Instigator: Black Panther (T'Challa), Wasp (Janet Van Dyne)

Purpose: To celebrate the engagement of Black Panther to Monica Lynne

Allies: Alpha Flight (Aurora (Jeanne-Marie Beaubier), Guardian (Heather Hudson), Sasquatch (Walter Langkowski)), Avengers (Captain America (Steve Rogers), Hercules (Alcaeus), Iron Man (Tony Stark), Quasar (Wendell Vaughn), Scarlet Witch (Wanda Maximoff), Sersi, She-Hulk (Jennifer Walters), Thor (Eric Masterson), Vision), Betty Banner, Black Cat (Felicia Hardy), John Blaze, Bucky (Julia Winter), Cannonball (Sam Guthrie), Marlo Chandler, Val Cooper, Daredevil (Matt Murdock), Diamondback (Rachel Leighton), Domino (Neena Thurman), Excalibur (Captain Britain (Brian Braddock), Cerise, Lockheed, Meggan, Nighcrawler (Kurt Wagner), Phoenix (Rachel Summers), Shadowcat (Kitty Pryde)), Fantastic Four (Human Torch (Johnny Storm), Invisible Woman (Sue Richards), Mr. Fantastic (Reed Richards), Thing (Ben Grimm)), Nick Fury, Ghost Rider (Dan Ketch/Noble Kale), Hulk (Bruce Banner), Rick Jones, Monica Lynne, Medusa (Medusalith Boltagon), Namor (Namor McKenzie), Namorita (Namorita Prentiss), Nomad (Jack Monroe), Franklin Richards, Spider-Man (Peter Parker), Opal Tanaka, Tigra (Greer Nelson), Tyger Tiger (Jessan Hoan), Viper (Ophelia Sarkissian), Wakandan tourists, Mary Jane Watson, X-Factor (Havok (Alex Summers), Multiple Man (Jamie Madrox), Polaris (Lorna Dane), Strong Guy (Guido Carosella), Wolfsbane (Rahne Sinclair)), X-Men (Archangel (Warren Worthington III), Beast (Hank McCoy), Bishop (Lucas Bishop), Colossus (Piotr Rasputin), Cyclops (Scott Summers), Gambit (Remy LeBeau), Jean Grey, Iceman (Bobby Drake), Psylocke (Elizabeth Braddock), Rogue (Anna Marie), Storm (Ororo Munroe), Wolverine (Logan/James Howlett))

Opposition: Doctor Doom (Victor von Doom), Kingpin (Wilson Fisk) (while not directly opposing the engagement party, the two were villains escaping to Wakanda via political amnesty)

Location: Wakanda (including Black Warrior Creek, Panther Lake, Tranquility Temple, Twisted Visions Lake)

First Appearance: Marvel Swimsuit Special#1 (1992)

(Marvel Swimsuit Special#1) - Given the success of the previous year's Super Olympics & swimsuit charity event, Marvel Swimsuit Special shoot director Janet Van Dyne (the Wasp) began brainstorming over where to have the 2nd Annual swimsuit event. She was shortly thereafter contacted by the Black Panther, who invited the Wasp to his week-long engagement party to celebrate his engagement to Monica Lynne. Seeking a photographer for the event, the Black Panther agreed to host Marvel Swimsuit Special's swimsuit event, amused by the idea of his engagement party's photos being published in a New York fashion magazine & reminded of the illicit photos taken of him & Monica Lynne in the Weekly World Inquirer.

As the party began, Black Panther & Monica Lynne thanked his friends & allies for coming and many of the superheroes mingled with one another. During the course of the week-long engagement party, many heroes participated in the Marvel Swimsuit Special photo shoot, enjoying the chance for some rest and relaxation. When Black Panther and Daredevil discovered Doctor Doom and the Kingpin attempting to relax and escape justice via political amnesty, they took it upon themselves to send a swarm of chimpanzees to annoy the villains since they could not legally bring them in. As the week drew to a close, the heroes decided to throw a seaside bikini and clambake bash to closeout the party.

Comments: Created by Matthew Marra and various artists (see comments).

Like the 1991 special, Marvel Illustrated: The Swimsuit Special, this issue was written as if it were a magazine existing on Earth-616, published by the fictional Marvel Comics. Therefore, the comic creators working on this issue should be considered as existing within Earth-616 and the From the Editor page in the magazine mentions real-life comic pro Bobbie Chase meeting with the fictional Janet Van Dyne. As the art changes on a page-by-page basis, the credits in the magazine are: Scott Benson, Bobbie Chase, Matthew Morra, Mindy Newell, John Rozum, Dan Slott, Manny Galan, Bob Washington, Chris Cooper, Dawn Geiger, Gregory Wright, John Cebollero, Tom Smith, Joe Phillips, Adam Hughes, Brian Stelfreeze, Kenny Lopez, Jack Abel, Robbie Carosella, Jesus Gonzalez, Marc Silvestri, Paul Ryan, Bud LaRosa, Ron Frenz, Joe Sinnott, James Fry, Mark McKenna, Mark Pacella, Brad Vancata, Andy Kubert, Kevin Kobasic, James Palmiotti, Art Thibert, Dale Keown, Joe Rubinstein, Duane Turner, Jan Duursema, Mark Farmer, June Brigman, Tom Palmer, Steve Geiger, P. Craig Russell, Whilce Portacio, Scott Williams, John Romita, Jr., Walt Simonson, S. Clarke Hawbaker, Terry Shoemaker, Bob Wiacek, Jim Lee, George Perez, Alan Davis, Joe Quesada, Klaus Janson, Larry Stroman, Al Milgrom, Adam Hughes, Greg Capullo, Harry Candelario, Joe Chiodo, Karl Story, Jackson Guice, Terry Austin, Mike Mignola, Gary Barker, Jae Lee, Joe Jusko, Andrew Wildman, Tom DeFalco, Mark Gruenwald, Stan Lee, John Romita, Sr., Virginia Romita, Gene Durante, Alison Gill, Stephanie Fogle, Terry Stewart, Michael Z. Hobson, James T. Wilson, Robert L. Losey, Lou Bank, Jim Sokolowski and Kathy Beekman. Other real-life people whose 616 counterparts appear in the letters page of the magazine are: Anthony Lauderson, Aaron Heisler, Vicki Montana, Mitchell Pearson, Ian Patrick, Craig Sunderam, Robbie Warnock and Brett Milner.

At one point during the magazine, Gambit is miscolored as Havok, who is standing right next to him.

Mary Jane Watson was technically married to Peter Parker at the time of this book's publishing but I listed her as "Watson," rather than "Parker" because their marriage has since been erased from existence by Mephisto.

Profile by Proto-Man.

Black Panther's Engagement Party has no known connections to

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Marvel Swimsuit Special#1, p2-3, splash page (art by Duane Turner)
Marvel Swimsuit Special#1, p36-37, splash page (art by Adam Hughes)

Marvel Swimsuit Special#1 (1992) - Matthew Morra (lead feature writer), Duane Turner, Jan Duursema, Dale Keown & Mark Farmer, June Brigman & Tom Palmer, Brian Stelfreeze, Steve Geiger, P. Craig Russell, Whilce Portacio & Scott Williams, John Romita, Jr., Walt Simonson, S. Clarke Hawbaker, Terry Shoemaker & Bob Wiacek, Jim Lee & Scott Williams, George Perez, Alan Davis & Mark Farmer, Joe Quesada & Klaus Janson, Larry Stroman & Al Milgrom, Adam Hughes, Greg Capullo & Harry Candelario, Joe Chiodo, Joe Phillips & Karl Story, Jan Duursema, Jackson Guice & Terry Austin, Mike Mignola, John Romita, Jr., Gary Barker & Mark Farmer, Marc Silvestri, Jae Lee & Bob Wiacek, Joe Jusko, Adam Hughes, Andrew Wildman (swimsuit shots artists), Bobbi Chase (editor)

First Posted: 06/08/2012
Last updated: 06/14/2012

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