Luke Cage, born Carl Lucas and also called Power Man, is a fictional character, a superhero appearing in comic book 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 an accident that left him with near impervious skin and superhuman strength.
Cage was one of the first African American superheroes to star in an eponymous comic book series (the first African American character to do so was Dell Comics' western hero Lobo). Cage was a groundbreaking but controversial hero . He was visibly Marvel's entry into the 1970s blaxploitation trend, and much of "Hero for Hire" saw him using exaggerated slang, 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) .
Subsequently, Cage has been featured in the Brian Michael Bendis-written series Alias, Secret War, The Pulse, Daredevil, and New Avengers.
Cage has been confirmed as the leader of the newest incarnation of the Thunderbolts, which will be formed in the aftermath of Siege. He will also remain with the New Avengers when the title relaunches in June 2010.
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