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Willis Stryker (Earth-616)

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Early Life

Willis Stryker was born and raised in Harlem, New York City. He grew up on the street alongside Carl Lucas, his best friend and future partner.

The Rivals

Rivals (Earth-616) from Shadowland Power Man Vol 1 2 0001

The Rivals

He was recruited into one of the local The Rivals. The gang consisted mostly of Carl Lucas, Stryker and his best friend Shades. They engaged in many gang fights with The Diablos, a rival gang. He also committed petty crimes and worked for a crime lord named Sonny Caputo. Carl changed his life and found an honest job while Willis became a skilled gangster but they remained good friends.

A girl named Reva Connors loved them both but was more attracted to Carl. Willis, devastated by jealousy, framed him by hiding drugs where Carl lived. The drugs belonged to the Maggia so they hunted Willis but ended up killing Reva. Luke was sxent to Seagate Prison.[1]

Luke Cage

Carl changed his name to Luke Cage and escaped from prison thanks to his bullet proof skin and searched for revenge. Luke Cage was attacked by hitmen hired by Diamondback to. When the attack failed. Diamondback has his inventor Gadget-Man create new gimmicked switch blades to deal with Cage. He kidnapped Claire Temple. Tracking Diamondback to his lair, Luke was surprised to find that it is his old friend and betrayer Stryker. Diamondback battled Cage who hoped to clear his name, however, during the fight Diamondback fell through a skylight and is blown up by one of his own trick switchblades, ruining any hope Luke had that Stryker could clear his name. Just then Claire arrived with Burstein and the police, and Luke wonders if Burstein will turn him over to the authorities.[2]


Skilled Combatant: Stryker is a self-taught hand-to-hand combatant with years of street fighting experience.

Knife Throwing: Stryker is a self-taught in the use of knife throwing he is skilled and has amazing accuracy. He is also skilled in knife fighting.

Strength level

Stryker has the strength of a human male who engages in intensive regular exercise.


Knives: Stryker used both conventional knives and ones which have been modified by Gadget Man to include gas, sonic disruptors and explosives.

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