Billy Graham

Black Panther
  • Black Panther

  • The Penguin Classics Marvel Collection presents the origin stories, seminal tales, and characters of the Marvel Universe to explore Marvel's transformative and timeless influence on an entire genre of fantasy.

    It is impossible to imagine American popular culture without Marvel Comics. For decades, Marvel has published groundbreaking visual narratives that sustain attention on multiple levels: as metaphors for the experience of difference and otherness; as meditations on the fluid nature of identity; and as high-water marks in the artistic tradition of American cartooning, to name a few.

    The Black Panther is not just a super hero; as King T'Challa, he is also the monarch of the hidden African nation of Wakanda. Combining the strength and stealth of his namesake with a creative scientific intelligence, the Black Panther is an icon of Afro-futurist fantasy. This new anthology includes the Black Panther's 1966 origin tale and the entirety of the critically acclaimed "Panther's Rage" storyline from his 1970s solo series.

    A foreword by Nnedi Okorafor, a scholarly introduction and apparatus by Qiana J. Whitted, and a general series introduction by Ben Saunders offer further insight into the enduring significance of Black Panther and classic Marvel comics.

    The Penguin Classics black spine paperback features full-colour art throughout.

Billy Graham (or the "Irreverent Billy Graham," as he was known around the Marvel Bullpen, a play on the name of the popular evangelist) was one of the industry's brightest young talents in the 1970s. He honed a style born out of his love of fantasy stylists such as Frank Frazetta and Al Williamson and his adoration of comic art legend Jack Kirby. Like many young artists from the 1970s, Billy got his start on Warren's line of black-and-white horror mags Creepy, Eerie, and Vampirella. Impressed by Graham's all- round talent as an artist and storyteller, publisher James Warren made Graham art director for the Warren line, a position he held until he jumped over to Marvel Comics. The first book handed to him was Hero for Hire; he penciled, co-plotted, and/ or inked the first sixteen issues of Luke Cage's title, Marvel's first ongoing series following the solo adventures of a Black character. Joining Don McGregor on the Black Panther in Jungle Action for his next assignment, Graham-the first Black creator to work on the character-would help to define the Wakandan warrior king for a generation of readers. Graham later reunited with McGregor for the writer's Eclipse series, Sabre, in the mid- 980s. His final comics work appeared in 1985's Power Man and Iron Fist #114. Graham was also a playwright, theatrical set designer, stage and film actor, and commercial artist. He passed away in 1997 at the age of sixty-one.

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