Hebru Brand art work
The Black Panther is one of the most used images in modern American history,
used as a symbol of Strength, stealth and nobility in politics all the way to comics.
Let’s talk about the Comic book versions by Marvel and Other Afro-Heroes to
come. Frolab loves the creativity in all the arts,why should comics be excluded? We
will introduce to you some well know and unknown characters in these posts.
As a Frolaborator and a comics enthusiast I thought it would be dope to set it off
with one of my favorite chracters, The Black Panther, King of Wakanda! Here is a
little background, first appearing in the Fantastic Four in 1966. No coincidence the
Black Panther Party was founded the same year. Comics have alway tried to mirror
the climate we live in in some manner. Being one of the first black heroes around
he was also royalty, a king in a small but technologically advance nation called
Wakanda. The Black Panther is a title like “the President” and he’s also given
special abilities that make him more than just a man. Having beat Captain
America in hand to hand combat he’s a warrior like no other. He’s also very much
a highly skilled scientist and works any computer terminal he’s given. You’d think
that there would be a movie about a character like that already? Well Marvel with
Wesley Snipes has been working on this for years now, maybe soon we’ll see it?
Pharoahe Monch Rockin the crowd!
Frolab AKA BP (for this interview): When did you get your first comic book?
Pharoahe Monch: my first comic was given to me by an older brother, i was hooked!
FL/BP: I know the feeling…
FL/BP: Do you read comics still?
PM: I do not read comics today,but when i drive by the Forbidden Planet comic store in NYC, I experience withdrawal. I do support most of the movies made from comics.
FL/BP: Love going by Forbidden Planet when in NYC! Check it out y’all?!
FL/BP: What significance does the black panther have for you?
PM: Black Panther represented for all black readers of comics a sense of acknowledgement. I can remember wanting pajamas with the foot attached so it would look like his uniform.
FL/BP: Oh man, the Jammys?! LOL…
FL/BP: Seriously though, would you consider writing a story for a comic?
PM: No question!
FL/BP: How did you feel when the Black Panther and Storm joined the FF?
FL/BP: It’s worth a read, next time you pass FPNYC stop in?
FL/BP: If you were to be granted super powers what would you want?
FL/BP: Okay… so who’s your Favorite character?
FL/BP: You are one of Frolabs favorite lyrical heroes, when can we expect a new
project from you?
PM: I’m working on 2 albums, one of which is called W.A.R. (LET MY PEOPLE GO)….. it’s a throw back to 1993, 94 hip hop…. extremely lyrical… Black Milk Denaun Porter, Lee Stone, M- phazes. It’s coming out amazing….. the second is top secret super hero shit! LMAO!
FL/BP: Oh, the suspense!
FL/BP: You were part of a dynamic duo in Organized Kunfusion, are there any plans for another “OK” record?
PM: Hmmmmmmmmm? who knows what the future holds?
FL/BP: It’s been great to catch up with you, thanks for taking time in your busy
schedule to chat with Frolab.com. Any last words on Pharoahe Monch?
PM: 10 year re-issue of Internal Affairs, complete with documentary on the making of the album, the guests, the producers, and the controversy.
FL/BP: Can’t wait for that to drop, it’s been 10 yrs?! WOW! Stay Tuned True