The Six Eras Of Luke Cage, Marvel’s Everyman Hero

Marvel’s new series Luke Cage arrives on Netflix this Friday accompanied by largely enthusiastic reviews. The title character isn’t yet a household name, but the series is a culmination of more than 40 years of comics and stories that took a character conceived to cash in on the blaxploitation movie craze of the early ’70s to a central place in the Marvel universe. It’s an evolution that stretches across six distinct eras. The comics from each both reflect the times around them and make for fascinating reading.