BLACK PANTHER Artist Reveals Deep KIRBY Inspiration In New Series

"Black Panther" concept art by Brian Stelfreeze
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Black Panther artist Brian Stelfreeze has shared several pieces of concept art for the upcoming series, and heavily references the influence of the character's co-creator Jack Kirby.

Stelfreeze explains how T'Challa's costume is simplified "to reflect its original design by Jack Kirby." The claws are a direct homage to Kirby's version from the 1970s, dispensing with the metal elements added by later artists.

Stelfreeze also points out that the ears on the Black Panther costume are in a down position for a reason.

"If you look at what happens when a panther is ready to attack, the orientation of the ears is down," said Stelfreeze. "So, then TChalla puts on the mask, he is ready for business."

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