Marvel Comic’s Luke Cage Has a Tie in Oklahoma and Turns 50
One of Marvel’s most prominent black heroes turns 50 in 2022, as the TV series starring the character gets new exposure.
Earlier this month, the ‘Luke Cage’ series that debuted on Netflix was released on Disney+, along with companion series ‘Daredevil’, ‘Punisher’, ‘Jessica Jones’, ‘Iron Fist’ and “Defenders”.
In the series, Cage is played by Mike Colter. He first appeared in live-action in the “Jessica Jones” series.
A freak accident in prison leaves Luke Cage (Colter) with bulletproof skin and super strength.
A famous Oklahoma creator helped create ex-con Luke Cage, the Marvel hero often referred to as Power Man, for the comics.
Luke Cage was created in comics in 1972 as a reaction to movies like “Shaft,” which created the “blaxploitation” genre in the early 1970s.
Archie Goodwin, a Tulsa native who died in 1998, is credited with co-creating the character with artists John Romita Jr. and George Tuska. Roy Thomas, editor-in-chief of Marvel at the time, also played a role, suggesting the name “Cage” and the tagline “Hero for hire”.
Power Man’s original exploits are slated for release in May in an omnibus edition from Marvel Comics.
As “heroes for hire”, the adventures of Luke Cage are set in 1970s New York City. Cage became the first African-American superhero to headline his own series.
The omnibus will collect the original 1970s adventures of “Hero for Hire” 1-16, “Power Man” 17-47 and “Power Man” Annual #1.
Cage joined the New Avengers when the comic book series revived in 2005. Cage rose through the ranks and became the leader of “The Mighty Avengers” in the 2007 series.
More recently, Luke Cage joined the heroes of New York in battle against the Kingpin, Wilson Fisk, in the pages of the Marvel series “Devil’s Reign.” In the “Marvel Voices: Legacy” one-shot, released earlier this year, writer Cody Ziglar celebrated Luke Cage’s 50th birthday with a look at Marvel’s dark heroes over the years.
Matthew Price, [email protected], has been writing about the comics industry for over two decades. He is co-owner of Speeding Bullet Comics in Norman.