Power Man #48

Power Man #48

In Marvel, Reviews by T. Andrew Wahl2 Comments


Title: “Fist of Iron – Heart of Stone!”
Synopsis: A hostage situation forces Luke Cage to come after Misty Knight – something that doesn’t sit too well with Iron Fist.

Writer: Chris Claremont
Penciler: John Byrne
Inker: Dan Green

Changing social mores can sometimes make it difficult to enjoy a Bronze Age comic; rarely is this more apparent than with Power Man. Both Colleen Wing and Misty Knight refer to Luke Cage as a “buck,” while Cage dismisses them as “only a woman” and “mama.” And the villains? With names like Bushmaster and Shades? Let’s not even go there. Still, Chris Claremont uses this issue to start establishing the Power Man/Iron Fist dynamic that continues even today. On the art side, John Byrne storytelling is strong, but the finished art – inked by Dan Green – isn’t his best.

Grade: B+

Cool factor: Claremont and Byrne find a new home for Iron Fist.
Not-so-cool factor: Oh, those enlightened race and gender relations of the ’70s.

Second opinion: Recommended by The Slings & Arrows Comic Guide (second edition)

Notable: First team-up of Power Man and Iron Fist.

Character Quotable
“Guess I oughtta be proud o’ myself – I mean, two women punched out in one night. What’s next – kids?Luke Cage, feeling not so good about his bad self
<strong>Luke Cage</strong>, feeling not-so-good about his bad self

Published and © by Marvel, December 1977
Cover by Gil Kane and Joe Sinnott

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Editor’s note: This review first appeared on Comics Bronze Age, Aug. 18, 2009.


  1. Oh, but such a fun snapshot of the times. The desperation to be relevant, to be hip. Even the most successful writers can fall prey to this — and wince, later, when they see how dated the story has become.

    On an unrelated note, the email link on this site isn’t working for me on any of three different devices. Is there a way to contact you, T. Andrew Wahl, that doesn’t involve Twitter or Facebook? I have a question for a comic historian.

    1. Author

      Hi, Hal. Thanks for stopping by. I concur, this one was definitely a fun snapshot. I actually just read Hero for Hire #1 a couple days ago (review coming soon) and was surprised at how well it’s held up. Like this one, it’s certainly a sign of the times. But I found the morally gray character motivations in Luke Cage’s debut to be quite refreshing.

      Thanks for the heads up about the broken link; it’s been repaired. Feel free to email me at editor@sequentialreaction.com.


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