*Marvel: Although often touted on his own front cover as ‘Marvel’s First Black Super-Hero’, Luke Cage, later Power Man, was the second such, after the Black Panther. But whereas T’Challa was a sophisticated, urbane monarch of a highly technological society, Luke Cage was All-American, and All-Cliché. Inner city ghetto? Swear words amended to pass the Mother-Freakin’ Comics Code? Check. Check. Unjust jail time? Check. Fat white corrupt prison guard with a vendetta? Check. Said guard-with-a-grudge sabotaging an experiment so that it unexpectedly gives Luke super-powers? Oops. Liberated from prison, our hero ‘goes underground, by setting himself up as a highly visible ‘Hero For Hire’, decked out in an attention-getting outfit of leather pants, bracelets, tiara, chain belt and fetching yellow chiffon blouse. (Look, it was the 1970’s…) The diverse creators on this title – Graham, Mantlo, Tuska, Robbins, Colletta, Giella and more – keep the creative standards remarkably…consistent. And then there’s Luke’s Rogues Gallery! Big Ben! Lion-Fang! Cockroach! Stiletto! Mr Fish! Black Mariah! Can we ever forget them? Well, maybe if we try very hard… We have most of the first 40 issues new in stock from #2 up, in a variety of conditions to suit all budgets, many of the earlier issues completely non-distributed in the UK at the time of their release. Luke Cage is truly an experience… unlike anything else in comics. Really.