BELOW: my own research and supposition (though maybe Kirby did speak about in some interview?) on pages 2-3 of my 4-page verbal/visual essay on “The Origin of Jack Kirby’s Black Panther” (published in Alter Ego #118, 2013).

ABOVE: https://libertywritersafrica.com/mali-in-africa-was-the-richest-empire-in-the-world-in-the-14th-century/?fbclid=IwAR2Ry1RX7Fuqmy6ntwVB_4_bs05_7TU-pNT-f-LB1WpZG2J5MKf9MN1J5hw