Feat: Luke Cage, ‘Fantastic Four’ #169

IN POWER LEVEL

LUKE CAGE
EARTH-616

In ‘Fantastic Four’ (1961) #169, titled “Five Characters In Search Of A Madman”, Power Man performs a super strength feat. In an attempt to replace Ben Grimm who has lost his super powers, Power Man is being manipulated by an unknown force into fighting the Fantastic Four. During the fight, Power Man breaks Invisible Woman’s force fields with two punches.

How much super strength does it take for Power Man to break Invisible Girl’s force fields with two punches?

In 'Fantastic Four' (1961) 169, Power Man breaks Invisible Woman's force fields with two punches.
In ‘Fantastic Four’ (1961) #169, Power Man performs a super strength feat. Power Man breaks Invisible Woman’s force fields with two punches. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

POWER MAN BROKE INVISIBLE GIRL’S FORCE FIELDS WITH TWO PUNCHES OF STRESS 522,019.40845 PSI.

POWER MAN GENERATED THE EQUIVALENT OF HITTING INVISIBLE GIRL’S FORCE FIELD WITH A SLEDGEHAMMER TWICE WITH IMPACT FORCE OF 18,000 PSI, FIVE PERCENT OF THE POWER PRODUCED BY A HOUSE PER HOUR, ENOUGH TO DESTROY AN ATHLETE.

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Calculations for Luke Cage, ‘Fantastic Four’ #169

Area = pi(r^2) = (pi)(15^2 cm^2) = 706.858347058 cm^2.
Force Of Sledgehammer = (18000 psi)(6894.76) = 124105680 N.
Stress Of Second Punch = (254648 N)/(cos60) = 267371.40845 N.
Total Stress Of Two Punches =(254648 N + 267371.40845 N) = 522019.40845 N.
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(522019.40845 J)(1 Ton of TNT)/(4.2*10^9 J) = 0.00012429033 Tons of TNT
Percent Of Energy Produced Per Hour = (522019.40845*100)/(10399000 kWhr) = 5.01990007164%.

Luke Cage, ‘Fantastic Four’ #169

SOURCES

Fantastic Four Vol 1 169 in Marvel Database.

Bio: Luke Cage

Luke Cage

Luke Cage – Earth-616
NAME: LUKE CAGE

RELATIVES: JAMES LUCAS (FATHER), ESTHER LUCAS (MOTHER, DECEASED), JOANNE LUCAS (STEP-MOTHER)

BASE OF OPERATIONS: MANHATTAN, NEW YORK CITY

AFFILIATION: DEFENDERS, AVENGERS, DARK AVENGERS, SECRET AVENGERS

CHARACTERISTICS

HEIGHT: 6’6″ (1.98 M) MALE

WEIGHT: 425 LBS (192.78 LBS)

ALIGNMENT: GOOD

ORIGIN STORY


Lucas Cage was set up for a crime he did not commit by former gang member Willis Stryker. Sentenced to prison, he grew angry and plotted to break out of Seagate Prison, which no one had ever evaded from.1

Being in top physical and health condition, he was recruited by Dr. Burnstein for an experimental research on cellular regeneration. Cage volunteered for the experiment in the hope of eventually being allowed to leave on parole. Cage entered the “Electro-Biochemical System” and the experiment commenced. During the experiment, there was an attempted murder which resulted in increasing the dials to the top. However, Cage survived the attempt and was granted super powers.2

Then, he broke out of Seagate Prison. Returning to New York, Cage started Hero For Hire and changed his name to Luke Cage.2

LUKE CAGE BECOMES POWER MAN!

POWERS


POWERS

  • Burstein Process:
    • Superhuman Strength: His strength has been increased to 50 ton or more.
    • Superhuman Stamina:
    • Nigh-Invulnerability: He can withstand electricity, impacts and energy blasts up to 150 lbs of TNT.
    • Accelerated Healing Factor:

ABILITIES

  • Expert Combatant:
  • Skilled Athlete:

WEAKNESSES


  • Radiation: Extreme amounts of radiation can kill Cage.

PARAPHERNALIA


  • Avengers Quinjet.

STORY ARCS


  • Hero For Hire.
  • Power Man.
  • Defenders.
  • Power Man & Iron Fist.

NOTABLE COMIC BOOK BATTLES


  • Luke Cage vs Iron Fist.

FOOTNOTES

  1. Hero For Hire #1.
  2. Avengers Origins: Luke Cage #1.

Marvel Day: In A Celebration Of Black Power, Luke Cage Becomes Power Man

MARVEL DAY

IN A CELEBRATION OF BLACK POWER, LUKE CAGE BECOMES… POWER MAN!
In 'Power Man' (1974) #17, in a celebration of Black Power, Power Man is born!
In ‘Power Man’ (1974) #17, in a celebration of Black Power, Power Man is born! AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

IN ORIGIN STORIES

IN AN ORIGIN STORY FOR AN EX-CON, LUKE CAGE SETS UP HERO FOR HIRE TO START HIS CRIME-FIGHTING CAREER

In ‘Hero For Hire’ (1972) #1, the origin story of the ex-con Lucas Cage is told before he became Power Man. Luke Cage and Willis Stryker were gang members in Harlem. They were involved in crimes and were fugitives from the law. Over time, Willis became a knife specialist, while Lucas was a brawler. Tired of running, Lucas tried to reform until a girl named Reva came along. Lucas and Willis both competed for her attention. The wealthier Willis who had ascended among the gangs of New York, was able to win Reva’s favors for a while until one night when he was beaten by two members of the Syndicate mafia for cutting onto their turf.

Reva escaped and alerted Lucas who was nearby. Lucas beat up the two men then took Willis to the hospital. Reva told Lucas on the way that she feared her company with Willis. Upon hearing Reva’s comments, at the hospital, Willis broke up with both Reva and Willis. From that time, Lucas and Reva entered into a serious relationship that was leading to marriage. Watching over the couple, Willis set up Lucas, planted drugs at his apartment and tipped off the police. Lucas was then sentenced to prison for a crime he did not commit. Re-kindling her connection to Willis, Reva was then shot by the Syndicate. Willis survived the attack.

In 'Hero For Hire' (1972) #1, Luke Cage tells Dr. Burnstein he was sentenced to jail for a crime he did not commit.
In ‘Hero For Hire’ (1972) #1, Luke Cage tells Dr. Burnstein he was sentenced to jail for a crime he did not commit. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

This is the story Lucas Cage told Dr. Burnstein before he would become Power Man. One year ago, Lucas Cage had been transferred to Seagate Prison for his crime. Lucas had a violent temper and wanted revenge on Willis for his set-up. He was confined to solitary and got into fights. His plan was to be the first to escape Seagate Prison which was known as “Little Alcatraz.”1 When the prison came under new management, Lucas was offered an opportunity that would forever change his life.

He was contacted by a scientist called Dr. Burnstein who been given a grant by Tony Stark to pursue research on an electro-biochemical system that would enhance cellular regeneration. Dr. Burnstein said Lucas was uniquely qualified for the project for being one of the strongest and healthiest inmates. Seeing it as a chance to get on parole for volunteering in the research project, Lucas eventually accepted. During the initial trial, Lucas tolerated it well. However, one of the prison guards, Billy Bob Rackham saw it as an opportunity to kill Lucas. Increasing the dials to dangerous levels.

 

In 'Hero For Hire' (1972) #1, despite a murder attempt, Lucas Cage emerges alive and enhanced from the Burnstein Process.
In ‘Hero For Hire’ (1972) #1, despite a murder attempt, Lucas Cage emerges alive and enhanced from the Burnstein Process.

Amazingly, Lucas survived the process and on busting out of the machine, he accidentally knocked out Rackham. Realizing his enhanced strength and bulletproof skin, Lucas eventually escaped Seagate Prison. The guards who intercepted him on the way out, finding his clothing on the shore assumed him dead.

Lucas eventually made his way back to New York with a boat he found. On the street, looking for money he stopped a robbery while being bulletproof. The store congratulated him and offered him a reward with an advice to buy clothing to start his superhero career. Lucas started Hero For Hire and took on the name Luke Cage.

In 'Hero For Hire' (1972) #1, Luke Cage dons his costume and starts Hero For Hire from his hotel room.
In ‘Hero For Hire’ (1972) #1, Luke Cage dons his costume and starts Hero For Hire from his hotel room. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

WORKING AS A MERCENARY, LUKE CAGE THEN BEATS DOWN ON DOOM FOR NOT PAYING HIS $200

In ‘Hero For Hire’ (1972) #8, Doctor Doom sends an emissary at Hero For Hire. The man hires Luke Cage and offers to pay him $200 a day to capture four men at Bedford-Stuyvesant who have secrets about an unknown company.

Luke heads to the place, investigates and finds the men. He ends up finding them and finds out that the men are robots. Later, he traces his client’s address to the Embassy of Latveria. Going through the security detail, he finds the man only to be stopped by… Doctor Doom! Doom has a job proposition for Luke Cage. Find out in the next issue, why Luke beats down on Doctor Doom.

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SHOWDOWN: LUKE CAGE VS IRON MAN

In ‘Power Man’ (1974) #17, Luke Cage celebrates Black Power and becomes Power Man. Frustrated by the lack of news coverage for his heroics, Luke Cage wants to take Hero For Hire to the next level. Fortunately, Luke’s luck may have just turned out. Mr. Orville Smith, who works for Stark Industries communicates to Luke Cage Mr. Stark’s need for the hero to steal his new deep-space exploration suit. However, Luke is not convinced and is ready to throw Orville out but when he sees a personal check from Tony Stark, he changes his mind. The theft is meant to test the factory’s new security system. Only Luke, Orville and Mr. Stark are said to be aware of the test, not even Stark’s personal bodyguard, Iron Man, is in the know.

On the outskirts of Long Island, at night, Luke hitches a ride to Stark Industries on a van. He soon gets past the perimeter and looks up the map Smythe gave him. Moving through corridors he finally reaches the Astrophysics Lab. Seeing two security guards he quickly dispatches them. This causes a whole security unit to rush to the area. Tony Stark, in his office, sees the commotion. Sensing that the space suit is in danger, he changes into Iron Man. Before Luke Cage can leave with the suit, Iron Man intercepts him. The fight is on. Soon, Iron Man is impressed by Cage’s strength and toughness. When Luke damages his suit, “..the kid gloves are OFF!”2

In 'Power Man' (1974) #17, Luke Cage punches Iron Man through the brick wall.
In ‘Power Man’ (1974) #17, Luke Cage punches Iron Man through the brick wall. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

What follows is a flurry of punches that knock the wind out of Luke Cage. Iron Man is about to land one final punch though Luke is still standing. Seeing how tough Iron Man is, Luke Cage decides that the Stark Industries’ test is successful. Iron Man retorts that Stark hired Luke for a test and that he did not know about it. Luke reveals he was hired by Orville Smythe. Iron Man claims he knows every executive on Stark’s payroll and both realized it was a set-up. The real plan was for Luke Cage to serve as a diversion while Orville stole the star-suit. The two superheroes race in the complex and find Orville attending to make his exit with one of the experimental sky-skates. During the battle, Luke damaged Iron Man’s armor so his boot-jets are not working.

Heroically, Luke Cage jumps onto the sky-skates. The ship takes to the air with Luke holding onto it. Barreling through the ship’s door, Luke enters and tussles with Orville in the star-suit. Luke comments the star-suit has the power of a cannon and might kill him. Damaging the star-suit’s circuitry, Luke Cage kicks Orville outside the ship with Orville, unable to fly, crashing down. As the ship is crashing down, Luke Cage gets on com and notifies Iron Man of his predicament. Following Iron Man’s instructions, he is able to put it on remote control. In the end, Luke Cage rips the forged check and asks Iron Man to compensate him for his time.

In 'Power Man' (1974) #17, Luke Cage barrels through titanium doors to stop Orville Smythe flying a sky-skate.
In ‘Power Man’ (1974) #17, Luke Cage barrels through titanium doors to stop Orville Smythe flying a sky-skate.

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LUKE CAGE BECOMES POWER MAN

IN A CELEBRATION OF BLACK POWER, LUKE CAGE BECOMES… POWER MAN!
In 'Power Man' (1974) #17, in a celebration of Black Power, Power Man is born!
In ‘Power Man’ (1974) #17, in a celebration of Black Power, Power Man is born! AP Photo/Marvel Comics.


SOURCES

Hero for Hire Vol 1 1 in Marvel Database.
Hero for Hire Vol 1 8 in Marvel Database.
Power Man Vol 1 17 in Marvel Database.

FOOTNOTES

  1. Hero For Hire #1.
  2. Power Man #17.

Super Power: Luke Cage’s Burnstein Process Makes Him More Than A Super-Soldier

SUPER POWER

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IN MARVEL UNIVERSE

LUKE CAGE IS A REFORMED GANGSTER

In ‘Power Man and Iron Fist’ (2016) #4, Power Man and Iron Fist face the menace of Jennie Royce. AP Photo/Marvel Comics

In ‘Hero For Hire’ (1972) #2 , the origin story of Lucas Cage is told.

Having reached adulthood, Luke Cage sought to better himself by finding legitimate employment. He maintained former gang ties and when one of his friends, Stryker, a criminal was hit by the Maggia, Luke saved him. This created a rift with another former gang member Reva who turned to Lucas and broke up with Stryker. Learning this, Stryker planted heroin stolen from Cottonmouth’s place and tipped off the cops. Lucas got arrested for a crime he did not commit and was sentenced to prison.

In prison, Luke was filled with rage over his friend’s betrayal and the supposed loss of his father. He got into brawls and his violent behavior got him transferred to Seagate Prison, one of the toughest prisons.

THE BURNSTEIN PROCESS IS A VARIATION OF THE SUPER-SOLDIER SERUM

At Seagate Prison, Dr. Burnstein was doing medical research on cellular regeneration based on a variant of the Super-Soldier serum. He selected Lucas as a volunteer.

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He immersed Lucas in the “Electro-Biochemical System“, a device that contained an electrical field conducted by an organic chemical compound. When he left equipment unattended, Rackham tampered with the controls, hoping to kill Lucas. However, the treatment was accelerated past its intended purpose causing mutagenic change throughout Lucas’ body, fortifying his cells giving him superhuman strength and durability. Lucas used his new-found powers to escape the prison and make his way back to Harlem. A chance encounter with criminals inspired him to use his new powers for profit.[10]

Luke Cage (Earth-616)

The Burnstein Process granted Luke Cage superhuman abilities, even greater than Captain America such as superhuman strength (he is able to lift up to 50 tons), a healing factor, nigh-invulnerability and superhuman stamina.

Read on!

Powers

Burstein Process: Luke Cage possesses various superhuman physical enhancements after undergoing a Super-Soldier experiment known as the Burstein Process, which was designed to increase his body’s cellular regeneration rate.

Luke Cage (Earth-616)

Let’s look at some examples of Luke Cage’s Burnstein Process super power in battles.

IN ‘UNCANNY X-MEN’ #12, LUKE CAGE FIGHTS NAMOR UNDERWATER

In ‘Uncanny X-Men’ (2012) #12, Luke Cage fights Namor underwater. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

In ‘Uncanny X-Men’ (2012) #12, the Avengers and the X-Men are searching for Hope at Tabula Rasa.

Cyclops sends Sunspot, Namor and Hepzibah to Tabula Rasa, while the Avengers send Thing, Luke Cage and She-Hulk.

The Avengers stumble upon a cave, investigate and are attacked by creatures. Meanwhile, the X-Men and the Queen also investigate. Then, Namor discovers Luke Cage and a battle ensues.

Namor attacks Luke Cage with an airborne piledriver then tosses Luke into the river. Using the Burnstein Process, Luke Cage holds his breath underwater. Noting that Luke can’t breathe nor speak, Namor says Luke Cage is weakening. Then, Luke Cage draws a punch. Namor exclaims “Imperius Rex” and responds with a devastating punch that creates a wave out of the water.1

Then, Namor knocks out both She-Hulk and Luke Cage by using Luke Cage as a bludgeon.

OUTCOME: LUKE CAGE LOSES BY KNOCKOUT

IN ‘POWER MAN’ #48, POWER MAN DEFEATS IRON FIST BY HOLDING HIM IN A CHOKE HOLD, NEARLY KILLING HIM

In  ‘Power Man’ (1977) #48, Luke Cage defeats Iron Fist by holding him in a choke hold, nearly killing him. AP Photo/Marvel Comics

Power Man arrives at Danny Rand’s apartment looking for Misty Knight but instead finds Colleen Wing. Luke Cage attacks Colleen who calls Danny and Misty for help. Danny arrives and a fight follows between Luke Cage and Danny Rand. Using his Burnstein Process super power, Power Man uses superior strength and holds Iron Fist in a choke hold that nearly kills him.

Not wanting to be a killer, Power Man stops himself.

OUTCOME: POWER MAN WINS BY NEAR DEATH

FEAT OF THE DAY: IN ‘CAGE’ #20, THE HUMAN TORCH FREES LUKE CAGE FROM THE BOGEYMAN WITH A SEMI-NOVA

In ‘Cage’ #20, the Human Torch frees Luke Cage from the bogeyman with a semi-nova. AP Photo/Marvel Comics
In ‘Cage’ #20, the Human Torch frees Luke Cage from the bogeyman with a semi-nova. AP Photo/Marvel Comics
In ‘Cage’ #20, the Human Torch frees Luke Cage from the bogeyman with a semi-nova. AP Photo/
Marvel Comics

SOURCES

Power Man and Iron Fist Vol 3 4 in Marvel Database.
Hero for Hire Vol 1 2 in Marvel Database.
Luke Cage (Earth-616) in Marvel Database.
Uncanny X-Men Vol 2 12 in Marvel Database.
Power Man Vol 1 48 in Marvel Database.
Cage #20 in Comic Vine.

FOOTNOTES

  1. Uncanny X-Men #12.

Feat: Luke Cage, ‘Power Man #17’

In Power Man #17 (1974), Luke Cage performs a super-strength feat. Luke Cage becomes … Power Man! The ‘Hero For Hire’ is hired by Orville Smythe “to test [Tony Stark]’s factory’s security system.” The truth turns out completely different. At the end of the mission, Luke Cage faces Orville Smythe’s Sky-Skate!

How much strength does it take to barrel through titanium steel and lead glass-reinforced windows?

In 'Power Man #17', Power Man barrels his way through a titanium steel door as Orville Smythe's Sky-Skate flies through the air.
In ‘Power Man #17’, Power Man performs a super-strength feat as he barrels his way through a titanium steel door and lead-reinforced glass. (Photo/Marvel Comics)

THE REPEATED KICKS PACKED IN 203873 TONS OR 2,000,000 N! POWER MAN KICKED HIS WAY THROUGH A 1.5 M BY 3 M TITANIUM STEEL DOOR!

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Feat: Luke Cage, ‘Power Man #17’

In Power Man #17 (1974), Luke Cage performs a super-strength feat. Luke Cage becomes … Power Man! The ‘Hero For Hire’ is hired by Orville Smythe “to test [Tony Stark]’s factory’s security system.” The truth turns out completely different. In the mission, Power Man faces none other than … Iron Man!

How much strength does it take to punch Iron Man through a brick wall?

In 'Power Man #17',  Power Man performs a super-strength feat as he punches Iron Man through a brick wall.
In ‘Power Man #17’, Power Man performs a super-strength feat as he punches Iron Man through a brick wall.

THE PUNCH PACKED A WALLOP! IT DESTROYED A BRICK WALL SENDING IRON MAN FLYING! THAT IS A WALL LEVEL FEAT.

SUPER STRENGTH FEAT: METAHUMAN

                       

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