Classic Comic Cover Corner (Holiday Edition) – Luke Cage, Hero for Hire #7

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

Luke Cage, Hero for Hire #7 – March, 1973
Luke Cage, Hero for Hire #7 – March, 1973

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?

Marvel Treasury Edition #8 (1975)
Marvel Treasury Edition #8 (1975)

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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Bob Leeper

Bob Leeper is the co-owner and manager of "Arizona’s Pop Culture and Alternative Art Network," Evermore Nevermore. He is the co-creator of the pop culture events Steampunk Street and ENCREDICON, and is a member of the Phoenix Film Critics Society. He also curates the Facebook fan site The Arizona Cave – AZ Fans of Edgar Rice Burroughs, and is one of the few brave and bold fans of Jar Jar Binks.