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Lund, Martin: "‘Introducing the Sensational Black Panther!’. Fantastic Four #52–53, the Cold War, and Marvel’s Imagined Africa." In: The Comics Grid 6.7 (2016<> (14. Juni 2016) 
Resource type: Web Article
Languages: englisch
Peer reviewed
DOI: 10.16995/cg.80
BibTeX citation key: Lund2016
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Categories: General
Keywords: "Fantastic Four", Afrika, Ethnizität, Kalter Krieg, Kolonialismus, Superheld, USA
Creators: Lund
Collection: The Comics Grid
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This article discusses Fantastic Four #52–53 (July–August 1966), in which Black Panther, Marvel’s first black superhero, premiered. It argues that the character as he appeared in these issues is best read as an example of ‘white on black’ representation, or white images of blacks centered on white interests, filtered through Marvel’s then-prevalent Cold War focus. The article first looks at the Fantastic Four as Cold Warriors to contextualize Black Panther. It then goes on to look at how Wakanda, Black Panther’s tribe, and Klaw, the storyline’s villain, are configured in relation to this context, in order to highlight the importance in the story of Cold War conceptions of and fears about the process of decolonization that was taking place on the African continent. Finally, it argues that Black Panther is rhetorically ‘Americanized,’ to better fit with US self-conceptions and to alleviate worries about what Africa’s then-recent decolonization might mean for United States of America.
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