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1865: Defenders #12 (v1)

" The Titan Strikes Back! "
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Defenders #12 (v1)
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Editor-in-Chief: Roy Thomas
Cover Artists: Ron Wilson
Writers: Len Wein
Pencilers: Sal Buscema
Inkers: Jack Abel
Colourists: Petra Scotese (Goldberg)
Letterers: Charlotte Jetter
Editors: Roy Thomas
Cover Date: February 1974
Release Date: November 1973
Story Arc: -
Pages: 19
Cover Price: $0.20
Times Read: 252                 Times Rated: 163
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Universes:   Earth-616  
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Marvel Feature #12 (v1)
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Defenders #12 (v1)
Giant-Size Defenders #1
Fantastic Four #134 (v1)
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When Hulk unwittingly stumbles across his old foe Xemnu, he has but a moment to call for Dr. Strange before being overwhelmed. Meanwhile, Vlakyrie prepares to make a big decision.
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
  Doctor Strange
Doctor Strange last appeared in Defenders #11 (v1). Doctor Strange next appears in Giant-Size Defenders #1.
  The Hulk
The Hulk last appeared in Marvel Feature #11 (v1). The Hulk next appears in Giant-Size Defenders #1.
  Valkyrie (Brunnhilde)
Valkyrie (Brunnhilde) last appeared in Defenders #11 (v1). Valkyrie (Brunnhilde) next appears in Giant-Size Defenders #1.
Supporting Characters
  Mysterious Character
Mysterious Character last appeared in Daredevil #62 (v1). Mysterious Character next appears in Defenders #13 (v1). This appearance is in the shadows.
Wong last appeared in Avengers #116 (v1). Wong next appears in Giant-Size Defenders #1.
Aragorn last appeared in Avengers #117 (v1). Aragorn next appears in Defenders #13 (v1).
Xemnu last appeared in Marvel Feature #3 (v1). Xemnu next appears in Incredible Hulk Annual #5.
Group Appearances
The Defenders
The Defenders last appeared in Defenders #11 (v1). The Defenders next appears in Giant-Size Defenders #1.
Equipment, Items & Vehicles
Eye of Agamotto
Eye of Agamotto last appeared in Defenders #11 (v1). Eye of Agamotto next appears in Giant-Size Defenders #1.
Cloak of Levitation
Cloak of Levitation last appeared in Defenders #11 (v1). Cloak of Levitation next appears in Giant-Size Defenders #1.
Dragonfang next appears in Defenders #13 (v1).
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Issue Review
   September 15, 2013
#12 is Hulk-heavy (just the way I like it) and has one of those "mysterious small town" stories I enjoy so much.

As much as I love it when The Hulk goes into action (and I do love it), I have to say it's just as cool seeing Doctor Strange and Valkyrie go undercover to investigate the small town near where Hulk disappeared. 7/10
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  Redsvetz Says:    
  2012-08-05 15:02:42  
  Boy, do I hate Xemnu. Shut up about your home planet, already!  

  Calthor Says:    
  2012-11-19 23:28:38  
  Dumb comic uses the word dumb a dumb lot.  

  Kez Says:    
  2012-12-03 07:24:24  
  Not so sure about this "psychic link" between Hulk and the Doc. That's pretty lame.  

  Drax Says:    
  2013-07-20 16:12:45  
  Hulk redeems that bland issue all alone.  

  podgejeff Says:    
  2014-03-06 14:26:12  
  Xemnu really does suck. His plots are all needlessly evil.  

  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2015-04-23 14:24:48  
  Hulk is hilarious in this issue! I wonder if that stranger was Drax...  

  duncanm Says:    
  2015-07-09 16:52:22  
  I like that the Hulk has basically decided that Strange's name is Dumb Magician. And he will call him that no matter what, whether he's asking him for help or calling him friend.
Also like that Strange was nice and somewhat respectful to the Hulk in this issue, because he's been a jerk for most of the time they've been together.

  gumchewspit Says:    
  2016-05-28 15:23:16  
  I saw Titan on the cover and thought this would be a Thanos tie-in, and instead got this. I'm not sure anyone at Marvel knows the definition of necromancy.
This was a very 60's style issue. I hope I can stop writing that at some point.

  g2thet Says:    
  2016-06-29 09:15:27  
  I really liked the last couple of panels in this ish. 3 Stars!  

  dadoodoflow Says:    
  2017-06-26 12:33:20  
  - What a great first page with a pastoral Hulk happily picking posies with an evil tree tip-toeing up behind him

- I will now refer to Dr. Strange as the “Dumb Magician” from now on

- Dumb Magician was actually gracious and polite to The Hulk for once

- Hulk thinks Thesaurus is dumb and it is also dumb

- Now Playing “Amos Moses” Jerry Reed

  Russ Says:    
  2017-08-26 04:44:45  
  Filler issue, really. Xemnu is nothing more than a Professor X clone who just needs his back shaved. An uncrupulous monster with psychic powers should make for a much more formidable foe than these lame plots we're seeing. Apparently Marvel isn't taking Xemnu very seriously.

2 stars. Have to give props to Gerber for that first page though. Give the Hulk some longer hair, love beads, and a guitar and have him audition for the Grateful Dead!

  Katryn Says:    
  2017-10-01 06:08:30  
  The Defenders wouldn't be very interesting if it weren't for Hulk.  

  Locust75 Says:    
  2018-01-15 19:26:51  
  I don't know, I always had a soft spot for the big ol' fluff ball! I agree with Russ, they really don't know what to do with Xemnu yet. He should've had no problem mentally stopping the Hulk?!

'Nuff Said - "Well, Hulk hates you back--"-Hulkster

  grayrender Says:    
  2018-04-17 03:57:21  
  Len was one of my favorite Hulk writers up until John Byrne took over. It's good to see that he employs older jade jaws to keep this title readable.  

  Saithrenslot Says:    
  2018-04-23 19:43:44  
  Is this the first superhero friendship hulk has had that made it past the end of an issue? Essential issue.  

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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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   April 16, 2018 Neskit Changed comic details.
   February 10, 2018 TStarnes Added Dragonfang listing.
   February 10, 2018 TStarnes Added Cloak of Levitation listing.
   February 10, 2018 TStarnes Added Eye of Agamotto listing.
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   November 20, 2017 TStarnes
   November 21, 2015 fragsel Updated the listing for Nighthawk.
   November 21, 2015 fragsel 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.
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