the time. I found it to be brilliant, and I still find it completely unhinged and chimerical. It's wild stuff from one of the greatest geniuses in the history of comic books.

The book Marvel Comics in the 1970s claimed that the Marvel Comics landscape that Kirby had helped to create had moved on without him and called him an "anachronism." Granted, more ground breaking and modern work was being done in other comics of the time, but Kirby's stuff was hardly as abysmal as the writers of that book claim. Now that the Black Panther comics have been collected as well as his other work from that period, the Eternals being the best and some of the best of his career, others can judge his genius in retrospect.

The Black Panther continued without Kirby though for many years only as a guest in other books or as an Avenger. Christopher Priest and Mark Texeira launched a new series (known as volume three) about the character in 1998, which eventually resulted in a new character, Kasper Cole, adopting the mantle of the Black Panther for 13 issues, ending with issue #62 in 2003. Volume four ran from 2005-2008 with John Romita Jr. on the art originally (as seen in some of the images here - directly below) and written by filmmaker Reginald Hudlin. Volume five started in 2009 as T'Challa's sister took on the role of the Black Panther. I would love to review all these stories in detail, but this will have to wait for another shirt (not that I own any at this time) and another blog entry after I re-read those runs.

I will note that one of the smartest moves at Marvel in years was to ret-con T'Challa meeting Ororo Munro (Storm of the X-Men) when they were young and falling in love. The two later rekindled their love and married, with Storm becoming Queen of Wakanda for a time.

John Romita Jr's Black Panther





Marvel's Black Panther Movie Confirmed!


Lots of art images to share today. Probably too many, but I kept finding good stuff on the Internet showcasing T'Challa, the Black Panther.


- chris tower - 1309.22 - 19:31


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Talk to you tomorrow, Mom.


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NOTE on time: When I post late, I had been posting at 7:10 a.m. because Google is on Pacific Time, and so this is really 10:10 EDT. However, it still shows up on the blog in Pacific time. So, I am going to start posting at 10:10 a.m. Pacific time, intending this to be 10:10 Eastern time. I know this only matters to me, and to you, Mom. But I am not going back and changing all the 7:10 a.m. times. But I will run this note for a while. Mom, you know that I am posting at 10:10 a.m. often because this is the time of your death.
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