Real Name: Maria Henckel
Occupation: Unrevealed, former student
Affiliations: friend of TChalla and Benjamin Grimm, the Thing
Enemies: Malice (Nakia)
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Harlem, New York; Tibet
First Appearance: Marvel Two-In-One#40 (June, 1978)
History: (MTIO#40)- Thing returned Eugene "The Kid" Everett to a school in Harlem. There he met with one of the teachers, Luke Charles, whom Thing knew as TChalla (aka the Black Panther). Before Thing could give away Lukes identity as the Black Panther, TChalla stopped him, saying that he should refer to him as Luke Charles in public since he teached there, and didnt want his enemies to know that the Black Panther is a teacher in Harlem. "Luke" asked the Thing if he could watch the class while he went to the principal with the news that "The Kid" had returned. The class was out of control, with boys teasing Maria, the brightest in the class, but when "Luke" returned the class immediately quieted down.
(Black Panther III#31 (BTS))- Searching for information on friends of his in New York City possibly kidnapped or killed by Malice III, the Panther found one familiar name on a list of tenants whose mail had not been picked up in some time-- the name of TChallas former student, Maria Henckel, and a photograph of her was seen. Later TChalla went to Marias apartment, where there was no sign of a struggle ,but it appeared that the apartment had been abandoned for more than a month. Omoro asked TChalla if he knew the woman, and TChalla said "Yes. I loved her very much- She was Luke Charles's best student". He found a picture of her graduation standing next to Luke Charles with a picture of the Thing in her hand. He remembered that he told her about places around the world she coudl go, and suddenly remembered he encouraged her to go mountain climbing in the Himalayas of Tibet.
(Black Panther III#33)- TChalla sent an "associate" out to look for Maria in Tibet, giving his associate the antidote for Malices poison. In Tibet ,TChallas associate found Maria and gives her the antidote; upon waking Maria saw the associate and was reunited with an old friend, since the "associate" is none other than Thing.
Comments: Created by Tom DeFalco and Roger Slifer, further developed by Christopher Priest.
Clarifications: Maria Henckel has no relation to Kim "The Beetle" Henckel, author of this review, aside from stealing her last name from him ;-)
Since Kim's being modest, allow me to explain: Priest needed a name for a former student of T'Challa's to use in "Seduction of the Innocent", and Kim provided Maria's name. To honor him, Priest gave her a last name-- Henckel. --Prime Ed-ternal
by The Beetle
Last updated: 08/02/02
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