Titan Books/Marvel Comics To Publish Original Black Panther Prose Novel

Beginning this April, Titan Books and Marvel Comics will combine to publish in both North American and UK markets original prose novels that expand on the comics giant’s most popular creations, including Black Panther, Captain America, Deadpool, Ant-Man, and Spider-Man. Titan Comics, a sister imprint of Titan Books and division of Titan Entertainment Group, has been a longtime collaborator with Marvel, recently releasing Black Panther: Official Movie Special to coincide with the Marvel/Disney film starring Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa, King of the African nation Wakanda. “This new deal marks the start of an exciting new chapter in creative collaborations between Titan Books and Marvel,” says Katharine Carroll, Titan’s U.S. publicity director.

In addition to reissuing iconic and out-of-print titles, the program will also highlight new works from today’s authors. A move Titan Books’ editorial director Laura Price could not be more pleased with, noting the company is “delighted to be joining this legacy, and we look forward to a continuing relationship helping to expand the Marvel Universe in collaboration with Marvel themselves.”

Kicking off the projected nine-book series is Marvel writer Dan Abnett’s Avengers: Everybody Wants To Rule the World and Jesse J. Holland’s Black Panther: Who Is the Black Panther? (both Apr.). Soon to follow are stories featuring Spider-Man’s lethal foe, Venom, and the X-Men’s cosmic nemesis, Dark Phoenix, set to hit shelves in October.

With the stunning success of the Black Panther film, bringing in a record-breaking $242.1 million in box office sales in its first days of hitting theaters on February 16, now is the perfect time for librarians to create a display or list of read-alikes. Comics fans should look no further than LJ graphic novels reviewer Martha Cornog’s annual roundup of African American comics: Visionary Graphic Narratives: Celebrate Black History Month and Beyond with These Essential Comics and Superheroes & Heroic Struggles: 21 Graphic Novels for February, Black History Month, and Beyond. Also released this January, Dennis Culver’s Marvel’s Black Panther: The Illustrated History of a King (Insight Comics) offers a superb overview of the Marvel “Black Panther” series.


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Annalisa Pesek (apesek@mediasourceinc.com) is Assistant Managing Editor, LJ Book Review
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