Real Name: N'Yaga

Identity/Class: Human (Wakandan)

Occupation: Scientist

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Black Panther (T'Challa), Taku

Enemies: Klaw (Ulysses Klaw)

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Wakandan Consulate, New York, USA

First Appearance: Black Panther I#15 (May, 1979)

Powers/Abilities: N'Yaga was a scientist skilled in applications with Vibranium, such as the Vibranium-damped gloves he supplied to the Black Panther.

Height: 5'11 (by approximation)
Weight: 175 lbs. (by approximation)
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Black

History: (Black Panther I#15 (fb) - BTS) - N'Yaga was a Wakandan scientist assigned to the recently-opened Wakandan Consulate in New York.

(Black Panther I#15) - When the Black Panther and the Avengers were engaged in a battle with Klaw in Manhattan, the Black Panther contacted the Consulate to request assistance. Alongside security chief Taku, N'Yaga took a pair of Vibranium-damped gloves into one of the Consulate's motor vehicles and transported them to the scene of the battle with Klaw. Donning the gloves, the Black Panther was able to overcome Klaw's power and destroy him.

Comments: Created by Ed Hannigan, Jerry Bingham and Gene Day.

When Christopher Priest and Mark Texeira reworked T'Challa in 1998, granting him a Vibranium-lined uniform, some fans cried foul because they didn't think T'Challa had used such gadgets before but, as this and other instances bear witness, T'Challa was always using Wakandan gadgets - just not as his status quo. Note that the claw-tipped fingers on the gloves are basically the same concept as Priest & Texeira's anti-metal claws.

Profile by Prime Eternal.

N'Yaga should not be confused with:


This pair of yellow Vibranium-damped gloves were designed by N'Yaga and housed at the Wakandan Consulate, stored within a box. The gloves had the capacity to deaden sound waves in controlled amounts. The gloves' circuitry monitored the intensity of sound absorbed by its claws and fed the output into a digital display on the cuff of each glove. However, when the gloves tore through sonic energy, it would create a large sonic feedback. When the Black Panther and the Avengers were engaged in battle with Klaw, the Black Panther donned these gloves in order to tear through Klaw's sound-based force field. As the Black Panther struggled against Klaw, the readout on the gloves indicated that Klaw's power level was continuing to rise to dangerous proportions. He finally defeated Klaw by directing the villain's sonic horn into himself, nullifying Klaw's power and seemingly destroying him (as ever, Klaw eventually reformed his sonic body).

--Black Panther I#15

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Black Panther I#15, p11, pan5 (N'Yaga, main)
Black Panther I#15, p12, pan1 (Vibranium-damped gloves)

Black Panther I#15 (May, 1979) - Ed Hannigan (writer), Jerry Bingham (pencils), Gene Day (inks), Roger Stern (editor)

First posted: 04/29/2021
Last updated: 04/29/2021

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