The power of ‘Black Panther’

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Guests: Ariell Johnson, Salamishah Tillet, Dawud Anyabwile, Guy Sims

Movie critics are saying that Marvel’s Black Panther is the best film from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in 1966, Black Panther was the first-ever black superhero in mainstream comics. The movie has broken box office records since its premiere last week and many people are asking why it took so long to make a blockbuster with a primarily black cast. ARIELL JOHNSON, owner of Amalgam Comics and Coffeehouse, SALAMISHAH TILLET, professor of English and Africana studies at the University of Pennsylvania, DAWUD ANYABWILE and GUY A. SIMS, Philadelphia born-brothers and creators of the Brotherman comic book series, review Marvel’s Black Panther movie and discuss the role of black characters in comics.

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