James Lucas was born and raised in Harlem, New York. He joined the the New York Police Department and rose the ranks to become a detective.
When they arrived to the morgue where the body was being kept, they discovered Blade fighting Kaluu. The fight was stopped, and as they began investigating, the Bear appeared, and presented herself as the killer of that creature, in self-defense, as she wanted to prevent the Deathwalkers from using it for a sacrifice.
The Bear explained that she herself was the result of a failed attempt of the Deathwalkers to extinguish humanity in 1908, and that they would try to do it again. With the mystery solved, the people present formed the Mighty Avengers, and went to find the Deathwalkers. Kaluu tracked down the magic they used in the were-bat to a secret subway below the City Hall. The Mighty Avengers then attacked the Deathwalkers before they could make their sacrifice. After Blade recovered the Talisman of Kamar-Taj, which was required to perform the sacrifice, Adam Brashear caused the subway to collapse above the Deathwalkers. With the Deathwalkers stopped, the team disbanded.
After retiring from the police force he started a family with his wife Esther Lucas and together they raised two boys James Lucas, Jr. and Carl Lucas. He was a stern disciplinarian for his sons. Though he was a good father and provider his son Luke became a gang member which put a strain on their relationship. James often found it embarrassing to collect his son from the police station for his gang member lifestyle since he was an ex-cop 
When Esther was killed by one of Carl’s fellow gang members. Carl witnessed the murder and was brought up on charges revolving around the incident  He and James Jr. both blamed Luke for her death. They stopped communicating after this and Carl sank deeper into the gang culture. 
James Jr. became his sole guardian after his wife died but James Jr. tried to keep them apart. When James Jr. brought him to Corporation headquarters James Sr., wanted nothing to do with it since he realized it was based on segregation and hatred. Unknown to James Sr. his son had survived his time in Seagate Prison and became the superhero Luke Cage. He decides to leave James Jr. but is captured by Manslaughter and later rescued by his son Luke and witnesses the death of James Jr. who had been changed into Coldfire. He and Luke reconcile. But when the newspapers rehashed the death of his wife it brought up tensions between him and Luke. 
He later changed his name to James Geary. Luke Cage hired his wife Jessica Jones to find his father, who did not trust his "heroic" son. While Luke worked with the New Avengers to bust a Yakuza operation, Jessica sends him a text saying he has found him. Jessica meets Mrs. Lucas at her home in Atlanta, Georgia and asks if she could speak to Mr. Lucas. Jessica explains that she is a detective representing Luke Cage in a search for her husband. Mrs. Lucas tells her that James Lucas does not want to talk to his son. Jessica asks if James is doing all right, and she says he is still recovering from the death of Luke's brother, James Lucas, Jr. Luke shows up and catches of glimpse of his father, who still refuses to speak.  Luke later confronts his father again to learn more when he learns about his time with the Mighty Avengers. 
- Combat Training: James Lucas is well-versed in hand-to-hand combat, with police combat training.
- Detective Skill: James Lucas is a skilled detective, capable of observation, forensic investigation, and inductive and deductive reasoning.
- Interrogation Expert: Due to his experience and training as a police officer, he has an extensive knowledge of interrogation methods.
- Expert Marksman: He is an exceptional marksman being trained by the N.Y.P.D.
James possesses the normal human strength of a man of his age, height, and build who engages in intensive regular exercise.
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