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Essential Series Vol 1 Black Panther 1
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May, 2012
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Appearing in "Panther's Rage"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Jungle Action Vol 2 #6.

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Synopsis for "Panther's Rage"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Jungle Action Vol 2 #6.

T'Challa returns to Wakanda to find his homeland threatened by Erik Killmonger. Killmonger had been ravaging villages to attract the Black Panther's attention. When confronted by T'Challa, Killmonger dismisses the African Prince, having T'Challa fight with his leopard "Preyy". When T'Challa stops the leopard by apparently snapping its jaw, Killmonger finishes off a fatigued T'Challa and throws him over a waterfall. To be Continued...

Appearing in "Death Regiments Beneath Wakanda!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Jungle Action Vol 2 #7.

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Synopsis for "Death Regiments Beneath Wakanda!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Jungle Action Vol 2 #7.



Appearing in "Malice By Crimson Moonlight"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Jungle Action Vol 2 #8.

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Synopsis for "Malice By Crimson Moonlight"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Jungle Action Vol 2 #8.

Killraven's female assassin Malice tries to liberate her kidnapped co-conspirator Venomm (who was captured last issue). Despite a heated battle with the Black Panther and his inner cirlce, Malice is unsuccessful. She escapes into the jungle destined to return again.

Appearing in "But Now the Spears Are Broken"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Jungle Action Vol 2 #9.

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Synopsis for "But Now the Spears Are Broken"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Jungle Action Vol 2 #9.

T'Challa encounters another minion of Erik Killmonger, Baron Macabre. This villain summons his servants up from the ground, apparently from the dead. T'Challa escapes their trap. However, upon his return to his palace, he finds that his romantic interest Monica Lynne has been accused of killing his royal officer Zatama! To Be Continued!

Appearing in "King Cadaver Is Dead and Living In Wakanda"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Jungle Action Vol 2 #10.

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Synopsis for "King Cadaver Is Dead and Living In Wakanda"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Jungle Action Vol 2 #10.

Returning to the site where he was ambushed by Baron Macabre last issue, T'Challa again encounters Macabre and his servants. He finds a secret passageway under Wakandan and also confronts the eerie King Cadaver. After defeating all his opponents, T'Challa discovers that there is an underground legion of enemy forces gathering underneath Wakanda! To Be Continued.

Appearing in "Once You Slay the Dragon!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Jungle Action Vol 2 #11.

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Synopsis for "Once You Slay the Dragon!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Jungle Action Vol 2 #11.



Appearing in "Blood Stains on Virgin Snow!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Jungle Action Vol 2 #12.

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  • Sonar Skimmers

Synopsis for "Blood Stains on Virgin Snow!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Jungle Action Vol 2 #12.



Appearing in "The God Killer"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Jungle Action Vol 2 #13.

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Synopsis for "The God Killer"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Jungle Action Vol 2 #13.



Appearing in "There Are Serpents Lurking in Paradise"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Jungle Action Vol 2 #14.

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Synopsis for "There Are Serpents Lurking in Paradise"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Jungle Action Vol 2 #14.



Appearing in "Thorns in the Flesh Thorns in the Mind"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Jungle Action Vol 2 #15.

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Synopsis for "Thorns in the Flesh Thorns in the Mind"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Jungle Action Vol 2 #15.



Appearing in "And All Our Past Decades Have Seen Revolutions!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Jungle Action Vol 2 #16.

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Synopsis for "And All Our Past Decades Have Seen Revolutions!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Jungle Action Vol 2 #16.



Appearing in "Of Shadows and Rages"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Jungle Action Vol 2 #17.

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Synopsis for "Of Shadows and Rages"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Jungle Action Vol 2 #17.



Appearing in "Epilogue!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Jungle Action Vol 2 #18.

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Synopsis for "Epilogue!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Jungle Action Vol 2 #18.



Appearing in "Blood and Sacrifices!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Jungle Action Vol 2 #19.

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Synopsis for "Blood and Sacrifices!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Jungle Action Vol 2 #19.



Appearing in "They Told Me a Myth I Wanted to Believe"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Jungle Action Vol 2 #20.

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Synopsis for "They Told Me a Myth I Wanted to Believe"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Jungle Action Vol 2 #20.



Appearing in "A Cross Burning Darkly Blackening the Night!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Jungle Action Vol 2 #21.

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Synopsis for "A Cross Burning Darkly Blackening the Night!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Jungle Action Vol 2 #21.



Appearing in "Death Riders on the Horizon"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Jungle Action Vol 2 #22.

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  • Caleb Lynne (First appearance) (Only in flashback)
  • Ellie Lynne (First appearance) (Caleb's wife) (Only in flashback)
  • Freedman's bureau (Only in flashback)
    • Joshua (Only in flashback) (First appearance)
    • Hector (Only in flashback) (First appearance)

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  • Sonar Gliders

Synopsis for "Death Riders on the Horizon"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Jungle Action Vol 2 #22.



Appearing in "A Life on the Line"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Jungle Action Vol 2 #23.

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Synopsis for "A Life on the Line"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Jungle Action Vol 2 #23.
This story is a reprint of the comic
Daredevil #69.

While crashing in on a minor theft, the driver of the getaway truck crashes while trying to escape Daredevil, looking inside DD is shocked to find that the driver is a boy no older than 15. Running into the Black Panther, the two rush the boy to the hospital.

Black Panther explains that he was investigating the criminal activities of a local gang of African-American youths known as the Thunderbolts. The Thunderbolts, Panther explains have been recruiting members from the kids that he teaches in his civilian guise of Lucas Charles (during the conversation DD and Black Panther confirm each other's civilian identities). The group itself, is anti-establishment and is under the belief that the "white man" is the cause of their ills, and believes that violence and theft is the only way to get out from under the perception of oppression. (Tell it like it is!) DD also learns that the boy he saved (Lonnie) has an older brother Billy who has infiltrated the group.

Daredevil teams up with Black Panther to break up the group, and with the help of Billy, they break it up and turn them over to police. Billy then goes to check on his brother at the hospital and Daredevil and Black Panther decide to treat themselves to a Coke for a job well done.

Appearing in "Wind Eagle in Flight"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Jungle Action Vol 2 #24.

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Synopsis for "Wind Eagle in Flight"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Jungle Action Vol 2 #24.



Appearing in "King Solomon's Frog!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Black Panther #1.

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Synopsis for "King Solomon's Frog!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Black Panther #1.

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.

Appearing in "The Six-Million Year Man!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Black Panther #2.

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Synopsis for "The Six-Million Year Man!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Black Panther #2.

An alien, informally known as Hatch-22, arrives in the 20th century from six-million years in the future. Princess Zanda's men try to attack it, but Hatch-22 destroys them all with deadly micron ray blasts. The Black Panther prostrates himself before Hatch-22 in an act of servility. As Hatch-22 approaches closer however, the Black Panther springs forward and punches him in the head knocking him out.

After the confusion dies down, the Black Panther discovers that his friend Abner Little is not dead as he had believed. A bulletproof vest is responsible for saving Abner's life. The Panther grabs the brass Frog of King Solomon and tells the others that they must retrieve the Frog's twin – a control piece capable of sending Hatch-22 back to his native era.

As the future-man dreams, his thoughts become an ectoplasm view screen. The Black Panther, Abner Little and Zanda witness an Earth from six-million years in the future. They see Hatch-22 defending the planet from an alien threat with his vast mental powers.

Hatch-22 begins to awaken, and Mister Little zaps him with a special gun that disorients the brain. He then brings everyone deeper into his mountain lair where his advanced multi-plane is stored. With it, they intend on finding the second Frog and returning Hatch-22 to his native time period.

Appearing in "Race Against Time"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Black Panther #3.

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Synopsis for "Race Against Time"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Black Panther #3.

The Black Panther, Princess Zanda, Abner Little and the unconscious Hatch-22 pilot the multi-plane across the continent of Africa in search of the lost treasure of King Solomon. In particular, they need to find a twin control piece to the Brass Frog time machine so that they can send Hatch-22 back to his native era six-million years in the future.

They encounter a mysterious gray mountain range, which opens up before them revealing a huge hollowed out chamber ideal for landing a craft the size of Abner Little's multi-plane.

Upon landing however, Hatch-22 wakes up. Still disoriented from the chemical effects of Mister Little's weapon, he cannot focus his mental energies correctly. The Black Panther, Zanda and Little run for cover.

The Black Panther finds King Solomon's burial chamber, but a strange creature called an Ogar guards the entrance. The Black Panther tackles the Ogar creating a diversion that allows Little and Zanda to run off in another direction. Mister Little runs straight into Hatch-22 who begins firing at him with his mental micron rays. Little runs off through the maze and doubles back to the chamber where the Panther is fighting the Ogar. Hatch-22 fires another micron blast at Mister Little who artfully dodges out of the way. The stray blast strikes the Ogar destroying it.

With the guardian destroyed, the three adventurers now have access to all of the wealth of King Solomon. There is no time to enjoy it however as Hatch-22 is still firing upon them. They find the twin piece to the Brass Frog. Connecting the two pieces, they activate the time dilation effect and send Hatch-22 back to his future era.

Appearing in "Friends or Foes"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Black Panther #4.

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Synopsis for "Friends or Foes"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Black Panther #4.

The Black Panther, Abner Little and Princess Zanda are trapped in the treasure room of King Solomon's temple. A robotic warrior guardian emerges and tries to kill them. Mister Little discovers a disintegration box and destroys the Guardian. Princess Zanda tries to take back the Brass Frogs, but the Black Panther snatches them from her grasp and destroys them. The explosion of the Brass Frogs sets off a cave-in, and the three adventurers race to find a safer corridor of the temple. They come upon a strange flying chariot, and pilot it out of the temple before the entire building collapses upon itself.

Outside the ruins of King Solomon's temple, Princess Zanda's mercenary troops are waiting with a helicopter. They gather the adventurers together and take them to Narobia. The Black Panther prepares to split ties with Little and Zanda as he has no more use for their treasure hunting adventures.

Princess Zanda introduces them to a group of men known as the Collectors – a society of antiquities traders that study the ancient mysteries. Princess Zanda presents a map to Abner Little detailing the location of the lair of the Sacred Samurai. Little is instantly intrigued and begs the Panther's help in going on another quest. The Black Panther however, has no interest in these Collectors.

Appearing in "Quest for the Sacred Water-Skin!!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Black Panther #5.

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Synopsis for "Quest for the Sacred Water-Skin!!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Black Panther #5.

Princess Zanda and her consortium of Collectors want the Black Panther to seek out the legendary Samurai Water-Skin of Eternal Youth. Abner Little is anxious to undertake the quest, but the Black Panther has little interest. Princess Zanda reveals that she has nuclear warheads trained on Wakanda and that she will launch them unless the Black Panther agrees to undertake the mission. Left with little choice, the Panther agrees.

They fly a transport craft to a foreign land following the map provided by Princess Zanda. A strange beam of flame erupts from the ground and damages the craft forcing them to land. The Black Panther and Mr. Little jump from the plane into a lake. They emerge and begin scaling the nearby cliffs. A legendary Yeti leaps out from a crag of rocks and attacks them. The two of them race around trying to avoid the monster's blows. The Black Panther erects a rudimentary lever system that launches a heavy rock that smashes the creature in the face, knocking it out.

After defeating the monster, they turn around and find a Samurai Ronin standing before them.

Appearing in "A Cup of Youth"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Black Panther #6.

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Synopsis for "A Cup of Youth"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Black Panther #6.

The Ronin assaults the Black Panther and T'Challa evades the Samurai's deadly sword thrusts. He quickly disarms the samurai and lays him low with a powerful punch. Defeated, the samurai instructs the Black Panther to take his life, but the Panther refuses.

The Black Panther asks the samurai to take him to his people. The samurai does so and they meet a group of immortal samurai deep inside a mountain. Mister Little takes off on his own and discovers a pool containing the coveted water of immortality.

The leader of the samurai tells the Black Panther that the only way to redeem the defeated Ronin's honor is to fight their champion in a physical duel. The Black Panther succeeds in defeating the champion and restoring the Ronin's honor. Things go awry however as the remaining samurai discover Mister Little stealing their sacred water.

Meanwhile back in Wakanda, General Jakarra, half-brother of T'Challa leads a coup against the acting council of the court.

Appearing in "Drums!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Black Panther #7.

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Synopsis for "Drums!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Black Panther #7.

BP and Abner Little are surrounded in Samurai city. In order to save their lives, BP hands over the water of immortality and they are allowed to depart in a sub. In order to pass the time, BP tells Mr. Little of how the panther cult was founded to guard the Vibranium mound. After the sub arrives at its destination, BP and Mr. Little are picked up by one of Princess Zanda's aircraft and brought back to her. The collectors demand the water of immortality, and after BP relates recent events, Mr. Little reveals that he has managed to bring back a small vial of the water which he tosses to BP. The collectors struggle for it like animals, and when BP shrugs them off, Princess Zanda's guards open fire striking the vial. BP steals an aircraft and heads back to Wakanda, unaware that Jakarra has exposed himself to the Vibranium mound and undergone a physical mutation.

Appearing in "Panthers or Pussycats?"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Black Panther #8.

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Synopsis for "Panthers or Pussycats?"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Black Panther #8.

T'Challa is on his way back to Wakanda to stop the revolution perpetuated by his half-brother, Jakarra. Along his flight path, he notices two men swimming away from a capsized boat. He rescues the men and takes them on board. Moments later, he discovers that one of them is Nicky Scarpo, a gangster from the United States. Nicky and his henchman, Herman, attempt to seize control of the Panther's plane, but T'Challa sends it into a tailspin throwing the gangsters off their feet. One of them fires a bullet, which inadvertently ruptures a fuel line. The airplane crashes just off the African coast. Nicky Scarpo is rendered unconscious and his lieutenant dies in the crash. The Black Panther pulls him away from the wreckage.

Meanwhile in Wakanda, Jakarra has mutated into a large, hideous monster as a result of exposure to radiation from the Vibranium mound. He cuts a bloody swathe of destruction until he reaches the royal chambers of Wakanda's presiding government council. T'Challa's family has arrived to lend aid to acting regent, N'Gassi. Jakarra tries to kill them, but the Wakanda security forces arrive and drives him off.

Appearing in "Black Musketeers"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Black Panther #9.

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Synopsis for "Black Musketeers"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Black Panther #9.

T'Challa, carrying the unconscious Scarpa, collapses in the Sudanese desert and is rescued by the crew of a Star Wars-esque sci-fi movie being filmed in the area. The director, Mr.Gerard insists that T'Challa stay for questioning by the authorities considering he was found along with a wanted criminal. T'Challa, not wanting to delay his return to Wakanda any further, causes a distraction with the set's practical effects and hijacks a jeep to escape. When the authorities catch up to him in a plane, he surrenders himself in hopes of using the plane to get back home even faster.

Meanwhile, the ruling Panthers have donned costumes of their own as the Black Musketeers and take down Jakarra with a coordinated attack and knockout gas. Despite their success, N'Gassi isn't happy with the expenses that went into the team's special equipment and disagrees with Joshua Itobo's insistence on keeping Jakarra alive in hopes of finding a cure for his transformation. N'Gassi's fears are realized when Jakarra changes one step further, gaining the ability to shoot destructive beams from his palms and losing all sense of his original identity. Now a mindless beast, Jakarra escapes from his confinement and lumbers disastrously towards the Vibranium Mound.

Appearing in "This World Shall Die!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Black Panther #10.

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Synopsis for "This World Shall Die!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Black Panther #10.

Black Panther hijacks the plane of the Sudanese officials in order to quickly return to Wakanda in spite of the potential diplomatic ramifications. He arrives just in time to take over from the Black Musketeers in a plan to neutralize the unstoppable beast Jakarra has become. If Jakarra reaches the Vibranium Mound, his sound-generating powers will resonate with the entire deposit and start a chain reaction through the Earth's crust, destroying the planet. Their only hope is to inject Jakarra with an anti-sonic toxin developed by Itobo. Black Panther manages to administer the injection just as the reaction in the Vibranium Mound begins. Jakarra seemingly explodes and the mound settles peacefully once more, though T'Challa remains buried beneath it...

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  1. 1.0 1.1 First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks



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