Self-professed comic book nerd Ta-Nehisi Coates will soon see his words come to life in illustrated form.
Coates, an author and national correspondent for The Atlantic, will write Marvel Comics' new Black Panther series, The New York Times reports. The series is set to begin next spring, and the superhero also has movies lined up: a debut next year in "Captain America: Civil War," and a solo feature in 2018.
Black Panther, created in 1966, is the first black superhero, according to The Times.
The comic company reached out to Coates, a Baltimore native and National Book Award finalist, after he interviewed a Marvel editor at The Atlantic's New York Ideas seminar.
Coates described Marvel as an "intimate part" of his childhood.
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