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Luke Cage


Luke Cage.
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Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance Luke Cage, Hero for Hire #1 (June 1972)
Created by Archie Goodwin
John Romita, Sr.
Characteristics
Alter ego Originally Carl Lucas, legally changed to Luke Cage
Team
affiliations
Avengers
New Avengers
Heroes for Hire
Fantastic Four
Defenders
"Marvel Knights"
Notable aliases Hero For Hire, Power Man
Abilities Superhuman strength, stamina, and durability,
Accelerated healing factor,
Skilled street fighter

Luke Cage, born Carl Lucas and also called Power Man, is a fictional superhero appearing in comic books published by Marvel Comics. Created by writer Archie Goodwin and artist John Romita, Sr., he first appeared in Luke Cage, Hero for Hire #1 (June 1972). This article is about the comic book company. ... In comic books, first appearance refers to first comic book to feature a character. ... Archie Goodwin (September 8, 1937 – March 1, 1998) was an American comic book writer, editor, and artist. ... John Romita, Sr. ... The Avengers is an elite fictional comic book superhero team in the Marvel Universe. ... New Avengers is a comic book series published by Marvel Comics. ... Power Man and Iron Fist was a Marvel comic book featuring Power Man and Iron Fist. ... For other uses, see Fantastic Four (disambiguation). ... The Defenders are a Marvel Comics superhero group — usually presented as a non-team of individualistic outsiders each known for following their own agendas — that usually battles mystic and supernatural threats. ... A healing factor is a term used to describe the ability of some characters in fiction to recover from bodily injuries or disease at a superhuman rate. ... Alice, a fictional character based on a real character from the work of Lewis Carroll. ... Batman and Superman, two of the most recognizable and iconic superheroes. ... A comic book is a magazine or book containing the art form of comics. ... This article is about the comic book company. ... Archie Goodwin (September 8, 1937 – March 1, 1998) was an American comic book writer, editor, and artist. ... John Romita, Sr. ... Year 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


A streetwise youth, Cage was sent to prison for a crime he did not commit. When Cage thought his strict law-abiding father died thinking his son a criminal, Luke Cage underwent an experimental procedure that granted him titanium-hard skin and superhuman strength. Cleared of his crime, he became a “hero for hire,” although, as a plot device, Cage was always forced by conscience not to take any money for his deeds. Later, he formed a business partnership with the martial arts hero known as Iron Fist. Through the groundbreaking series Power Man & Iron Fist, the two became one of the better-known superhero duos of the 1970s. General Name, symbol, number titanium, Ti, 22 Chemical series transition metals Group, period, block 4, 4, d Appearance silvery metallic Standard atomic weight 47. ... A plot device is a person or an object introduced to a story to affect or advance the plot. ... Hawaiian State Grappling Championships. ... Iron Fist (Daniel Danny Thomas Rand-Kai) is a fictional character, a superhero martial artist in the Marvel Comics universe. ... Power Man and Iron Fist was a Marvel comic book featuring the superheroes Power Man and Iron Fist. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, also called The Seventies. ...


Cage was the first African-American superhero to star in an eponymous comic book series (the first African-American character to do so was Dell Comics' western hero Lobo). Cage was a groundbreaking but controversial hero. He was Marvel's entry into the 1970s blaxploitation trend and sported a stereotypically streetwise tongue, including the catch phrase "Sweet Christmas!" Later revivals, such as Azzarello's Cage, which portrayed him as thuggish, were also criticized though Azzarello's revival also attracted attention to the character. An eponym is a person (real or fictitious) whose name has become identified with a particular object or activity. ... Languages Predominantly American English Religions Protestantism (chiefly Baptist and Methodist); Roman Catholicism; Islam Related ethnic groups Sub-Saharan Africans and other African groups, some with Native American groups. ... Dell Comics was the comic book publishing arm of Dell Publications, which got its start in pulp magazines. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Lobo #1 (Dec. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, also called The Seventies. ... Shaft (1971) Blaxploitation is a film genre that emerged in the United States in the early 1970s when many exploitation films were made that targeted the urban African American audience; the word itself is a portmanteau of the words “black” and “exploitation. ...


Consequently, Cage has been featured in the Brian Michael Bendis-written series Alias, Secret War, The Pulse, Daredevil and New Avengers. Brian Michael Bendis (born August 18, 1967) is an American comic book writer and erstwhile artist. ... Alias is a comic book created by Brian Michael Bendis and published by Marvel Comics under their MAX imprint. ... Combatants Kingdom of Laos, United States, Thailand, Republic of Vietnam Pathet Lao Democratic Republic of Vietnam The Secret War (1962-1975) also known as the Laotian Civil War was a term used to describe the Laotian front of the Vietnam War. ... The Pulse is a comic book published by Marvel Comics, written by Brian Michael Bendis, about the people who work on The Pulse, a weekly section in the fictional Daily Bugle newspaper, focusing on superheroes. ... Daredevil (Matt Murdock) is a superhero in the Marvel Comics Universe. ... New Avengers is a comic book published by Marvel Comics. ...

Contents

Fictional character biography

Origin

Born and raised in New York City's Harlem neighborhood, Lucas spends his youth in a gang called the Bloods. With his friend Willis Stryker, he fights the rival gang the Diablos and committs petty thefts, often on behalf of deformed crimelord Sonny Caputo, a.k.a. Hammer. In and out of juvenile homes throughout his teens, Lucas dreams of becoming a major New York racketeer until he finally realizes how his actions are hurting his family. He seeks to better himself as an adult, finding legitimate employment. Meanwhile, Stryker rises through the ranks of crime, but the two men remain friends. When Stryker's activities anger the Maggia (a.k.a. the Syndicate), he is badly beaten in a mob hit, saved only by Lucas' intervention. When Stryker's girlfriend, Reva Connors, breaks up with him in fear of his violent work, she sought solace with Lucas. Convinced that Lucas is responsible for the breakup, Stryker plants heroin in Lucas' apartment and tips off the police. Lucas is arrested and sent to prison where contact with his family was sparse due to the resentment of his brother James, Jr., who intercepts Lucas letters to their father James and eventually leads each to believe the other is dead. New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... For other uses, see Harlem (disambiguation). ... The Maggia is a fictional organization in the Marvel Comics universe. ...


In prison, Lucas is consumed by rage over Stryker's betrayal and his father's supposed death, engaging in frequent brawls and escape attempts. Eventually transferred to Seagate Prison off the coast of Georgia, he becomes the favorite target of sadistic guard Albert "Billy Bob" Rackham, whose brutality ultimately leads to a demotion that he blames on Lucas. Later, research scientist Dr. Noah Burstein recruits Lucas as a volunteer for experimental cell regeneration based on a variant of the Super-Soldier process he had previously used to empower Warhawk. Burstein immerses Lucas in an electrical field conducted by an organic chemical compound; when he left Lucas unattended, Rackham misuses the experiment's controls, hoping to maim or kill Lucas. Lucas' treatment is accelerated past its intent, inducing body-wide enhancement that gives him superhuman strength and durability. He uses his new power to escape Seagate and makes his way back to New York, where a chance encounter with criminals inspires him to use his new powers for profit. Warhawk is a superhero who has appeared in animated series based on DC Comics. ...


Adopting the alias Luke Cage and donning a distinctive costume, he launches a career as a Hero for Hire, helping anyone who can meet his price. He soon establishes an office in Times Square's Gem Theater, where he befriends film student D.W. Griffith. Burstein, aware of his friend's innocence, also relocates to New York and opens a medical clinic, assisted by Dr. Claire Temple, whom Cage begins dating. Although Cage is content to battle strictly conventional criminals, he soon learns that New York was hardly the place to do so. Stryker himself has become a Maggia agent as Diamondback and dies battling Cage. Subsequent opponents included Gideon Mace, an embittered veteran seeking a U.S. takeover who will become a frequent foe; Chemistro (Curtis Carr), whose Alchemy Gun will be a weapon later used by others, including his own brother after Curtis reformed; and Discus, Stiletto, Shades, and Commanche, all criminals with ties to Cage's prison days who will face him repeatedly over the years. Times Square. ... David Lewelyn Wark Griffith (January 22, 1875 - July 23, 1948) was an American film director (commonly known as D. W. Griffith) probably best known for his film The Birth of a Nation. ...


Superhero ties

Although Cage seems to have little in common with most of New York's other superhumans, an ill-conceived attempt to collect a fee from a reneging Doctor Doom leads him to befriend the Fantastic Four (Hero for Hire #9, 1973). He is subsequently hired by Daily Bugle publisher J. Jonah Jameson to capture Spider-Man. Cage, however, comes to sympathize with Spider-Man and forcibly returns Jameson's deposit, earning a place on the publisher's lengthy list of superhuman personas non grata. Cage also befriends Jessica Jones, a young woman whose superhuman strength and unconventional style match his own. During a mission in which Orville Smythe dupes him into stealing an experimental starsuit from Stark International, Cage follows the example of his new peers and took the codename of Power Man. Cage battles Erik Josten (Atlas of the Thunderbolts) for the use of the Power Man name, winning the right. Doctor Doom (Victor von Doom) is a fictional character, a supervillain in the Marvel Universe. ... For other uses, see Fantastic Four (disambiguation). ... Layout of the Bugle The Daily Bugle is a fictional New York City newspaper that is a regular fixture in the Marvel Universe, most prominently in Spider-Man and its derivative media. ... J. Jonah Jameson (also known as J.J., Jolly Jonah Jameson , or J.J.J.) is a fictional supporting character featured in Marvel Comics’s Spider-Man series. ... Spider-Man swinging around his hometown, New York City. ... Jessica Campbell Jones is a fictional character in the Marvel Comics universe, created by writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Michael Gaydos. ... Iron Man (Anthony Tony Edward Stark) is a fictional comic-book superhero in the Marvel Comics universe. ... This article is about the Marvel Comics character Atlas. ...


Shortly afterward, Cage begins associating with the loose-knit super-team known as the Defenders, alongside whom he battles the super-strong Wrecking Crew and the racist subversives known as the Sons of the Serpent. When the Thing temporarily loses his superhuman powers, Cage is hired to replace him in the Fantastic Four, but his tenure proves brief after the Puppet Master takes control of him to fight his new teammates. Meanwhile, Cage continues in solo action against an odd assortment of villains, including the maddened professional wrestler X the Marvel, the uninspired Maggia agent Mister Fish, mobsters Dontrell "Cockroach" Hamilton and Ray "Piranha" Jones, the racist Wildfire, the vengeance-seeking Mangler and Spear (whose brother had died under Dr. Burstein's treatment), rival crimelords Baron and Big Brother, the obsessive Goldbug, and Zzzax the Living Dynamo. The Defenders are a Marvel Comics superhero group — usually presented as a non-team of individualistic outsiders each known for following their own agendas — that usually battles mystic and supernatural threats. ... The Wrecking Crew are a team of four Marvel supervillains. ... The Sons of the Serpent are a fictional supervillain group in in the Marvel Comics universe. ... thing, see Thing (disambiguation). ... The Puppet Master, real name Phillip Masters, is a supervillain in the Fantastic Four comics. ... Zzzax (sometimes spelled Zzaxx) is a fictional character, an elemental supervillain in the Marvel Comics universe. ...


Called to assist the Defenders against the Plantman, Cage begins to complain that his participation in their group is interfering with his paying work. Wealthy Defenders member Nighthawk solve this problem by placing Cage on retainer, giving Luke a steady paycheck for his Defenders activities. For some time thereafter, Cage serves as a core member of the Defenders alongside the likes of Doctor Strange, the Hulk, Brunnhilde the Valkyrie, Nighthawk and the Red Guardian (Dr. Tania Belinskya). Together, they defeat minor threats including the Eel and the Porcupine, and major menaces such as the Headmen, Nebulon, Egghead's Emissaries of Evil and the Red Rajah; but Cage fels out of place in the often-bizarre exploits of the Defenders and eventually resigns. He believes he is unsuited to teamwork, little realizing how wrong he would be proven months later. Plantman is a fictional character, a supervillain in the Marvel Comics universe. ... For the stealth aircraft, see F-117 Nighthawk. ... Doctor Strange is a fictional character, a comic book sorcerer and superhero in the Marvel Comics Universe. ... Incredible Hulk, The Hulk and The Incredible Hulk redirect here. ... Valkyrie is a fictional character and Marvel Comics superheroine. ... Starlight is a fictional character in the Marvel Universe. ... The Eel is an alias used by two fictional characters in comic books published by Marvel Comics. ... Please wikify (format) this article or section as suggested in the Guide to layout and the Manual of Style. ... Nebulon is a fictional character in the Marvel Universe. ... The Emissaries of Evil is a fictional team of supervillains in the Marvel Universe. ...


Power Man and Iron Fist

Power Man and Iron Fist #50 (1978). Art by Dave Cockrum.

Having obtained proof of Cage's innocence in his original drug charges, the criminal Bushmaster abducts Burstein and Temple, using their safety and the hope of acquittal to blackmail Cage into abducting detective Misty Knight, who has humiliated Bushmaster in an earlier encounter. Cage's efforts lead to a fight with Knight's boyfriend, the martial artist Iron Fist, a native of the extra-dimensional city of K'un-Lun and still a newcomer to Earth society; however, upon learning of Cage's situation, Iron Fist and Knight help him defeat Bushmaster and rescue his friends. In the course of the encounter, Bushmaster forces Burstein to mutate him as he had Cage, but is nonetheless defeated and soon becomes paralyzed by the process. Cleared of criminal charges, Cage briefly works for Knight's detective agency, Nightwing Restorations, but soon elects to join Iron Fist in a two-man team, Heroes for Hire, founded by attorney Jeryn Hogarth and staffed by administrative wunderkind Jennie Royce. Although the streetwise Cage and the unworldly Iron Fist seem to have little in common, they soon become the best of friends; however, Cage's relationship with Claire Temple proves less durable, and he instead begins dating model Harmony Young. Power Man and Iron Fist was a Marvel comic book featuring the superheroes Power Man and Iron Fist. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (400x618, 94 KB) This is an image of Marvels Power Man and Iron Fist #50. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (400x618, 94 KB) This is an image of Marvels Power Man and Iron Fist #50. ... The cover of Giant-Size X-Men #1 by Gil Kane & Cockrum, featuring characters Cockrum designed. ... Misty Knight is a fictional character in Marvel Comics Marvel Universe. ... Iron Fist (Daniel Danny Thomas Rand-Kai) is a fictional character, a superhero martial artist in the Marvel Comics universe. ... Kun-Lun is a fictional location in the Marvel Universe. ... Power Man and Iron Fist was a Marvel comic book featuring Power Man and Iron Fist. ...


Cage and Iron Fist achieve great success with Heroes for Hire, earning an international reputation and fighting a wide variety of criminals, including the genius Nightshade, the international crimelord Montenegro, Sabretooth and the Constrictor, Warhawk, and the druglord Goldeneye. They have several struggles involving the nations of Halwan and Murkatesh, including incarnations of Scimitar and the Black Tiger. They occasionally work alongside fellow street-level heroes such as Spider-Man, Daredevil and Moon Knight, but rarely participate in the larger-scale crises that occupied the likes of the FF and the Avengers; however, their adventures take occasional turns toward the extraterrestrial or the extra-dimensional, areas which hold little appeal for the down-to-earth Cage. Their partnership's downfall begins when the mysterious government agency S.M.I.L.E. manipulates Cage and Iron Fist into the employment of Consolidated Conglomerates, Inc.; during their first CCI assignment, Iron Fist contracts radiation poisoning. Cage takes him to K'un-Lun for treatment. While there, Iron Fist is, unknown to Cage, replaced by a doppelganger of the plantlike H'ylthri race, K'un-Lun's ancient enemies. Soon after their return to the outside world, the doppelganger is destroyed, pummeled by the alien Super-Skrull, as a result of a bizarre scheme engineered by Iron Fist's archenemy, Master Khan. Cage is blamed for the apparent murder of Iron Fist. Nightshade is a fictional character in the Marvel Universe. ... Sabretooth is a Marvel Comics character, an arch-enemy of the X-Men’s Wolverine. ... Constrictor (real name Frank Payne, alias Frank Schlicting) is a fictional character, a supervillain in the Marvel Comics universe. ... Goldeneye is a minor enemy of Luke Cage and Iron Fist in Marvel Comics, who bears a remarkable similarity to the video game character of the same name. ... Daredevil (Matt Murdock) is a Marvel Comics superhero. ... Moon Knight (Marc Spector) is a fictional character appearing in comic books published by Marvel Comics. ... The Avengers is an elite fictional comic book superhero team in the Marvel Universe. ... Radiation poisoning, also called radiation sickness, is a form of damage to organ tissue due to excessive exposure to ionizing radiation. ... The Hylthri are a fictional other-dimensional, sentient plant race of the Marvel Comics Universe. ... The Super-Skrull (Klrt) is a fictional character who appears in the Marvel Universe. ...


Chicago

Cage #1 (1992). Art by Dwayne Turner.

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A fugitive again, Cage breaks contact with his New York friends and relocates to Chicago; but, with Hogarth's help, he is cleared of criminal charges when the real Iron Fist turned up alive. Wanting a new start, Cage abandons his Power Man guise and begins operating out of Chicago as the plainclothes Luke Cage, Hero for Hire; he makes arrangements with the Chicago Spectator for exclusive reports of his adventures and frequently works with detective Dakota North. He soon attracts the interest of the refined assassin Hardcore, an employee of Cruz Bushmaster, son of the very villain whose defeat clears Cage's name the first time. Cage learns that Cruz, following in his father's extortion footsteps, has abducted Noah Burstein's wife Emma to force the scientist to re-create the process that had empowered Cage, regardless of how many test subjects suffered in the process. Cruz undergoes the procedure himself, but the elder Bushmaster drains the power from his son, reversing his near-catatonia and declaring himself the Power Master; however, Cage teams with Iron Fist to thwart their plans, freeing the Bursteins while the Bushmasters apparently perish. History Dakota North is the daughter of Samuel J. North, a retired agent of an unnamed American intelligence agency. ...


While Cage tries to locate his surviving family members with the aid of Dakota North, his brother keeps moving his father around to keep Cage away from them. James, Jr. is eventually recruited by the criminal Corporation, whose power-enhancing scientist Doctor Karl Malus mutates him into the superhuman Coldfire. As Coldfire, James, Jr. hopes to be a match for his brother, whom he regards as a threat, and he uses his hatred of Cage as a focus for his energy powers. Though James, Jr. works with the Corporation quite willingly, Malus has James, Sr. held hostage as extra insurance of Coldfire's cooperation. When Cage learns the Corporation is holding his family, he invades their headquarters and battles Coldfire; however, the brothers ultimately join forces to rescue their father from Malus, and Coldfire sacrifices himself to destroy the Corporation's headquarters. The Corporation is a fictional organization in the Marvel Universe. ... Dr. Karl Malus is a fictional mad scientist and criminal in the Marvel Universe, created by Michael Fleisher, Steve Leialoha and Jim Mooney. ...


Heroes For Hire (the second incarnation)

Heroes For Hire #1 (1997). Art by Pasqual Ferry.
Heroes For Hire #1 (1997). Art by Pasqual Ferry.

The following passage refers to events in the 1997-1999 series Heroes for Hire, written by John Ostrander. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (483x713, 158 KB) Summary Heroes For Hire #1 Art By Pascual Ferry Licensing This image is of the cover of a single issue of a comic book, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by either the publisher of... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (483x713, 158 KB) Summary Heroes For Hire #1 Art By Pascual Ferry Licensing This image is of the cover of a single issue of a comic book, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by either the publisher of... Cover to Adam Strange #1 (2004), drawn by Ferry Pasqual Ferry (sometimes credited as Paschalis, Pascual or Pascal Ferry) is a comic book artist and penciller, best known in the United States comic industry for his work on Heroes for Hire (1997), Action Comics (2000) and Adam Strange (2004). ... John Ostrander is an American writer of comics. ...


A few months later, Cage investigates the murder of Harmony Young and fights her killer, the demon Darklove, alongside Ghost Rider. Not long afterward, the mystic Doctor Druid recruits Cage to serve in his Secret Defenders against the sorcerer Malachi. Cage returns to New York and, deciding his heart is no longer in superheroics, becomes co-owner of the Gem Theater with his friend D.W. Griffith. Even an invitation from Iron Fist to join a new and expanded Heroes for Hire fails to interest him; yet when the would-be world conqueror called the Master tries to recruit Cage as a spy within Iron Fist's team, destroying Cage's theater in the process, a curious Cage plays along. Cage joins Heroes for Hire and serves with them for some time while reporting to the Master. Cage himself even begins to sympathize with the more benevolent aspects of the Master's goals, and the Master and Cage seem to become genuinely fond of each other; but in the end, Cage can neither betray his best friend Iron Fist nor reconcile himself to the tremendous loss of life the Master's plans of conquest will entail, and he ultimately helps Heroes for Hire destroy the Master of the World's plans. Cage remains with the group thereafter, and dates a fellow member, the She-Hulk. When the Stark-Fujikawa corporation buys out Heroes for Hire, Cage and Ant-Man are fired because of their prison records, and the rest of the team quits in protest. Ghost Rider is the name of several fictional supernatural anti-heroes in the Marvel Comics universe. ... Doctor Druid, also known as Doctor Droom and Druid, is a fictional character, a supernatural monster-hunter in the Marvel Comics universe. ... The Defenders was a comic book series about a loosely-organized team of superheroes in the Marvel Comics universe. ... The Master of the World (often simply referred to as The Master) is a supervillain in the Marvel Universe. ... She-Hulk (Jennifer Walters) is a Marvel Comics superheroine. ... Yellowjacket. ...


Cage, bitten by the hero bug once more, continues to share adventures with Iron Fist and other heroes. Briefly resuming his Power Man identity, he is hired by Moon Knight to join an unnamed team of street-level New York vigilantes, often referred to by fans as the "Marvel Knights"; but mere days after he joins, the group dissolves following clashes with the forces of Tombstone and Fu Manchu. Deciding that a return to basics is in order, he re-establishes his Hero for Hire activities, intervening in a gang war between Tombstone and Hammerhead, and soon learns that, despite his international fame, he is almost forgotten on the streets where he originally made his reputation. He invests his money in a bar and sets about ridding his immediate neighborhood of criminal elements, deciding that the business of world-saving is best left to others. Tombstone is the nickname of a fictional character in Marvel Comics comic books. ... This article is about the fictional literature character. ... Hammerhead is a fictional character, a supervillain in publications from Marvel Comics. ...


In the 2001 miniseries Cage, written by Brian Azzarello under Marvel's MAX imprint, Cage is hired to investigate the murder of a teenage girl and becomes involved in a three-way gang war for control of the neighborhood. Brian Azzarello (born in Cleveland, Ohio) is an American comic book writer. ... MAX is an imprint of Marvel Comics for adult audiences, launched in 2001 after Marvel broke with the Comics Code Authority and established its own rating system. ...


Jessica Jones and the New Avengers

The wedding of Luke Cage and Jessica Jones. Art by Olivier Coipel.

After a one-night stand with a drunken Jessica Jones, now a private investigator, Cage's life is briefly thrown into disarray by Jones's reaction to the fling. The two make peace while working as bodyguards for Matt Murdock. Matt's public denial of his Daredevil costumed identity and suing of the Daily Globe costs him a bit of Cage's respect, calling Matt a hypocrite to his face. Shortly afterward, Cage extends emotional support to Jones when she is forced to revisit past abuses by the villainous Purple Man, and Cage's feelings for her grow. When Jones reveals that she is pregnant from their tryst, she and Cage move in together. Soon afterward, Jones becomes a superhuman consultant with the Daily Bugle, where Jameson's ire at Cage has by no means dwindled over the years. After she is attacked by the Green Goblin during a Bugle investigation, Cage deliberately attacks Norman Osborn in order to provoke him into revealing he is the Goblin. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 396 × 599 pixel Image in higher resolution (550 × 832 pixel, file size: 132 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Cover art for New Avengers Annual #1. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 396 × 599 pixel Image in higher resolution (550 × 832 pixel, file size: 132 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Cover art for New Avengers Annual #1. ... Olivier Coipel is a comic book artist. ... Jessica Campbell Jones is a fictional character in the Marvel Comics universe, created by writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Michael Gaydos. ... Cover to Daredevil v2 #41. ... The Purple Man (Zebediah Killgrave) is a recurring Marvel Comics supervillain. ... The Green Goblin is a Marvel Comics supervillain and an archenemy of Spider-Man. ...


It is revealed that Luke Cage has been one of the superheroes involved in Nick Fury's Secret War in Latveria. With the memories wiped from his mind, Cage is unprepared when he is attacked in his own home by Lucia von Bardas. Cage sustains internal injuries that prove difficult for doctors to treat since they're unable to perform necessary surgical procedures due to his highly durable skin. Months afterwards, Cage is present at the breakout at the supervillain prison 'The Raft' and becomes a founding member of the reformed Avengers team. He declares that he won't mind his daughter learning that her father is an Avenger. Under the advice from Captain America, he marries Jessica after the birth of their daughter Danielle. He also joins the Black Panther, revealed to be one of Luke's personal heroes, and an alliance of other African-American superhumans on a mission against vampires in New Orleans. Secret War is a five-issue comic book miniseries published by Marvel Comics. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Raft is a fictional comic book prison, created to house super-villains and rogue super-heroes in the Marvel Universe. ... The Avengers is an elite fictional comic book superhero team in the Marvel Universe. ... Captain America is a fictional comic book superhero published by Marvel Comics. ... The Black Panther (TChalla) is a fictional character in the Marvel Comics universe who is the first modern Black superhero. ...


Civil War

After the Superhuman Registration Act comes into legislation, Cage and his wife are confronted by Iron Man and Ms. Marvel, who wants them to register. Cage refuses, comparing the Act to slavery and Jim Crow segregation. He then sends Jessica and his newborn daughter away to Canada where they can be safe, though he himself refuses to leave; when S.H.I.E.L.D. forces commanded by agent Gabriel Jones comes to arrest him at the stroke of midnight, despite not having used his powers since the Act went into effect, he fights his way to safety with the help of Captain America, the Falcon, and Iron Fist (posing as Daredevil), and becomes member of Captain America's "Secret Avengers" until Captain America's surrender to U.S. authorities. Civil War is a 2006-2007 Marvel Comics crossover event built around a seven-issue limited series of the same name written by Mark Millar, and penciled by Steve McNiven. ... The Superhuman Registration Act is a fictional piece of legislation introduced by Congress in several magazines published by Marvel Comics in 2006 as a key plot driver of its linewide crossover story Civil War. ... For the film, see Iron Man (film). ... Carol Danvers, also known as Ms. ... This article or section is in need of attention from an expert on the subject. ... The Jim Crow Laws were state and local laws enacted in the Southern and border states of the United States and enforced between 1876 and 1965. ... The Rex Theatre for Colored People Racial segregation is characterised by separation of different races in daily life, such as eating in a restaurant, drinking from a water fountain, using a rest room, attending school, going to the movies, or in the rental or purchase of a home[1]. Segregation... S.H.I.E.L.D. (originally an acronym for Supreme Headquarters, International Espionage, Law-Enforcement Division, changed in 1991 to Strategic Hazard Intervention, Espionage and Logistics Directorate) is a fictional counterterrorism and intelligence agency in the Marvel Universe that often deals with superhuman threats. ... Gabriel Gabe Jones is a fictional character in the Marvel Comics Universe. ... Captain America is a fictional comic book superhero published by Marvel Comics. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Iron Fist (Daniel Danny Thomas Rand-Kai) is a fictional character, a superhero martial artist in the Marvel Comics universe. ... Daredevil (Matt Murdock) is a superhero in the Marvel Comics Universe. ...


Post Civil War

Cage does not comply with the amnesty offered to the Secret Avengers, going underground and reforming the New Avengers alongside Spider-Man, Wolverine, Iron Fist, and Spider-Woman. Luke assumes leadership of the New Avengers after the assassination of Captain America, with the team now operating underground and provided with secure accommodation by Doctor Strange. The New Avengers are driven by two goals; to save people "the way [they] want to", and to investigate the reason why the world has been turned upside-down recently. After a confrontation with Elektra and the Hand to rescue Echo, the team discovers that Elektra has been replaced with a Skrull some intermediate time ago, but whether more prominent figures on Earth have been replaced with Skrulls by this point is unclear. However, after returning to Jessica following their mission in Japan, Cage is uncertain about whether she really loves him or if she is merely a Skrull impersonator. The revelation has also made him very suspicious of his fellow Avengers, especially Spider-Man, believing his switching sides during the Civil War makes him a prime suspect. More recently, he names his daughter Danielle, after Danny Rand. ... Spider-Man swinging around his hometown, New York City. ... For other uses, see Wolverine (disambiguation). ... Iron Fist (Daniel Danny Thomas Rand-Kai) is a fictional character, a superhero martial artist in the Marvel Comics universe. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... Doctor Strange is a fictional character, a comic book sorcerer and superhero in the Marvel Comics Universe. ... Elektra Natchios, usually known only by her first name Elektra, is a fictional character in the Marvel Comics universe. ... The Hand is a group of fictional supervillains in the Marvel Comics universe. ... Echo, also known as Ronin, is a fictional character, a Marvel Comics superheroine and a supporting character of Daredevil. ... The Skrulls are a fictional race of extraterrestrial shapeshifters that appear in the Marvel Universe. ... Iron Fist (Daniel Danny Thomas Rand-Kai) is a fictional superhero martial artist in the Marvel Comics universe created by Roy Thomas and Gil Kane. ...


World War Hulk

In first issue of World War Hulk, Luke Cage, along with New Avenger member Spider-Man, tries to aid the Mighty Avengers in the evacuation of New York City. However, he makes it clear that he is not doing this because of Tony Stark's offer of amnesty to anyone who assists in preparations for the return of the Hulk to Earth, and simply sees this as uniting against a common enemy; in the second issue, Cage is defeated by the Hulk's Warbound Ally named Heriom the Shamed. World War Hulk is a comic book crossover storyline published by Marvel Comics beginning in May 2007. ... Incredible Hulk, The Hulk and The Incredible Hulk redirect here. ...


Powers and abilities

Luke Cage possesses superhuman strength, stamina, and has extremely dense skin and muscle tissue which render him highly resistant to physical injury. Cage possesses these abilities as a result of his participation in dangerous, and highly controversial, experiments while in prison. The cellular regeneration experiment has fortified the various tissues of Cage's body, granting him a high degree of resistance to injury. Cage's skin is as hard as titanium and can resist high caliber bullets, puncture wounds, corrosives, and extreme temperatures and pressures without sustaining damage. Despite this, it is still possible to cause him injury. For example, it is possible to injure him with adamantium weapons. Despite the increased density of his bodily tissues, Cage is able to feel all types of contact or physical damage done to him, just as a normal human can. Regeneration is a form of tissue repair; the restoration of lost or damaged tissues, organs or limbs. ... General Name, symbol, number titanium, Ti, 22 Chemical series transition metals Group, period, block 4, 4, d Appearance silvery metallic Standard atomic weight 47. ... Adamantium is a fictional chemical substance and metal alloy in the Marvel comics universe. ...


A second exposure to said experiments further enhanced his strength and durability to current levels. He is described as being significantly stronger than his first enhancement.[1]


The same experiment that granted him his great strength and durability, has also increased his rate of healing. Luke Cage is able to heal minor injuries much faster than normal humans. However, a drawback to his superhuman durability is that when he does sustain serious injury, medical care is difficult, given doctors' inability to get past his hardened skin, as in the Secret War limited series. Luke Cage is an exceptional street fighter and was a gifted athlete before receiving superhuman abilities. Secret War is a five-issue comic book miniseries published by Marvel Comics. ...


He also owns a jacket that is as durable as his skin-having been exposed to the power man treatment during Cage's second exposure.[2]

Cover to Ultimates 2 #6 (2005). Art by Bryan Hitch.
Cover to Ultimates 2 #6 (2005). Art by Bryan Hitch.

Image File history File links Download high resolution version (565x848, 165 KB)Cover to Ultimates (v2) #6. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (565x848, 165 KB)Cover to Ultimates (v2) #6. ... The various characters of the Ultimate Marvel Universe, as seen on the cover to Ultimates (v2) #12. ...

Other Versions

House Of M

Luke becomes head of a crime syndicate in Hell's Kitchen, but after gaining his powers, he turns his gang into a Sapien resistance and recruited many human heroes; Cloak even becomes something of a son to him. He is the first person that Layla Miller comes to 'awaken' from the House of M reality and joins the force that takes down Magneto and his children in Genosha. Cloak and Dagger (Tyrone Ty Johnson & Tandy Bowen) are a fictional teenage mutant comic book superhero duo in the Marvel Comics universe. ...


Marvel Zombies

Cage, dressed in his original disco shirt outfit, is a member of the Avengers and one of the first heroes to become infected. He is also one the few heroes who manages to eat the Silver Surfer, and receives cosmic powers by doing so. At the end of the Marvel Zombies miniseries, he helps to devour Galactus and becomes a member of "The Galactus" (along with Iron Man, Spider-Man, Giant Man, Wolverine, and The Hulk), who travel across the universe devouring all life on planets. Currently, the Marvel Zombies are attacking a Skrull planet, only to encounter the Fantastic Four - currently consisting of Black Panther, Storm, the Thing and the Human Torch-, leaving the Zombies eager to capture the FF and transport back to their fully populated reality. This article is about the comic book character. ... Marvel Zombies is a comic book miniseries, published by Marvel Comics. ... It has been suggested that Power Cosmic be merged into this article or section. ... For the film, see Iron Man (film). ... Spider-Man swinging around his hometown, New York City. ... Yellowjacket. ... For other uses, see Wolverine (disambiguation). ... The Incredible Hulk The Hulk, often called The Incredible Hulk, is a Marvel Comics superhero. ... For other uses, see Fantastic Four (disambiguation). ... The Black Panther (TChalla) is a fictional character in the Marvel Comics universe who is the first modern Black superhero. ... Storm (real name Ororo Munroe) is a fictional Marvel Comics superhero. ... thing, see Thing (disambiguation). ... This article is about the Silver/Modern Age Human Torch, Johnny Storm. ...


Ultimate Power Man

A different version of Power Man appears in the Ultimate Marvel universe as a member of the Defenders, although he is never referred to as "Luke Cage." In this universe, the Defenders consist of several people who want to be superheroes but have no useful superpowers, and appear to be more interested in the celebrity aspect of being heroes than actually doing anything heroic. This version of Power Man does not possess superhuman strength or any other apparent powers. He also has a different personality from the Earth-616 Cage. The various characters of the Ultimate Marvel Universe, as seen on the cover of Ultimates (v2) #12. ... The Defenders are a Marvel Comics superhero group — usually presented as a non-team of individualistic outsiders each known for following their own agendas — that usually battles mystic and supernatural threats. ... In the fictional Marvel Universe, Earth-616 or Earth 616 is the name used to identify the primary continuity in which most Marvel Comics titles take place. ...


Luke Cage in popular culture

  • The rock band Powerman 5000 took their name from Luke Cage.
  • In the January 4, 2006 episode of the animated TV series The Boondocks, Huey Freeman is asked what a superhero based on him would be called. After stating that no superhero would ever be based on him, because it would not be commercial enough, he says. "Besides, all the black superheroes are corny. They'd probably give me a metal headband and a yellow disco shirt or something stupid." This is an obvious reference to Luke Cage's original look. This joke had also been used in an earlier Boondocks newspaper strip.

For other uses, see Actor (disambiguation). ... Nicolas Cage (born Nicholas Kim Coppola on January 7, 1964) is an Academy Award-winning American actor. ... The film director, on the right, gives last minute direction to the cast and crew, whilst filming a costume drama on location in London. ... Francis Ford Coppola (born April 7, 1939) is a five-time Academy Award winning American film director, producer, and screenwriter. ... Simpsons redirects here. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Milestone Media is a company best known for creating the Milestone comics imprint (that was published through DC Comics) and the Static Shock cartoon series. ... Icon is a fictional superhero created by Milestone Comics and published by DC Comics. ... Black Goliath makes his debut (1976). ... Black Lightning is the first major African-American superhero to have been published by DC Comics. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Brother Voodoo is a superhero in the Marvel Comics universe. ... The Boondocks is an American animated television series created by Aaron McGruder, based on his comic strip of the same name. ...

Appearances in other media

Film

See also: Luke Cage (film)

A film adaptation of Luke Cage is in development for Marvel Studios and Columbia Pictures, with John Singleton directing and Tyrese Gibson in consideration for the role of Luke Cage. The script is currently undergoing a draft. Release date 2008. Luke Cage (2006) is an action film based on the Luke Cage comic books. ... Marvel Studios is an American television and motion picture studio based in Beverly Hills, California. ... The Columbia Pictures logo from 1993 to the present Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. ... John Daniel Singleton (born January 6, 1968 in Los Angeles, California) is an American film director, producer, and screenwriter. ... Tyrese Darnell Gibson (born December 30, 1978), often known simply as Tyrese or Black-Ty, is an American R&B and hip hop singer, songwriter, rapper, actor, and former fashion model and MTV VJ. After releasing several successful albums, he made the transition into films, with lead roles in several... 2008 (MMVIII) will be a leap year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Video games

Luke Cage appears as a playable character in Marvel: Ultimate Alliance voiced by Greg Eagles. His powers include super strength and throwing chains. His New Avengers, Hero for Hire, and Cage costumes, as well as a street costume, are available. A simulation disk has Luke Cage fighting Ultron in S.H.I.E.L.D.´s Omega Base. Greg Eagles is the voice actor for Peter Stillman in Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty and is also the voice actor for the DARPA Chief Donald Anderson and the Ninja under the name George Byrd. ... For other uses, see Ultron (disambiguation). ... S.H.I.E.L.D. (originally an acronym for Supreme Headquarters, International Espionage, Law-Enforcement Division, changed in 1991 to Strategic Hazard Intervention, Espionage and Logistics Directorate) is a fictional counterterrorism and intelligence agency in the Marvel Universe that often deals with superhuman threats. ...


See also

United States citizens of African descent, African Americans, make up a demographic minority of a national population composed primarily of those of European-Caucasian ancestry. ... Iron Fist (Daniel Danny Thomas Rand-Kai) is a fictional character, a superhero martial artist in the Marvel Comics universe. ... Power Man and Iron Fist was a Marvel comic book featuring Power Man and Iron Fist. ...

References

  1. ^ Cage vol. 1, #5 - 8
  2. ^ Cage vol. 1, #5 - 8

External links

  • Luke Cage on the Marvel Universe Character Bio Wiki
  • MDP: Luke Cage - Marvel Database Project
  • Moon Stomper: Powerman
  • Luke Cage at the Internet Movie Database

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Luke Cage - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (4204 words)
Shortly afterward, Cage began associating with the loose-knit super-team known as the Defenders, alongside whom he fought the super-strong Wrecking Crew and the racist subversives known as the Sons of the Serpent.
Cage's efforts led to a fight with Knight's boyfriend, the martial artist Iron Fist, a native of the extra-dimensional city of K'un-Lun and still a newcomer to Earth society; however, upon learning of Cage's situation, Iron Fist and Knight helped him defeat Bushmaster and rescue his friends.
Luke Cage possesses superhuman strength, endurance, and resistance to injury as a result of his participation in dangerous (and highly controversial) experiments while in prison, and his power has seemingly increased by an order of magnitude since his original transformation.
Comic Book Movies -- Luke Cage (1053 words)
Luke Cage was once was a gang member, growing up surrounded by crime.
Cage's character possesses superhuman strength and resistance to injury, the result of scientific experiments he underwent while in prison for a crime he didn't commit.
Luke Cage was the first, fl Marvel comic superhero back in the '70s, and now the franchise returns for the first time since 1993, only this time it will be on the silver screen in a live-action version.
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