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in: Comics, 1972, 1972, June Bronze-Age, Hero for Hire Vol 1, Stan Lee/Editor-in-Chief, John Romita Sr./Cover Artist, Archie Goodwin/Writer, George Tuska/Penciler, William Graham Jr./Inker, Skip Kohloff/Letterer, Stan Lee/Editor, Luke Cage (Earth-616)/Quotes, Luke Cage (Earth-616)/Appearances, Noah Burstein (Earth-616)/Appearances, Rivals (Earth-616)/Appearances, Willis Stryker (Earth-616)/Appearances, Shades (Earth-616)/Appearances, Comanche (Earth-616)/Appearances, Tank (Earth-616)/Appearances, Diablos (Earth-616)/Appearances, Quirt (Earth-616)/Appearances, Albert Rackham (Earth-616)/Appearances, Tyler Stuart (Earth-616)/Appearances, Reva Connors (Earth-616)/Appearances, United States of America/Appearances, New York State/Appearances, New York City/Appearances, Harlem/Appearances, Georgia/Appearances, Seagate Prison/Appearances, Super-Soldier Serum/Appearances, Electro-Biochemical System/Appearances

Hero for Hire Vol 1 1


Hero for Hire Vol 1 1

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Quote1 Yeah! Outfit's kinda hokey... but so what? All part of the super-hero scene. An' this way when I use my powers, it's gonna seem natural. A little promotion work an' I'm in business! Quote2
-- Luke Cage

Appearing in "Out of Hell -- A Hero!"Edit

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Synopsis for "Out of Hell -- A Hero!"Edit

At Seagate Prison, Lucas is a prisoner who has been abused by those who warden over him. However, when he explains to prison physician Noah Burstein that while he wasn't the most law abiding citizen, he was framed for cocaine possession by his friend Willis Stryker, who then moved in on their criminal racket, and his girl, which eventually led to Reva's death. Burstein offers Lucas an early chance at parole if he helps with a scientific experiment.

However, when racist prison guard Billy Bob Rackham tampers with the machine, an unexpected effect: Lucas is granted enhanced strength and bullet proof skin. Once realizing this, Lucas uses his powers to escape Seagate, leaving the staff there to assume that he died trying to flee in the water.

Lucas eventually finds his way to New York City, where he decides to put his powers to use, earning himself some income as a "Hero for Hire". Buying a costume and taking on the name Luke Cage, Lucas begins his career as "Hero for Hire." Luke's activities make him popular among the people of Harlem, but also bring the attention of the local syndicates leader: Diamondback, a costumed criminal with trick switchblades, who as it turns out, is Luke's old friend Stryker.

  • This issue is reprinted in comics and books, see references for info.[2]

    Solicit Synopsis:
  • (May) This month's Soap-box says it all! But you'll say even more, after you step up and shake hands with - Luke Cage!
  • (June) A wee bit late - but well worth the wait! Get in on the ground floor on this one, pilgrim! It's gonna be big!

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks
  2. This story is reprinted in the following comics/TPB's:

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