Reading Defenders #132 immediately brought back memories of #37, the first issue of the series I ever remember seeing while growing up.
At the time, a very different group of Defenders faced their own villainous Plant Man.
The highlight of that issue took place after the plant-battle was over, however, when Power Man explained to his teammates that he had to earn a living and couldn't afford to work with them regularly for free.
That discussion led to a fight in its own right, as the non-team's latest member took offense.
- Red Guardian: You expect remuneration for aiding your fellow man?! I am revolted! As the Red Guardian, I am an outcast of the state, yet--
- Power Man: Lady … I had my hassle with "the state," too…!
- Nighthawk: Enough! Can the ideological debate, will ya? If you can't work for free, Cage--suppose I put you on a retainer? I'm rich, remember?
Although Nighthawk's wealth undoubtedly helped provide for other members of the group, Luke Cage was the only professionally paid Defender.