*Marvel: A 1970s character who has seen a massive spike in popularity due to the media is Luke Cage, recently star of his own Netflix series and the Defenders show. His comic started out in 1972 as ‘Luke Cage, Hero For Hire’ before changing to Power Man for later issues. Created by Archie Goodwin and George Tuska, this tapped into the ‘Blaxploitation’ craze of the day, and genuinely tried to present a seamier side of the Marvel world, with Luke defying a deluge of corruption, though the series’ good intentions were often subverted by the attempt to emulate ‘street’ slang in the dialogue without using actual swear words! We have a copy of his debut issue new in – cents, of course, there are no pence copies as it was ND UK. This is a highly desirable VF+, with unbroken black cover background, vivid colour and gloss, excellent interiors and firm staples, with only the lightest corner blunting preventing a nicer evaluation. First appearances of both Luke himself and his arch-enemy Diamondback, VF+ £400.