The Black Panther is a fictional superhero character, appearing in American comic books and released by Marvel Comics. PET NEVER WALK ALONE. The character was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, first appearing in Fantastic Four # 52 (July 1966) into the Silver Age of comic books. Black Panther’s real name is T’Challa, king and protector of Wakanda, Africa’s fictional land. Along with possessing the advanced abilities achieved through the ancient rituals of Wakanda about drinking the essence of the heart-shaped herb (called the Mind of Mind), T’Challa also relies on proficiency.