Ta-Nehisi Coates to Write Black Panther Comic for Marvel

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“Ta-Nehisi Coates can be identified in many ways: as a national correspondent for The Atlantic, as an author and, as of [last] month, as a nominee for the National Book Award’s nonfiction prize. But Mr. Coates also has a not-so-secret identity, as evidenced by some of his Atlantic blog posts and his Twitter feed: Marvel Comics superfan.

“So it seems only natural that Marvel has asked Mr. Coates to take on a new Black Panther series set to begin next spring. Writing for that comics publisher is a childhood dream that, despite the seeming incongruity, came about thanks to his day job. “The Atlantic is a pretty diverse place in terms of interest, but there are no comics nerds,” besides himself, Mr. Coates said in an interview.

“His passions intersected in May, during the magazine’s New York Ideas seminar, he interviewed Sana Amanat, a Marvel editor, about diversity and inclusion in comic books. Ms. Amanat led the creation of the new Ms. Marvel, a teenage Muslim girl living in Jersey City, based on some of her own childhood experiences…”

Keep reading via The New York Times.

While you’re waiting for publication, you’ve got plenty of time to brush up on your Black Panther background and check out what we’ve got right now in the way of T’Challa, King of Wakanda.

Also, take a look at our post on Go Set a Watchman, in which we mention Mr. Coates.

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