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3860: Defenders #73 (v1)

" Of Wizards, Shadows & Kings "
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Defenders #73 (v1)
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Editor-in-Chief: Jim Shooter
Cover Artists: Herb Trimpe
Writers: Ed Hannigan
Pencilers: Herb Trimpe
Inkers: Mike Esposito
Colourists: Ben Sean
Letterers: Clem Robins
Editors: Al Milgrom
Cover Date: July 1979
Release Date: May 1979
Story Arc: -
Pages: 17
Cover Price: $0.40
Times Read: 100                 Times Rated: 64
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Universes:   Earth-616  
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Defenders #71 (v1)
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Defenders #75 (v1)
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#71 (v1)
3859: Defenders
#72 (v1)
3861: Defenders
#74 (v1)
3862: Defenders
#75 (v1)
Character Appearances
Main Characters
  Doctor Strange
Doctor Strange last appeared in Defenders #72 (v1). Doctor Strange next appears in Defenders #74 (v1).
  The Hulk
The Hulk last appeared in Defenders #72 (v1). The Hulk next appears in Defenders #74 (v1).
  Valkyrie (Brunnhilde)
Valkyrie (Brunnhilde) last appeared in Defenders #72 (v1). Valkyrie (Brunnhilde) next appears in Defenders #74 (v1).
Nighthawk last appeared in Defenders #72 (v1). Nighthawk next appears in Defenders #74 (v1).
Hellcat last appeared in Defenders #72 (v1). Hellcat next appears in Defenders #74 (v1).
Supporting Characters
Clea last appeared in Defenders #72 (v1). Clea next appears in Defenders #74 (v1).
Foolkiller last appeared in Omega the Unknown #9 (v1). Foolkiller next appears in Defenders #74 (v1).
Aragorn last appeared in Defenders #72 (v1). Aragorn next appears in Defenders #80 (v1).
Ledge last appeared in Defenders #71 (v1). Ledge next appears in Defenders #74 (v1).
  Dollar Bill
Dollar Bill last appeared in Defenders #71 (v1). Dollar Bill next appears in Defenders #74 (v1).
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Xhoohx in the mainstream continuity. Xhoohx next appears in Defenders #81 (v1).
Lunatik last appeared in Defenders #72 (v1). Lunatik next appears in Marvel Comics Presents #172c (v1).
Group Appearances
The Defenders
The Defenders last appeared in Defenders #72 (v1). The Defenders next appears in Defenders #74 (v1).
Ixhoohxi last appeared in Defenders #72 (v1). Ixhoohxi next appears in Defenders #81 (v1).
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Issue Review
   October 26, 2016
Battle: As the heroes near their destination they face and attack from... unusual foes. Nice visuals here. And, for the third issue in a row, the Hulk steals everyone’s thunder. Boom!
Goal Achieved: The middle section is devoted to a new heroic character (with an annoying speech pattern) and the realisation of the plan that the Defenders had from the start (put the various parts of their prisoner back together). As stories go, this is a fine example of a team setting out to do something and, a few issues later, accomplishing it. It is telling that...
In The End: the teams leaves. Fast. They did what they set out to do, and they are not ready to take on the actual big bad. Makes that unnamed evil seem even more ominous.

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  Redsvetz Says:    
  2013-09-13 15:46:09  
  -Arroo! I really hated this...

  Canuck Says:    
  2013-10-28 22:47:25  
  I wonder if that Xhoohx character is the inspiration for Yoda, or at least his speech mannerisms. Oh, and terrible all round for this one. The only thing worse than having to trudge through a bad comic is having to deal with a bad one loaded with text.  

  Gecko Says:    
  2014-06-08 15:05:55  
  -Nice trinoculars
-The villain is not to be named? Are they fighting Voldemort?

  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2016-06-18 19:36:53  
  This reminded me of an old RPG I played called Breath of Fire. Arrooo!  

  Vancelot Says:    
  2016-08-15 23:46:45  
  This run of Defenders is absolutely brutal.  

  phogbear Says:    
  2017-12-09 22:58:24  
  I almost gave the book 2 stars, but that last page brought it down to 1.

Two things I would really like to see in this book
1) Nighthawk dies or I would settle for him leaving the group.
2) some good adversaries..

  melvillean @ Canuck (original post):    
  2018-01-16 19:00:55  
  Filming for Empire Strikes Back went from March 5 to mid-September of 1979. The comic was released in May. I think they filmed the Hoth stuff first (since they needed winter weather for it), and from what I can tell, the majority of the movie was filmed on sound stages in England for four months (so, Dagobah filmed happened between May-Sep 1979).

I just checked Leigh Brackett's draft (2/17/1978) of the ESB script and her Yoda character (Minch) doesn't speak Yodese, so it changed at some point. It's very possible that Frank Oz or George Lucas (I can't find out who was responsible for coming up with Yoda's speech patterns) saw this comic (especially because Marvel was publishing Star Wars at they time) and gave Yoda his signature speech pattern.

  melvillean @ melvillean (original post):    
  2018-01-16 20:56:50  
  Aw well. A draft version of the script dated 1978 has Yodese in it: https://www.starwars-union.de/diefilme/episode4/30jahrekds/THE%20EMPIRE%20STRIKES%20BACK%20-%20Fourth%20Draft%20-%20Shooting%20Script%20-%20Oktober%201978.pdf

Alternative theory: somebody at Marvel got an advance copy of the shooting script.

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Date User Name Update
   October 12, 2017 fragsel Updated the listing for Xhoohx.
   October 12, 2017 fragsel Added Ixhoohxi to the issue.
   October 26, 2016 TStarnes Changed comic details.
   June 15, 2014 Drax Changed comic details.
   June 15, 2014 Drax Changed comic details.
   June 15, 2014 Drax Changed comic details.
   June 15, 2014 Drax Updated the listing for Lunatik.
   March 14, 2014 Spider-Borg Changed comic details.
   October 13, 2013 Calthor Changed comic details.
   June 13, 2013 sewixo Updated the listing for Hellcat.
   June 13, 2013 sewixo Updated the listing for Nighthawk.
   June 13, 2013 sewixo Updated the listing for Valkyrie (Brunnhilde).
   June 13, 2013 sewixo Updated the listing for The Hulk.
   June 13, 2013 sewixo Updated the listing for Doctor Strange.
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