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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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.

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.

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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/
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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.

Marvel Day: She-Hulk Joins The Fantastic Four

MARVEL DAY

In 'Marvel Super Heroes Secret War' (1985) #12, She-Hulk accompanied by the Thing, joins the Fantastic Four.
In ‘Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars’ (1985) #12, She-Hulk joins the Fantastic Four. Photo/Marvel Comics

IN BATTLEWORLD

BEYONDER

In ‘Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars’ #1, Earth’s heroes and villains are transported into space by a multiversal cosmic entity known as the Beyonder.

He created a world called Battleword out of the remains of a galaxy he destroyed and he offered the heroes’ and villains’ their heart desires if they would do battle.

In 'Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars' (1984) #1, Beyonder promises the heroes and the villains their hearts' desire if they battle on Battleworld.
In ‘Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars’ (1984) #1, Beyonder promises the heroes and the villains their hearts’ desire if they battle on Battleworld. Photo/Marvel Comics

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SHE-HULK ON BATTLEWORLD

She-Hulk joins the heroes’ fight on Battleworld against the villains. She-Hulk attacks Doombase in revenge for the apparent death of the Wasp at the hands of the Wrecking Crew.

She-Hulk becomes stranded at Doombase during ‘Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars’ (1984) #8 titled “Invasion”, and the heroes rescue her.

In 'Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars' (1984) #8, the villains pummel She-Hulk at Doombase.
In ‘Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars’ (1984) #8, the villains pummel She-Hulk at Doombase. Photo/Marvel Comics

SHE-HULK JOINS THE FANTASTIC FOUR

At the end of ‘Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars’, Ben Grimm who is able to change into the Thing at will, decides to stay on Battleworld. He elects She-Hulk to take his place with the Fantastic Four.

She-Hulk would continue her membership of the Avengers but would go on adventures with the Fantastic Four. She-Hulk gets a power-up where she would remain in her She-Hulk form permanently.

In 'Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars' (1985) #12, She-Hulk joins the Fantastic Four.
In ‘Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars’ (1985) #12, She-Hulk joins the Fantastic Four. Photo/Marvel Comics

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COMIC GALLERY

In ‘Secret Wars’ (2015) #5 titled “The End Times”, Mr Fantastic prepares “lifeboats” to save humanity from the incursion.


SOURCES

Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars Vol 1 1 in Marvel Database.
Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars Vol 1 8 in Marvel Database.
Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars Vol 1 12 in Marvel Database.
Jennifer Walters (Earth-616) in Marvel Database.
Secret Wars Vol 1 1 in Marvel Database.

Super Power: The Human Torch’s Nova Flame

SUPER POWER

The Human Torch.
The Human Torch.

THE HUMAN TORCH’S NOVA FLAME

Today, we take a look at the nova flame. The Human Torch is a member of the Fantastic Four. Following upon an exposure to cosmic radiation in space, a team of scientists were imbued with fantastic powers: Johnny Storm became The Human Torch, Sue Storm became Invisible Woman, Reed Richards became Mr. Fantastic, and Ben Grimm became The Thing!

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Nova Flame: The Torch refers to his highest, hottest levels of plasma that he can create as his “nova flame.” The exact temperatures that his “nova flame” can attain are not known. At an average rate of expenditure of energy, the Torch can stay aflame for about 16.8 hours. In his younger days, he could only maintain his flame for much briefer periods, and sometimes exhausted it while in combat. He cannot maintain his “nova flame” for as long a time as he can maintain his ordinary flame. The Torch can release all of his body’s stored energy in one intense, omni-directional “nova-burst,” which can reach about 1,000,000 F, and which is similar to the heat-pulse of a nuclear warhead detonation, with an area of total devastation of about 900 feet in diameter and the power of a super nova. (The Torch has claimed that he can destroy a small moon with his nova-flame.) This violent discharge uses his entire reserve of energy (except for the necessary to keep him alive) at once, entirely exhausting his flame power. He generally requires at least 12 hours to recover entirely from such a feat.”

Jonathan Storm (Earth-616), Marvel Database

The nova flame is The Human Torch’s most potent super power. It allows him to take on threats of a cosmic scale, such as destroy asteroids!


SUPER FEAT OF THE DAY: THE HUMAN TORCH OVERHEATS ULTRON IN ‘MARVEL SUPERHEROES SECRET WARS’ (1984) #8 WITH THE NOVA FLAME

In 'Marvel Superheroes Secret Wars' #8, the Human Torch and Captain America face Ultron.
In ‘Marvel Superheroes Secret Wars’ #8, the Human Torch and Captain America face Ultron. Photo/Marvel Comics
In 'Marvel Superheroes Secret Wars' #8, the Human Torch unleashes the nova flame on Ultron.
In ‘Marvel Superheroes Secret Wars’ #8, the Human Torch unleashes the nova flame on Ultron. Photo/Marvel Comics
In 'Marvel Superheroes Secret Wars' #8, Captain America survives Ultron's nova flame.
In ‘Marvel Superheroes Secret Wars’ #8, Captain America survives Ultron’s nova flame. Photo/Marvel Comics

There is greatness in the human spirit! Everyday, humans are faced with overwhelming odds and triumph through sheer will and the power of humanity. We all have the power, the fire inside, like the nova flame, to shine light on the darkness that dwells in the world! We simply have to work at it! And apply our God-given talents!


SOURCES

Jonathan Storm (Earth 616) in Marvel Database.

Super Feat of the Day: The Thing

Super Feat of the Day: The Thing carries a bomb from the surface of Ego the living planet to its brain, enduring immense heat and pressure in ‘Fantastic Four’ (1981) #235.

The Thing carries a bomb from the surface of Ego the living planet to its brain, enduring immense heat and pressure in ‘Fantastic Four’ (1981) #235. Photo/Marvel Comics