A project long thought lost to the creative wastelands has sprung to life!
CAGE! by beloved animator Genndy Tartakovsky (Dexter’s Laboratory, Samurai Jack, Star Wars: Clone Wars) will finally see the light of day this fall. CAGE! is a miniseries about Marvel mainstay, Luke Cage and was originally announced by Marvel back in 2007. Tartakovsky was set to write and draw the book via his own schedule as agreed upon in his editorial contract with Marvel Comics. All seemed fine, but then Tartakovsky became a very busy man.
Several projects came his way such as creating Sym-Bionic Titan and storyboards for Iron Man 2. Then came the Hotel Transylvania films (third one on the way) and his scrapped Popeye reboot with Sony. Marvel remained interested in the project and Tartakovsky himself last year even said he still had the book and finished the pencils on it.
Tartakovsky confirmed in his interview with Birth.Movies.Death that the book will be set in the 1970s, the decade where Luke Cage debuted, and that ’70s versions of Marvel characters will appear.
He also confirmed that interest through the Internet helped make this happen, stating:
“Well I was doing press for Hotel Transylvania 2 and coincidently I found my thumbnails around the same time and thought that they still held up. Then on the press tour I kept getting questions about it so I thought for fun I would say “I’m willing to finish it if Marvel is still interested.” Sure enough it spread through the Internet and the editor from Marvel contacted me.”
Tartakovsky also spoke on what attracted him to the character of Luke Cage. He said Cage was fun to him and that the original Power Man and Iron Fist series was a big influence, seeing Luke and Danny Rand AKA Iron Fist as Bruce Lee and Shaft hanging out.
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CAGE! is a four issue miniseries from Marvel Comics and will release its first issue this October.
For ever more Luke Cage, you can see more of him on Netflix when season one of Luke Cage debuts on September 30.