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February marks Black History Month and in honor of it, we look back on some moments in Marvel history involving many of our black super heroes, including Black Panther, Falcon and Storm to name a few.
By Nesa Nourmohammadi
FANTASTIC FOUR #52 (1961)
Before the Black Panther expands his kingdom into animation this spring
, read the king of Wakanda's first-ever appearance in Stan Lee and Jack Kirby's classic FANTATSIC FOUR #52. T'Challa not only holds his own against the FF in battle, his sophistication and styles also make the Thing's crass mannerisms resemble those of a Neanderthal. Not bad for "some refugee from a Tarzan movie," eh Grimm?
CAPTAIN AMERICA #177 (1968)
Imagine awaking in the body of your worst enemy—for Captain America, the nightmare comes alive after Red Skull uses the Cosmic Cube and swaps bodies with Cap! Luckily for the Sentinel of Liberty, he gets a helping hand—and talon—from a man and his bird as Sam Wilson makes his debut as the high flying Falcon! Stan Lee and Gene Colan provide the introduction for Harlem's finest hero and kick off one of the most genuine friendships in comics.
TRUTH: RED, WHITE & BLACK #1
Before Steve Rogers and Operation: Rebirth, the U.S. military turned elsewhere during the heat of World War II, testing their super soldier serum on black enlistees. For one of the test subjects, Isaiah Bradley, destiny called as he became the very first man to take the name Captain America. A groundbreaking seven-issue series, TRUTH: RED, WHITE & BLACK depicts the struggle for freedom in an all-too real reality clouded by inequality and prejudice.
NEW AVENGERS ANNUAL #1
Traditionally not one for domesticity, Luke Cage surprises everyone with he announces his intention to tie the knot with Jessica Jones, his longtime girlfriend and mother of his newborn daughter. Before the blessed event can take place however, the New Avengers face off against an Adaptoid with an unexpected connection to the team. This touching and tumultuous tale from Brian Michael Bendis and Olivier Coipel proves that love is truly color blind.
STORM #1 (2006)
An African goddess, a stalwart leader of the X-Men and finally the Queen of Wakanda, Storm has proven you can do it all. However before she ever knew what the term "mutant" meant, Ororo Munroe lived the life of an orphaned pickpocket in Africa. STORM #1, by Eric Jerome Dickey and David Yardin, follows the rocky road one woman walked before reaching her destination as a bona fide super hero.
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