November 25th, 2020 • 1:11:58 Issue 103 - Luke Cage
We wrap up Season 4 as we cover Power Man, LUKE CAGE! How can Doc help this man of the streets be a better man off the streets? Plus a fun pitch for a new comic book - listen now!
Luke Cage created by Archie Goodwin, Roy Thomas, George Tuska, and John Romita Sr. in Luke Cage, Hero for Hire #1 (June 1972) Carl Lucas grew up in Harlem with his best friend Willis Stryker, but Carl left the gang lifestyle while Willis embraced it After Willis’s girlfriend left him and sought Carl’s help, Willis framed Carl and sent him to prison, where he was beaten by a racist guard He volunteered for an experimental procedure for cellular regeneration, but the guard tampered with it in an attempt to kill him - the procedure gave him unbreakable skin and super strength He escaped prison, returned to Harlem, changed his name to Luke Cage, and sought to make a living as a hero for hire Befriends Danny Rand, the Iron Fist, and the two partner up Has a drunken one-night stand with Jessica Jones, but the two begin dating after she reveals she’s pregnant During Civil War, he and Jessica work as part of the Secret Avengers underground - later takes the lead of the New Avengers team Leaves the team to focus on taking care of Jessica and their daughter Danielle Still assists heroes when Harlem or New York need saving Issues ( 12:10) Focus on street level issues instead of world saving stuff occasionally puts him at odds with other heroes Family man first & foremost - will not endanger his wife or daughter ( 22:36) Man unaccustomed to talking about feelings Break ( 44:33) Treatment ( 46:13) In-universe - Use nodal connections and put him in different situations to help him expand his circle Out of universe - Overcome stigma for Black men in therapy setting ( 51:09) Skit ( 62:03) Ending ( 68:19)
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