The Black Panther is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. Created by writer-editor Stan Lee and penciller and co-plotter Jack Kirby, he first appeared in Fantastic Four #52. He is the first black superhero in mainstream American comics, debuting several years before such early African-American superheroes as Marvel Comics' the Falcon and Luke Cage, and DC Comics' Tyroc, Black Lightning, and Green Lantern John Stewart. The character is usually depicted as the king and protector of Wakanda, a fictional African nation. Chadwick Boseman will play the Black Panther in several films, including Captain America: Civil War and Black Panther as a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.