Becoming the Pastor
Fling with Dana Stryker
- "The great Reverend Lucas wasn't man enough to give his first son his last name. You see, I was still Willis Stryker. But his real son was Carl Lucas. But here's the crazy thing. Nobody said nothing. And Carl and I, we grew up best friends, but there was all this tension. You could just feel it like a draft coming in from under a door. I just wanted him to see me. I was a good boy. I did well in school. But he always loved Carl more."
- ―Diamondback to Damon Boone[src]
James Lucas had an affair with Dana Stryker, his secretary. Yet, the affair became evident when a son, Willis Stryker, was born to both of their shock. However, Lucas refused to leave his wife and therefore rejected Stryker, having his own son, named Carl Lucas, two years later. Lucas' mother was thought to be unable to have any children, leading to young Carl being called "The Miracle Baby", something that enraged Willis as the truth about him also being the preacher's son was kept hidden from everybody, including Carl whom Willis had become friends with, while Lucas still had disdain for Willis.
Estrangement From His Son
Once Carl Lucas had been sent to Seagate Penitentiary, Lucas did not visit his son. The one time he did was with his wife Etta Lucas, who was getting ill and blamed Carl for her sickness out of grief, straining their relationship. Carl sent him fifty letters, but Lucas was so angry that he sent them back marked "return to sender".
Moving into Harlem
- "I came to Harlem to reconnect with my son. Didn't play out like I planned, but it set us on that path."
- ―James Lucas[src]
With the emergence of Luke Cage as Harlem's Hero, James Lucas moved to New York City in order to arrange a reunion with his son. He reached out to his son, but was rebuffed. While in New York, he continued to preach the word of God. Finally, James met his son on the street and they talked. The reunion was not a pleasant one as Luke was angry at his father for ignoring him during his time in prison, for his mother's death, and not telling him about Willis Stryker.
Luke Cage's Request
Having been caught up in a battle with the Stylers, Lucas was called upon when Luke Cage requested Lucas to watch over Piranha Jones, who Bushmaster wanted to have killed. Cage was finally able to open up to his father, who did apologize for his mistreatment on the former but couldn't seem to forgive for what happened to Willis Stryker.
Bonding with Luke Cage
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- Mount Calvary Baptist Church: Lucas founded this church after World War II and worked as its pastor. At this church, Lucas had an affair with his secretary, Dana Stryker, resulting in the birth of Willis Stryker.
- Mount Olivet Baptist Church: Lucas moved to New York City in order to attempt to reunite with his son, Luke Cage. While there, he preached at Mount Olivet Baptist Church. Cage confronted Lucas in the church, asking him to hide Piranha Jones, leading to Cage finally opening to Lucas.
- Rand Enterprises Research Facility: Lucas hid from Bushmaster and the Stylers in a Rand Enterprises facility. While here, Lucas bonded with Mariah Dillard about them both being parents. When Bushmaster attacked facility, he gave the people inside a chance to all leave except Dillard, which Lucas then convinced Cage to not accept. Cage then defeated Bushmaster, and Lucas decided to return to Georgia.
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- In the comics, James Lucas Sr. was a New York City Police Detective who lived in Harlem with his wife Esther and his sons Carl and James Lucas Jr.. After the imprisonment of his son Carl and the death of his wife, he legally changed his name to James Geary.