Issue(s): Defenders #131
It's a deliberately off-kilter issue, closer in style to Gerber's era than either DeMatteis' or Gillis'. The Beast is doing the college lecture circuit, and he's attacked by a wacky super-villain called the Walrus (named after the Beatles song).
The Walrus is the latest experiment by his mad scientist uncle who hasn't been having much luck.
In fact, before he was the Walrus, he'd been Captain Stoat, Squirrel-Man, the Masked Tapir, the Crimson Turkey, etc.
But this time the experiment seemed to have worked, so his uncle sends him out to defeat the Beast in order to gain some infamy. Angel and Iceman are also hanging around with the Beast, but none of them have much luck.
Luckily (!), Leap-Frog is on the scene...
...and he manages to knock out the Walrus just as his powers are conking out. To the crowd, it looks like the Leap-Frog defeated the Walrus, so they demand that the Leap-Frog's request to join the Defenders be honored. But then Leap-Frog's father shows up and drags him away.
Silly stuff, but it's done well.
Back at the Defender's HQ, Moondragon continues to be a source of trouble.
For those pushing the theory that Iceman is gay, this issue provides some fodder.
Quality Rating: B
Chronological Placement Considerations: N/A
Continuity Implant? N
Reprinted In: N/A
Inbound References (1): show
Angel, Beast, Candy Southern, Cloud, Frog-Man II, Gargoyle, Iceman, Leap-Frog, Moondragon, Valkyrie, Walrus
The "Church of the Subgenius" was some kind of phony religion headed by the fictitious J. R. "Bob" Dobbs. I'm not sure if it was some parody of Scientology or just a massive prank, but it was carried on by various media for years, particularly by underground/alternative comix creators.
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