With the Black Panther live-action movie premiering later this week, I thought it would be nice to have a place to talk about all of your favorite Black Panther related moments from the cartoons or the comics over the years. Image courtesy of Marvel Animation Age T'Challa, king and protector of Wakanda, and the bearer of the Black Panther mantle, made his debut in the pages of Fantastic Four #52 (released in July 1966). It took him almost 30 years to appear in animation, during the second (and improved) season of the Fantastic Four cartoon series from 1995. I think it was fitting for him to make his first appearance in the same title as he did in the comics. Since then, he had a pretty good career in animation, including the second Ultimate Avengers animated movie (2006), his own animated series (technically a motion comic, in 2010), a rather large role during the course of Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes (2010-2012), and more recently on Avengers Assemble. Things are still looking good for him, I presume thanks in part to his live-action movie, with his leading role in the next season of the Avengers animated series, re-titled as "Black Panther's Quest", or getting his own LEGO animated special later this year. The character's design has not suffered that many drastic changes throughout his many appearances in cartoons over the years. As for voice actors, some pretty impressive names had the chance to play T'Challa, including Keith David, Jeffrey D. Sams, Taye Diggs, Djimon Hounsou and more recently James C. Mathis III, who is still currently his voice actor in the current batch of shows. Probably the most important supporting character for T'Challa is his sister, Shuri, who is also starting to appear more often in the current cartoons and the brother-sister dynamic could offer some good stories. There's also his father, T'Chaka, who is a big part of Black Panther's origin story. Then we have the Dora Milaje warriors, and Storm from the X-Men who married T'Challa in the comics. This relationship is something that was never really used in the cartoons so far - I think the closest was Next Avengers: Heroes of Tomorrow, where we don't exactly see them together, but the movie does feature their son. The Black Panther motion comic animated series also briefly featured Storm, and I recall the two appeared together on the Super Hero Squad Show, where they mentioned they were dating. As far as animation goes, Black Panther's rogues gallery usually consists of Klaw, but some cartoons have also featured the likes of Moses Magnum or Man-Ape. Then there are also those instances where he gets to team up with another hero and fight a villain who is not necessarily associated with his own rogues gallery, but still manages to offer us a pretty entertaining fight scene. Considering Marvel's recent attempts to create more synergy between the cartoons and live-action movies, I could see them try and bring in Erik Killmonger somewhere down the line. Use this thread to discuss your favorite aspects of Black Panther - which do you think has been his best animated incarnation? Do you have a favorite design for the character? How about a favorite voice actor? Is there someone in particular who has not voiced T'Challa before, but you think would sound great in the role? Do you have any favorite Black Panther villains from the comics you would like to see animated someday? Or would you prefer to see him going up against a certain villain borrowed from another hero? Similarly, which heroes would you like to see T'Challa team up with? Is there a certain element or story-line from the comics you would like to see adapted, either in animation or live-action? Leave a comment below and discuss, and remember to be respectful of each others' opinions!