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Black (Superhero) History Month: Luke Cage

Luke Cage: New Avengers

Luke Cage: New Avengers

I almost missed my chance to do a Black History post (not that a month dedicated to blackness should really matter. It’s sort of racist but that’s another blog post), but here is it. I put no thought at all into this post. I just thought it would be appropriate to do.

Black Superhero History Month

Black Superhero History Month

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). He obtained his powers in a terrible accident leaving him with near impervious skin and vast superhuman strength.

He was visibly Marvel’s entry into the 1970s blaxploitation trend, and much of “Hero for Hire” saw him sport an exaggerated streetwise tongue, including the catch phrase “Sweet Christmas!” (In the 1990s Heroes for Hire series, Cage explained that he used this phrase in place of profanity because his grandmother, an important figure in his youth, hated profanity, adding, tongue-in-cheek, that she was even meaner and tougher than the villains he fought.) Brian Azzarello’s take on Power Man, Cage, was also criticized, this time for an overly thuggish portrayal (though Azzarello’s revival also attracted attention to the character)

While I am annoyed at Marvel’s decision to demote Luke Cage to the leader of the Thunderbolts (he was previously the leader of the Avengers), I have faith that they are making the right decision for him and his family (he is married to Jessica Jones aka Jewel and has a baby girl).

For more information on Luke Cage, visit his profile at blacksuperhero.com – Luke Cage

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