Black Panther (Marvel)(02 - T'Chaka)
Real Name: T'Chaka
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The father of the T'Challa and former king of Wakanda.
T'Chaka was the Chieftain of Wakanda, pledged to protect the sacred metal known as Vibranium, and like every chieftain before him. Born the first son to King Azzuri. From an early age he excelled in the ways of the warrior and took a stance of preserving Wakanda's heritage and honoring the "old ways" of Magic despite the technological advancements of his nation. After his younger brother S'Yan was born he only grew further into the role of leader and protector. However, T'Chaka held an interest in improving Wakanda technologically as well as preserving the past. He had a personal motorcycle which he used for traveling about the Golden City.
*** WORLD WAR II ***
In 1941, at the height of World War II, Captain America traveled to Wakanda and encountered Black Panther, the King Azzuri and his son T'Chaka. They worked together with Nick Fury and his Howling Commandos in combat against Baron Strucker and the Red Skull. They then forced to fight against the Nazi's super soldiers the Master Man, Warrior Woman, and the armless Tiger Man in an all out invasion of Wakanda. Cap squared off with Master Man. Warrior Woman dropped from the sky straddling a Nazi Bomb. She was engaged by the Black Panther who run his plane into her. Meanwhile, Tiger-Man attacked T'Chaka and S'Yan. He quickly subdued T'Chaka and promised to kill him if Wakanda did not surrender. Outmanned and outgunned, Captain America and the Black Panther battle Master Man, Warrior Woman, White Gorilla and the Red Skull. Meanwhile, Gabe Jones had to make a fateful choice: betray the U.S. government or the people of Wakanda.
Cap later returned to Wakanda intrigued about the new Vibranium rumored to be found in the region. Cap eventually earned T'Chaka's trust and respect. As such, the Wakandan king gave Cap a piece of Vibranium. In return Cap gave T'Chaka his triangular shield as a token of his trust.
*** FAMILY ***
T'Chaka adopted an infant white child who survived a plane crash that killed his parents. He made the boy his ward so he would be protected in the sometimes xenophobic nation of Wakanda, and named him Hunter. T'Chaka's interest in advancing Wakanda technologically came in part from his first wife N'Yami. N'Yami was orphaned in the tribal conflicts of the day, and left Wakanda to learn in the outside world. When she returned home, she brought new scientific ideas about the use of Vibranium to the country. T'Chaka and N'Yami were married, but her work and reluctance to bear children kept the royal couple from having an heir for many years. Still, she took on the role of mother for Hunter, caring for him as if he were her own.
The day came when Baron Strucker of Hydra attempted to infiltrate Wakanda. T'Chaka was on the front lines defending his country with technology conceived by his pregnant wife. Although the invaders were driven off, N'Yami grew ill in her pregnancy. Young T'Challa was born, but N'Yami did not long survive his birth.
King T'Chaka would not love again for some time, having dalliances with courtesans and throwing himself into his work. Still, he loved the prince and was proud of his heir. When the five year old prince went missing in the woods under the supervision of the Dora Milaje, a furious T'Chaka disbanded their order for their failure. T'Chaka was found by a South African woman on walkabout named Ramonda. A grateful T'Chaka invited Ramonda back to the Golden City and soon began to love again. King T'Chaka and his second wife eventually conceived his first and only daughter Shuri.
*** I.C.O.N. ***
T'Chaka was kidnapped in the Fall of 1959 by Geoffrey Sydenham and his organization, ICON. This was done in an attempt to weaken the African nation and make it easier for his operatives to pillage the country of its advanced technology. This plot failed, however, as Nick Fury's Avengers defeated ICON's invading force before capturing Sydenham. The U.S. State Department then learned of T'Chaka's whereabouts in exchange for granting Sydenham his freedom. T'Chaka was being held in a castle in Latveria, where he was picked up by Eric Koenig and Dum-Dum Dugan before being safely returned to Wakanda.
*** DEATH ***
The time came when the great king fell. Ulysses S. Klaw was a Dutch scientist who coveted the Vibranium resources of Wakanda. His ancestor Klaue tried to assault Wakanda in the 19th century and failed, but Klaw received intel from Strucker and Hydra guiding him to Wakanda's walls. Backed up by mercenaries and his own sonic technology, Klaw approached the country. After T'Chaka refused to yield the rights to mine Vibranium, Klaw's forces opened fire. When T'Chaka was overpowered by Klaw's sonic blaster, T'Challa ran to his aid. Klaw prepared to kill the young prince instead, but T'Chaka shielded him and died. Klaw was disarmed by the mighty warrior Zuri and young prince T'Challa used Klaw's own sonic blaster to shatter his right arm, forcing him to retreat his troops. Upon T'Chaka's death, his brother S'yan ruled in his steed until his son T’Challa was old enough to take the throne. It took many years before his son could get revenge on his father's killer.
First Appearance: Fantastic Four (1961) #53
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Astonishing Tales: Dominic Fortune (2009)
#5 Avengers (2013)
- 'Episode Five'#6
- 'Episode Six'
Avengers 1959 (2011)
#10 Black Panther (1977)
- 'Past. Tense.'#11
- 'Royal Allies.'#12
- 'The Last Full Measure.'
#14 Black Panther (1998)
- 'The Beasts in the Jungle!'
#5 Black Panther (2005)
- 'Lord Of The Damned'#10
- 'Enemy Of The State: Book Two'#27
- 'An Epidemic Insanity'#30
- 'The Story Thus Far'
#3 Black Panther (2009)
- 'Who is the Black Panther? Part Three'#14
- 'Bride of the Panther, Part One'#23
- 'War Crimes, Part One'
#2 Black Panther (2016)
- 'The Deadliest of the Species: Part 2'
#1 Black Panther: Soul of a Machine (2017)
- 'A Nation Under Our Feet Part 1'#7
- 'A Nation Under Our Feet Part 7'#11
- 'A Nation Under Our Feet Part 11'#14
- 'Avengers of the New World Part 2'#166
Black Panther/Captain America: Flags Of Our Fathers (2010)
Fantastic Four (1961)
#53 Fantastic Four Unlimited (1993)
- 'The Way It Began..!'
Jungle Action (1972)
#7 New Avengers (2013)
- 'Death Regiments Beneath Wakanda'#15
- 'Thorns in the Flesh, Thorns in the Mind'
#18 Rise of the Black Panther (2018)
- 'Into the Breach'#21
- 'The Bomb'
#1 Storm (2006)
- 'The King at the End of Everything'#4
The Avengers (1963)
#87 The Best of Marvel Comics (1987)
- 'Look Homeward, Avenger!'
The Ultimates (2016)
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