This powerful graphic novel history of the Panthers strikes a fine balance between historical narrative and dramatic scenes of traditional comic book-style dialogue-driven action like the murder of Fred Hampton. Walker and Anderson have produced a stirring history of the revolutionary party with short biographies of many of the members alongside its larger history, contextualization in the history of American racism, and the party’s important community programs (J. Edgar Hoover most reviled the Free Breakfast program that paved the way for the national one we now have). What’s finally most important about this book is that “every single concern” Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale had when they founded the Panthers is still relevant today if not more critical. — Dafydd Wood
A bold and fascinating graphic novel history of the revolutionary Black Panther Party.
Founded in Oakland, California, in 1966, the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense was a radical political organization that stood in defiant contrast to the mainstream civil rights movement. This gripping illustrated history explores the impact and significance of the Panthers, from their social, educational, and healthcare programs that were designed to uplift the Black community to their battle against police brutality through citizen patrols and frequent clashes with the FBI, which targeted the Party from its outset.
Using dramatic comic book-style retellings and illustrated profiles of key figures, The Black Panther Party captures the major events, people, and actions of the party, as well as their cultural and political influence and enduring legacy.
About the Author
David F. Walker is an award-winning comic book writer, author, filmmaker, journalist, and educator. His work in comic books includes Shaft, winner of the Glyph Award for Story of the Year, Power Man and Iron Fist, Nighthawk, Fury, Secret Wars: Battleworld, Cyborg, The Army of Dr. Moreau, and Number 13. He is also the creator of the critically-acclaimed YA series The Adventures of Darius Logan and the author of the graphic novel biography The Life of Frederick Douglass. Recognized as a leading scholar expert of African American cinema, Walker produced one of the definitive documentaries on the topic of Blaxploitation films, Macked, Hammered, Slaughtered, and Shafted.
Marcus Kwame Anderson is an illustrator and fine artist. Much of his work explores the beauty and diversity of the African diaspora and often incorporates social commentary. He graduated from SUNY Fredonia with a degree in illustration. Anderson is the co-creator of the comic book series Snow Daze and has illustrated stories in Action Lab's Cash and Carrie and F.O.R.C.E.