Real Name: N’Baza
Identity/Class: Normal human (citizen of Wakanda)
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: Black Panther (T’Challa), B’Tumba, T’Chaka (Black Panther)
Enemies: Ulysses Klaw
Known Relatives: B’Tumba (son, deceased), S'Yan (brother), T'Chaka (Black Panther, brother, deceased), N'Yami (sister-in-law, deceased), Ramonda (sister-in-law), Ishanta (nephew), Dr. Joshua Itobo (nephew), Jakarra (nephew), Khanata (nephew), M'Koni (Mary Wheeler, niece), Shuri (Black Panther, niece), T’Challa (Black Panther, nephew), Zuni (nephew), Hunter (adopted nephew), Azzari the Wise (father, deceased), Bashenga (first Black Panther, ancestor, deceased), many unidentified ancestors (past Black Panthers, deceased)
Base of Operations: Wakanda
First Appearance: (Seen): Fantastic Four I#53 (August, 1966); (mentioned by name): Avengers I#77 (June, 1970); (seen & identified): Avengers I#87 (April, 1971)
Powers/Abilities: N’Baza did not display any superhuman powers but he was presumably a skilled witch-doctor. It is possible that as a witch-doctor, he possessed some minor mystical knowledge but did not display any such powers. He was a very skilled leader, acting as Regent during the Black Panther’s absence from Wakanda.
(Fantastic Four I#53 (fb)) – When agents of Ulysses Klaw shot Wakandan king T’Chaka dead, witch-doctor N’Baza held back T’Chaka’s young son T’Challa from impulsively rushing into battle against Klaw’s forces.
(Avengers I#87 (fb)) – Shortly after T’Chaka’s death, N’Baza found T’Challa standing in front of Wakanda’s Panther Idol, commenting to N’Baza’s son B’Tumba that he was already a man. N’Baza told T’Challa that if he was to be a man, then he would need to go to school so that he could be a good man.
(Avengers I#77 (fb) – BTS/Avengers I#87 (fb) - BTS) – A firm believer in education, N’Baza sent T’Challa to the best schools in Europe and America. He also sent B’Tumba as well so that T’Challa would not feel lonely. While T’Challa was away, N’Baza assumed the Wakandan leadership responsibilities as regent.
(Avengers I#87 (fb)) – When T’Challa and B’Tumba returned following their college graduation, N’Baza sent B’Tumba away so that he could test T’Challa’s worthiness of the leadership of Wakanda. Despite his suspicions that N’Baza had sent him away to gain his own position of power within Wakanda, T’Challa agreed to N’Baza’s tests. The first test involved T’Challa defeating a half-dozen of Wakanda’s finest warriors. After T’Challa succeeded in defeating the warriors, N’Baza revealed there was one more test he would need to pass but that T’Challa could worry about it the following day as he would need to pass a night of vigil within the Panther Idol. Emerging from the Panther Idol garbed in the Black Panther costume, T’Challa was told he was ready for the final test by N’Baza. N’Baza revealed that the final test was to venture to the reaches of Wakanda’s Great Plateau and consume the forbidden, heart-shaped herb to gain the powers of the Black Panther. Succeeding, the Black Panther came across a group of AIM agents led by B’Tumba, who revealed that it was he who had betrayed Wakanda, not N’Baza, thereby disproving T’Challa’s suspicions about N’Baza. Eventually, B’Tumba saw the errors of his ways and died protecting T’Challa from AIM. As he died, he asked T’Challa not to tell N’Baza about his treachery.
(Avengers I#87 (fb) – BTS) – When T’Challa came to live in America as the superheroic Black Panther and took up the guise of Luke Charles, a school teacher, N’Baza resumed ruling Wakanda as regent in T’Challa’s absence.
(Avengers I#77) – In his guise as teacher Luke Charles, the Black Panther borrowed one of N’Baza’s tribal masks and outfits in an effort to teach the children at his school about their African heritage.
(Avengers I#87) – Still feeling like he had wronged N’Baza by suspecting him of betrayal and not helping his son until it was too late, T’Challa learned of N’Baza’s death and began to feel homesick.
Comments: Created by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby and Joe Sinnott.
N’Baza was probably behind the scenes in every comic that showed the Black Panther’s origin flashback...
N’Baza’s name was not revealed until Avengers I#77 (June, 1970), where he was not seen, only mentioned as being Black Panther’s uncle. It was not until Avengers I#87 (April, 1971) that the name was revealed to have belonged to the witch-doctor character seen in Fantastic Four I#53.
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Fantastic Four I#53, p7, pan3 (main image)
Avengers I#87, p8, pan6 (headshot)
Fantastic Four I#53 (August, 1966) – Stan Lee (writer/editor), Jack Kirby (pencils), Joe Sinnott (inks)
Avengers I#77 (June, 1970) – Roy Thomas (writer), John Buscema (pencils), Tom Palmer (inks, colors), Stan Lee (editor)
Avengers I#87 (April, 1971) – Roy Thomas (writer), Frank Giacola (pencils), Sal Buscema (inks), Stan Lee (editor)
Last updated: 08/29/13
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