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Wyatt Wingfoot

Appearing in "The Way It Began..!"

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Synopsis for "The Way It Began..!"

Welcomed as guests of the Black Panther in Wakanda, the Black Panther explains that the nation of Wakanda is unique in that it is home of a rare metal known as Vibranium. Explaining that when explorer Ulysses Klaw came to Wakanda to steal the Vibranium to make weapons, he killed the Black Panther's father. In retribution, the young T'Challa stole one of these weapons and used it to destroy Klaw's camp and in the ensuing battle Klaw's right hand was rendered useless when T'Challa's weapon caused Klaw's pistol to explode in his hand.

When Klaw unleashes solid sound creatures created by a device, the Fantastic Four and Wyatt Wingfoot help Black Panther defend his nation. Tracking Klaw to his hide out, the Black Panther battles him and in the battle Klaw's base is destroyed and his solid sound creations vanish. Surviving and his solid sound device intact, Klaw crawls into the device hoping to gain the power necessary to crush the Black Panther once and for all.


Continuity Notes

  • This is the first appearance of Wakandan Vibranium, a derivative known as Anti-Metal or Antarctic Vibranium was previously seen in Daredevil #13.
  • The panther god worshiped by T'Challa and his people is Bast, of the Ennead pantheon of gods.
  • As revealed in Fantastic Four #56, Klaw emerges from the sound converter as a being comprised of living sound.
  • The origins of the Black Panther and Ulysses Klaw in this story differ from the one told in Black Panther (Vol. 4) #3. The original account has also been recounted in Black Panther (Vol. 3) #5. At this time there is no explanation for the vastly different origin stories. However, one could presume that the alternate version presented in Black Panther Vol 4 3 was embellished, given that it was told by Ulysses Klaw.

Chronology Notes

Flashbacks in this story affect the chronology of the following characters. These chronologies ignore the alternate (and possibly false) origin told by Klaw in Black Panther Vol 4 3.



Ulysses Klaw:


  • At the bottom of page 20, Klaw is shown with a normal right hand, instead of the device which should be there.
  • The fan page at the end of the issue includes a letter from a young Dennis O'Neil, who the editor notes had become an assistant at Marvel by this time.

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