Monday, February 25, 2019
Reginald Hudlin, Black Panther, and Book History
Where do comic books fit within considerations of Black Book History? I'm sure we'd want to add books focusing on Black Panther to the mix. The individual issues, trade paperbacks, and other versions of the book no doubt add to our views of T'Challa, Wakanda, and the film.
Reginald Hudlin was the first writer that I read on Black Panther. He wasn't the first to write the character, but he was who I initially discovered. He served as an important gateway into the character.
With the creative team of John Romita Jr. as penciller, Klaus R. Janson as inker, and Dean V. White as colorist, Hudlin's run on Black Panther began in 2005, and included 41 issues. Later, trade paperbacks were released. More recently, Marvel produced Black Panther by Reginald Hudlin: The Complete Collection Vol. 1 (2017), Black Panther by Reginald Hudlin: The Complete Collection Vol. 2 (2018), and Black Panther by Reginald Hudlin: The Complete Collection Vol. 3 (2018), all of which I'll have to pick up soon.
On the one hand, we can place Hudlin's Black Panther books in conversation with collections by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, Don McGregor, Christopher Priest, Ta-Nehisi Coates, and others. At the same time, if we think of the work in the context of Black Book History, then we might align Hudlin's take on T'Challa with protagonists in books by Richard Wright, Toni Morrison, and Colson Whitehead, among others.
• Black Book History, February 2019