Wednesday, September 26, 2007

1970's Flashback: Luke Cage

Can you dig it?

Luke Cage [who later became known as Power Man] was created by writer Archie Goodwin and artist John Romita, Sr., he first appeared in Luke Cage, Hero for Hire #1 (June 1972). The streetwise young Cage was sent to prison for a crime that he didn’t commit. After his strict law-abiding father died thinking his son a criminal, Luke Cage underwent an experimental procedure that granted him titanium-hard skin and superstrength. Cleared of his crime, he became a “Hero for Hire,” although he was always forced by conscience not to take any money for his deeds.

Luke Cage was one of the first African-American superheroes to headline a comic book series, and therefore was a groundbreaking, but controversial hero. Being Marvel's entry into the 1970s blaxploitation trend, the character sported a stereotypically streetwise tongue, including his famous catch phrase "Sweet Christmas!"

Cage’s powers include: superhuman strength, stamina and durability, and an accelerated healing factor. Cage is also a skilled street fighter.

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