Genndy Tartakovsky’s Luke Cage Series Is Actually Happening. Really.

You know Genndy Tartakovsky. He’s the mind behind Dexter’s Lab and Samurai Jack. The first Clone Wars cartoon and Hotel Transylvania. The drone fight in Iron Man 2.

You know Genndy Tartakovsky.

Following the return of Samurai Jack to Cartoon Network’s Toonami block, comes the revival of another of his long-thought-dead projects. Tartakovsky’s Luke Cage comic for Marvel is going to hit stands in October. For real.

First announced almost a decade ago, the miniseries, called simply Cage!, will be both written and drawn by the animator and set in a continuity-free 1970s. Hell yes.

Thanks to BirthMoviesDeath, we even have a look at a page from the first issue.


The art’s a little Kyle Baker, a little Ralph Bakshi, and a whole lot of himself. In blaxploitation-style Luke Cage book. Tartakovsky’s hitting all of my happy buttons. I can’t wait for this one.

Here’s Marvel’s solicit for issue #1 –

CAGE! #1 (of 4)


From the Award-Winning creator of Dexter’s Laboratory, Samurai Jack and Hotel Transylvania! On the mean streets of Harlem, shoes are big, shirts are large, bottoms are belled and crime is rampant! But in the heart of the city, the world’s hardest-working, smack-talking, chain-wearing super hero is on the street and on the case! And his rates are reasonable! He’s CAGE! and he’ll save your behind. Dig it!

You can check out an interview with Tartakovsky about the new book over at BirthMoviesDeath.


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