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The Black Panther (superhero) in-suit and facing off a black panther (large feline).
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John M. Olin Library, Level 1, Kagan Grand Stair

The Black Panther

University Libraries’ Julian Edison Department of Special Collections hosted an exciting exhibit dedicated to Marvel Comics’ Black Panther. The exhibition was curated by Skye Lacerte, curator of the Dowd Illustration Research Archive (DIRA), and Vernon Mitchell, Jr., University Libraries’ curator of American popular art and culture. The exhibition chronicled the development of the comic book character over the last five decades, giving unique visual context and perspective to the 2018 film.

The Black Panther comics displayed were only a small part of the University Libraries’ very robust comic book collection, spanning over ninety years. The Washington University’s Center for the Humanities donated the collection to the DIRA in 2012. For more information, contact the Curator of the Dowd Illustration Research Archive.