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I Love Ya But You’re Strange – It’s a Sweet Christmas, Luke Cage!

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I Love Ya But You’re Strange – It’s a Sweet Christmas, Luke Cage!

Every day this August I’ll be spotlighting strange but ultimately endearing comic stories, one a day (basically, we’re talking lots and lots of Silver Age comic books).

Today we look at an extremely offbeat Christmas story from Luke Cage, Hero for Hire #7 by Steve Englehart, George Tuska and Billy Graham titled “Jingle Bombs.”

This is quite the bizarre little tale (and I prefer “It’s a Sweet Christmas, Luke Cage!” as a title to “Jingle Bombs”).

I must imagine that after he finished writing this story, Steve Englehart’s eye must have been quite sore. You know, from all the winking that goes on in the telling of this tale.

During this story set on Christmas Eve, Luke Cage encounters three “different” men. First, he sees a man dressed like he’s living in the past whipping on a delivery boy…

Dude’s name is “Marley.”

Later, after a strong sequence with Luke and his then-girlfriend…

Luke has a confrontation with a man showing us the problems of the present…

Later on, Luke is accosted by a man from the future…

As you might imagine, all these guys are the same person. This fellow believes that humanity needs to be nuked away, but he was shocked to see Luke Cage continually risk his life to help others.

Even with this, the bad guy decides to detonate a nuke anyways, but someone distracts him…

The twist is that it is not Santa Claus, but a burglar…

The art by Tuska and Graham was strong and Englehart tells a charming enough story that it makes up for the fact that it really doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to frame your narrative around a guy continually testing Cage and then having those tests not matter to the plot of the book. But that’s why this is I love ya BUT you’re strange! We accept those little oddities here!

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