The Defender
09  mai     01h56
The Defenders at Fifty
   table p This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of a target blank href https: defendersfan.blogspot.com 2008 05 origin-of-defenders.html b Marvel Feature #1 b a (Dec. 1971), the first appearance of the Defenders. While I enjoy many of their early stories, particularly b Defenders...
08  mai     00h13
All Winners Squad
   table p Sub-Mariner has never been much of a team player—for good reason. A generation before he reluctantly joined the Defenders, the Prince of Atlantis had a turbulent experience with another superhero team in b All Winners Comics #19 b (Fall 1946). p p The theft of several...
02  mai     02h57
Out of Obscurity
   table p A somber tale from b Marvel Comics Presents #40 b (mid-December 1989) found Over-Mind living in Millwood, New Hampshire, the site of extensive toxic waste leakage. Needing a sense of a purpose after leaving the Defenders, Over-Mind decided to use his mental powers to alleviate the...
27  avril     05h34
Sub-Mariner Meets the Creature from the Black Lagoon
   table p In 1954, the same year that a target blank href https: en.wikipedia.org wiki Creature from the Black Lagoon b The Creature from the Black Lagoon b a premiered in theaters, Prince Namor faced a menace with a striking resemblance to the Hollywood monster. The story opened...
25  avril     02h50
The Hellcatmobile
   table p In an apparent nod to the Batmobile, a target blank href https: defendersfan.blogspot.com 2008 12 defenders-for-day.html b Defenders #63 b a introduced the Hellcatmobile. But where did Hellcat get her new set of wheels? p p p b Defenders #59 b showed Hellcat pining...
23  avril     19h14
Even More Marvel Super Heroes - 1982
   table p To round out coverage of the b Marvel Superheroes - 1982 b biographies from a target blank href https: defendersfan.blogspot.com 2011 01 contest-of-champions.html b Contest of Champions b a , this post reproduces the profiles of those heroes known in hindsight as a...
18  avril     04h05
More Marvel Super Heroes - 1982
   table p Heralded as the first limited series, b Contest of Champions b was also groundbreaking for its appendix of a target blank href https: defendersfan.blogspot.com 2012 08 marvel-super-heroes-1982.html b Marvel Super Heroes - 1982 b a . Biographical entries appeared for...
11  avril     04h19
Clea, the Mystic Maiden
   table p a target blank href https: defendersfan.blogspot.com 2008 11 no-time-like-presence.html b Defenders #53 b a included a back-up story that introduced Nicodemus, an ambitious villain with advanced technology and a powerful incantation to steal the magical energy of others....
11  mars     17h50
Revisiting Red Guardian
   table p b The Incredible Hulk #250 b included a dynamic page with Silver Surfer gliding through the sky, attracting the attention of heroes across the globe. The upper-left panel showcased the Soviet Super Soldiers, with Darksatar and Crimson Dynamo flying through the air. In the background,...
06  mars     06h55
To Abin Sur, With Love
   table p The Squadron Supreme had twelve active members when they fought the non-team in a target blank href https: defendersfan.blogspot.com 2009 05 supreme-showdown.html b Defenders #113 b a . The Squadron Supreme limited series that followed would reveal a former member of the...
02  mars     18h30
What if ... Thor Had Joined the Defenders?
   table p i Today’s blog post takes inspiration from Marvel’s classic series that asked, What if…? In that vein, I consider how a key decision in the formation of the Defenders might have unfolded differently. i p p On that fateful day when Dr. Strange formed the Defenders ( a target ...
28  février     01h33
Monstrous Alignments
   table p The Defenders encountered their share of monsters. As such, recent posts about the alignment system from b Dungeons & Dragons b prompted me to look up the alignment of various creatures as described during the formative years of the game. In doing so, I consulted a softcover...
20  février     23h38
The Timing of Rhyming
   table p a target blank href http: defendersfan.blogspot.com 2010 04 rhyme-and-reason-of-dr-strange.html b The Rhyme and Reason of Dr. Strange b a , one of the most popular posts on this fansite, looked at the sorcerer’s use of rhyming verses when casting spells. a target blank ...
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Turning Points and Trolls
   table p On two occasions, the appearance of trolls marked turning points for the Defenders. The first instance came in a target blank href https: defendersfan.blogspot.com 2009 04 who-was-barbara-norriss.html b Defenders #64 b a , when Valkyrie entered a berserker rage while...
11  février     05h38
Cover Versions: Power Man and Iron Fist
   table p b Power Man and Iron Fist #50 b changed Luke Cage’s solo series into an ongoing team-up with Danny Rand. From that point on, the cover art often appeared symmetrical, giving equal weight to both characters. A handful of examples appear below. p table table tr td div class ...
05  février     20h17
Lawful Good: Tom Thumb
   table p Tom Thumb, resident inventor of the Squadron Supreme, played a pivotal role in bringing forth the Utopia Program on the Squadron’s homeworld. Tom’s most notable invention was a behavior modification machine designed to rehabilitate criminals by conditioning them to detest illegal...
02  février     06h46
Chaotic Good: El Aguila
   table p First appearing in b Power Man and Iron Fist #58 b , the vigilante El Águila became a recurring character in the series. Also called the Eagle (translated from Spanish), the swashbuckling character combatted various forms of injustice—from street crime to police brutality ...
25  janvier     06h41
Neutral Evil: Purple Man
   p b Daredevil #4 b marked the first appearance of Zebediah Killgrave (a.k.a. The Purple Man). With the power to control minds, Killgrave would make a career forcing others to do his bidding. Both methodical and self-serving, the vindictive supervillain demonstrated characteristics of the Neutral...
24  janvier     06h35
Lawful Evil: Ytitnedion
   table p Tunnelworld, perhaps more than any other dimension visited by the Defenders, would make and apt setting for b Dungeons & Dragons b . That being the case, the realm deserves attention in a discussion about the nine alignments outlined in that game. p p A principal antagonist within...
15  janvier     06h10
Lawful Neutral: Project PEGASUS
   table p In the world of Marvel Comics, Project PEGASUS (Potential Energy Group Alternate Sources United States) was a sizeable research center operated by the U.S. Department of Energy. Quasar was the first costumed crimefighter hired to protect the facility, where scientific inquiry included the...
14  janvier     07h46
Neutral Good: Black Knight
   table p a target blank href http: defendersfan.blogspot.com 2008 07 flashbacks.html b Giant-Size Defenders #2 b a reprinted an adventure of the Black Knight originally published in 1955. Set during the time of King Arthur, this version of the character battled treacherous forces...
06  janvier     06h42
Chaotic Evil: Foolkiller
   table p Following in the footsteps of a costumed assassin called Foolkiller ( b Man-Thing #3-4 b ), a self-appointed successor adopted the Foolkiller persona and granted himself poetic license to murder anyone he deemed a fool. For his first target, the new Foolkiller assassinated the...
02  janvier     23h23
Chaotic Neutral: Hedy Wolfe
   table p The alignment sytem popularized by b Dungeons & Dragons b is worth revisiting, as each of the nine alignments can encapsulate a variety of characters. Often represented as a grid (with Lawful versus Chaotic, with Good versus Evil, and with Neutral tendencies in-between), the...
25  décembre     20h40
X-Men Impostors
   table p Before Blob joined numerous supervillains in pretending to be a target blank href https: defendersfan.blogspot.com 2008 12 pretender-defenders.html b Defenders b a , he pulled off a similar stunt in b X-Men #20 b (reprinted in b #71 b ). During that earlier crime spree,...
23  décembre     06h20
Introducing Interloper
   table p A series of cameo appearances beginning in b New Defenders #147 b culminated in a target blank href https: defendersfan.blogspot.com 2013 05 greatly-exaggerated.html b #152 b a , when the mysterious Interloper joined the team in a climactic battle against the Dragon of...