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Posted by: patrick ford | June 9, 2012

Echos

A few years back I took my kids to see THE INCREDIBLES and immediately thought of these issues of Kirby's Black Panther. The character Buddy started out as the same sort of dead weight annoying tag-a-long. The Panther's situation is further complicated by the fact he's dealing with family--fellow royals--so he can't just tell them to get lost. I suppose a lot of fans at the time recoiled in horror at these books. I loved the broad humor at the time, and like it even more today. I also really enjoy the context of these issues being from near the end of Kirby's run, and at a time when he was getting increasing grief from the "peanut gallery." It's almost like a "what if Dan Clowes wrote the Black Panther" series of issues.

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