Real Name: Mandla

Identity/Class: Human technology user;
   citizen of Wakanda

Occupation: Leader of the White Gorilla Cult & Jabari Tribe

Group Membership: Jabari Clan, White Gorilla Cult

Affiliations: White Gorilla Army

Enemies: Midnight Angels (Aneka, Ayo, others)

Known RelativesM'Baku (Man-Ape, brother), Damola (cousin, deceased), Queen Divine Justice (Chante Brown, born Ce'athauna Asira Davin, cousin)

Aliases: Lord Mandla

Base of Operations: Jabari Village in Wakanda, Africa

First Appearance: (Mentioned) Black Panther VI#2 (July, 2016); (seen) Black Panther VI#3 (August, 2016)

Powers/Abilities: Mandla wore armor on his upper body with four arms and a skull helmet. The armor's massive second set of ape-like arms were apparently controlled by the movements of the first set of arms, which had Mandla's arms inside it. The ape-like arms were powerful enough to punch through trees.

He was in great physical condition and could easily command authority.

Height: Unrevealed (6'3"; by approximation)
Weight: Unrevealed (270 lbs. (human); 450 lbs. (with armor); by approximation)
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Black

(Black Panther VI#4 (fb) - BTS) - Mandla was M'Baku's younger brother. He took over the mantle of the Man-Ape and control over the Jabari Tribe some time after his brother's death.

(Black Panther: World of Wakanda#2 (fb) - BTS) - Mandla was seen on a screen as a known threat to Wakanda in the Dora Milaje's database in Upanga.

(Black Panther VI#2 - BTS) - Aneka showed Ayo a map of where the corrupt chieftains she planned to go after were, which included Mandla of the White Gorilla Cult in the Jabari-Lands.

(Black Panther VI#3 - BTS) - While the Midnight Angels were away the White Gorilla Army attacked a destroyed village on the border of the Jabari-Lands where the Midnight Angels were hiding with a group of liberated women. Ayo promised to make the White Gorilla Army pay.

(Black Panther VI#3) - Aneka lured Man-Ape (Mandla) and some of his soldiers through the woods into a cave. Man-Ape ripped through trees while running after her. When the soldiers thought they had her cornered they entered the cave with Man-Ape at the front. Inside the cave they were faced by the Midnight Angels who easily took out the soldiers.

(Black Panther VI#4 (fb) - BTS) - The Midnight Angels apparently slew Mandla.

(Black Panther VI#4 (fb)) - Led by Aneka and Ayo the Midnight Angels delivered the corpse of Mandla with "No One Man" painted on his chest to the Jabari. They then overran the Jabari Clan and took control of the region. Some Jabari sided with them.

Comments: Created by Ta-Nehisi Coates & Brian Stelfreeze.

The origin of Mandla's armor is a mystery. He didn't wear armor on his legs and the armor looked heavy. Maybe it was made of light materials (some Vibranium was probably included). His poor knees and legs were probably hurting!

Profile by Markus Raymond.

Mandla has no known connection to:

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Black Panther VI#3, p19, pan5 (main)
Black Panther VI#4, p3, pan5 (corpse)

Black Panther VI#2-4 (July-September, 2016) - Ta-Nehisi Coates (writer), Brian Stelfreeze (artist), Wil Moss (editor)
Black Panther: World of Wakanda#2 (February, 2017) - Roxane Gay (writer), Ta-Nehisi Coates (consultant), Alitha E. Martinez (pencils/inks), Roberto Poggi (inks), Wil Moss (editor)

First Posted: 08/30/2022
Last updated: 08/30/2022

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