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Subj: Re: New banner - Let's talk Priest's Black Panther!
Posted: Thu Jun 01, 2017 at 05:51:38 am EDT (Viewed 119 times)
Reply Subj: Re: New banner - Let's talk Priest's Black Panther!
Posted: Wed May 31, 2017 at 08:32:20 pm EDT (Viewed 5 times)

    Has it really been that long...

Almost 20 years since the series started, yes. Imagine how I feel about the late Silver Age when I started reading comics! Almost 50 years ago. Yikes!

    If you can't tell by my name, I LOVED that book. It had started just as I returned to reading comics after a five year break. It was one of the few books that I had to buy each month, not because I was a completionist, but because I just had to find out what happened next.

The fact that many on these boards were huge fans is my main driver for buying the whole series and starting from the beginning.

    Somebody wrote the differences between brown skin people (Africans and African Americans specifically) in comic form. Somebody noted the differences between men of color. The women still needed some work, but hey...there was more than one!!

So I can expect the writing to show cultural authenticity. Good.

    Everett K Ross served a mighty purpose. He was a dork, but sometimes, when you least expected it, he showed a lot of heart and depth. I adored EKR, went to school with a few of him IRL. So a lot of his comments that were written in the comic, I had the pleasure of hearing IRL. lol

I'm going to do my best to stay positive regarding him.

    I also remember most of the creative team being active posters on the Alvaro
    comicboards. Actually, a good handful of writers and artists used to post on these boards. These boards or so different now. How sad that I still post on them.

Too many of us moved to other forums or dropped forums altogether. The ones who stayed have stayed for the sake of one another, I think. I stayed because Paste Pot Pete is here, and you're here, and Superman's Pal, Nose Norton, Reverend Meteor, The Black Guardian, Rodimus, Iron Man Unit 007, Unstable Molecule, Thuggernaut, USAgentfan and all the others who still pop up on these boards. I'm still interested in what all you folks have to say, and telling you what I have to say.

    Priest is an interesting man. Once you read his bio and some of his other work...you could see where he was trying to take BP. However, over time...it just started to lose it's impact. My opinion, he couldn't wrote what he wanted to; editorial was taking him in a direction that caused him to lose the core of BP readers without bringing in a sufficient amount of new readers. No matter what he wrote, the levels always ran flat, but then started to decline. Kasper Cole entered the picture. I did not like that character and saw it as his 'fault' that the book ended.

Hmm. The fourth volume of what I bought has the Kasper Cole story and the original Crew story. I actually just assumed all volumes would feature T'Challa. I hope I can tolerate the fourth volume.

    I tried a few issues of the 'original' crew, but the writing was on the wall by then: it was done. I was so enamored of Priest's BP that I didn't even look at Hudlin's version. Maybe I missed out, but I don't think so.

I didn't read Hudlin's version.

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