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2206: Defenders #19 (v1)

" Doomball! "
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Defenders #19 (v1)
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Editor-in-Chief: Roy Thomas
Cover Artists: Sal Buscema
Writers: Chris Claremont, Len Wein
Pencilers: Sal Buscema
Inkers: Klaus Janson
Colourists: Bill Mantlo
Letterers: Artie Simek
Editors: Roy Thomas
Cover Date: January 1975
Release Date: October 1974
Story Arc: -
Pages: 18
Cover Price: $0.25
Times Read: 186                 Times Rated: 110
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Issue Blurb
The Wrecking Crew and the Defenders have a final battle as both teams try to recover the misding object... A miniature gamma bomb!
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
  Doctor Strange
Doctor Strange last appeared in Defenders #18 (v1). Doctor Strange next appears in Marvel Two-in-One #6.
  The Hulk
The Hulk last appeared in Defenders #18 (v1). The Hulk next appears in Defenders #21 (v1).
Nighthawk last appeared in Defenders #18 (v1). Nighthawk next appears in Defenders #20 (v1).
Supporting Characters
  Power Man
Power Man last appeared in Defenders #18 (v1). Power Man next appears in Power Man #22.
  J.C. Pennysworth
J.C. Pennysworth last appeared in Defenders #17 (v1). J.C. Pennysworth next appears in Defenders #22 (v1). This is flashback appearance.
Wrecker last appeared in Defenders #18 (v1). Wrecker next appears in Fantastic Four #168 (v1).
Thunderball last appeared in Defenders #18 (v1). Thunderball next appears in Iron Fist #11 (v1).
  Bulldozer (Henry Camp)
Bulldozer (Henry Camp) last appeared in Defenders #18 (v1). Bulldozer (Henry Camp) next appears in Iron Fist #11 (v1).
Piledriver last appeared in Defenders #18 (v1). Piledriver next appears in Iron Fist #11 (v1).
Group Appearances
The Defenders
The Defenders last appeared in Defenders #18 (v1). The Defenders next appears in Marvel Two-in-One #7.
NYPD last appeared in Defenders #18 (v1). NYPD next appears in Marvel Premiere #22.
The Wrecking Crew
The Wrecking Crew last appeared in Defenders #18 (v1). The Wrecking Crew next appears in Iron Fist #11 (v1).
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   August 16, 2013
Even better than the previous issue. Again, it's pretty much a battle from start to finish, but the reason/setting/characters make it fun and the Hulk gets lots to do. And is fun. And awesome. 7/10
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  Redsvetz Says:    
  2012-10-12 07:27:13  
  You want stereotypes? Check. You want subtle racism? Check. You want silly dialogue and weird faces? Check. You want a decent story? Uh-oh.
And why didn't Dr. Strange just send the Gamma Bomb to another dimension like he did with The Wrecker's crowbar?

  skalchemist Says:    
  2014-05-18 13:37:01  
  What a difference Chris Claremont and Klaus Janson make. Last issue was mediocre, but this issue was really pretty good, especially art wise. I think the difference was probably Chris Claremont's script; I'm betting this was not done with the "Marvel Method". The page where Hulk trashes Thunderball's wrecking ball is a good example; that had to have been plotted out by Claremont.  

  Neskit Says:    
  2014-09-28 10:59:20  
  Not to bad. Cage was a bit of a jerk at the end but then again he was not getting paid so it's understandable.  

  TheAmazingGatorMan @ Redsvetz (original post):    
  2015-06-08 20:37:00  
  He should have sent it straight to Dormammu.  

  butters911 Says:    
  2015-07-29 00:14:09  
  Cage, Richmond is right there as Nighthawk! He will make sure you get paid.  

  duncanm Says:    
  2015-11-21 19:55:03  
  I can understand not sending the gamma bomb to another dimension, because you'd have no way of knowing how it would interact with that dimension. My question would be why they didn't simply have Hulk chuck it into space. Seems like the easiest method of disposal to me.
And speaking of the Hulk, he really was the star of this one to me. Almost attacking a bum, getting upset that the Wrecking Crew were going after kids and wanting to beat them himself, getting REALLY angry for the first time in a Defenders story, and of course Banner saving the day at the end. Also like that it seems that Strange and Hulk actually have a friendship now, after a long time of the Doc talking down to him and Hulk being bitter about it.

  phogbear Says:    
  2016-06-25 06:46:41  
  Klaus Janson is an amazing inker. He makes everyone look so much better. Thunderball vs Hulk was one of the best fight scenes in

One part of me thinks the wrecker costume is ugly, but the other 10'years old part says it's a classic. I'd like to go back and tell my younger self that it is not cool!

  jareth Says:    
  2016-07-05 16:23:44  
  With Hulk crumbling the wrecking ball and Strange sending the Cosmic Crowbar to limbo, could this be the end of the Wrecking Crew? We should be so lucky.  

  jareth Says:    
  2016-07-05 16:25:36  
  Just upped my rating by one star for the following: "Ha! Puny human's ball has missed. Hulk is faster than puny humans, man-with-ball, Hulk is stronger. Hulk is..." POW!  

  Russ Says:    
  2017-12-01 19:43:38  
  Power of the Gods? I get the thing about the Wrecker's crowbar but Thunderball's wrecking ball? Guess it's not quite as enchanted as they thought if the Hulk could disintegrate it with his bare hands; never mind the fact that Doc's magic couldn't faze it before. Maybe Hulk should've tried to destroy the crowbar too.

I dunno if it was the way Thunderball spun his tale, but it seemed like Pennysworth in the flashback was almost as much a villain as the Wrecking Crew was, not at least giving the guy credit for inventing that gamma bomb. It made me start rooting for the Crew until they decided to try to hold the city for ransom with it.

3 stars. The arc was decent enough, but just wasn't enough to really catch fire.

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Essential Defenders, Volume 2
This collection includesDefenders #15 (v1), Defenders #16 (v1), Defenders #17 (v1), Defenders #18 (v1), Defenders #19 (v1), Defenders #20 (v1), Defenders #21 (v1), Defenders #22 (v1), Defenders #23 (v1), Defenders #24 (v1), Defenders #25 (v1), Defenders #26 (v1), Defenders #27 (v1), Defenders #28 (v1), Defenders #29 (v1), Defenders #30 (v1), Defenders #31 (v1), Defenders #32 (v1), Defenders #33 (v1), Defenders #34 (v1), Defenders #35 (v1), Defenders #36 (v1), Defenders #37 (v1), Defenders #38 (v1), Giant-Size Defenders #1, Defenders #39 (v1), Giant-Size Defenders #2, Giant-Size Defenders #3, Giant-Size Defenders #4, Giant-Size Defenders #5
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Date User Name Update
   November 20, 2017 TStarnes
   April 17, 2017 ViolentPhlegm Changed blurb for this issue.
   June 30, 2016 fragsel Added J.C. Pennysworth to the issue.
   September 28, 2014 Neskit Added NYPD to the issue.
   April 4, 2014 Drax Updated the listing for Luke Cage.
   January 31, 2014 Drax Updated the listing for Thunderball.
   January 31, 2014 Drax Updated the listing for Bulldozer.
   January 31, 2014 Drax Updated the listing for Piledriver.
   January 31, 2014 Drax Updated the listing for Wrecker.
   January 31, 2014 Drax Updated the listing for Nighthawk.
   January 31, 2014 Drax Updated the listing for The Hulk.
   January 31, 2014 Drax Updated the listing for Doctor Strange.
   July 4, 2013 TStarnes Changed comic details.
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