essential Luke Cage facts
The creation of writer Archie Goodwin and artist John Romita Jr, the bulletproof brawler first appeared in Luke Cage, Hero For Hire #1 in 1972.
Cage briefly joined the Fantastic Four, replacing the Thing as the team’s muscle when Ben Grimm found himself back in human form.
Luke Cage isn’t his real name – he was born Carl Lucas. Young Nicolas Coppola liked the more heroic surname and rechristened himself Nicolas Cage in tribute.
The Comics Code Authority insisted he watch his language. Classic Cage pseudos-wears: “Shoot!” and “Sweet Christmas!”
Quentin Tarantino wanted to bring Power Man to the big screen in the ’90s, favouring Laurence Fishburne for the role.
In 1978 Cage formed a partnership with martial arts hero Iron Fist as their comic books were merged. Iron Fist is also heading to Netflix in 2017.