Leap into the adventures of the dynamic Defenders, comics' greatest non-team! Bonded in a mutual mission are the mightiest misfits in the Marvel U.: the Incredible Hulk, the Sub-Mariner and the Silver Surfer. But these warriors three don't rest on bylaws and butlers; they - along with the Master of the Mystic Arts, Dr. Strange, and the defiant Valkyrie - come together only in moments of utmost crisis. Facing enemies from across the incomprehensible divide, the Defenders square off against Dormammu; the Nameless One; the Enchantress; and a dark menace from Dr. Strange's past, the sorcerer Cyrus Black. It's not just baddies they do battle with, though. In a prelude to the epic Avengers/Defenders War, Hulk, Namor and the Silver Surfer go head-to-head with the mighty Avengers in a fight that pits hero against hero like none other! Collecting SUB-MARINER #34-35, MARVEL FEATURE #1-3 and THE DEFENDERS #1-6.
Collects Defenders (1972) #7-16, Giant-Size Defenders #1 & Avengers #115-118. The Dynamic Defenders, comicdom's most famous non-team, launch into their second Marvel Masterworks collection with the granddaddy of all mega-events-the Avengers/Defenders War! Thor vs. Hulk! Silver Surfer vs. the Vision! Namor vs. Cap! It's a super hero battle royale orchestrated by the mystic menace Dormammu and the mischievous Loki. Concocted by Steve Englehart, the cross-title adventure is collected in full and has never looked better! And that's just the tip of the iceberg! This packed-to-the-gills collection also includes Attuma's invasion of the surface world; Hawkeye's joining the ranks of the Defenders; the all-time classic battle with the Squadron Sinister that brought Nighthawk into the Defenders' fold; a team-up with Professor X to stop Magneto and the his Ultimate Mutant; and at long last, the return of the Black Knight! They're classics that redefined super teams forever, one and all, so come join the revolution with the Marvel Masterworks!
Collects Defenders (1972) #17-21, Giant-Size Defenders #2-4, Marvel Two-In-One #6-7; and Material From Mystery Tales #21, World Of Fantasy #11 and Tales Of Suspense (1959) #96. Comicdom's #1 non-team is back, and they've never been better! Hulk, Dr. Strange, Sub-Mariner, Valkyrie and Nighthawk team with Luke Cage, Daredevil and Son of Satan to take on the likes of the Wrecking Crew, Satannish and Asmodeus! Then, spinning out of MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE, comes Steve Gerber! Deconstructing genre conventions with a healthy dose of absurdity, Gerber's innovative Defenders run turned readers' expectations on their heads - so suitably we're including the original Atlas Era appearances of the Headmen: Gorilla Man, Jerold Morgan and Chondu the Mystic! Topped off with a GIANT-SIZE battle royale with the Grandmaster and a Squadron Sinister rematch, this one is a MARVEL MASTERWORKS if there ever was!
Collects Defenders (1972) #22-30, Giant-Size Defenders #5, Marvel Super-Heroes (1967) #18. One of the most challenging writers of '70s Marvel, Steve Gerber's Defenders ranks as a high-water mark of the era. Taking Marvel's famous non-team and mixing in his own unique brand of sharp social commentary, Gerber brought forth stories both action-packed and insightful! We begin with a classic four-part saga featuring the bigoted Sons of the Serpent that brings members past and present together to defend the defenseless. Then, the Guardians of the Galaxy hit the scene and take the Defenders to the year 3015 A.D.! It's an amazing adventure including the debut of Starhawk - and the Guardians of the Galaxy's first appearance too!
Steve Gerbers Defenders run comes to its revolutionary conclusion in the latest Marvel Masterworks extravaganza! Gerber consistently broke the boundaries of what a super-hero comic could be and his Headmen saga stands as one of the high points in a celebrated career. From the Elf with a Gun, to Bambi and the Bozos, Gerber wove together an unlikely cast with a challenging critique of the eras culture. His stories would influence a generation of new writers, and with artwork by the stellar team of Sal Buscema and Klaus Janson, Defenders is an indisputable 70s Marvel masterpiece. And weve topped it off with the classic Defenders/Howard the Duck Marvel Treasury Edition team-up. Need we say more? Collecting Defenders (1972) #31-#41 & Annual (1976) #1.
Collects Defenders (1972) #42-57 and material from FOOM #19. The Defenders, Marvels non-team with an ever-changing roster, brings together its most famous members (Doctor Strange, the Hulk, the Sub-Mariner) with new comrades (Red Guardian, Moon Knight, Nick Fury) and fan-favorites (Luke Cage, Hellcat, Valkyrie, Nighthawk) and the result is nothing short of classic! The creative team of Kraft and Giffen jump into the series feet first and spin some of the Defenders greatest adventures: Doctor Strange, possessed by the Red Rajah, becomes a mystic threat to the entire universe! Scorpio and his Zodiac launch a kidnapping conspiracy involving S.H.I.E.L.D.! Valkyrie struggles to reclaim her life! Also featuring an all-new Emissaries of Evil, the origin of the Red Guardian, Atlantean mega-monsters and the debut of Lunatik!