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1541: Marvel Feature #3 (v1)

" A Titan Walks Among Us! "
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Marvel Feature #3 (v1)
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Editor-in-Chief: Roy Thomas
Cover Artists: Gil Kane
Writers: Roy Thomas
Pencilers: Ross Andru
Inkers: Bill Everett
Letterers: Artie Simek
Editors: Stan Lee
Cover Date: June 1972
Release Date: January 1972
Story Arc: -
Pages: 23
Cover Price: $0.20
Times Read: 296                 Times Rated: 186
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Universes:   Earth-616  
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Issue Blurb
When a new TV program starring astronauts recently returned from space begins to mesmerize the nation's children, It falls to the Defenders to discover the strange secret.
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
  Doctor Strange
Doctor Strange last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #109 (v1). Doctor Strange next appears in Defenders #1 (v1).
  The Sub-Mariner
The Sub-Mariner last appeared in Sub-Mariner #51 (v1). The Sub-Mariner next appears in Defenders #1 (v1).
  The Hulk
The Hulk last appeared in Incredible Hulk #156 (v1). The Hulk next appears in Defenders #1 (v1).
Supporting Characters
  Jim Wilson
Jim Wilson last appeared in Incredible Hulk #146 (v1). Jim Wilson next appears in Incredible Hulk #157 (v1).
  Thunderbolt Ross
Thunderbolt Ross last appeared in Avengers #102 (v1). Thunderbolt Ross next appears in Incredible Hulk #157 (v1).
  Calvin Beame
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Calvin Beame in the mainstream continuity. He dies in this issue.
  Richmond Wagner
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Richmond Wagner in the mainstream continuity.
Xemnu last appeared in Journey into Mystery #66a (v1). Xemnu next appears in Defenders #12 (v1).
Group Appearances
Daily Bugle
Daily Bugle last appeared in Incredible Hulk #153 (v1). Daily Bugle next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #116 (v1).
The Defenders
The Defenders last appeared in Marvel Feature #2 (v1). The Defenders next appears in Defenders #1 (v1).
N.A.S.A. last appeared in X-Men #1 (v1). N.A.S.A. next appears in Ms. Marvel #3 (v1).
United States Armed Forces
United States Armed Forces last appeared in Adventure into Fear #15. United States Armed Forces next appears in Sub-Mariner #53 (v1).
Equipment, Items & Vehicles
USS Emerson
This is currently the only appearance of USS Emerson in the Main 616 continuity.
Castor-and-Pollux I
This is currently the only appearance of Castor-and-Pollux I in the Main 616 continuity.
Cloak of Levitation
Cloak of Levitation last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #109 (v1). Cloak of Levitation next appears in Defenders #1 (v1).
Eye of Agamotto
Eye of Agamotto last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #109 (v1). Eye of Agamotto next appears in Defenders #1 (v1).
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Issue Notes
  • This is the last Marvel Feature with the Defenders, the title switches to focus on Ant-Man following this issue. The Defenders will be seen next in their own title.
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Issue Review
   September 27, 2013
What a pile of rubbish!

One of the strangest stories I have ever read. Also one of the worst. It's a total mess from start to finish.

Two astronauts return to Earth from outer space, and nearly die at the hands of a giant squid (!). While all this is going on, writer Roy Thomas clumsily adds Jim Wilson, Namor and Thunderbolt Ross into the mix. Namor saves the astronauts, but then attacks innocent bystanders, and Jim Wilson steps in to save them (!). Before long, the astronauts have left the space program and graduated to Saturday Morning TV (!). Their show, however, is being used to brainwash the children of America. Cue the addition of Dr. Strange to the story, when Jim Wilson goes to him for help.

None of this makes any sense. And it rambles on and on and on. Until The Hulk arrives at the end for a pitch battle with a big white alien that is planning to blast off into outer space with hundreds of children, hoping to re-populate a dead planet.

Crazy nonsense. 2/10
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  Wady Says:    
  2013-01-15 14:43:20  
  Not as good as the first 2 issues  

  leisch Says:    
  2014-02-11 13:34:37  
  Finally, one of those Kirby monsters from the 50s comes into play. I liked the Hulk/Namor bonding at the end.  

  MrRsBB Says:    
  2014-12-22 16:57:08  
  Oh man, I'll never get that 45 min back! The art is typical Everett, the story is really bad. Extra, extra! This month Marvel stories are all about child abduction?! This tendency takes us right back to the mid sixties. I have been surprised at how bad the Defenders have been thus far. (1)  

  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2015-02-23 20:46:03  
  Dear God, this was just hokey and bad.  

  duncanm Says:    
  2015-04-16 17:10:43  
  Not sure I understand why Doctor Strange needed to pose as the Hulk. Strange is somewhat known, and not for destroying everywhere he goes.
And let that be a lesson for all you aspiring astronauts out there. Don't get greedy or you'll be murdered by a giant intergalactic child molester. From what I've heard that's the worst way to go.

  j52y @ duncanm (original post):    
  2015-04-23 22:45:52  
  Maybe it was part of Strange's plan. By being the Hulk, he figured he'd draw out the Hulk?  

  MattzLadd Says:    
  2016-05-19 16:55:07  
  This had a very strange structure, and how did Xemnu appear as himself when he was supposedly possessing Wagner? Didn't Beame think something odd of that?  

  Locust75 Says:    
  2016-10-29 17:09:44  
  3 stars for the 1st modern appearance of Xemnu the Titan! I always liked the big ol' white puffball!!!

Cover Me - Strong image of Xemnu holding down the Hulk!!!

Credit Due - Nice art by Andru & Everett!!!

Castor & Pollux - Nice play on the Gemini Program!!!

Lake & Palmer - As far as I know, there was never a aircraft carrier named Emerson!

Toot Your Horn - I'm surprised JJJ didn't write an article condemning the astronauts! Adding that his son should've been on that mission to save the day!!!

Hack - Didja catch the TV show writer initials on his chair??

Coach Potato - Dr. Strange blames Wong, but we all know that the good doctor was the one watching kid shows!!!

Mint - Man, just imagine what those Astro-Nuts games and Xemnu Action Figures would be worth today!!!

Blink Game - I loved the stare down that Xemnu and Dr. Strangehulk were giving each other! And later when Xemnu knocks down Cap'n Cal!!!

Proud Pappa - @duncanm: I'd like to think that Xemnu will only take the kids back to his home, and let nature take its course as they grow older to repopulate his world...

'Nuff Said - "And Hulk will keep coming, white thing..."-Perverted Racist Hulk

  cdolphy Says:    
  2016-11-20 15:54:52  
  I hate when Marvel tries to play off the current space program. These are not the first men in space in the Marvel universe so why claim it? This is a world with dozens of alien first contacts so the motivation for a space program wouldn't be the Russians  

  ClownShoes Says:    
  2017-04-26 10:08:57  
  Weird issue. Not telling us what Xemnu wanted all the children for really allows the mind to wander to some dark places...  

  Russ Says:    
  2017-04-26 23:10:11  
  I can just imagine how well a Saturday morning kids show called "The Neil and Buzz Show" would do. Of course, did they bring back any fuzzy creatures from the moon?

Interesting that there are strengthening connections between those nutty monsters from the pre-FF Marvel/Atlas era in the modern Marvel Universe. Because of this, I can see a few more such entries in the first or second pages of the Order.

3 stars. This wasn't one of the better Defenders stories, but I thought it was fun. And it proved there's no illusion about the hypnotic power of television!

  Katryn Says:    
  2017-05-15 19:12:17  
  Betty is away, so Jim Wilson suddenly gets to go everywhere with General Ross. He just has to have a civilian to show all his top secret toys to, doesn't he?  

  Marksman Says:    
  2018-02-25 21:56:45  
  So Jim Wilson is playing Rick Jones to Thunderbolt Ross.

This issue goes somewhat in hand with the regular Defenders title when it starts. There are some pretty weird stories coming up for the non-team.

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Essential Defenders, Volume 1
This collection includes Marvel Feature #2 (v1), Marvel Feature #3 (v1), Defenders #1 (v1), Defenders #2 (v1), Defenders #3 (v1), Defenders #4 (v1), Defenders #6 (v1), Defenders #5 (v1), Defenders #7 (v1), Defenders #8a (v1), Defenders #9 (v1), Defenders #10 (v1), Defenders #11 (v1), Defenders #12 (v1), Defenders #13 (v1), Defenders #14 (v1), Avengers #115a (v1), Avengers #116 (v1), Avengers #117 (v1), Avengers #118 (v1), Doctor Strange #183 (v1), Sub-Mariner #22 (v1), Sub-Mariner #34 (v1), Sub-Mariner #35 (v1), Incredible Hulk #126 (v1), Marvel Feature #1a (v1)
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Date User Name Update
   February 7, 2018 TStarnes Added Eye of Agamotto listing.
   February 7, 2018 TStarnes Added Cloak of Levitation listing.
   February 7, 2018 TStarnes Added Castor-and-Pollux I listing.
   February 7, 2018 TStarnes Added USS Emerson listing.
   February 7, 2018 TStarnes Added United States Armed Forces to the issue.
   February 7, 2018 TStarnes
   February 7, 2018 TStarnes
   February 7, 2018 TStarnes
   January 23, 2018 Drax Updated the listing for Xemnu.
   November 20, 2017 TStarnes
   May 19, 2016 MattzLadd Updated the listing for Richmond Wagner.
   May 19, 2016 MattzLadd Added Richmond Wagner to the issue.
   May 19, 2016 MattzLadd Added Calvin Beame to the issue.
   May 19, 2016 MattzLadd Added N.A.S.A. to the issue.
   May 18, 2016 MattzLadd Added Daily Bugle to the issue.
   April 7, 2016 MattzLadd Updated the listing for Xemnu.
   January 30, 2016 Raistlin903 Changed comic details.
   January 31, 2014 Drax Updated the listing for The Hulk.
   January 31, 2014 Drax Updated the listing for The Sub-Mariner.
   January 31, 2014 Drax Updated the listing for Doctor Strange.
   June 13, 2013 Xythe Changed comic details.
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