LUKE CAGE: HERO FOR HIRE #8-9 (1973)

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Steve Englehart’s run was not without humor.  Also, for the first time in his run, Englehart does a two part story: 

Yes, this is the classic arc, in which Luke Cage stomps all over Latveria for $200.

After fighting some muggers in the street, Luke gets hired by a mystery employer to take care of a few things, he does, and when he seeks to collect..

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…He finds out the employer was Dr. Doom, and he’s skipped town owing on the bill.

Luke tracks him to Latveria, fights him, and then there’s the punch liine…


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$200!

It’s a little weird that Doom calls Cage a “black man.”  I never thought of Doom as a racist.

Creators: Steve Englehart and George Tuska
Grade: B-

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