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Quote1 I see a great and new Wakanda -- the nation of my sons and their sons after them! Quote2
The Black Panther (T'Chaka)

Appearing in "The Story Thus Far"

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Synopsis for "The Story Thus Far"

T'Challa undergoes a government investigation into his activities. Captain America and Reed Richards give testimony on his behalf. While Agent Ross continues to insist that T'Challa has always shown erractic behavior throughout his career. Some discussion takes place after the hearing as to whether T'Challa joined the Avengers (back in Avengers #52 to spy on the outside world).

Later at Avengers Mansion Captain America and T'Challa have a further discussion and a taled is reminsced about a 1941 adventure where Cap traveled to Wakanda and encountered its ruler (T'Challa's father) T'Chaka. Cap is intigued about the new vibranium, rumored to be found in the region. Cap eventually earns T'Chaka's trust and respect. As such, the Wakandan king gives Cap a piece of Vibranium. In return Cap gives T'Chaka his triangular shield as a token of his trust.

In the present, T'Challa returns Cap's shield to him. Cap is delighted to see his "old friend", but he quickly gives it back to T'Challa saying that he had earned it. The story ends with Agent Ross being visited once again by Mephisto.


  • This issue features a letters page, Mail to the King. Letters are published from David Romeo, Jr., Sean Kleefeld, Paul Watson, Jason Smith, and Christopher Griffen.
  • This issue shows T'Chaka as the king of Wakanda and bearer of the Black Panther mantle during World War II. It subsequently became the subject of a Sliding Timescale, as later stories stated that in 1941 Wakanda was ruled by Azzuri, T'Chaka's father and T'Challa's grandfather, respectively. Thus, Black Panther (Vol. 3) #30 is de facto considered Azzuri's second appearance in comics.
  • In 2010, Marvel published Black Panther/Captain America: Flags of Our Fathers, which took the flashback from Black Panther (Vol. 3) #30 as a basis and expanded its events, but not without retcons and overwrites. Due to several major continuity errors, it was considered non-canon by The Appendix to the Handbook of the Marvel Universe,[1][2][3][4] however Marvel Fact Files #5, Rise of the Black Panther and Marvel's website[5] treat Flags of Our Fathers as part of Earth-616's continuity.
  • The Mephisto appearing at the end of this story is actually Black Dragon, as revealed in Black Panther (Vol. 3) #38.

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