Appearing in "Look Homeward, Avenger!"
- Klaw (Ulysses Klaw) (Only in flashback)
- AIM (Only in flashback)
- B'Tumba (First appearance) (Only in flashback)
- Barney Barton (Mentioned)
- Squadron Supreme (Mentioned)
- Fantastic Four (Mentioned)
- T'Chaka (Only in flashback) (Death)
- N'Baza (First appearance) (Only in flashback)
- Various unnamed Wakandans (Only in flashback)
- Panther-God (Mentioned)
- Birds (Mentioned)
- Cats (Mentioned)
Races and Species:
- Humans (Main story and flashback)
- Tse Tse Flies (Mentioned)
- Lions (Only in flashback)
- Black Panthers (Statue)
- Crocodiles (Only in flashback)
- Dogs (Mentioned)
- Prime Earth
- Asgard (Mentioned)
- Squadron Supreme's reality (Mentioned)
- Panther Habit (Main story and flashback)
- Heart-Shaped Herb (Only in flashback)
- Iron Man Armor MK IV
- Scarlet Witch's Suit
- Quicksilver's Suit
- Vibranium (Only in flashback)
- Sonic Disruptor (Only in flashback)
- Panther Idol (Only in flashback)
- Sonatron (Only in flashback)
Synopsis for "Look Homeward, Avenger!"
During a quiet evening at Avengers Mansion, the group spends the downtime together. They soon find their fellow Avenger, Black Panther, is troubled and manage to talk him into tell them his origins:
T'Challa is the son of the Wakandan chief T'Chaka, who raised him to be a brave and just warrior. One the explorers named Klaw came to their land seeking to exploit the excess amounts of Vibranium in the region, and killed T'Chaka in the process. T'Challa vowed to one day get revenge on the man who killed his father. Taken in by the father of his childhood friend B'Tumba, T'Challa the two of them were sent to America to get an education, where the two were always in competition with one another, T'Challa always overshadowing the efforts of B'Tumba.
When their schooling was over, B'Tumba went his own way while T'Challa returned to his homeland where he went through the tests to become the next Black Panther of the Wakandan people. The first test is to fight a dozen of Wakanda's finest warriors, the next is to spend the night in the temple of the panther god. After being awarded the costume of the Black Panther, T'Challa is sent on his third mission: to collect a rare heart-shaped herb that grows in the wilds that would grant T'Challa great powers.
Searching for the herb, T'Challa stumbles upon a number of members of Advanced Idea Mechanics, seeking to steal Vibranium for their own twisted purposes. Being spotted, T'Challa is easily captured by A.I.M. and is held prisoner. They soon reveal to T'Challa, that they plan to use the Vibranium to construct devices to rule the Earth from space. Black Panther also learns that one of the A.I.M. members is B'Tumba. Ordered to execute T'Challa, B'Tumba finds that he cannot do it, and frees the Black Panther and joins him in battling the A.I.M. soldiers.
During the combat, B'Tumba is fatally wounded, and after A.I.M. retreats, B'Tumba apologizes to Black Panther before dying. Finishing his story, T'Challa explains the reason his mind was on the past was that he had just received word that N'Baza had died, and that he must choose to return to Wakanda to rule, or renounce his title forever.
Appearing in "Panther's Rage"
Races and Species:
Synopsis for "Panther's Rage"
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!"
- Black Panther (King T'Challa) (Main story and recap)
- Venomm (Horatio Walters) (First full appearance) (Main story and flashback)
- Killmonger (Main story and recap)
- Death Regiments (First appearance)
- Preyy (Recap)
- T'Chaka (Recap)
- T'Chaka (corpse in recap)
- Avengers (Recap)
- Ulysses Klaw (Recap)
- Issac Hayes (Mentioned) (Topical reference)
- John Shaft (Mentioned)
- Malice (First appearance chronologically) (Cameo)
Races and Species:
- Human (Main story and flashback)
- Leopards (Recap)
- Synthezoids (Only in flashback)
- Gods (Mentioned)
- Earth (Main story and flashback)
- Panther Habit (Main story and recap)
- Captain America's Uniform (Recap)
- Hawkeye's Suit (Recap)
Synopsis for "Death Regiments Beneath Wakanda!"
Appearing in "Blackout"
- Hatut Zeraze
- Bola (First appearance)
- Unidentified monster (First appearance)
- Numerous unnamed Wakandans
- Wole Soyinka (Named only) (Topical reference)
- "Mute Zoners" (Mentioned)
- Bast (Invoked)
Races and Species:
- Hell (Invoked)
- Kimoyo Beads
- Panther Habit
- You Must Set Forth at Dawn (First appearance) (Topical reference)
- Vibranium (Mentioned)
Synopsis for "Blackout"
The Black Panther is on the prowl as we celebrate Marvel’s 80th anniversary with the return of the era-spanning MARVEL TALES! This anthology series shines a spotlight on fan-favorite characters, features timeless stories and highlights some of Marvel’s most impressive talent from the past eight decades. The origin of T’Challa, the warrior king of Wakanda, is explored by Roy Thomas and Frank Giacoia in AVENGERS (1963) #87! Then, Don McGregor and Rich Buckler kick off their seminal Black Panther tale “Panther’s Rage” by introducing the deadly Erik Killmonger in JUNGLE ACTION (1972) #6-7! Plus, meet a new Black Panther for a new era as the brilliant Shuri claims her brother’s cowl in Reginald Hudlin and Ken Lashley’s BLACK PANTHER (2009) #1!
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