Luke Cage, Hero for Hire, Vol. 1, No. 4


This comic book, written by Archie Goodwin with pencil by William Graham Jr., features the superhero Luke Cage battling the Phantom of 42nd Street. on it's cover. Cage, an early African American superhero, was introduced in the first issue of the series (1973.) The book's title would chang to Luke Cage, Power Man and later, to Power Man and Iron Fist.

Inspired by the then popular blaxploitation film genre, Marvel Comics' editor Roy Thomas, writer Archie Goodwin and others created Luke Cage, an African American superhero also known as Power Man. Coming from Harlem, New York City, Cage attained super strength and near invulnerability after undergoing a scientific experiment. As a hero for hire, he offered his services to those in need for a price.

Cage has gone on to headline numerous Marvel titles, as well as being part of organizations such as The Avengers, The Defenders and The Thunderbolts.

The character has headlined his own television series, and has been represented in numerous animated programs, video games, and merchandise.

Date Made: 1972-12

Location: Currently not on view

Subject: ComicsAfrican American


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Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2018.0171.10Accession Number: 2018.0171Catalog Number: 2018.0171.10

Object Name: comic book

Physical Description: paper (overall material)ink (overall material)Measurements: overall: 10 1/4 in x 6 15/16 in; 26.035 cm x 17.62125 cm


Record Id: nmah_1894368

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