Posted by: Doc Comics | February 9, 2018

Reimagining Black Power with Black Panther

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The excitement over Marvel Studio’s Black Panther movie has hit a fever pitch ahead of its opening weekend, and this moment has been a long time coming. The King of Wakanda generated a lot of buzz with his central role in the Captain America: Civil War film, stoked by notable comic book runs from Christopher Priest or Reginald Hudlin and award-winning writer Ta-Nehisi Coates, but in today’s #BlackLivesMatter moment of reckoning with a resurgent White Supremacist Confederacy this comics icon’s Afrofuturism has increased significance.  Indeed, the Politics of Being a Black Superhero are on screen for all to deliberate.

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TIME magazine ran an essay contextualizing the significance of the BLACK PANTHER film for today’s culture… and its representative power for audiences.

We have written here about (and closely examined) the history of Black Superheroes and superminorities, the perils of Representation, and the nigh-invisibility of White Superheroes. These nuances are not lost on most in the Age of Trump: “Where the president of probably the world’s most powerful nation refers to s#!thole nations, here is a film that says: this is exactly the opposite,” enthuses writer Eliza Anyangwe. So too is DC Comics’ Black Lightning enjoying a critically-acclaimed TV show, despite the long rocky past of the character and his creators, and his derivative copies.

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The current moment and significance for BLACK PANTHER is difficult to understate when real-life Black heroes meet resistance, are demonized and murdered, or shamelessly appropriated. The politics of/for/from The Black Panther, then, seem as timely as ever.

“Superheroes like T’Challa are aspirational, but the utopia of Wakanda may give us a way of thinking about and experiencing blackness in the present.”

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Meanwhile, look out for SUPERBLACK on Free Comic Book Day at More Fun Comics!

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SuperObama by Alex Ross

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Responses

  1. The Provocation and Power of Black Panther
    The biggest success of the new Marvel film isn’t representation, but its contemplation of identity, responsibility, and the future of a diaspora in an interconnected world.
    https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2018/02/the-provocation-and-power-of-black-panther/553226/

  2. Remember that time Jack Kirby had Black Panther fight the KKK? We do. http://comicsalliance.com/this-magazine-kills-fascists-black-panther-versus-klan/

  3. How an Untested Young Comics Writer Revolutionized Black Panther in the 1970s. http://www.vulture.com/2018/02/don-mcgregor-panthers-rage-black-panther.html


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