The Black Panther was a mystery man whose reputation had spread enough to be instantly recognized and feared by his foe, the evil foreign agent Erick Rogats and Rogats' minion Argo. Erick Rogats kidnapped Professor Taft. Taft had developed a formula that could petrify any living object and then unpetrify them with an antidote. Rogats sent his hooded minion Argo to kidnap the professor from his home and bring him to a secret lab hidden behind a wall of rock. However, Black Panther followed them and then rescued the professor and stopped Rogats before the villain could steal the formula. Erik Rogats tried to escape from the Panther by scaling a cliff but fell into a raging whirlpool.
He had no known powers but was a skilled fighter (both with his fists and his knife) and was extremely agile.