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2210: Defenders #21 (v1)

" Enter: the Headmen! "
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Defenders #21 (v1)
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Editor-in-Chief: Marv Wolfman
Cover Artists: Gil Kane
Writers: Steve Gerber
Pencilers: Sal Buscema
Inkers: Sal Trapani
Colourists: George Roussos
Letterers: John Costanza
Editors: Len Wein
Cover Date: March 1975
Release Date: December 1974
Story Arc: -
Pages: 18
Cover Price: $0.25
Times Read: 181                 Times Rated: 106
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Marvel Two-in-One #7
Defenders #20 (v1)
Defenders #21 (v1)
Giant-Size Man-Thing #2
Dracula Lives #8c
2208: Marvel Two-...
#7
2209: Defenders
#20 (v1)
 
2211: Giant-Size ...
#2
2212: Dracula Liv...
#8c
 
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Valkyrie decides to visit a man from Susan's past, Nighthawk is visited by a woman from his past, and the Defenders are re-joined by a member from their (recent) past. Then some bitter scientists create havoc.
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Character Appearances
 
Main Characters
  Doctor Strange
Doctor Strange last appeared in Defenders #20 (v1). Doctor Strange next appears in Giant-Size Defenders #3.
     
  The Hulk
The Hulk last appeared in Defenders #19 (v1). The Hulk next appears in Giant-Size Defenders #3.
     
  Valkyrie (Brunnhilde)
Valkyrie (Brunnhilde) last appeared in Defenders #20 (v1). Valkyrie (Brunnhilde) next appears in Giant-Size Defenders #3.
     
  Nighthawk
Nighthawk last appeared in Defenders #20 (v1). Nighthawk next appears in Giant-Size Defenders #3.
     
Supporting Characters
  The Thing
The Thing last appeared in Defenders #20 (v1). The Thing next appears in Giant-Size Man-Thing #2.
     
  Trixi Starr
Trixi Starr last appeared in Marvel Feature #5 (v1). Trixi Starr next appears in Giant-Size Defenders #4.
     
  Clea
Clea last appeared in Marvel Two-in-One #6. Clea next appears in Marvel Team-Up #35 (v1).
     
  Mrs. Lafferty
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Mrs. Lafferty in the mainstream continuity.
     
  June Teekle
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by June Teekle in the mainstream continuity. June Teekle next appears in Defenders #33 (v1).
     
  George Teekle
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by George Teekle in the mainstream continuity. George Teekle next appears in Defenders #33 (v1).
     
Villains
  Gorilla-Man (Arthur Nagan)
Gorilla-Man (Arthur Nagan) last appeared in Mystery Tales #21e. Gorilla-Man (Arthur Nagan) next appears in Defenders #31 (v1).
     
  Shrunken Bones
Shrunken Bones next appears in Defenders #31 (v1).
     
  Chondu the Mystic
Chondu the Mystic next appears in Defenders #31 (v1).
     
 
Group Appearances
The Defenders
The Defenders last appeared in Defenders #20 (v1). The Defenders next appears in Giant-Size Defenders #3.
   
     
Headmen
This is the first appearance by Headmen in the mainstream continuity. Headmen next appears in Defenders #31 (v1).
   
     
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RikerDonegal
   August 16, 2013
First two-thirds focuses on each team-member in turn, giving each character some quality time in the spot-light. Then, in the final third, something odd happens and there's a bit of action, leaving us with a hint of a future threat. Pretty much perfect. 9/10
 
 
 
 
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Comments
   
 
  Kez Says:    
  2013-06-27 17:49:08  
  Man, that ape guy just does not work for me.  
 
 

  Drax Says:    
  2013-09-02 15:47:56  
  Nice use of golden age characters to settle a story to be concluded... in 10 issues according to the next appearance tag!  
 
 

  heman0420 Says:    
  2015-05-24 01:08:54  
  Story was alright. Villains were lame.  
 
 

  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2015-06-09 11:29:26  
  The title is lame and almost a sexual innuendo.  
 
 

  butters911 Says:    
  2015-07-29 19:00:57  
  Loved this! A guy whos apes transplanted his head onto an ape body. The guy with the melty face. Hulk playing jump rope with some little kids. This issue was awesome.  
 
 

  duncanm Says:    
  2015-11-22 14:22:54  
  Agree with butters, there's a difference between being lame and just having fun with a story. If all stories are super-serious it gets boring.
I thought the villains were fun too. Sure they're a little goofy, but considering all the bodies that were splattered on the ground from people jumping, they've got one of the highest body counts among Marvel villains.
Bad issue to be Val though, she gets her butt kicked emotionally and physically.
They never really did give an explanation as to why the three Defenders were the only people not affected. Maybe it's explained later?
 
 
 

  jwerth Says:    
  2016-02-06 23:46:11  
  I don't think the three Defenders were the on,y people unaffected, I think it just affected people who were sleeping at the time. And I thought this was great stuff - both for the character moments and for the fact that the bad guys actually get away at the end.  
 
 

  Namtrahj Says:    
  2016-06-09 02:51:58  
  I wonder if Nagan is pronounced "noggin," in keeping with the head theme.  
 
 

  aliensummer Says:    
  2017-08-05 18:36:38  
  So, Nighthawk is officially the Hawkeye of the group, right? Actually pretty impressive that he managed to be the biggest jerk in a group that sometimes includes Namor.  
 
 

  Russ Says:    
  2017-12-02 08:22:02  
  When you read a story that can only be described as ludicrous, yet somehow it works, you can bet that Steve Gerber wrote it. Especially the guy with his head on a gorilla's body; he may actually be an Atlas-era creation that was written just for a shock ending, but Gerber actually found a decent use for him. And the rest of that motley crew of scientists is right out of the early Silver Age. They should be downright lame, but they aren't. I can see them giving the Defenders fits for a little while.

Another interesting use of an obscure character; who knew that Egghead's niece dated Nighthawk at one time? Ugh, I hope it doesn't mean a Hank Pym appearance in these pages anytime soon.

3 stars. A nice little mystery for the Defenders brewing in the near future.
 
 
 

 
 
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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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Updates
Date User Name Update
   November 20, 2017 TStarnes
   April 18, 2017 ViolentPhlegm Changed blurb for this issue.
   June 29, 2016 fragsel Added George Teekle to the issue.
   June 29, 2016 fragsel Added June Teekle to the issue.
   June 29, 2016 fragsel Added Mrs. Lafferty to the issue.
   March 24, 2014 fragsel Updated the listing for The Thing.
   January 31, 2014 Drax Updated the listing for Shrunken Bones.
   January 31, 2014 Drax Updated the listing for Gorilla-Man.
   January 31, 2014 Drax Updated the listing for Chondu the Mystic.
   January 31, 2014 Drax Updated the listing for Nighthawk.
   January 31, 2014 Drax Updated the listing for Valkyrie (Brunnhilde).
   January 31, 2014 Drax Updated the listing for The Hulk.
   January 31, 2014 Drax Updated the listing for Doctor Strange.
   September 18, 2013 TStarnes Changed comic details.
     
 
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