Avengers Poster #52 Luke Cage Hero for Hire John Romita Sr


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A poster by Luke Cage co-creator John Romita Sr.! A streetwise youth, the man called “Lucas” was sent to prison for a crime he did not commit. In exchange for parole, Lucas clandestinely underwent an experimental procedure, originally intended to generate immunity to all illness; instead, it inadvertently granted him steel-hard skin and heavier, enhanced muscle. After escaping Seagate Prison, he forged the identity of “Luke Cage” becoming a “hero for hire,” a sort of super-enhanced private detective—although Cage commonly refused money, or simply received none, for cases gone awry (a fair portion, for the unlucky Cage). Later, he formed a business partnership with the martial arts hero known as Iron Fist in the series Power Man & Iron Fist. Cage was one of the first African American superheroes to star in an eponymous comic book series. (The first African American character to do so was Dell Comics’ western hero Lobo.) Subsequently, Cage was featured in the Brian Michael Bendis-written series Alias, Secret War, The Pulse, Daredevil, and New Avengers.

Near mint condition.