Friday, December 27, 2013

Huey Freeman and Power Man

I am really looking forward to the new Luke Cage series on Netflix.  I am assuming that they will be going with the more contemporary version of the character, that got rid of some of the 70's trapping the character had - costume, code name, even a head of hair!  I do like the modern Luke Cage and the higher place of importance he holds in the Marvel Universe, but part of me would have loved to have seen the classic  version of the character that I grew up with in a period piece.  Not many people could get away with a yellow shirt, chain belt and man-tiara - but Power man could because he was just so damned cool!  I'm not expecting that guy to show up on the Netflix series, but maybe us old fans can at least get a "Sweet Christmas" uttered by the star of the show.


AirDave said...

Cool cover!
I have to confess that I like both Power Man and Black Lightning; and yet, I don't care much for the whole '70's "Blaxploitation". Bendis hooked me with his New Avengers and the idea that the team should be Marvel's version of the Justice League - all the big names and heavy hitters together. I liked the updating of Luke Cage. The character was cool in the '70's, but better when he was updated.

I look back at the issue where the JLA tried to recruit Black Lightning, it looks more like a hazing than an invitation - no wonder he turned them down!

Bob Greenwade said...

I was about to suggest that Luke do a team-up with Black Lightning, and then I remembered to check the listings; sure enough, the two were together in STF:LI #140.

Another good possibility: Luke Cage and John Stewart. John's street-level attitude brought a fresh approach to the Green Lantern line, and while his "GL with a 'tude" place has been overshadowed by a certain red-headed nutcase (and I mean that in the nicest possible way), I think the chemistry between him and Luke would be quite interesting.

Anonymous said...

Thank you, Ross! I love Aaron McGruder's the Boondocks, and was pleasantly surprised at how the animated cartoon took on a life of its own. Some episodes get a bit kooky or too clever by half, but its a wonderfully poignant and hilarious series on race, politics, stereotypes and family dynamics. Now howabout Reilly versus Darkseid??

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