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Comic Book: Defenders, The (1972 series)

What This Book is About:
First volume from the team that is not a team. Original members were Doctor Strange, Namor the Sub-Mariner and the Incredible Hulk, with the addition of the Silver Surfer soon after. Yet many other super heroes were in and out of this team.

Data Sheet:
Dates
Aug 1972 to Feb 1986
1972
N/A

Characters most frequently found in this comic book:
In order of appearances.

Doctor Strange
Doctor Strange

(Stephen Strange)
Hulk
Hulk

(Bruce Banner)
Thor
Thor

(Odinson)
Hellcat
Hellcat

(Patsy Walker)
Silver Surfer
Silver Surfer

(Norrin Radd)
Son of Satan
Son of Satan

(Daimon Hellstrom)
Plus: Hildegarde (Hildegarde), Defenders.
Defenders, The #1
Defenders, The #1

(Aug 1972)

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Defenders, The #1
5 stars

Defenders, The #1

August 1972
"I Slay By The Stars"
Script: Steve Englehart
Hulk finds Namor unconscious, and summons Doctor Strange for help. The Master of the Mystic Arts arrives to find out that the Sub-Mariner is surrounded by a mystical barrier. [...]
Defenders, The #2
5 stars

Defenders, The #2

October 1972
"The Search For The Silver Surfer"
Script: Steve Englehart
When the Sub-Mariner was locked in the mystic barrier (previous issue), he saw the Silver Surfer talking to Necrodamus before loosing consciousness. Angry, the Atlantean prince asks Doctor Strange for help to find the Silver Surfer. [...]
Defenders, The #3
5 stars

Defenders, The #3

December 1972
"Four Against The Gods"
Script: Steve Englehart
Doctor Strange offers to help the Silver Surfer trespass Galactus' barrier around the Earth by traveling to a point outside of it through dimensional travel. The Sub-Mariner and Hulk join them and lead by the Master of the Mystic Arts, they enter an inter dimensional channel. [...]
Defenders, The #4
5 stars

Defenders, The #4

February 1973
"The New Defender: Valkyrie Rides Again!"
Script: Steve Englehart
Hulk gets angry at Doctor Strange for always being told what to do, and never being thanked for his efforts. So he holds Barbara Denton in his arms and leaps into the castle. The Sub-Mariner and Strange follow the Hulk fearing for the girl's safety. [...]
Defenders, The #5
5 stars

Defenders, The #5

April 1973
"World Without End? (Cry: Yandroth!)"
Script: Steve Englehart
While the Valkyrie wonders the streets thinking about herself, the Defenders, and the girl who she used to be (Barbara Denton), she's attacked by green hooded men. Valkyrie handles them well but Doc Strange comes to help her beat them for good. [...]
Defenders, The #6
3 stars

Defenders, The #6

June 1973
"The Dreams Of Death"
Script: Steve Englehart
Cyrus Black is trying to destroy Doctor Strange. He surrounds his house with a "force field" that only the Silver Surfer can penetrate. Inside the force field, Cyrus Black's henchmen are attacking Dr. Strange's house. [...]
Defenders, The #7
4.5 stars

Defenders, The #7

August 1973
"War Beneath The Waves"
Script: Steve Englehart
Hawkeye follows the Hulk to Doctor Strange's mansion but the green giant gets upset and menaces to smash him. Valkyrie and the Sub-Mariner are nearby, and after a violent introduction, they explain Hawkeye that they are the Defenders. [...]
Defenders, The #8
3 stars

Defenders, The #8

September 1973
"... If Atlantis Should Fall!"
Script: Steve Englehart
Sub-Mariner, in the mental grip of The Red Ghost, lunges toward Hawkeye and Valkrie with murder in his maddened eyes. A brief but brutal tussle ensues during which Hawkeye manages to knock out the Red Ghost before Hawkeye, in turn, is knocked out by Namor. [...]
Defenders, The #9
3 stars

Defenders, The #9

October 1973
"Divide And Conquer"
Script: Steve Englehart
This story follows on from AVENGERS (1963) #116The Silver Surfer zooms into Dr. Strange's mansion, warning him that the Avengers are trying to stop the Defenders from assembling the Evil Eye. A mystical probe by Dr. Strange reveals that the Avengers' actions are being influenced by Loki, though Dr. [...]
Defenders, The #10
5 stars

Defenders, The #10

November 1973
"Breakthrough: The Incredible Hulk vs. the Mighty Thor"
Script: Steve Englehart
This story follows on from AVENGERS (1963) #117Chapter 9 - The Hulk walks through Los Angeles following the mystic directions planted in his head by Dr. Strange. These directions lead the Hulk right to one of the Evil Eye components. Unfortunately the Mighty Thor arrives to stop him. [...]
Defenders, The #11
5 stars

Defenders, The #11

December 1973
"A Dark And Stormy Knight"
Script: Steve Englehart
This story is an epilogue to the Avengers/Defenders War, and follows on from AVENGERS (1963) #118.The Avengers appear at the beginning of the issue, and then leave for another epilogue in AVENGERS (1963) #119. [...]
Defenders, The #12
4 stars

Defenders, The #12

February 1974
"The Titan Strikes Back!"
Script: Len Wein
While traveling through a seemingly deserted forest, the Hulk is suddenly attacked by trees, stones, and other foliage. This attack is directed by Xemnu the Titan, who proceeds to knock the Hulk out with a mental blast. Meanwhile, back at his Sanctum Sanctorumm, Dr. [...]
Defenders, The #13
4 stars

Defenders, The #13

May 1974
"For Sale: One Planet... Slightly Used!"
Script: Steve Englehart
Dr. Strange, Hulk and Valkyrie are in Strange's home when Nighthawk enters exploding the front door, claiming to have business with the Defenders. Hulk and Valkyrie attack him, which dodge them and throws Valkyrie down. The fight finishes when Dr. Strange holds his friends to listen to the visitor. [...]
Defenders, The #14
4 stars

Defenders, The #14

July 1974
"And Who Shall Inherit The Earth?"
Script: Len Wein
The Defenders (Hulk, Dr. Strange, Namor, Valkyrie) and Nighthawk are imprisoned by Nebulon in a force globe. Nebulon is prepared to destroy them when Hyperion asks him to instead of it give them a destiny worst than death. Hyperion then tells his story up to that moment. [...]
Defenders, The #15
3 stars

Defenders, The #15

September 1974
"Panic Beneath The Earth?"
Script: Len Wein
Doctor Strange is giving a guided tour of his Sanctum Sanctorum to Nighthawk. He finally reveals the Cauldron of the cosmos in his Chamber of Meditation where, he ponders over the riddles of the cosmos. [...]
Defenders, The #16
3 stars

Defenders, The #16

October 1974
"Alpha The Ultimate Mutant!"
Script: Len Wein
The Defenders and Professor X witness as Alpha, the ultimate mutant, emerges from Magneto's machine. They try to fight him, but the creature shields itself with a force field. [...]
Defenders, The #17
3 stars

Defenders, The #17

November 1974
"Power Play!"
Script: Len Wein
At the new H.Q. of the Defenders (courtesy of Kyle Richmond), Nighthawk, who's straining to ride Aragon, is forced to dismount before being bucked. Valkyrie comments that Nighthawk did a fine job trying if not succeeding. [...]
Defenders, The #18
3 stars

Defenders, The #18

December 1974
"Rampage!"
Script: Len Wein
Dr.Strange, Nighthawk and Luke Cage are in the middle of a heated confrontation against the Wrecking Crew, who are looking for a mysterious casing from a building they just demolished. Strange has created an invisible mystic barrier to keep the combatants away from civilians. [...]
Defenders, The #19
4 stars

Defenders, The #19

January 1975
"Doomball!"
Script: Len Wein
The Wrecker's accomplice- Thunderball- bawls that his gamma bomb is missing. Doctor Strange demands an explanation & Thunderball obliges him, saying that he deserves one before his untimely demise. He elucidates that many years ago, when he was a Nuclear Physicist called Dr. [...]
Defenders, The #20
3 stars

Defenders, The #20

February 1975
"The Woman She Was...!"
Script: Steve Gerber
[...]
Defenders, The #21
3 stars

Defenders, The #21

March 1975
"Enter: The Headmen!"
Script: Steve Gerber
Dr Strange and Nighthawk return to Valkyrie's Connecticut home after their previous battle. Valkyrie looks through some photos and realizes somehow she is married which upsets Nighthawk. Meanwhile outside some plush suburban home, the Hulk appears watching children play. [...]
Defenders, The #22
4 stars

Defenders, The #22

April 1975
"Fangs Of Fire And Blood!"
Script: Steve Gerber
The Valkyrie---as Barbara Norriss---walks lost in thought about her recently discovered human identity, through the filthy lower Manhattan streets. Her reverie ends when she finds two men in a knife fight, which she disrupts. [...]
Defenders, The #23
3 stars

Defenders, The #23

May 1975
"... The Snakes Shall Inherit The Earth!"
Script: Steve Gerber
Following a recap of the Defenders' initial confrontation with the Sons of the Serpent, the Avenger called Yellowjacket pounces upon two Serpent members who were secretly following the Defenders. Yellowjacket defeats the henchmen, capturing one while the other escapes. [...]
Defenders, The #24
5 stars

Defenders, The #24

June 1975
"In The Jaws Of The Serpent!"
Script: Steve Gerber
Defeated! Lower Manhattan, fire bombed, and its Defenders, fallen!Doctor Strange, The Master of the Mystic Arts---unconscious! The high-flying Nighthawk---brought low and wingless! The vibrant Valkyrie---yet to revive! [...]
Defenders, The #25
0 stars

Defenders, The #25

July 1975
"The Serpent Sheds Its Skin!"
Script: Steve Gerber
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