Len Kasper was one of the most talented actors that came out in the 1960s and 1970s. He was best known for his roles in Spider-Man and Black Panther, and he also played a variety of other characters in movies and television.
Black Panther (1972)
One of the most iconic heroes in the Marvel Comics Universe, the Black Panther is the state leader of Wakanda. He’s a warrior and an inventor, trained in a variety of unarmed combat styles. His suit features retractable claws and a Vibranium weave that deflects heavy machine gun fire.
The “Black Panther” has gone through several transformations. At one point, the character was called T’Chaka. In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the title has changed to T’Challa.
The creative team
As of the current MCU, the Black Panther is a member of the Avengers team. He is also a member of the Alpha Flight Space Program Board of Governors. In the comics, the Black Panther fought against the Ku Klux Klan, which was controversial at the time. The subject matter was difficult for the creative team.
A number of villains have appeared throughout the years, including an alternate Black Panther. This version of the character was created by Jack Kirby.
Another character who has made appearances is the White Tiger. This was created by a character who previously made appearances in both the DC and Marvel titles. It was also created by Priest during his Black Panther run. Other characters who were introduced during the Black Panther saga include Shuri. She was trained to be the next Black Panther.
The 70s were a time when superheroes were more of a thing than an afterthought. As such, Spider-Man starring Michael Pataki and Jeffrey Donnell was a bona fide hit. While the movie was released in the US, it made its way to the UK, Australia and Europe. Interestingly, despite its modest budget, it was a juggernaut. Its box office successes prompted Columbia Pictures to buy out the rights to the franchise in the late 80s. Eventually, they would go on to make some of the most popular Marvel Comics movies of all time. Among them was the ills of Iron Man and Captain America. Despite the upheaval, Columbia would go on to release another ten Marvel movies in the decade to follow. The last three were the best: X-Men, Spider-Man 3 and the untitled Marvel Avengers. Besides, the tv screen was a lot more fun.
Luckily for us, the comic book movies were all good, so we were a pampered bunch for the rest of the decade. We were also able to catch up on our favourite shows while waiting in the wings. For the discerning sex buffs, there were also some ah-ha moments amongst the testosterone packed dudes. Lastly, a trip to the booze capital of the world was the icing on the cake.
Len Kasper (1993)
Len Kasper is a popular baseball broadcaster. He has worked as a television voice for the Chicago Cubs for the past 16 years, and he’s currently working as a radio voice for the Chicago White Sox.
He grew up in Mount Pleasant, Michigan and went to Shepherd High School. During his college years, he attended Marquette University. While there, he earned a degree in public relations. After graduating, he moved to Milwaukee, where he worked as a producer for a local radio station.
In 2002, Len Kasper interviewed with the Florida Marlins. After an impressive performance, the team offered him a job. At first, he was filling in for Matt Vasgersian. But, he soon realized that he needed more experience calling baseball games.
During his time as a TV announcer, he won a Harry Cara 2011 Sportscaster of the Year award. After his contract with the Cubs ended in 2020, he decided to seek employment with the White Sox.
Since 2021, he’s been working as the MLB radio voice of the White Sox. Before that, he was a play-by-play announcer for the Chicago Bulls and the Milwaukee Brewers. Len Kasper is a huge fan of the Chicago Cubs. He and his wife, Pam, are dog lovers. Their son, Leo, was born in 2001.