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Ta-Nehisi Coates’ ‘Black Panther #1’ is 2016’s Best Selling Comic

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*Marvel Comics’ Black Panther No. 1, penned by writer Ta-Nehisi Coates, sold 253,259 issues in its first month to become 2016’s best selling comic to date.

Black Panther, Coates’ re-imaging of the first mainstream black superhero, just dethroned an issue of Star Wars: Poe Dameron, which sold 175,000 copies.

The issue has drawn rave reviews, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The character – a prince from the fictional African nation of Wakanda – is suddenly everywhere. In addition to celebrating his 50th anniversary, Black Panther made his film debut in “Captain America: Civil War,” currently in theaters.

A solo Black Panther film is set for July 6, 2018.

Writer Ta-Nehisi Coates speaks onstage at the New Yorker Festival 2015 - The Fire This Time at SIR Stage 37 on October 4, 2015 in New York City.
Writer Ta-Nehisi Coates speaks onstage at the New Yorker Festival 2015 – The Fire This Time at SIR Stage 37 on October 4, 2015 in New York City.

Earlier this year, Coates won the National Book Award for his memoir Between the World and Me and was awarded a MacArthur “genius” grant.

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