When Sal was hired as BLACK PANTHER 
artist he drew up a few samples to prepare
for his visual take of the character. The top
image to the left was one of these images 
which he later sold on eBay. When I registered
for the 2001 Heroes Con I needed to come up
with a new piece of art for the program book
so I got the scanned image from Sal and inked
it over a lightbox.  I prefer not to ink this way 
but occasionally it's necessary.
While Sal and I were starting "Enemy of the State 2" in BLACK PANTHER 
I suddenly realized that no one ever designed a national flag for the nation
of Wakanda in Panther's 36 years of existence! So I pestered Sal to try to
come up with a flag design and stick it prominantly on one of our covers or
splashes. Unfortunately Sal didn't find any good spots to do this and we 
were running out of time since we were told by issue 43 that our last issue
would be 49 and there were a couple of fill-ins coming up as well.  Then to
our surprise Priest requested that we come up with a flag in the script to
our last issue!  Even though Uber-Panther fan Chris Griffen graciously
assisted with some flag research Sal wanted to utilize an image harkening
back to ancient times. So he decided to use a banner instead of a traditional 
flag with the design from T'Challa's dad's shield. He then asked me to come 
up with a composition which he would refer to in the final image.  My design
is on the left. You can find the adjusted image on pages 2 and 18 of our big
finale issue.
Sal Velluto's Art Soup