Gadget (Luke Cage character) (Marvel Comics) presenting trick knives



Gadget is a very minor Cage character, who first appeared in 1972. He had but a handful of small appearances during the 1970s. Edit – he seems to have returned in 2016, but that was many years after this profile was written.

I’d say that he’s under-used, since he’s such a convenient source of minor tech for street-level stories.



  • Real Name: Unrevealed.
  • Marital Status: Unrevealed.
  • Known Relatives: None.
  • Group Affiliation: Former employee of Diamondback (Willis Stryker).
  • Base Of Operations: New York City area.
  • Height: 5’4″ Weight: 170 lbs.
  • Eyes: Brown Hair: Black

Powers and Abilities

Gadget is a good gadgeteer . He also seems pretty smart.


Gadget was a weapons provider for Diamondback (Stryker). When Diamondback decided to kill Luke Cage, he turned to Gadget to have special knives made. Gadget produced :

  • A poison gas-loaded knife.
  • A knife that could emit a devastating sonic attack.
  • A knife loaded with high explosives.

However, Diamondback died during the fight. That happened when the explosive knife, lost in the commotion, landed blade-first near Stryker.


Bushmaster league

Gadget later worked for John Bushmaster. At this point it was revealed that, being a crafty bloke, Gadget had secretly videotaped Stryker planting drugs in Cage’s apartment, many years before.

This was intended as insurance for Gadget if Diamondback was to turn against him. But when he told Bushmaster the tapes were turned into a blackmail weapon. That led to an explosive confrontation between Cage and his allies, and Bushmaster and his forces.

Gadget tried to slip away with the tapes after the devastation occurred. But he was caught by Misty Knight. Held by Misty Knight’s strong arm and with her Colt Python pressed against his temple, Gadget “willingly” gave the tapes to Luke Cage to clear his name.


See illustrations.


He seems rather quiet, really. And nerdy. But he’s proud of his work.


“These aren’t ordinary knives, man… wait’ll you see the kinds of modifications I made. Like the way the cartridge slips into this one’s handle.”

Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG

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Dex: 02 Str: 02 Bod: 02 Motivation: Mercenary
Int: 04 Wil: 06 Min: 03 Occupation: Gadget-man
Inf: 03 Aur: 02 Spi: 03 Resources {or Wealth}: 005
Init: 009 HP: 020

Gadgetry: 06


Underworld (Low).

MPR (near-sighted, must wear huge glasses).

By Sébastien Andrivet.

Source of Character: Old Hero for Hire stuff.

Helper(s): Roy Cowan.