May 22, 2016


Ta-Nehisi Coates' 'Black Panther' Is This Year's Top-Selling Comic Book

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Building off the traction and notoriety of his best selling non-fiction book Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates can now add another literary accolade to his to resume, but this time it's for his comic book, Black Panther

Coates' Brian Stelfreeze/Laura Martin–illustrated remake of the futuristic comic that debuted 1966 has been in such high demand from retailers that it's already the top selling comic book of 2016. Apparently, Black Panther has already usurped Deadpool, Star Wars and other notable titles, according to Comic Chron.

Retailers in North America have already ordered 253,259 copies, while Star Wars: Poe Dameron falls in second place with 175,322 orders placed. Vulture notes that the data isn't necessarily reflective of comic sales, although it's a decent barometer for measuring consumer demand. 

Earlier this month, Marvel debuted a monthly video series that pairs Black Panther graphics with narration from Coates. The first video, which you can take a look at here, drew its soundtrack from the Run the Jewels track, "Oh My Darling." That's not the end of Black Panther hysteria though: Marvel is set to turn the comic into a standalone movie in February 2018, and has its sights set on Michael B. Jordan for a part.