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Capes On the Couch - Where Comics Get Counseling

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Saving the world doesn't necessarily mean you go home happy. How's the mental health of your favorite superhero? A comic aficionado and a board-certified psychiatrist look at the various neuroses of your favorite heroes and villains and provide options for treatment.


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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