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Defenders, The #30: Review

Dec 1975
Bill Mantlo, Sam Grainger

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Gold Diggers Of Fear!

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3.5 stars

Defenders, The #30 Review by (July 7, 2021)

Review: From the sublime to the ridiculous: after a five-issue arc wherein the Defenders help liberate a future Earth from alien domination, our heroes return to face…an evil tap-dancer? Not to worry, he’s backed up by a robotic chorus line. The DEFENDERS frequently hovered on the line between exciting and silly and this one is a prime example. But for all its silliness, the issue is fun in its own goofy way. Kudos to Steve Gerber whose sense of fun, spilled over from HOWARD THE DUCK, would immediately go back there in MARVEL TREASURY EDITION #12.

Comments: First, last, and only appearance of Tapping Tommy. Title is a play on GOLD DIGGERS OF 1933, the vintage musical which features the song, “We’re in the Money,” sung by the robot chorus. We’re told that Hodges created the gas bombs for “that awful gorilla movie back in the thirties;” do they mean KING KONG? Why would they need real gas bombs for a movie featuring a stop-motion animated monster ape? MARVEL TREASURY EDITION #12 takes place right after this issues, teaming the Defenders with Howard the Duck.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Defenders, The #30 Synopsis by Julio Molina-Muscara
Nighthawk has been kidnapped by Tapping Tommy, a lunatic theater performer, who sends a rescue note to Doctor Strange with some low-payed goons. The wizard gets the message and while Wong takes care of the visitors, Valkyrie and the Hulk are contacted for help. The trio reaches the installations where Bird-Nose is kept captive. After watching carefully the madman's moves, the heroes break in. Strange and the Asgardian woman easily defeat the goons while the Hulk takes on a powerful robot created by Hodges, Tommy's assistant. Nighthawk is untied in the process. But they're all surprised by a powerful sleepy gas thrown by the criminal. After waking up, they find themselves tied with strong bonds to a theatrical background. Robots wearing tuxedos start attacking them, but they break free and smash the attackers. Valkyrie breaks Hodge's control panel, Strange captures Tommy, and the Hulk puts him to sleep by knocking him with his forehead. It's the end of this crazy theater "play".

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