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LUKE CAGE – “Power Man”

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WHY HE'S COOL

In the 1970's, there were these movies called “Blaxploitation”. Which featured overly tough African America heroes. So Marvel decide to make their own Blaxploitation hero, Luke Cage, the baddest black cat in all of Harlem, can you dig it? He is urban, he is street and he is just a touch cheesy, with his infamous catch-phrase, “Sweet Christmas”.

Growing-up poor in Harlem as Carl Lucas, Cage tried to leave his rough teenage years behind him and find legitimate work. But his friend Willis Stryker went the other direction. Jealous of Cage, Stryker framed him with some heroin and Cage was sent to jail. In prison he was recruited for experimental tests, but when a racist prison guard tried to kill him with the experiment, Luke Cage gained superpowers instead. With his new powers he escaped jail, changed his name to Luke Cage and eventually cleared his name. Noting all the corruption in the world, Luke became Power Man, a superhero for the people, also known as Luke Cage, Hero for Hire.

Luke Cage is super strong, capable of lifting cars and busting through walls. Nothing short of a tank shell can hurt him. He often doesn't like being called a superhero, and has recently been rejecting his superhero name, Power Man. Just call him Cage, jive turkey!

Luke's best friend is Iron Fist, with whom Luke has run a help / detective agency, Heroes for Hire. Recently, Luke Cage has become a father, with retired superhero Jessica Jones. They married to raise little Danielle. He has also become an Avenger from time-to-time, even leading the team for a while. Meanwhile, many of Cage's old street friends, became villains, like Stryker.

 

TV VERSION

Currently played by Mike Colter in the Netflix series, JESSICA JONES, LUKE CAGE and the upcoming DEFENDERS. In the show, Cage comes from Georgia, instead of being a Harlem native. The son of a preacher, whose extramarital affair gave him a half-brother, Willis Stryker.

 

COOL KID
This one is for fans of the Netflux show.  Pop's Barber Shop, where Luke Cage and company always hung out!

COOL KID
This is another cool one, that only fans will get.  A bullet ridden hoodie!  You see, Luke Cage is bullet proof, but his clothes are not.  So our poor hero is constantly having to buy new shirts!  Once they notice the bullet holes, your friends will get a big kick out of this!

NEWBIE
The bulk of Luke Cage's career has been his team-up with Iron Fist.  This volume kicks off the dynamic duo of the 80's, a must for any new fan! GOOD FOR KIDS

NEWBIE
For a while, Luke Cage was the leader of the Avengers B-Team, which also featured the new young Power Man.  This has some slamming action any newbie fan will love! GOOD FOR KIDS

FAN
This is the second volume of Power Man and Iron Fist reprints.  It features one of their most popular adventures, as Luke Cage goes after Warhawk, after what he did to Iron Fist!  A must read for every Luke Cage fan! GOOD FOR KIDS

FAN
Before he teamed up with Iron Fist, it was just Luke Cage, Hereo for Hire!  These are his first adventures, that not too many people have read.  So any fan will be pleased as punch to have it!  GOOD FOR KIDS

DIEHARD
Every Luke Cage fan needs this!  Power Man's infamous catch phrase, Sweet Christmas!  Only another fan will understand.  They will dig it!

DIEHARD
This is great book detailing the history of African American superheroes.  Back when Luke Cage first appeared, you could count them all on one hand!  Any diehard fan of Luke Cage will enjoy this volume!