13. Almost Named “The Coal Tiger”
Black Panther is not a pseudonym in the same way that “Superman” or “Batman” are pseudonyms. Rather, it’s the official title for the chief of the Panther tribe in Wakanda, meaning that T’Challa’s father, T’Chaka, was the Black Panther before him, and that the next chief will also take over the Black Panther title.
But Stan Lee and Jack Kirby’s original art actually called him “The Coal Tiger,” which was a term being used at the time to describe post-colonial African nations. Marvel later reused the “Coal Tiger” moniker for T’Challa’s son, Prince T’Chaka II, who could transform into a tiger-like creature in an alternate future of the Marvel timeline.
In 1972, Marvel briefly changed Black Panther’s name to “Black Leopard” to avoid associations with the controversial political party, but the name soon reverted.
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