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Subj: Re: Luke
Posted: Sat Nov 10, 2018 at 11:11:00 am EST (Viewed 269 times)
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Posted: Sat Nov 10, 2018 at 10:06:22 am EST (Viewed 284 times)

    As for power levels, Luke was holding back 747s and taking bazooka fire way back in the 70s or 80s, and was carrying no less than 50-ton construction vehicles and unfazed by Nitro's blasts back in the 90s. He was able to punch through Sue's force field back in the "old" days. Methinks the handbooks never gave him proper justice. "Class 100?" Very possibly he should have always been. Bendis did nothing that wasn't already there.

I think this splash page from issue 21 of Luke Cage's original series marked the turning point.

The guy Luke sent flying was of course Erik Josten, who up until this very issue was known as Power Man. He was strong enough to go toe to toe with Hercules. I still remember reading this issue and being bothered by it, because, prior to this issue, Luke hadn't been depicted with anywhere near this level of strength. After this issue, it was normal for Luke to accomplish major feats of strength like this one.

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