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1830: Power Man #17

" Rich Man: Iron Man--Power Man: Thief! "
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Power Man #17
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Editor-in-Chief: Len Wein
Cover Artists: Gil Kane
Writers: Len Wein
Pencilers: George Tuska
Inkers: William Graham Jr.
Colourists: Glynis Wein (Oliver)
Letterers: Tom Orzechowski
Editors: Roy Thomas
Cover Date: February 1974
Release Date: November 1973
Story Arc: -
Pages: 19
Cover Price: $0.20
Times Read: 220                 Times Rated: 146
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Universes:   Earth-616  
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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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Character Appearances
Main Characters
  Power Man
Power Man last appeared in Iron Man #65 (v1). Power Man next appears in Power Man #18.
Supporting Characters
  Dave Griffith
Dave Griffith last appeared in Hero for Hire #12. Dave Griffith next appears in Power Man #18.
  Noah Burstein
Noah Burstein last appeared in Hero for Hire #15. Noah Burstein next appears in Power Man #18.
  Iron Man
Iron Man last appeared in Iron Man #67 (v1). Iron Man next appears in Captain America #171 (v1).
  Bertha (Gem Theater)
Bertha (Gem Theater) last appeared in Hero for Hire #10. Bertha (Gem Theater) next appears in Power Man #21.
Equipment, Items & Vehicles
Iron Man Armor, Model 3
Iron Man Armor, Model 3 last appeared in Iron Man #67 (v1). Iron Man Armor, Model 3 next appears in Captain America #171 (v1).
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Issue Review
   March 31, 2016
One of those hero vs. hero battles I normally don't like. But this battle with Iron Man works pretty well. It works because it's fun to see Luke Cage knocking Iron Man around. And there's a story to get them there, rather than the usual misunderstanding lark we usually see. 6/10
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  Kez Says:    
  2012-10-28 15:50:26  
  I wonder how the Black Panther feels about Luke Cage being called the first and greatest black superhero on his cover. =p  

  leisch Says:    
  2014-02-17 16:51:16  
  He thought of calling himself the "Ace of Spades"? Yeah, try marketing that one, Marvel.  

  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2015-04-20 20:24:13  
  I wonder what Gabriel Jones thinks about Luke Cage being the first black superhero. Cause I'd have to say that the allies of WW2 are definitely superheroes.  

  duncanm Says:    
  2015-07-01 15:01:34  
  Man, they really had to get the Power Man name because he's black? Why not just because he's powerful?!  

  jwerth Says:    
  2015-10-19 23:47:34  
  Yeah, having "Power Man" come from "black power, man!" is a really odd choice. Other, a fun issue despite the cliche plot.  

  gumchewspit Says:    
  2016-05-18 20:11:32  
  The art really nose-dived at the end. I think this is the first Len Wein comic I've actually liked.  

  dadoodoflow Says:    
  2017-06-26 10:34:12  
  -“The roar of an oversexed Jet” - Riff or Tony?

-The naming thing could have been worse, it was kind of fun

-Now Playing “Powerman” The Kinks

  Russ Says:    
  2017-08-01 10:40:54  
  "Not even Iron Man knows." I knew what he was up to when he said that. Of course, there was probably no way Luke could've known.....

Fun issue. Yeah, the Power Man name is a little Golden Age to early Silver Age, but the way he came to that name....that was very 70s. So far, this is picking up where Hero for Hire left off, and that's a good thing.

3 stars. Am I wrong to think that this appearance of Iron Man is better than the last string of appearances he had in his own mag?

  Katryn Says:    
  2017-09-13 21:46:39  
  I love that in the middle of their fight, Cage just gives in to go home. Job done, see you later. And Iron Man is left for a second wondering what the hell just happened.  

  Locust75 Says:    
  2017-12-06 19:44:30  
  3 stars for Luke Cage getting a power up! Actually, it's really more for Cage and Iron Man's battle. I do wonder why Marvel felt Cage needed a codename? To me, not having one made him stand out more!

Cover Me - Great image of Cage powering through the wall...

Grope - Yikes! It looks like Cage is checking the plumbing on Smythe when he's throwing him out!!!

Along Came A Spider - Speaking of Smythe, I wonder if he's related to the creator of the Spider-Slayers?!

Final Frontier - This issue and the last run of Iron Man had the side story of a space mission. Makes me wonder if we ever will see it play out?

Lemon - Lets never talk of the Sky-Skate again, ok?!!!

'Nuff Said - "Let me in--or I'll huff--an' I'll puff--an' I'll kick your face in!"-Big Bad Cage

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   February 10, 2018 TStarnes Added Iron Man Armor, Model 3 listing.
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   August 28, 2017 Neskit Changed comic details.
   September 1, 2016 fragsel Moved this issue.
   February 20, 2015 TStarnes Moved this issue.
   April 4, 2014 Drax Updated the listing for Luke Cage.
   August 20, 2013 fragsel Added Bertha to the issue.
   July 19, 2013 Redsvetz Changed comic details.
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