- So ends the miserable career of Alfred Queely - recluse, collector and thief!
Appearing in "King Solomon's Frog!"
- Mister Little (First appearance)
- Aladdin (Only in flashback)
- Merlin (Only in flashback)
- Loch Ness Monster (Only in flashback)
- Aztec warrior
- King Solomon (Mentioned)
- Azzari (Mentioned)
- Loch Ness (First appearance) (Only in flashback)
Synopsis for "King Solomon's Frog!"
An antiquities collector named Abner Little tells the Black Panther of a treasure known as King Solomon's Frog. The Panther has little interest in Little's endeavors until he mentions the fact that the Panther's grandfather Azzuri once possessed the item.
Working with Mister Little, they track the Frog to the home of another collector Alfred Queely. Once inside, they discover that Queely lies dead in his chair, holding the Frog in his hand. Suddenly, an Aztec warrior jumps out and attacks them. The Black Panther fights him off and the warrior runs away from the house into the forests. Abner Little explains that King Solomon's Frog is a time machine. Queely apparently activated it to bring the Aztec warrior to this era. The Frog was once part of the fabled treasure of King Solomon. It's misuse can be traced back to folktales involving Ali Baba and the Genie, and even the Loch Ness Monster. Abner wants the Black Panther to help him find the control codes to the Frog, nestled somewhere in King Solomon's tomb. The Panther thinks the scheme is preposterous, but agrees to go along with him for the time being.
They both board a specially designed helicopter and fly away. However, a warrior woman known as Princess Zanda sends a squad of flying men to capture the Frog. Mister Little's piloting skills allows him to avoid the mercenaries and they fly to his island base. Princess Zanda arrives ahead of them however and captures the Black Panther. Mister Little is shot in the chest. The Panther tries to regain the Frog from Princess Zanda's grasp, but one of her soldiers fires his weapon striking the Frog. The device activates transporting a man from six-million years in the future into this era.
- While the Black Panther's last solo appearance was in the final issue of Jungle Action, Jack Kirby disregarded the ongoing storyline completely. It would not be revisited until after this series ended and the Panther appeared in Marvel Premiere #51.
- On page 6, the Panther mentions his grandfather Azzuri, but the name is misspelled as "Azzari."
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