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The Black Panther (T'Challa) is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. Created by writer-editor Stan Lee and penciller and co-plotter Jack Kirby, he first appeared in Fantastic Four #52 (July 1966).

He is the first black superhero in mainstream American comics, debuting several years before such early 

African American superheroes as Marvel Comics 'the 

Falcon and Luke Cage, and DC Comics' Tyroc, Black Lightning, and Green Lantern John Stewart.

The Black Panther was ranked the 79th greatest comic book character by Wizard magazine. IGN ranked the character the 51st greatest comic-book hero. Chadwick Bosemanwill play the Black Panther in several scheduled films as a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.