by Chris Bramante
New York Comic Con attendees who visited the Marvel/BET Black Panther Panel on Saturday and the Marvel: Your Universe Panel on Sunday received a very exclusive, very limited spotlight variant cover of BLACK PANTHER #1, with art by J. Scott Campbell.
The unannounced variant of BLACK PANTHER #1 was printed in an extremely low quantity and distributed for free exclusively to fans that attended the Marvel panels. In recent years, Marvel has released similar variants such as the X-MEN LEGACY #211 Spotlight Variant by David Finch at WizardWorld Philadelphia and AVENGERS: THE INITIATIVE #14 Spotlight Variant by Mark Brooks at WizardWorld Chicago in 2008.
"These variants are just a small way for us to reward our fans for their support," said Mike Pasciullo, Marvel Vice President, Merchandising & Communications. "It's not something that we do all of the time but when we have a book and an occasion that seem appropriate, it feels good to be able to give our fans something special and unique that can act as a commemorative for the panels that they took part in."
Written by Black Panther mastermind Reginald Hudlin with interior art by Ken Lashley, BLACK PANTHER #1 introduced us to the New Black Panther and sets the stage for the Kingdom of Wakanda as it unfolds in the world of Dark Reign.
The relaunch of this classic title heralds a new dawn for the Black Panther, not only for the first six-issue arc but for years to come. Expect showdowns with Dark Reign villains, a psychic vampire who feeds off of super-powered animal totems and the first appearance of Morlun outside of the Spider-Man world. Stick around and you just might run into Namor and a certain Latverian king with a penchant for armies of Doombots!
Not enough Black Panther for you? Of course not! So don't forget to watch the new "Black Panther: Animated Series" coming soon to prime time on BET. The series is adapted directly from the first six issues of the Marvel Comic written by Reginald Hudlin with art by John Romita Jr. (issues #1 - #6 "Who Is The Black Panther") with Djimon Honsou ("Gladiator,"
"Amistad") providing his voice for the legendary T'Challa.
Help us usher in the year of the Black Panther and be sure to pick up BLACK PANTHER #2 when it hits shelves on March 4, 2009!
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