Luke Jacobson, the she-hulks fashion designer, outdoes even the deepest Marvel cameo cuts

Luke Jacobson, the she-hulks fashion designer, outdoes even the deepest Marvel cameo cuts ...

Every Marvel Cinematic Universe episode or movie may have something to enthuse fans, like Oooh, an Easter egg! But in its sixth episode, She-Hulk: Attorney at Law might have become the crowned monarch of Marvel Comics deep cuts.

Ladies and gentlemen, this is a brave new world. The Marvel Cinematic Universe just made a reference to Dakota North.

This article contains spoilers for She-Hulk episode 5. [Ed. note: This article contains spoilers for She-Hulk episode 5.]

Jen's bestie/paralegal is already working on a solution, tracking down the secretive fashion designer Luke Jacobson played by The Flight Attendants Griffin Matthews. But with a little effort, he accepts the challenge of adapting Jen's wardrobe to She-Hulk.

The question Who designs and produces all of these superheroes outfits? has been asked often by comics designers in unexpected ways. In Gotham City in the 2000s, there was the Tailor, a neutral player who dressed both as hero and as villain. In Marvel Comics, the Wasp is both a founding member of the Avengers and an internationally well-known fashion designer who also designs superhero outfits for her pals. And mutant culture has its own exclusive top designer, the four-armed Jumbo Carnation.

Luke Jacobson is a little-known Dakota North nativity.

Dakota North was not included in Marvel Comics Universe until its fifth and final installment in June 1986, according to Keith Silva. It is a concept so unusual in scope and bizarre in tone that it truly was the sole place for it to go: in (glorious, fascinating) flames.

Dakota North is the sole operational employee of, as Silva puts it, an international private security agency that specialises in investigations in the fashion industry. And Luke Jacobson was her first case.

Who is Luke Jacobson?

He is a fashion designer who is unknowingly caught up in some complicated corporate intrigue and is being slapped with threats of violence. He is a dead ringer for Fabio, is generally useless, and dances to Donna Summer. Hes also continually proposing marriage and expressing his love for Dakota despite, or perhaps in an editorial sense, because of what youve probably already assumed.

Martha Thomases told Silva that Jacobson was inspired by my friend, the fashion designer David Freelander, who died of AIDS in 1987. I had intended the character to be gay and HIV+, but [Marvel editor Larry Hama] said that wasn't why people read comics.

Thomases might have been optimistic, but Marvel Comics' history of outright banning or otherwise downplaying queer characters would last for quite a few years longer.

Luke appeared in only three issues of Dakota North, but never made it onto the main Marvel Universe. Will his She-Hulk: Attorney at Law incarnation inspire comic book writers to correct that? Goodness.