How an Untested Young Comics Writer Revolutionized Black Panther

An article at Vulture reveals how an editor at Marvel Comics who had never written a comic book before helped shape the Black Panther into the character that broke box-office records this weekend…

In 1971, Don McGregor was a proofreader at Marvel Comics, and one particular thing was driving him nuts. There was a series with the cringe-inducing name of Jungle Action, and its contents were primarily reprints of 1950s tales about white people—Jann of the Jungle, Lorna the Jungle Queen, Tharn the Magnificent—having adventures in ill-defined African locales. “I kept saying to them, ‘I can’t believe you guys are printing this racist material in the 1970s,’” the 72-year-old McGregor says in his stout Rhode Island brogue. “Finally, it was decided to put some new material in, and I said something like, ‘It needs to have a black jungle character. Something.’”


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