Episode 5: Black Panther, comics and the history of Marvel

Ramzi Fawaz, assistant professor of English at University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Rebecca Wanzo, associate professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Washington University in St. Louis, represent two important and emerging voices in comic studies. Henry has been lucky to work with both of them as part of the Postmillenial Pop book series that Karen Tongson and he co-edited for New York University Press. Fawaz’s book, The New Mutants, represents a rich account of popular fantasy and progressive politics primarily focused on Marvel comics of the 1960s and 1970s, and Wanzo is completing a groundbreaking book on race and caricature which ranges across American comics in all of their various permutations. We wanted to hear their thoughts on the Black Panther phenomenon. Colin and Henry sat back as flies on the wall this week and listened to their perspectives, which move back and forth between the film and its comics roots.

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  1. I just relistened to this episode and enjoyed it all over again. This was like going out to dinner or having drinks, sitting around the table with super smart folks who also happen to be comics experts. So engaging and enlightening with each insight and revelation. I had a smile on my face the entire time. Thanks for making available this delightful conversation. I am posting it for my students on my Canvas course site and then heading to rewatch Black Panther.

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