“Black Panther” Film Discussion [Part 09: Wakanda Is Not A Place…]

Wakanda is fictional, but according to the media, so am I.

There were several layers involved in creating what became the final form of the film “Black Panther”.

The Black Panther comic book character was created by writer-editor Stan Lee and writer-artist Jack Kirby in 1966, a scant two years after the Civil Rights Act of 1964:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Civil_Rights_Act_of_1964The bill was called for by President John F. Kennedy in his Report to the American People on Civil Rights of June 11, 1963,[7] in which he asked for legislation “giving all Americans the right to be served in facilities which are open to the public—hotels, restaurants, theaters, retail stores, and similar establishments”, as well as “greater protection for the right to vote”.

As we all know, reality lags behind legislation, so Black Panther was created while blacks (as opposed to Africans, and who were “Colored” at the time, before the changeover to black) were blatantly being disrespected as part of the status quo of the USA. Continue reading ““Black Panther” Film Discussion [Part 09: Wakanda Is Not A Place…]”

“Black Panther” Film Discussion [Part 06: Origin]

The character was created by writer-editor Stan Lee and writer-artist Jack Kirby, first appearing in Fantastic Four #52 (July 1966) in the Silver Age of Comic Books.

The point of the first 5 sections was to attempt to give the uninitiated at least a partial understanding of why the messaging in “Black Panther” is important and thought-provoking for people.


I had nothing to do with the making of this film and I have no idea what the filmmakers intended to say with what we saw in the final presentation and what was left on the cutting room floor.

However, you don’t get to determine what people get from your art. You only get to make it.

So now we’ll start discusssing the messaging in “Black Panther”: Continue reading ““Black Panther” Film Discussion [Part 06: Origin]”