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Defenders, The #33: Review

Mar 1976
Steve Gerber, Jim Mooney

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Webbed Hands, Warm Heart!

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4 stars

Defenders, The #33 Review by (February 15, 2010)

Additional comments and review by Peter Silvestro:

Review: Sheer chaos is the order of the day, with Jack’s mind being in Chondu’s brain being in Kyle’s body. And where is Chondu? He’s the baby deer with a nasty attitude. And there’s a scientific operation to make the heroes docile but it fails completely, even though it appears to be succeeding on the cover. And Ruby Thursday gets to turn her head into giant lips, presumable to make up for having none of her own. And the aliens show up, a new feature in the story and they snatch people and one fawn and put them on an island where people are arguing about the architecture of the place. The only way this could get any crazier would be to have a godlike celestial being pop up on the last page! Hup hup hey!

Comments: Part three of six parts. Nebulon was introduced in issues #13-14. First appearance of the alien Ludberdites. The letters page includes one from future comics writer/editor Bruce Canwell. And today’s vocabulary word is “encephalotransmogrifier.” See if you can use it in a sentence and amaze your friends!


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Defenders, The #33 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Angry Bambi (the fawn with the mind of Chondu the Mystic transferred into it) seeks to escape the Sanctum Sanctorum while the Defenders are absent….

The Defenders, meanwhile, are the prisoners of the Headmen; Gorilla-Man (Arthur Nagan) and Shrunken Bones (Jerold Morgan) place encephalotransmogrifiers on the heads of Doctor Strange, Valkyrie, and Hulk, intending to make them more docile. Nighthawk, the mind of Jack Norriss placed into the brain of Chondu, is trying not to give away to Morgan and Nagan that he isn’t their ally Chondu, is having a rough time trying to pull off the deception….

Meanwhile, a young couple, Cissy and Mitchell, take an illegal midnight canoe ride in Central Park; they are seized by scaly red aliens who drag them aboard their underwater flying saucer and take off….

Nighthawk is introduced to the newest member of the group, Ruby Thursday, who finds him attractive. The Headmen have a meeting and Jack tries again to impersonate Chondu and mainly embarrasses himself until he hits on the idea of going over their plans again to know where they all stand. Nagan wants to rule the world according to scientific principles. Morgan is after recognition for his scientific achievements. Ruby wants everyone to have a mechanical head like hers. Jack argues for his freedom….

Meanwhile, Chondu, in Bambi’s body, crashes through a window and escapes, only to be caught by the alien Ludberdites and transported to a tiny island with a huge machine in a temple, along with other captives….

The Defenders awaken and are confused by their surroundings. Dr. Strange demands Nighthawk’s brain and it seems the operation has failed. Ruby manages to strangle Strange with tentacles and swipe Val’s sword, allowing Nagan to tackle her. Hulk, his hands bound, smashes the floor, causing the entire house to collapse. This amuses neighbor George Teekle, whose own home was destroyed by Hulk in issue #21. But Strange has conjured a huge protective bubble around them; he has Jack-Hawk seize Kyle’s brain and take off through an opening he made. Nagan is confused because he still thinks the flying hero is Chondu. Ruby Thursday emits a mass of sticky goo, trapping the heroes as the Headmen make their escape. In flight, Jack-Hawk is beamed aboard the Ludberdite ship where he is welcomed by Nebulon, the Celestial Man….

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Barberoids 1 cover original artwork on ebay

Jim Mooney
Jim Mooney
Phil Rachelson
Gil Kane (Cover Penciler)
? (Cover Inker)
? (Cover Colorist)
Layouts: Sal Buscema. Letterer: Annette Kawecki.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Doctor Strange
Doctor Strange

(Stephen Strange)

(Bruce Banner)

(Kyle Richmond)


Plus: Chondu the mystic (Harvey Schlemerman), Defenders, Gorilla-Man (Arthur Nagan), Jack Norriss (Jackson Norriss), Nebulon (The Celestial Man), Ruby Thursday (Thursday Rubinstein), Shrunken Bones (Jerold Morgan).

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