Known as the original “Heroes for Hire,” the teaming of Luke Cage and Danny Rand came about in 1977, because Marvel wanted to keep both heroes going monthly. Luke Cage’s run in his own solo series began with Luke Cage, Hero for Hire #1 in 1972 (the title changed to Power Man with issue #17). Iron Fist — whose solo series (Iron Fist) had come to an end — started appearing in Power Man and then was elevated to co-star status when what would have been Power Man #50 was renamed Power Man and Iron Fist. The series ran until #125.
I remember the book as a great buddy series, with Luke and Danny becoming the best of friends. Their supporting cast included Danny’s girlfriend Misty Knight and her roomie Colleen Wing.
Of course Luke is a big cheese in the Marvel universe now, what with being an Avenger and husband to Jessica Jones. Luke will even go live-action when he appears in the upcoming Netflix series JESSICA JONES, in which he will be played by Mike Colter. Word is Iron Fist will also appear, but has not been cast yet.
No official release date has been announced, but the title is expected to bow in early 2016.