AMERICAN PANTHER

Real Name: Unrevealed

Identity/Class: Human

Occupation: None;
former police officer

Group Membership: None;
formerly New York City Police Department

Affiliations: Hate-Monger (Josh Glenn) and his followers (Julian Chambliss, others)

Enemies: Black Panther (T'Challa), Sofija, unidentified Swedish man, immigrants in general

Known RelativesUnidentified mother, unidentified father (deceased)

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Hell's Kitchen, New York City, New York

First Appearance: Black Panther: The Man Without Fear#521 (September, 2011)

Powers/Abilities: The man behind the mask is a trained police officer with an intense hatred against immigrants. He can handle two guns at once and while wearing the American Panther suit was protected by it to some degree against physical damage.

Height: 6'3" (by approximation)
Weight: 215 lbs. (by approximation)
Eyes: Brown (by approximation)
Hair: Black

History:

(Black Panther: The Man Without Fear#522 (fb) - BTS) - When he was a young boy a Swedish immigrant in love with his mother killed his father. Exradited to Sweden the murderer walked free on a technicality.

   Years later the boy had grown up and went to Sweden to take matters into his own hands. He shot his father's murderer in his car 120 km away from Stockholm.

   As a police officer he often took matters into his hands using extreme violence against immigrants.

(Black Panther: The Man Without Fear#521) - An unidentified police officer asked Josh Glenn to leave despite hating immigrants like Glenn. He threatened to beat up Glenn when he didn't want to leave, but moments later Glenn, possessed by the spirit of the Hate-Monger, put the police officer with a mere touch under his control. The officer wasn't angry at Glenn anymore and wanted to help him.

   Hate-Monger and American Panther observed Black Panther from the shadows. They overheard Black Panther talk about the Devil's Diner.

   The next day Hate-Monger led an angry mob to the Devil's Diner. American Panther served as his muscle and protected Hate-Monger from the diner's owner Mr. Okonkwo, an alias of T'Challa. Fueled by Hate-Monger's persuasive powers T'Challa hit the American Panther without any effect. T'Challa and his waitress Sofija left before the situation got further out of hand. Hate-Monger then instilled more hate in the crowd, including American Panther.

(Black Panther: The Man Without Fear#522 (fb) - BTS) - American Panther told Hate-Monger things about his life he had never told anyone before.

(Black Panther: The Man Without Fear#522) - While guarding Hate-Monger during a speech the American Panther struggled against Hate-Monger's control. When he openly opposed Hate-Monger's plan to take over the local police station Hate-Monger used his persuasive powers to make American Panther lick his boots.

   They succeeded to take over the police precinct. American Panther was present at Hate-Monger's meeting with the police and other followers. An attack by Black Panther on the precinct interrupted the meeting, but American Panther managed to defeat Black Panther. The lights suddenly went out when Hate-Monger ordered the execution of Black Panther and his ally Sofija.

(Black Panther: The Man Without Fear#523) - Using night goggles in the darkness Black Panther easily knocked out the controlled police officers and American Panther, but Hate-Monger escaped.

   Half an hour later American Panther came to Hate-Monger's rescue when the Black Panther tried to use a device to exorcise Hate-Monger's spirit from Glenn's body during another hate speech to a hate-filled crowd. Using two guns at the same time American Panther failed to hit Black Panther and was disarmed and knocked into the crowd where a fight had erupted between immigrants and Hate-Monger's followers. American Panther was pulled down and somebody took off his costume. After Black Panther's plan to exorcise Hate-Monger's spirit from Glenn had succeeded the police officer, who had been the American Panther, was found and arrested. His costume was gone.

Comments: Created by David Liss (writer) & Francesco Francavilla (artist).

At the end of Black Panther: The Man Without Fear#523 an unidentified character, who claimed that the world had been waiting for his return, took over the mantle of American Panther. To this day we are still waiting for the American Panther's return and the revelation who is under the mask now...

Profile by Markus Raymond.

CLARIFICATIONS:
American Panther has no known connection to:


American Panther's mother

(Black Panther: The Man Without Fear#522 (fb) ) - She was the mother of the boy that would become the American Panther. She cheated on her husband with a Swedish immigrant, who had fallen in love with her. The Swedish man killed her husband and went off free after a court in Sweden didn't convict him due to a technicality.

   Her fate after learning her husband's murderer got off free is unknown.

--Black Panther: The Man Without Fear#522 (fb)





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Marvel.com, character designs by Francesco Francavilla (main image)
Black Panther: Man Without Fear#523, p17, pan4 (head shot)
Black Panther: Man Without Fear#522, p5, pan3 (as young boy)
Black Panther: Man Without Fear#522, p5, pan3 (mother)


Appearances:
Black Panther: The Man Without Fear#521-523 (September-November, 2011) - David Liss (writer), Francesco Francavilla (artist), Bill Rosemann (editor)


Last updated: 04/30/15

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