Dave Galanter
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Omar Karindu

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Subj: Re: Ha. Again, you're reaching, Edda.
Posted: Tue Jul 29, 2008 at 07:38:33 pm EDT (Viewed 132 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Ha. Again, you're reaching, Edda.
Posted: Tue Jul 29, 2008 at 02:40:24 pm EDT (Viewed 142 times)

> The Panther does indeed have a special headquarters, especially in his earliest stories: the "mechanical jungle" that turned up in FF #52 and was periodically used in later years as T'Challa's personal HQ (as in, for example, Avengers v.1 #62).

True. To a point.

The "mechanical jungle" and any number of "secret" laboratories in Wakanda don't really draw a parallel - IMHO - to The Phantom's Skull Cave.

Using that logic, you could say Tony Stark's "secret" Iron Man laboratory (complete with various suits in chambers) would qualify.

Or even the X-Men's underground complex beneath Xavier's mansion.

But as for a good example of a Marvel Universe-style Skull Cave? Hmmm. I'm drawing a blank...

As for DC? You could find commonality with the Batcave. But really the only thing in common is ... well, the cave itself.

The Skull Cave is a mountain hideout in the middle of the Bengallan jungle. (The rock formations at the mouth of the cave form a skull.) It's been used by generations of Phantoms. And is fairly "low-tech." The Phantom houses treasure in the cave and uses it as a home-base of sorts. But it's not a laboratory or training center. And it's not one big trap for invaders (i.e., T'Challa's "mechanical jungle").

I'm really not trying to be a dick here. It's just that I've gone over a lot of this already with Edda who seems to want to find a direct parallel between the white (low-tech) outsider/protector Phantom and the native (high-tech) king/chieftain Black Panther. (Simply because they both call a ficitonal African nation "home?") Which, as a fan of both characters, stuns me a bit...

Our "debate" below:

(Can't recall at the moment how to insert a hyperlink. In fact, is it just me? Or was there a "form" for a hyperlink on the old setup?)

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