The definitive, chronological, and up-to-date guide and trade reading order on collecting Black Panther comic books via omnibuses, hardcovers, and trade paperback graphic novels. A part of Crushing Krisis’s Collecting Avengers: A Definitive Guide. Last updated February 2016 with titles scheduled for release through October 2017.
There are a pair standard formats of books that cover Black Panther’s early history, and I’ll cover those first – Masterworks and Epics.
- Marvel Masterworks: Premium-format color sequential collections
- Epic Collections: Trade paperback gapless collections released in random order
Then, move on to learning how to collect Black Panther, era by era.
- Silver Age: in Fantastic Four and Avengers by Stan Lee & Roy Thomas (1966 – 1971)
- Jungle Action by Roy Thomas and Don F. McGregor (1973 – 1976)
- Black Panther, Vol. 1 by Jack Kirby with Ed J. Hannigan (1977 – 1979)
- Guest Star (1979 – 1988)
- Black Panther Vol. 2, Marvel Comics Presents, and Panther’s Prey (1988 – 1991)
- Guest Star (1991 – 1998)
- Vol. 3 by Christopher Priest (1998 – 2003)
- Vol. 4 by Reginald Hudlin (2005 – 2008)
- Vol. 5 by Reginald Hudlin and Jonathan Maberry (2009 – 2010)
- Heroic Age: Most Dangerous Man Alive by David Liss (2010 – 2012)
- Marvel Now: in New Avengers by Jonathan Hickman (2012 – 2015)
- All-New, All-Different Marvel: Vol. 6 by Ta-Nehisi Coates and The Ultimates (2015 – present)
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Marvel Masterworks editions are high quality, full color reproductions of classic Marvel comics with carefully restored artwork. They are effectively the definitive print version of any Marvel comic book.
Black Panther’s Masterworks line covers his 70s starring series in a pair of volumes. Since Black Panther did not have another headlining series until 1988, this is likely the end of his Masterworks line – or, at least, its stopping point for several years until more Masterworks lines extend into the 80s.
Masterworks Vol. 1 (ISBN 0785141987)
Collects the complete Jungle Action run of issues #6-24
Masterworks Vol. 2
Collects the complete Black Panther series with issues #1-15, as well as a wrap-up story in Marvel Premiere #51-53 and material from Marvel Team-Up #100
Marvel’s Epic Collections represent a consistent, affordable, full-color bookshelf format of issues in perfect continuity order without a single gap. The catch? Marvel is releasing them in a random order.
Epic editions are also listed below in their chronological placement, as they are frequently the only coverage of a specific run.
Epic Vol. 1: Panther’s Rage
Collects Black Panther’s debut from Fantastic Four #52-53 and his complete run in Jungle Action issues #6-24
Epic Vol. 2: Not yet announced, but will likely include the complete Black Panther series with issues #1-15, as well as a wrap-up story in Marvel Premiere #51-53 and material from Marvel Team-Up #100.
Epic Volumes 3 and up: Not yet announced.
Storm, Vol. 2: Ororo – Before The Storm #1-6
Available as a digest (i.e., small-sized) TPB. Depicts a story of Storm and T’Challa’s romance from before either of them were heroes.
Epic Collection: Panther’s Rage (Epic Vol. 1)
Collects Fantastic Four (1961) #52-53 & Jungle Action (1972) #6-24
Fantastic Four #52-54, 56, 60, & Annual 5: See Fantastic Four
Black Panther’s introduction and earliest appearances in the pages of Fantastic Four.
Tales of Suspense #97-99 & Captain America #100: See Captain America
Avengers #51-60 & Annual 2: See The Avengers
During Avengers #52: Uncanny X-Men #45
During Avengers #59-60: Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes Vol. 1 & 2
After Avengers #60: Captain America #113
Avengers #61-83: See The Avengers
After Avengers #63: Sub-Mariner #14, Daredevil #52
After Avengers #65: Captain America #114
After Avengers #71: Invaders Annual 1, Captain America #121
After Avengers #76: Hulk #128
After Avengers #81: Daredevil #69
After Avengers #83: Retroactive appearances in Ka-Zar #1/2 and Fantastic Four: Worlds Greatest Comic Magazine #6-8 & 11-12
Avengers #84-87: See The Avengers
#87 features Black Panther’s origin story.
First: Sub-Mariner #35, Avengers #88 (only in flashback), Astonishing Tales #6-7, Fantastic Four #119
Avengers #99-100: See The Avengers
Then: Daredevil #92
After a handful of guest appearances, Black Panther returns full-time to the Avengers in #105.
Avengers #105-112: See The Avengers
During this period, Black Panther’s participation is implied in Marvel Team-Up #7
During #105-109: Marvel Team-Up #7
During #109: Marvel Feature #10
After #110: Daredevil #99
After #112: Marvel Team-Up #9: (and implied in #10-11)
Avengers #113-119: Avengers/Defenders War
See The Avengers. This story runs in Avengers #113-116, Defenders #9-10, Avengers #118, Defenders #11, & Avengers #119.
After #119: Captain America #169-171
Avengers #121-126: See The Avengers
During #125: Captain Marvel #31-32
After #125: Captain Marvel #33
After #126: Marvel Team-Up #20
Black Panther departs the Avengers and became the solo star of Jungle Action, taking over from Tharn – a sort of low(er)-rent Ka-Zar.
Jungle Action #6-24: Marvel Masterworks: Black Panther, Vol. 1 ISBN 0785141987
Jungle Action #6-24: Epic Collection: Panther’s Rage (Epic Vol. 1)
Collects Fantastic Four (1961) #52-53 & Jungle Action (1972) #6-24
Jungle Action #6-24: Essential Black Panther, Vol. 1 (black & white)
A massive black and white collection on newsprint paper of the Jungle Action run along with Black Panther #1-10, below.
After #24: Daredevil Annual 4, Marvel Super-Special #1
Avengers #159-166: See The Avengers
After #166: Uncanny X-Men #108
In January 1977 Black Panther graduated from Jungle Action to his own solo title!
#1-10: Essential Black Panther, Vol. 1 (black & white)
A massive black and white collection on newsprint paper that also includes the entire Jungle Action run of #6-24.
#1-15: Marvel Masterworks: Black Panther, Vol. 2
Also collects Marvel Premiere #51-53 and material from Marvel Team-Up #100
#1-7: By Jack Kirby, Vol. 1
#8-13: By Jack Kirby, Vol. 2
#14-15: Only collected in Masterworks Vol. 2, above. Written by Ed J. Hannigan, who co-scripted #13 with Jim Shooter.
Marvel Premiere #51-53: Only collected in Masterworks Vol. 2, above. Also written by Ed J. Hannigan, this acts as an epilogue to Black Panther’s series.
Black Panther was relegated to only very occasional guest-starring action in the 1980s, appearing in just 20 issues over the course of the nine years after his series concluded.
Defenders #84-86: See Defenders
Marvel Team-Up #100: See Spider-Man
Avengers #211: See The Avengers
Marvel Graphic Novel #1 – The Death of Captain Marvel: See Captain Marvel
Fantastic Four #241: See Fantastic Four
Iron Man Annual 5: See Iron Man
Contest of Champions: See Marvel Universe Events. Black Panther appears in #1 & 3.
Hulk #278-279: See Hulk
Avengers #239: See The Avengers
Marvel Team-Up Annual 7: See Spider-Man. Note that Black Panther appears only in a b-story.
West Coast Avengers Annual 1: See West Coast Avengers
Daredevil #245: See Daredevil
Fantastic Four #311-313: See Fantastic Four
Silver Surfer, Vol. 3 #10: See Silver Surfer
Captain America #342: See Captain America
Black Panther, Vol. 2 #1-4: Not collected
After the mini-series: West Coast Avengers Annual 3 and as a pin-up in Marvel Fanfare #41.
Marvel Comics Presents #13-37: Not collected. With no team affiliation or book to call his own, Black Panther became one of the rotating anchor characters of Marvel’s long-running anthology.
After #37: As a pin-up only in Marvel Fanfare #45, in Solo Avengers #19, Avengers #305-308, Avengers West Coast #47
Atlantis Attacks: See Marvel Universe Events. Black Panther appears in Avengers Annual 18 and Fantastic Four Annual 22
Then: Avengers West Coast #59 (needs verification), Silver Surfer: The Enslavers (brief appearance?), and in Marvel Fanfare #53 (could be a reference only).
Black Panther: Panther’s Prey #1-4: Not collected
Marvel Super-Heroes, Vol. 3 #1: Not collected. This is an inventory story in an anthology-style title.
Knights of Pendragon #14-18: Not collected. A Marvel UK title.
Marvel Fanfare #60: Not collected. Black Panther is one of the featured stories in this final issue.
Damage Control, Vol. 3, #4: Not collected. This is not a key appearance.
Avengers #333 & 335-339: See The Avengers. Black Panther’s participation is implied in #332.
The Vibranium Vendetta: See Marvel Events: 1991 Annual Crossovers. Black Panther is the featured character in this annual crossover between Amazing Spider-Man Annual 25, Spectacular Spider-Man Annual 11, and Web of Spider-Man Annual 7.
Infinity Gauntlet: See Marvel Universe Events. Black Panther glancingly influences #2, but is not otherwise involved.
Battle Axe #5-7: Not collected. A Marvel UK comic. In-continuity, but not a key story.
Avengers #356: See The Avengers. Black Panther is a featured character.
Excalibur #59-60: See Excalibur
The team visits Wakanda for a business arrangement.
Deathlok, Vol. 2 #22-25: Not collected. Black Panther appears in an arc that takes places in Africa.
Captain America #414-417: See Captain America. Black Panther co-stars in a three-part Savage Land arc.
Marvel Comics Presents #148: Not collected. Panther appears in a one-shot story.
The Avengers: Collector’s Edition: Not collected. This was a promotional comic from Sugar Babies/Charleston Chew/Sugar Daddy
At this point, Black Panther becomes a supporting player in Fantastic Four and Fantastic Force for the remainder of their runs.
Fantastic Four Unlimited #1: See Fantastic Four
Fantastic Four #385: See Fantastic Four
Fantastic Four #390-392: See Fantastic Four
Fantastic Force #1: See Fantastic Four
Then: Night Thrasher, Vol. 2 #18
Fantastic Force #4-5: See Fantastic Four
Fantastic Four #400: See Fantastic Four
Then: Thunderstrike #20 (Black Panther is the featured guest-star)
Atlantis Rising #1: See Fantastic Four
Fantastic Force #10-15: See Fantastic Four
Then: Avengers #394, Age of Innocence: The Rebirth of Iron Man, Over the Edge #6
Onslaught: See Marvel Universe Events. Black Panther appears in A 400, FF 416, IM 332, O:MU-FB
Heroes Reborn: See Marvel Universe Events. Black Panther appears in Fantastic Four #4-6 and 12 in the Heroes Reborn universe
First: Avengers #1-4 & Captain America #3m Ka-Zar, Vol. 4 #17, Cable #54, AMBC, & MR 1
#1-17: Black Panther by Christopher Priest: The Complete Collection Volume 1
Previously collected as ##1-5: The Client and #6-12: Enemy of the State.
After #5: Daredevil, Vol. 2 #8, Contest of Champions II (Black Panther appears throughout this mini-series)
After #9, Avengers #19-22
After #17: Generation X #59, Avengers #23, Fantastic Four #27
#18-35: Black Panther by Christopher Priest: The Complete Collection Volume 2
Collects a crossover to Deadpool #44 after #22.
Maximum Security: See Marvel Universe Events. Comes after #24.
After #33: Avengers #43
#36-62: Not collected, though a Priest Vol. 3 collection has been announced.
#36-49 & 57-58: Black Panther by Christopher Priest: The Complete Collection Volume 3
Also collects Incredible Hulk (2000) #33; Thor (1966) #370; Material From Marvel Double-Shot #2
#50-56 & 59-62: Black Panther by Christopher Priest: The Complete Collection Volume 4
Also collects The Crew #1-7
After #40: Thunderbolts #57-58, Deadpool #61, Captain America Vol. 3 #50, The Order #5-6 (see Defenders)
After #47: Avengers #57-61
Avengers #66-70 & 76: See The Avengers
Iron Man, Vol. 3 #75, 79, 84-85: See Iron Man
Avengers Disassembled: See Marvel Universe Events. Black Panther appears in #500-503
#1-6: Black Panther: Who Is the Black Panther?
A high-action, high-intrigue retelling of the Black Panther’s origin, previously inferred by flashbacks.
#7: See Marvel Universe Events: House of M. This story falls after #8-9 in continuity
#8-9: X-Men / Black Panther: Wild Kingdom
Includes X-Men, Vol. 2 #175-176
House of M: See Marvel Universe Events.
#10-13: Black Panther: Bad Mutha
Brings T’Challa to New York, where he encounters and befriends Luke Cage.
#14-18: Black Panther: The Bride
Civil War: See Marvel Universe Events. Black Panther contributes to this event, but most of his action is contained to his own title.
#26-30: Black Panther: Four the Hard Way
During that arc: Marvel Comics Presents #7, Fallen Son: Iron Man, Fantastic Four #543-546
#31-34: Black Panther: Little Green Men
Then: Cable & Deadpool #45-46 (as a team-up), Deadpool/Great Lakes Initiative, New Warriors #2 & 5, Fantastic Four#547-550
World War Hulk: See Marvel Universe Events. Black Panther is a key supporting player as a member of the original Illuminati.
Then: Wolverine, Vol. 3 #52-54
#35-38 & Annual 1: Black Panther: Back to Africa
Then: X-Men: Divided We Stand #1, Fantastic Four #556-557 (part of the World’s Greatest arc)
#39-41: Secret Invasion: Black Panther
Jason Aaron takes over writing duties for this final arc
Secret Invasion: See Marvel Universe Events.
Then: New Warriors #20
#1-6: Black Panther, Vol. 1: The Deadliest of the Species
Co-Starring Shuri as Black Panther.
X-Men/Dark Avengers: Utopia: See Uncanny X-Men. Black Panther makes a brief appearance
Then: Incredible Hulk #601
#7-12: Black Panther: Doomwar (ISBN 978-1-302-90416-6)
Collects Black Panther (2009) #7-12, Doomwar #1-6, Klaws Of The Panther #1-4, and material from Age Of Heroes 34
#7-12: Black Panther, Vol. 2: Power
Co-Starring Shuri as Black Panther.
Shadowland: See Marvel Universe Events. Black Panther plays hardly any role in this event until Daredevil #512 and the “After the Fall” one-shot.
Black Panther: The Man Without Fear #513-518: Urban Jungle
Black Panther takes over Daredevil’s numbering in 2011.
Then: Avengers #14
Then: Wolverine #16 (minor appearance), FF #11, Avengers #19, Fantastic Four #600
Black Panther: The Most Dangerous Man Alive #523.1 & 525-529: The Kingpin of Wakanda
Black Panther’s series gains a new subtitle at the end of 2011.
Then: Defenders #7, Fantastic Four #607-608
Avengers vs. X-Men: See Marvel Universe Events. Black Panther and Wakanda play a crucial rule in the middle portion of this event, appearing in the main series as well as tie-ins in Avengers. This critically alters the path of his story moving forward.
Black Panther is not a member of the core Avengers team, but his ongoing membership in the Illuminati finds him active in the New Avengers title as they try to repel incursions into Earth 616.
At points he is the primary protagonist of this series, and it contains all of his major development in this period. He also frequently appears in Avengers as the stories of the two books become more entwined. See The Avengers & New Avengers for collection information.
Black Panther also appears in a supporting capacity in:
Early Marvel Now appearances include: A+X #3 (in a team-up with Storm), Fantastic Four #1 (briefly, as an Illuminati member), and Wolverine and The X-Men #24 (briefly, in conversation with Storm)
Age of Ultron: See Marvel Universe Events. Black Panther is a supporting player in this time-travel tale, but it has no specific impact on his ongoing story.
Infinity: See Marvel Universe Events. Black Panther is a key player in the Earthbound story, but he appears relatively little in the main series (though his few scenes are pretty awesome). He is a more prominent player in Infinity: The Hunt #1-4 and Inhumanity #1-2.
After Infinity, other appearances include: Nova #10 (very brief), Superior Spider-Man Team-Up #8 (brief speaking appearance), Thanos Annual 1, Amazing X-Men Annual 1.
Original Sin: See Marvel Universe Events. Black Panther is one of the featured players in this series. He also appears in Original Sins #5.
From Original Sin to the end of Marvel Now, other appearances include: All-New Invaders #8, Captain America, Vol. 5 #25, in Axis (very minor role), Nova #25 (non-speaking), Deadpool #45. I still have to research his further pre-Secret Wars appearances!
Marvel seems to have struck gold as they prepare Black Panther for his big screen debut with MacArthur Genius and National Book Award-winning writer Ta-Nehisi Coates penning this new series for at least the first 11 issues. He is joined by the legendary Brian Stelfreeze on art (alternating arcs with Chris Sprouse).
In this period, Black Panther also leads The Ultimates – see Mighty Avengers for details on collecting that title.
#1-12: Black Panther by Ta-Nehisi Coates Deluxe Hardcover, Vol. 1 Oversized (ISBN 978-1302904159)
#5-8: Vol. 2: A Nation Under Our Feet, Book 2 (ISBN 978-1-302-90054-0)
#9-12: Vol. 3: A Nation Under Our Feet, Book 3 (ISBN 978-1-302-90191-2)
The World of Wakanda #1-6: World of Wakanda Vol. 1: Dawn of the Midnight Angels
Collects the companion anthology series to Coates’ main run.
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