Doctor Noah Burstein was a medical doctor and scientist based at Seagate Prison where he performed enhancement experiments on inmates. The experiment was performed on Carl Lucas who gained enhanced physical abilities. Years later Burstein was found by Lucas, now calling himself Luke Cage, who requested his help. Despite saving Cage's life with the help of Claire Temple, it was discovered that Burstein had been testing the inmates with Reva Connors, causing Cage to destroy his equipment. Burstein later decided to use his experiments on Diamondback and create a fighter able to defeat the seemingly indestructible Cage.
Work at Seagate
Experimenting on Carl Lucas
Carl Lucas was being beaten by Shades and Comanche until he was critically injured. Reva Connors brought him to Burstein, and begged him to save Lucas' life, Burstein was reluctant but relented and performed the experiment. During the experiment Albert Rackham came in the room and saw that Bursein was trying to save Lucas, he pushed a lever on the machine causing it to heat up which caused the experiment to explode with Lucas inside. Burstein was injured and Rackham was killed but Lucas survived. Realizing he was trapped in the room with the now dead Rackham, he yelled out and punched the wall, causing it to break. Realizing the experiment had given him abilities he hit the wall over and over until he broke through and he escaped from Seagate Prison.
Helping Luke Cage
While living in his house, Burstein was visited by Carl Lucas who was now calling himself Luke Cage with Claire Temple because he was shot with a Judas Bullet but he could not take out the remaining shrapnal in his body. While there, Burstein tried with a regular scalpel to cut through his skin but it broke. So then he put Cage in an acid bath, mimicking the original experiment which caused his abilities. The procedure didn't work, causing extreme pain to Cage, and making him scream out in pain and finally stopping his heart. Temple revived him by electrocuting him, and then had an idea to raise the temperature of the acid bath.
Finally, it worked and he succeeded in taking out the remaining Judas Bullet in Cage's body. And the next day, Cage was fine as usual. But then they had a talk about about Cage's past about Carl Lucas, and it made Cage mad as he told him that his name is Luke Cage. Then he angrily destroyed some of the woods in his place in which it made Burstein seemingly terrified of him. So Cage and Temple left Burstein alone.
In the wake of the Duel at Malcolm X Boulevard, Diamondback was badly injured and was arrested for killing Cottonmouth. Due to this, he was taken to prison and treated in there. Hearing of this, Noah Burstein came to Harlem to talk to Diamondback.
- Reva Connors † - Former co-worker
- Luke Cage - Test Subject
- Claire Temple
- Willis Stryker - Test Subject
- Albert Rackham † - Ally turned Enemy
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