Comic creator Arvell Jones optimistic that ‘Black Panther’ film happen
At the Tampa Comic Convention on Sunday I had the opportunity to talk to comic book creator Arvell Jones. Jones, who first worked as an assistant to Rich Buckler on the Black Panther comic, has always spoken proudly about the book. This time he has positive hope that the book will make it to the big screen.
“He is an African King who just whipped the Fantastic Four” is how Jones described the comic book to childhood bullies who beat up the “nerds” who toted around comic books.
Jones says the Panther is one of, if not the best, role model for African-American kids.
“He is a great character. If they can just get some funding, it is possible.”
Back in 2006, Jones sang the praises of the African King, Black Panther:
“The Black Panther is great because it helps lift the spirit and reminds Brothers and Sisters that we are and have been Kings and Queens, not just Slaves. Since it’s written by a Black Man, he understands what’s been longed for in this medium, he grew up feeling it. Reggie Hudlin is doing a great job. But he had to learn his craft outside of the field and now he doesn’t have to do it for the money. So, for him, he is without fear. They can take what he writes and run with it or not. He’s not shaking in his boots over what happens. Really, the industry needs people like him now more than ever.”
Take what he writes and run with it…just what most fans would want to hear. Let’s hope Hollywood types over at Marvel Studios are all ears.