Marvel Comics' Black Panther, whose real name is T'Challa, first appeared in 1966. Black Panther was Marvel's first major African-American superhero, and he has affiliations with several Marvel superhero groups including the Avengers, Secret Avengers, Fantastic Four, Fantastic Force and Queen's Vengeance. Black Panther also plays a starring role in Marvel's first graphic novel, "Jungle Action #5."
Standing at 6 feet tall and weighing 200 pounds, T'Challa has super strength that he received from consuming a mutated heart-shaped herb. T'Challa is actually a tribal name for the chief of the Panther clan. He and his father, T'Chaka, closed off the kingdom of Wakanda to protect it from foreign exploitation of its vibranium metal.
T'Challa's ancestors were part of a warrior race, which partially explains his exceptional skill at both weaponry and hand-to-hand combat. His martial arts style is acrobatic and includes animal mimicry. Black Panther can see expertly at night and has a catalog of smells memorized. An excellent inventor and scientist, he also has a doctoral degree in physics from Oxford University. In 2006, Black Panther married Storm of the X-Men, but Marvel annulled their marriage soon after.
Black Panther is not connected to the political organization of the same name.