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A Year of Cool Comics – Day 154

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A Year of Cool Comics – Day 154

Here is the latest in our year-long look at one cool comic (whether it be a self-contained work, an ongoing comic or a run on a long-running title that featured multiple creative teams on it over the years) a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the moments posted so far!

Today we take a look at the delightfully bizarre tale from Luke Cage, Hero for Hire of the time that Doctor Doom tried to stiff Luke Cage out of $200. Not a smart move, Doom (Steve Englehart, George Tuska and Billy Graham were the creative team)!!


The action begins in Luke Cage, Hero for Hire #8, when Luke is approached by some dude about making $200 a day taking down some folks…

Luke is displeased to learn that the people he was hired to deal with were actually robots. He feels that he is not being dealt with straight, so he takes his issue to the guy he thinks is in charge, but learns someone ELSE is really in charge…

So Luke takes out all the robots, but is dismayed to learn that his $200 fee is not going to be honored…

The next issue (Tuska drew the hell out of the first issue – the second part is part Tuska, part Billy Graham) opens with Luke breaking in to the Fantastic Four’s headquarters to borrow a plane to get to Latveria…

Once there, Luke takes advantage of a civil war going on (led by a dude called the Faceless One, who is leading an army of robots, much like the ones Luke dealt with in the States) to gain access to Doom’s castle…

“Where’s my money, honey?” is a transcendentally beautiful piece of dialogue.

I won’t spoil what happens next to the story – does Cage get his money?!?! Find out in the Essential Luke Cage, Hero for Hire, in stores now (I think I spoiled the ending in a Year of Cool Comic Moments, but who wants to go through the effort of finding it there? Better to just buy the book!).

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