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Stephen Schleicher

Stephen Schleicher

Stephen Schleicher began his career writing for the Digital Media Online community of sites, including Digital Producer and Creative Mac covering all aspects of the digital content creation industry. He then moved on to consumer technology, and began the Coolness Roundup podcast. A writing fool, Stephen has freelanced for Sci-Fi Channel's Technology Blog, and Gizmodo. Still longing for the good ol' days, Stephen launched Major Spoilers in July 2006, because he is a glutton for punishment.

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  1. Joshua Strasburg
    December 18, 2008 at 1:01 pm — Reply

    Who cares!?

  2. Zee
    December 18, 2008 at 1:15 pm — Reply

    Are they? Why are you asking me?

  3. Salieri
    December 18, 2008 at 1:20 pm — Reply

    …They should have just got Jason Aaron as full-time writer, and put Hudlin on a book which plays to his strengths better.

  4. Craig M.
    December 18, 2008 at 1:59 pm — Reply

    OK, I know who Echo is, but who in the blue hell are the “Dora Milaje”? Dora the Explorer’s militant cousins?

  5. Brother129
    December 18, 2008 at 2:06 pm — Reply

    The Dora Mijale are the Adored Ones, Black Panther’s personal femaled badass bodyguards. They were a pretty cool concept when Christopher Priest introduced during his BP fun.

  6. Craig M.
    December 18, 2008 at 4:52 pm — Reply

    Ah. Thanks for the info Brother129.

  7. David
    December 18, 2008 at 6:12 pm — Reply

    I saw that and said, “What if Dora the Explorer is the Black Panther?” And then I said a silent prayer that someone will make the poster for me. :)

  8. Ricco
    December 18, 2008 at 6:21 pm — Reply

    As long as she is of African decent I don’t give a rat-@ss who she is. The name Black Panther should not be used by a caucasian, because of what the Black Panther movement stood for.

    My guess is that the Black APnther is simply Ororo Monroe, Storm.

  9. December 18, 2008 at 6:50 pm — Reply

    Bring back Priest on Black Panther. Those were its best days.

  10. Rowan
    December 18, 2008 at 11:34 pm — Reply

    Is Monica Rambeau The New Black Panther ? or Perhaps it’s… Jean Grey !

  11. Brent
    December 19, 2008 at 10:35 am — Reply

    @Ricco: The creation of Marvel’s Black Panther character is in no way related to the Black Panther movement other than chronological overlap. Waaaay back to the early 70’s, there was brief a period when Marvel changed T’Challa’s name to the “Black Leopard” so as to lessen the confusion.
    At that time there was no way a mainstream company like Marvel wanted to be known as sympathizers to militants.

    But after a few issues, they recognized that the comic character was established enough to be distinguished from the movement. So in an either an Avengers or Fantastic Four book, T’Challa formally changed his name back to BP, stating that his heritage as the BP of Wakanda was centuries older than the American Black Panthers. Of course, Marvel was careful not to actually state the Black Panthers by name, so T’Challa only spoke of malcontents or revolutionaries or some other vague term like that. The main point is, Marvel distanced itself from making a statement one way or another about the civil rights struggles of that time.

    P.S. the Dora Mijale is a great concept that I hope remains intact. Even with a female BP, the Dora Mijale are still her consecrated bodyguards, so the new BP better not be one of them. It should be T’challa’s sister who competed for the BP title at the start of the Hudlin run.

  12. steviecool
    December 20, 2008 at 10:30 am — Reply

    It’s Stephanie Rogers, Cap’s long lost sister who always tagged along on his adventures but always out of sight.

    She got a smaller dose of the Super -Soldier Serum from a blood tranfusion from Cap on a battlefield traige, NO, I did NOT rip this off from She-Huk’s origin.
    OK, I did.

    She dove in the ocean after Cap when he got frozen in the ice. Just recently, she was washed ashore.

    See, I too can write off-panel retcons.

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