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Killmonger, Erik

 

Universe
Marvel Universe

Real Name
N'Jadaka, legally changed to Erik Killmonger

Aliases
Black Panther

Identity
None

Citizenship
Wakandan

Place of Birth
N'Jadaka village, Wakanda

First Appearance
Jungle Action #6 (1973)

Origin
Jungle Action #8 (1974)

N'Jadaka was a child when Ulysses Klaw invaded Wakanda to pilfer the country's Vibranium. Klaw enslaved some Wakandans including N'Jadaka's family. Although Klaw was ultimately driven out of Wakanda, N'Jadaka's parents were killed during the violence, and Klaw took N'Jadaka with him. N'Jadaka eventually escaped to the U.S.A. but had no way of returning to Wakanda. He changed his name to Erik Killmonger, lived in Harlem, New York, and studied engineering and business, eventually teaching at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology).


Contributors: Ohitsme and Thaxtonj


 In the wake of the sorcerer Reverend Achebe's attempted takeover of Wakanda, with T'Challa absent and control of the country left with his regent Everett Ross, Killmonger tried to gain control of the country via its economy, forcing T'Challa to stop him by nationalizing all foreign companies in Wakanda and cause a run on the stock market. The two foes fought in a vicious ritual combat over the right to rule the country, and Killmonger was finally able to defeat his foe and gain the status of Black Panther for his own. He maintained control of Wakanda for a while and even attempted to inherit T'Challa's Avengers status, but when he underwent the ascension rite needed to cement his position, his body had a severe reaction to the heart-shaped herb that he was required to consume - it was poisonous to all but the royal bloodline. Although it would have been convenient to allow him to die, and be unquestionably entitled to the position of the Black Panther, T'Challa preserved his rival's life.
 Killmonger eventually came out of his coma, thus reclaiming his position as chieftain over Wakanda. He went to New York and contacted Kasper Cole, an inner-city police officer masquerading as the Black Panther to help him with cases, and attempted to gain him as an ally (and one-up T'Challa) by offering him a buffered version of the Panther's heart-shaped herb and help finding his supervisor's kidnapped son. In exchange, he had to drop the Panther identity and take up that of a White Tiger acolyte of the Panther cult, and would owe Killmonger a favor. While Kasper agreed to this, he then used his new herb-enhanced abilities to track down the boy on his own to avoid owing Killmonger an unpayable debt.T'Challa is then once again the sole ruler of Wakanda when Killmonger resurfaces.

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