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    Black Panther



    I am not familiar with Black Panther so here is fyi from wikipedia.

    Waiting for Barry for his insight.
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    This is a tale of REAL LIFE COURAGE that should not be forgotten.

    First, I contribute (and correct) Wikipedia and their version is correct. And I have all those comics from way back when.

    This is about three Jewish guys: Martin Goodman, Stanley Lieber and Jacob Kurtzberg, who you know as Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. America was a hugely prejudiced place to live and those last two had to change their names to get work in publishing.

    In 1954 Congress compelled the comic book industry to be censored. (Forget the first amendment, folks). One of the first things they censored was a story from EC comic (Mad Magazine) entitled “Judgement Day.” EC was told, flat out, that they could NOT have a black astronaut. Blacks were banned from comics.

    This was the era of Jim Crow. When Dell comics published Lobo, the first comic with a black hero (a western) stores in the southern stores returned the comics unopened…and they returned unopened every other Dell comic that was packaged with it. That was a tremendous loss to the company.

    So it took courage for publisher Goodman, writer Stan Lee and artist, Jack Kirby to first publish Sgt. Fury, a WW II comic that featured as the first BLACK regular, Gabe Jones in 1963. He was on the cover and could have lost a huge amount of sales, but they did it. When Fury was modernized and made head of S.H.I.E.L.D., Jones became a secret agent months before Bill Cosby did on I Spy.

    So the Black Panther was a big deal to have on the cover of a comic. (Note that his entire face is hidden, perhaps to disguise the fact he was black.)

    In 1972 Marvel published Luke Cage, Hero for Hire, the first national comic with a black star. It took DC until 1976 to publish Black Lightning, by my friend, Tony Isabella.

    This took guts.

    I put up the first cover, which was rejected, for Fantastic Four #52 (it’s the black and white one) and the cover they actually went with. And the first Gabe Jones, which also featured a Jew and and Italian.

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    Here is the censored story, Judgement day. I use the term "black" because characters including the Panther were not African American, he was African. And Micheal Dorn and Whoopi Goldberg played characters that were not African, but from another planet.

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    Thanks for the historical details Barry!
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    Looks like the movie is making it's money opening weekend.

    from yahoo,

    ‘Black Panther’ Rips Apart Box Office Records: 3-Day Opening Rises To $195M+; 4-Day At $225M+
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    Awesome information Barry.
    David Vaughn
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    Quote Originally Posted by TrippleJ View Post
    Looks like the movie is making it's money opening weekend.
    I'm not surprised. I don't recall any of the other superhero movies receiving as much hype as Black Panther has. However, my wife is an Entertainment Tonight junkie, so I guess I have to consider the source.

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    Looks like the movie is getting positive reviews.

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