The Ages of the Black Panther: Essays on the King of Wakanda

deadline for submissions: 
April 1, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Joseph J. Darowski

The editor of The Ages of the Black Panther: Essays on the King of Wakanda is seeking abstracts for essays that could be included in the upcoming collection. The essays should examine the relationships between the Marvel comic book adventures the Black Panther and the social era when those comic books were published. Analysis may demonstrate how Black Panther’s comic books stories and the creators who produced the comics embrace, reflect, or critique aspects of their contemporary culture. This will be a companion volume to existing essay collections in the series that have already focused on Superman, Wonder Woman, the X-Men, the Avengers, Iron Man, the Incredible Hulk, the Justice League, and the Flash.

Potential chapters include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Introducing the Black Panther: Contextualizing the First Appearance

  • From Black Panther to The Panther to Black Leopard and Back Again: Real World Politics and the Name of Marvel’s First Black Superhero

  • An African King Joins The Earth’s Mightiest Heroes

  • Afro-Futurism or Western Paternalism? The Early Appearances of T’Challa

  • The Black Panther’s First Solo Series Was Titled Jungle Action?

  • The First African Superhero Versus the Ku Klux Klan

  • Christopher Priest Retcons the Black Panther’s Early Appearances

  • Adding Everett Ross to the Mix

  • Addressing American Imperialism in the Pages of Comic Books

  • Black Panther and Storm: When Marketing Meets Storytelling

  • Expanding the Wakandan Universe: Sisters, Bodyguards, and Politicians

  • The Black Panther Without Fear: When T’Challa Became Daredevil

  • The Ta-Nehisi Coats Era of Black Panther

Essays should focus on stories featuring Black Panther from his own comic book series or team series. Issues of the the Avengers or other teams that have included Black Panther as a member would be welcome for analysis, so long as the analysis focuses primarily on Black Panther, as would any Marvel mini-series that included Black Panther as a principal character. Similarly, essays focusing on characters that are closely associated with Black Panther would be acceptable. Essays should solely focus on comic book adventures, not media adaptations of the characters. Furthermore, essays should look at a single period of comic book history, rather than drawing comparisons between different publication eras. For example, an essay that analyzed Black Panther comics from the early 1980s and contextualized them with what was happening in American society would be more likely to be accepted than an essay that contrasted 2017 comic books with 1964 comic books. The completed essays should be approximately 15-20 double-spaced pages in MLA format.


Submissions should be sent to Joseph J. Darowski at