Black Panther 2 Speculation: Taking a Closer Look at M’Baku

by Don Y

Mbaku-300x157 Black Panther 2 Speculation: Taking a Closer Look at M'BakuShortly after Chadwick Boseman’s tragic death in late August 2020, the value of Shuri’s first appearance in Black Panther #2 rose dramatically. For example, in early August 2020, CGC 9.8 copies of Black Panther #2 generally sold for less than $250 on eBay. A month later, copies of that same book sold for $600 to $650 with one copy selling on eBay for $800 on August 29th. One character that may deserve more attention is M’Baku. In contrast to Shuri’s key issues, M’Baku’s first two appearances have actually decreased in value in recent years. We’ll take a closer look at those two issues below.

Other key issues for Shuri have also increased in value, including Black Panther #1 (first cover appearance of Shuri as Black Panther, but not in the story) and Black Panther #5 (first appearance of Shuri as Black Panther in the actual story).

Avengers #62: First Appearance of M’Baku

Screen-Shot-2021-02-21-at-1.29.53-PM-203x300 Black Panther 2 Speculation: Taking a Closer Look at M'BakuAppearing for the first time in Avengers #62, M’Baku is one of Wakanda’s greatest warriors and has often served as an antagonist to Black Panther. On film, Ryan Coogler envisions an M’Baku that’s appropriate for the 21st century, including getting rid of M’Baku’s problematic alter-ego as “Man-Ape.” In addition, although Coogler initially portrays M’Baku as Black Panther’s rival, M’Baku is ultimately no villain. M’Baku protects Black Panther after he suffers terrible injuries at the hands of Killmonger and then helps Black Panther to defeat Killmonger at the end of the film.

In Avengers: Infinity War, M’Baku leads the Jabari in battle against Thanos’ army in Wakanda and then again at the Avengers Compound in Avengers: Endgame. Although we know he survives the “Blip,” it’s not clear what role he played in Wakanda during the five years that elapsed between the two movies. Winston Duke does an amazing job bringing M’Baku to life; in my opinion, he steals every scene he’s in.

His first appearance, a Silver Age book, has gone up and down in value in recent years. Several months after the release of Black Panther in January 2018, a CGC 9.4 copy of his first appearance sold for $550 and CGC 9.6 copy sold for a whopping $2,995 (the latter is an example of how NOT to invest in comics). Since then, unlike many of Shuri’s key issues, Avengers #62 has cooled off. For instance, according to GoCollect, the FMV of a CGC 9.4 is currently $290 and the FMV of a CGC 9.6 sitting at $950.

Avengers #75: M’Baku’s Second Appearance Decreasing in Value in Certain Grades

Screen-Shot-2021-02-21-at-2.19.41-PM-198x300 Black Panther 2 Speculation: Taking a Closer Look at M'BakuIf you’re looking for something more affordable, M’Baku’s second appearance in Avengers #78 is worth taking a closer look at. In many grades, Avengers #78 has decreased in value during the past three years. For instance, during the past three years, sellers on eBay have sold nine CGC 9.0 copies of Avengers #75; during that period of time, its value dropped 19.1%.

Considering that M’Baku will likely take on an expanded role in Black Panther 2, it may be a good time to buy the dip? What do you all think? Please let us know in the comments below!

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steven Centonzo March 15, 2021 - 7:27 am

Issue 75. What a classic silver age classic cover. 78 and 79 make a great classic silver read.


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