I know you are saying, "Who the hell is Luke Cage? A porn star?" Well, Luke Cage is one of the first black superheros to star in a comic book series. His first comic was Luke Cage, Hero for Hire #1 in 1972. Cage's story is a Harlem native who was unjustly sent to prison. To get parole he endured an experimental procedure which gave him super powers such as enhanced muscle and titanium-hard skin.
Cage was written and creator by white writers, which came with its controversy. The character came about during the blaxploitation period and some argued he was too much of a
stereotype in his thug appearance and "jive" talk. One of his catch phrases were, "Sweet Christmas
In 2008, Mr. Cage is getting a makeover by African-American comic book artist Shawn Martinbrough. Marvel is in the beginning stages of reproducing the Luke Cage series for approximately 4 - 6 issues, which will take place in 1930s Harlem. There is also talk of Luke Cage becoming a feature film in 2009.
Martinbrough is the author of How to Draw Noir Comics: The Art and Technique of Visual Storytelling and in 2007 he was named one of the year's 100 Black Men in America. He has been published by DC Comics, Vertigo and Marvel Comics, illustrating stories from Batman to X-Men.
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