In 2023, black history is still going strong – even in the comic book space.
Marvel Comics has now enlisted Chicago writer, scholar, and organizer Eve L. Ewing as the first black woman to write a Black Panther comic under its titular series.
“The watershed moment comes less than 30 years after black writers were barred from making the seminal comic,” says Shine my crown.
The Black Panther superhero debuted in 1966 as part of the 52nd issue of the Fantastic Four comic book. The character, originally named “Coal Tiger”, was created by Jack Kirby and the issue was written by Stan Lee. Now the hero will get his next storyline from a black woman.
In Ewing’s interview with Comicthe “Ironheart” cartoonist spoke about Marvel’s historic opportunity and how it plans to “not reboot, but build” on the Wakanda world, “in continuity.”
She said to CC: “I actually thought about it less in terms of these qualifiers, simply because the Wakandan space is an arena where there have been several black female writers – from Yona Harvey to Roxane Gay to Nnedi Okorafor – and also because that I’m so excited that awesome black women, non-binary black writers, and dope people of color, in general, have joined Marvel even since I first wrote “Ironheart” in 2018.
“More than anything, I’m overwhelmed by the opportunity to write such a defining character. I see it as a great responsibility,” she added. “Black Panther is a hugely important legacy character for Marvel fans. , but moreover, the character has become one of the most important pop culture icons for members of the African diaspora around the world.”
Speaking about what she plans to exhibit in the next series of comics, she said the focal point will detail T’Challa’s story and show a side of the powerful Wakandans, “like you’ve never seen before. seen before”.
“As always, you can expect unexpected visitors from various corners of the Marvel Universe,” she revealed. “Virtually everything in this arc will be about T’Challa and Wakanda like you’ve never seen them before. New friends, new enemies, but all with the goal of building a world in Wakanda and filling the fabric of the nation with what I think are some pretty cool new ways.
The next Marvel Comics series in the Black Panther franchise is slated for release in June, with Ewing’s opinion arc as “black.”