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1554: Defenders #1 (v1)

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Defenders #1 (v1)
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Editor-in-Chief: Roy Thomas
Cover Artists: Sal Buscema
Writers: Steve Englehart
Pencilers: Sal Buscema
Inkers: Frank Giacoia
Letterers: Artie Simek
Editors: Roy Thomas
Cover Date: August 1972
Release Date: May 1972
Story Arc: -
Pages: 20
Cover Price: $0.20
Times Read: 311                 Times Rated: 191
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Universes:   Earth-616  
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Issue Blurb
When an unconscious Namor plummets from the sky before a bewildered Hulk, the green behemoth decides to seek Dr. Strange for help. It soon becomes clear that the three face a common enemy that has united them before.
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
  Doctor Strange
Doctor Strange last appeared in Marvel Feature #3 (v1). Doctor Strange next appears in Iron Man #56 (v1).
  The Sub-Mariner
The Sub-Mariner last appeared in Marvel Feature #3 (v1). The Sub-Mariner next appears in Sub-Mariner #52 (v1).
  The Hulk
The Hulk last appeared in Marvel Feature #3 (v1). The Hulk next appears in Incredible Hulk #157 (v1).
Supporting Characters
Omegatron last appeared in Marvel Feature #1a (v1). Omegatron next appears in Defenders #2 (v1).
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Necrodamus in the mainstream continuity. Necrodamus next appears in Avengers #128 (v1).
  The Nameless One
The Nameless One last appeared in Incredible Hulk #126 (v1). The Nameless One next appears in Defenders #3 (v1).
Group Appearances
The Defenders
The Defenders last appeared in Marvel Feature #3 (v1). The Defenders next appears in Defenders #2 (v1).
The Undying Ones
The Undying Ones last appeared in Incredible Hulk #126 (v1). The Undying Ones next appears in Defenders #20 (v1).
Equipment, Items & Vehicles
Eye of Agamotto
Eye of Agamotto last appeared in Marvel Feature #3 (v1). Eye of Agamotto next appears in Defenders #2 (v1).
Orb of Agamotto
Orb of Agamotto last appeared in Marvel Feature #2 (v1). Orb of Agamotto next appears in Defenders #6 (v1).
Cloak of Levitation
Cloak of Levitation last appeared in Marvel Feature #3 (v1). Cloak of Levitation next appears in Defenders #2 (v1).
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   September 30, 2013
Good story. Nothing fancy, but good.

A foe from the past wants to gain revenge so he sends someone to do the job. More or less. The reasoning behind getting the team back together makes sense and there is something very cool about seeing these guys together again. Or, in this case, just Doc Strange and The Hulk.

The ending, and the method of defeat, is also very good. A great start to a great series. 6/10
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  Calthor Says:    
  2012-09-25 14:39:29  
  Messy plot, but strangely enticing nonetheless.  

  skalchemist Says:    
  2013-11-15 23:32:01  
  The Hulk has some great lines in this one. "Get up demon, Hulk wants to fight you some more!" That's golden.  

  leisch Says:    
  2014-02-12 09:26:24  
  The characterization of Hulk in this is better than in his own title. And I see this is Englehart again, well done!  

  MrRsBB Says:    
  2015-01-06 14:01:56  
  Sal's definitive horror-like style is the art focus here. Lots of empty backgrounds and not much finesse to the inks. As forgettable as this story is, Englehart seems to have manufactured a long standing sub plot crossover which is the most interesting part. Script is a slog to read, Hulk's lines seeming the most out of character. Not a great start, but hopefully setting up something worth reading. (2)  

  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2015-02-25 17:42:12  
  I can already tell this series is aiming to be a comic relief of sorts based on the characters and their personalities. I like it.  

  cotter2 Says:    
  2015-02-25 21:58:27  
  This still seems like an odd combination to me. Hulk and Namor generally don't get along with others and Strange feels like he works best alone because of the different places he visits.  

  duncanm Says:    
  2015-04-22 15:50:34  
  I hope they actually come to the decision to form their group, even loosely, because right now every story starts with some contrived excuse to get them all together. Also hoping the final page is telling us the Surfer is joining soon too.
While I understand that it kind of is what Hulk is, but for someone that seems to be the one usually pushing for this group, maybe Strange should stop addressing him as "monster".
I also really like that they show you some of the breadcrumbs leading to this story, suggesting that maybe this was planned longer ago than first thought.

  jwerth Says:    
  2015-07-09 12:37:19  
  I have a soft spot for the Nameless Ones, because I really enjoyed the way that story was developed after Doctor Strange's title was cancelled - and I like that it continues to develop! In a sense it's the origin story for the Defenders.  

  MattzLadd Says:    
  2016-05-30 08:11:19  
  I love the relationship forming between the Defenders, and I'm sure the Surfer will be a benefit to this book.  

  Locust75 Says:    
  2016-11-15 19:28:05  
  3 stars for the Defenders celebrating getting their own title by going to Jersey!!!

Credit Due - I like Englehart using the Undying Ones and even the Omegatron!!!

Proper - Finally Strange's container for his Orb of Agamotto gets a name!!!

Dud - The Demon of the Dark was really something wasn't he...

The Fault In Our Stars - I really don't see Strange and Banner holding back Necrodamus when he handles Namor and Hulk with ease! Also, how bad is Necrodamus? He stabs Hulk not once, but twice!!!

'Nuff Said - "And, of sounds...the infernal pounding of the Hulk is most unpleasant!"-Dr. Strange

  Russ Says:    
  2017-04-30 17:00:59  
  I'm looking forward to seeing the Defenders stretch out now that they have their own book. Should be interesting.

Englehart used elements of the prior stories in Marvel Feature in a cool way here. It does give the feel that they were setting up this run, doesn't it?

3 stars. Nice solid story, even if the pacing is a little chaotic at times.

  Katryn Says:    
  2017-05-18 18:32:33  
  Doctor Strange better be a bit more careful, or Hulk may just decide to smash him. Although I'm really liking them working out a way to actually use Hulk in a group.  

  JonahBlack Says:    
  2018-02-08 05:09:20  
  Coming right on the heels of Captain America #153-156, I was expecting great things from Englehart and Buscema. This was good, but not up to that level in terms of art, dialog, and pacing.

Admittedly, I might have scored this better if I read it someplace else in the order.

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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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   February 7, 2018 TStarnes Added Cloak of Levitation listing.
   February 7, 2018 TStarnes Added Orb of Agamotto listing.
   February 7, 2018 TStarnes Added Eye of Agamotto listing.
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   October 28, 2013 Drax Updated the listing for The Sub-Mariner.
   October 28, 2013 Drax Updated the listing for The Hulk.
   October 28, 2013 Drax Updated the listing for Doctor Strange.
   October 28, 2013 Drax Added The Undying Ones to the issue.
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