Every Sunday morning we showcase a classic comic cover, complete with compelling commentary, for your cordial contemplation. It’s the Classic Comic Cover Corner!
Luke Cage, Hero for Hire #7 – March, 1973
Cover art by Billy Graham
A lot has happened this past week. We celebrated the Christmas holiday, North Korea (once again) threatened the United States with nuclear annihilation, and actor Mike Colter has been cast as Luke Cage in the upcoming Netflix series, “Marvel’s A.K.A. Jessica Jones.” Hmmm… how could we possibly bring this all together for this week’s edition of Classic Comic Cover Corner?
As if it were a perfectly packaged time-travelling holiday miracle, Luke Cage, Hero for Hire #7 has all of our current event bases covered, with Marvel’s original “Blaxploitation” hero — attempting to stop a nuclear disaster — on Christmas Eve. Sweet Christmas indeed!
In the Steve Englehart story, “Jingle Bombs,” Luke faces a crazy Charles Dickens inspired evil-doer named Marley, who is bent on destroying New York City unless he can find some charitable good still left in its citizens. As you might expect, we’re doomed unless the ‘Hero for Hire’ can stop the grinchy villain in time.
This particular story was reprinted a couple of years later in the large-sized holiday-themed compilation, Marvel Treasury Edition #8 (1975), which depicts several of the Marvel heroes on its cover, including Luke Cage, trimming the Christmas tree. All while Santa Hulk entertains the kiddies.
Here’s hoping all of our Nerdvana readers are having a most excellent holiday season!
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