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Luke Cage

Luke Cage
Real Name: Luke Cage
Occupation: N/A
Birth Place: USA
Identity: N/A
Aliases: Power Man
Relatives: N/A
Group Affiliation: Defenders, Fantastic Four, Heroes For Hire, New Avengers, Secret Defenders, Marvel Knights, Thunderbolts
Base of Operations: N/A
Origin: Augmented (Chemical)
First Appearance
Hero for Hire #1
Gender: N/A
Height: N/A
Weight: N/A
Eyes: N/A
Hair: N/A
Education: N/A
Universe: N/A
 
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 #1
1433: Hero for Hire #1
   
"Out of Hell--A Hero! "
Luke Cage goes to prison for a crime he didn't commit. While there, he agrees to undergo an experiment that could change everything.
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Cover Date : June 1972
Release Date: March 1972
Universe:  Earth-616  
Writer: Archie Goodwin
Art: George Tuska
Cover: George Tuska
Issue Has Comments
 
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Hero for Hire #2
1524: Hero for Hire #2
   
"Vengeance is Mine! "
Luke Cage tries to expand his Hero for Hire business, but finds it difficult to do without a base of operations. While he mulls over ideas of how to open an office for himself, he encounters a young doctor and a man from his past who knows his real identity.
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Cover Date : August 1972
Release Date: May 1972
Universe:  Earth-616  
Writer: Archie Goodwin
Art: George Tuska
Cover: John Romita Sr.
Issue Has Comments
 
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Hero for Hire #3
1525: Hero for Hire #3
   
"Mark of the Mace! "
Cage comes to a tentative agreement with Dr. Burstein and receives his first real client, but will he find that the mercenary life is more than he bargained for?
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Cover Date : October 1972
Release Date: July 1972
Universe:  Earth-616  
Writer: Archie Goodwin
Art: George Tuska
Cover: William Graham Jr.
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Hero for Hire #4
1600: Hero for Hire #4
   
"Cry Fear...Cry Phantom! "
When Cage and D.W. are assaulted by a strange specter in the theater, they resolve to get to the bottom of it. But is this truly a ghost story, or something more?
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Cover Date : December 1972
Release Date: September 1972
Universe:  Earth-616  
Writer: Archie Goodwin
Art: Billy Graham
Cover: William Graham Jr.
Issue Has Comments
 
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Hero for Hire #5
1601: Hero for Hire #5
   
"Don't Mess With Black Mariah! "
When Cage witnesses the murder of a potential client he decides to do a bit of pro bono work on his behalf. Little does he realize that the trail ends with Black Mariah, who could give the Kingpin a run for his money.
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Cover Date : January 1973
Release Date: October 1972
Universe:  Earth-616  
Writer: Steve Englehart
Art: George Tuska
Cover: William Graham Jr.
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Hero for Hire #6
1609: Hero for Hire #6
   
"Knights and White Satin! "
When Cage gets hired by members of the upper crust he finds himself venturing to the wilds of suburbia to solve his case.
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Cover Date : February 1973
Release Date: November 1972
Universe:  Earth-616  
Writer: Steve Englehart
Art: Billy Graham
Cover: William Graham Jr.
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Hero for Hire #7
1616: Hero for Hire #7
   
"Jingle Bombs! "
It's Christmas Eve and Cage is out on the town enjoying the ambiance of the holidays with Claire. Soon, a series of strange encounters will lead them down a path they little expected.
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Cover Date : March 1973
Release Date: December 1972
Universe:  Earth-616  
Writer: Steve Englehart
Art: George Tuska
Cover: William Graham Jr.
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Hero for Hire #133 (v1)
1650: Fantastic Four #133 (v1)
   
"Thundra at Dawn! "
It's New Years Eve but the gang is in no mood for celebration after the events of the last few weeks. Soon, a brash challenge from Thundra will snap them back to reality.
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Cover Date : April 1973
Release Date: January 1973
Universe:  Earth-616  
Writer: Gerry Conway
Art: Ramona Fradon
Cover: John Buscema
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Fantastic Four #8
1661: Hero for Hire #8
   
"Crescendo! "
With his most recent contract settled, Cage decides to settle a personal score. When that proves fruitless he takes a new contract but even he could never guess the secret of his newest employer.
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Cover Date : April 1973
Release Date: January 1973
Universe:  Earth-616  
Writer: Steve Englehart
Art: George Tuska
Cover: William Graham Jr.
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Hero for Hire #9
1662: Hero for Hire #9
   
"Where Angels Fear to Tread! "
After being stiffed by Doom after his last assignment Cage will stop at nothing to get his money. With a little help from the Fantastic Four he makes his way to Latveria to confront the sinister autocrat.
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Cover Date : May 1973
Release Date: February 1973
Universe:  Earth-616  
Writer: Steve Englehart
Art: George Tuska
Cover: William Graham Jr.
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Hero for Hire #10
1672: Hero for Hire #10
   
"The Lucky...and the Dead! "
Still haunted by a past mistake, Cage sets to track down the true killer of a former client. When his search brings him too close to the truth, the party responsible takes matters into his own hands.
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Cover Date : June 1973
Release Date: March 1973
Universe:  Earth-616  
Writer: Steve Englehart
Art: George Tuska
Cover: William Graham Jr.
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Hero for Hire #11
1673: Hero for Hire #11
   
"Where There's Life...! "
Cage is in dire straits. Left for dead by Señor Suerte, he must somehow muster the strength to break free from his current predicament and confront the madman. Meanwhile, reporter Phil Fox's snooping has finally paid off, but what will this mean for Cage?
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Cover Date : July 1973
Release Date: April 1973
Universe:  Earth-616  
Writer: Steve Englehart
Art: George Tuska
Cover: William Graham Jr.
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Hero for Hire #123 (v1)
1726: Amazing Spider-Man #123 (v1)
   
"...Just A Man Called CAGE! "
Convinced that Spider-Man is to blame for the deaths of Gwen and Norman, JJJ hires Luke Cage to bring the wallcrawler in. Meanwhile, Peter must start the painful process of getting on with life after Gwen.
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Cover Date : August 1973
Release Date: May 1973
Universe:  Earth-616  
Writer: Gerry Conway
Art: Gil Kane
Cover: John Romita Sr.
Issue Has Comments Issue Has Letters Column
 
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Amazing Spider-Man #12
1727: Hero for Hire #12
   
"Chemistro! "
After his tussle with Spider-Man, Cage quickly finds that his services are needed back in Times Square. Meanwhile, reporter Phil Fox decides to put the dirt he has on Cage to use.
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Cover Date : August 1973
Release Date: May 1973
Universe:  Earth-616  
Writer: Steve Englehart
Art: George Tuska
Cover: William Graham Jr.
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Hero for Hire #13
1728: Hero for Hire #13
   
"The Claws of Lionfang "
When a city official is mauled by a seemingly intelligent tiger, Cage is approached by the mayor to get to the bottom of things.
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Cover Date : September 1973
Release Date: June 1973
Universe:  Earth-616   Earth-616  
Writer: Steve Englehart
Art: William Graham Jr.
Cover: William Graham Jr.
Issue Has Comments
 
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Hero for Hire #14
1737: Hero for Hire #14
Retribution! (1 of 3)
   
"Retribution! "
Cage's past is finally catching up with him as friends and enemies long since forgotten are making their way back into his life. All he can hope to do is weather the storm.
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Cover Date : October 1973
Release Date: July 1973
Universe:  Earth-616  
Writer: Steve Englehart
Art: William Graham Jr.
Cover:
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Hero for Hire #15
1738: Hero for Hire #15
Retribution! (2 of 3)
   
"Retribution Part II "
Claire has been booked on an erroneous murder charge and Cage couldn't be madder. As he attempts to get all the facts in order, Rackham is making off with Mrs. Jenks and the evidence of Cage's past.
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Cover Date : November 1973
Release Date: August 1973
Universe:  Earth-616  
Writer: Tony Isabella
Art: William Graham Jr.
Cover:
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Hero for Hire #16
1739: Hero for Hire #16
Retribution! (3 of 3)
   
"Shake Hands With Stiletto! "
The various threads that have been weaving their way through Cage's life are finally coming together in epic climax. But will Cage be able to hold it together long enough to clear Claire's name?
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Cover Date : December 1973
Release Date: September 1973
Universe:  Earth-616  
Writer: Tony Isabella
Art: William Graham Jr.
Cover: William Graham Jr.
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Hero for Hire #118 (v1)
1770: Avengers #118 (v1)
Avengers vs. Defenders (7 of 8)
   
"To the Death! "
This is it, the fateful climax of the great struggle that has raged between these two powerful units. They can only hope that their combined might is enough to unseat Dormammu.
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Cover Date : December 1973
Release Date: September 1973
Universe:  Earth-616  
Writer: Steve Englehart
Art: Bob Brown
Cover: John Romita Sr.
Issue Has Comments
 
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Avengers #65 (v1)
1823: Iron Man #65 (v1)
   
"The Cutting Edge of Death! "
Iron Man's battle with Dr. Spectrum rages and before long many of the good doctor's secrets will be revealed. Meanwhile, in an effort to win back Pepper's affections, Happy makes a fateful decision.
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Cover Date : December 1973
Release Date: August 1973
Universe:  Earth-616  
Writer: Mike Friedrich
Art: George Tuska
Cover: Gil Kane
Issue Has Comments
 
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Iron Man #17
1830: Power Man #17
   
"Rich Man: Iron Man--Power Man: Thief! "
Fed up with his lack of wide recognition, Cage decides a change in his nom de guerre is in order. In the meantime he takes an odd job request from a Stark Industries representative.
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Cover Date : February 1974
Release Date: November 1973
Universe:  Earth-616  
Writer: Len Wein
Art: George Tuska
Cover: Gil Kane
Issue Has Comments
 
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Power Man #18
1831: Power Man #18
   
"Havoc on the High Iron! "
Cage realizes that to carry on with his life, he needs to prove himself innocent of the crimes that put him in prison. However, he must also deal with a construction worker seeking revenge against his employer.
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Cover Date : April 1974
Release Date: January 1974
Universe:  Earth-616  
Writer: Len Wein
Art: George Tuska
Cover: Gil Kane
Issue Has Comments
 
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Power Man #19
1832: Power Man #19
   
"Call Him...Cottonmouth! "
Cage opens the mysterious package with no return address and finds that the contents are connected to the one-word clue he received from Flea.
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Cover Date : June 1974
Release Date: March 1974
Universe:  Earth-616  
Writer: Len Wein
Art: George Tuska
Cover: Ron Wilson
Issue Has Comments
 
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Power Man #20
1833: Power Man #20
   
"How Like a Serpent's Tooth "
Hoping to find evidence that will clear him, Cage goes to work for Cottonmouth but also commits himself to ending the heroin operation.
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Cover Date : August 1974
Release Date: May 1974
Universe:  Earth-616  
Writer: Tony Isabella
Art: George Tuska
Cover: Gil Kane
Issue Has Comments
 
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Power Man #21
2202: Power Man #21
   
"The Killer With My Name! "
The original Power Man tries to re-claim the name from Luke, who has just experienced a set-back in his personal life and is ready to let off some steam.
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Cover Date : October 1974
Release Date: July 1974
Universe:
Writer: Tony Isabella
Art: Ron Wilson
Cover: Ron Wilson
Issue Has Comments
 
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Power Man #17 (v1)
2203: Defenders #17 (v1)
   
"Power Play! "
Synopsis Unavailable.
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Cover Date : November 1974
Release Date: August 1974
Universe:
Writer: Len Wein
Art: Sal Buscema
Cover: Ron Wilson
Issue Has Comments
 
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Defenders #18 (v1)
2205: Defenders #18 (v1)
   
"Rampage! "
The remaining Defenders and Luke Cage fight the Wrecking Crew while Valykrie's search for Barbara takes her to Vermont.
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Cover Date : December 1974
Release Date: September 1974
Universe:
Writer: Len Wein
Art: Sal Buscema
Cover: Gil Kane
Issue Has Comments
 
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Defenders #19 (v1)
2206: Defenders #19 (v1)
   
"Doomball! "
The Wrecking Crew and the Defenders have a final battle as both teams try to recover the misding object... A miniature gamma bomb!
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Cover Date : January 1975
Release Date: October 1974
Universe:
Writer: Chris Claremont
Art: Sal Buscema
Cover: Sal Buscema
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Defenders #22
2214: Power Man #22
   
"The Broadway Mayhem of 1974 "
Cage is attacked by two costumed college jocks with unusual weapons who consider themselves "crime-fighters". But just what is their issue with Cage? And who is the conflicted gentleman observing the fight?
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Cover Date : December 1974
Release Date: September 1974
Universe:  Earth-616  
Writer: Tony Isabella
Art: Ron Wilson
Cover: Ron Wilson
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Power Man #23
2226: Power Man #23
   
"Welcome to Security City "
Cage and D.W. are on a bus to L.A. when all of a sudden the driver is shot. Cage attacks the killers and heads to the closest city. What he finds there is more of a prison than a city.
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Cover Date : February 1975
Release Date: November 1974
Universe:
Writer: Tony Isabella
Art: Ron Wilson
Cover: Ron Wilson
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Power Man #24
2260: Power Man #24
   
"Among Us Walks...Black Goliath! "
Luke Cage arrives in California he is directed to a fairground where Claire has been spending time. While there, Luke saves a couple of trapeze artists and learns a secret that Claire has been hiding.
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Cover Date : April 1975
Release Date: January 1975
Universe:
Writer: Tony Isabella
Art: George Tuska
Cover: Gil Kane
Issue Has Comments
 
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Power Man #25
2261: Power Man #25
   
"Crime and Circuses "
Synopsis Unavailable.
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Cover Date : June 1975
Release Date: March 1975
Universe:
Writer: Bill Mantlo
Art: Ron Wilson
Cover: Gil Kane
Issue Has Comments
 
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Power Man #24 (v1)
2316: Defenders #24 (v1)
   
"-- In the Jaws of the Serpent! "
Synopsis Unavailable.
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Cover Date : June 1975
Release Date: March 1975
Universe:
Writer: Steve Gerber
Art: Sal Buscema
Cover: Gil Kane
Issue Has Comments
 
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Defenders #25 (v1)
2317: Defenders #25 (v1)
   
"The Serpent Sheds Its Skin "
Synopsis Unavailable.
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Cover Date : July 1975
Release Date: April 1975
Universe:
Writer: Steve Gerber
Art: Sal Buscema
Cover: Gil Kane
Issue Has Comments
 
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Defenders #26
2539: Power Man #26
   
"The Night Shocker! "
Synopsis Unavailable.
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Cover Date : August 1975
Release Date: May 1975
Universe:
Writer: Steve Englehart
Art: George Tuska
Cover: Gil Kane
Issue Has Comments
 
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Power Man #27
2542: Power Man #27
   
"Just a Guy Named X "
Synopsis Unavailable.
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Cover Date : October 1975
Release Date: July 1975
Universe:
Writer: Bill Mantlo
Art: George Perez
Cover: Ron Wilson
Issue Has Comments
 
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Power Man #28
2547: Power Man #28
   
"The Man Who Killed Jiminy Cricket! "
Synopsis Unavailable.
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Cover Date : December 1975
Release Date: September 1975
Universe:
Writer: Don McGregor
Art: George Tuska
Cover: Gil Kane
Issue Has Comments Issue Has Letters Column
 
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Power Man #29
2548: Power Man #29
   
"No One Laughs at Mr. Fish! "
Synopsis Unavailable.
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Cover Date : February 1976
Release Date: November 1975
Universe:
Writer: Bill Mantlo
Art: George Tuska
Cover: Ron Wilson
Issue Has Comments Issue Has Letters Column
 
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Power Man #30
2549: Power Man #30
   
"Look What They've Done To Our Lives Ma! "
Synopsis Unavailable.
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Cover Date : April 1976
Release Date: January 1976
Universe:
Writer: Don McGregor
Art: Rich Buckler
Cover: Rich Buckler
Issue Has Comments
 
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Power Man #31
2550: Power Man #31
   
"Over the Years They Murdered the Stars! "
Synopsis Unavailable.
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Cover Date : May 1976
Release Date: March 1976
Universe:
Writer: Don McGregor
Art: Sal Buscema
Cover: Rich Buckler
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