As you can see from these 2 pictures, this is a telling tale. On the right, he looks healthy, but in fact he was fighting colon cancer in 2016 which was during Captain America: Civil War. HE was still fighting it during the filming of Black Panther, and during Infinity War, Endgame, and his drama 21 Bridges. He kept his illness a secret from the public for that long. The picture on the left is a recent one when he tweeted about Jackie Robinson and his legacy. Boseman played the ground breaking athlete in the movie “42”.
Right now I have so many feelings that I cannot process them all. Anger, sadness, sympathy, pride, happiness, awe, wonder, and love…As an old comics guy, I remember reading Black Panther as a kid in growing up in NYC. There were not many superheroes of color back then in mainstream comics. You had Luke Cage, Black Lightning, Giant Man (yes there was a black Giant Man for awhile in the Avengers), and Black Panther.
There might have been others, but I didn’t see them in either Marvel or DC comics back during the 70’s.You had a couple on TV back then too in animated form. You had Black Vulcan with the Super Friends, and Filmation created the characters of Super Stretch and Micro Woman, a husband and wife hero team who were both scientists as well.
Years later saw other heroes of color come onto the pages of comics, and in animated form, but none in live action until the show M.A.N.T.I.S burst onto the screen starring Carl Lumbly, who went on to voice Jonn Jonzz in the Justice League animated show. It would be several more years before I was treated to seeing one of my comics heroes brought to live-action life in Captain America: Civil War, then featured prominently in his own movie titled Black Panther. He went on to reprise the roll in Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame. He also brought to life public figures of Jackie Robinson in the movie “42”, and Thurgood Marshall in the movie “Marshall”
I want to thank you Mr. Boseman for bringing this old comics guy’s heroes to life…