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Published March 21, 2019

Luke Cage's First Appearance | Today in Marvel History

Look back at the Harlem hero's March 21, 1972 debut!

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Exactly 47 years ago today, the Power Man himself entered the Marvel Universe in the pages of LUKE CAGE, HERO FOR HIRE #1!

Born Carl Lucas, the man who would later be known as Luke Cage was transformed after a life-changing incident at the notorious Seagate Prison. There, Cage underwent experimental trials with a variant of the Super-Soldier serum that altered his physiology, enhanced his body, and gave him the super strength and durability that he would later utilize throughout his crime fighting career...

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Written by Archie Goodwin with art by George Tuska, the first issue saw Carl Lucas wrongfully charged for a crime he didn't commit. Sentenced to 20 years in Seagate Prison, Lucas was targeted by a racist prison guard who tampered with an experimental machine during a trial. Emerging from the device with unpierceable skin and super strength, Luke Cage was born.

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Luke Cage, Hero for Hire (1972) #1

Luke Cage, Hero for Hire (1972) #1

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