Black Panther character jug produced in China for Vandor of Salt Lake City, Utah, circa 2020. Black Panther is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. Created by writer-editor Stan Lee, the character first appeared in "Fantastic Four #52" (July 1966) in the Silver Age of Comic Books. Black Panther's real name is T'Challa, and he is depicted as the king and protector of the fictional African nation of Wakanda. Along with possessing enhanced abilities achieved through ancient Wakandan rituals of drinking the essence of the heart-shaped herb, T'Challa also relies on his proficiency in science, expertise in his nation's traditions, rigorous physical training, hand-to-hand combat skills, and access to wealth and advanced Wakandan technology to combat his enemies.