Issue(s): Defenders #21
Meanwhile the Hulk shows up in the suburbs of Westbury, Connecticut, and causes a disruption.
Across the street, a pair of weird scientists plot something.
Later, Banner, confused about what he may have done (it's OK, you just smashed some poor guy's house) shows up shirtless at Strange's house in Greenwich.
Then the two scientist meet a mystic in the city, and they create a black rain that causes everyone to go crazy and attack people in the streets. This includes many ordinary New Yorkers and... the Hulk. In the chaos, Nighthawk sees one of the scientists, who has a regular head on a gorilla's body, and chases him, but the gorilla-man gets away. The effects of the black rain eventually wear off but it gives the scientists and the mystic time to steal some loot to fund further ventures.
Points for having a 'bad guy plot' that isn't foiled by the heroes.
The bad guys in question will be called the Headmen, and all three have appeared before in Marvel's Monster Age. The Gorilla-Man is Arthur Nagan, a surgeon who was replacing failing human organs with gorilla ones until the gorillas rebelled and put his head on a gorilla's body.
The other scientist is Jerry Morgan, who had created a shrinking formula that pre-dated Henry Pym's.
Unfortunately, in between his previous appearance and this one, he had a mishap which has caused his head to become strangely misshapen. The mystic is Chondu.
In his previous appearance he actually seemed like a good guy, but apparently the years have not been kind to him and he seeks some material wealth. It's cool to see Gerber mining Marvel's past to create these guys. They're a little silly but they're actually handled quite well.
Quality Rating: B-
Chronological Placement Considerations: The Thing leaves here after visiting with the Defenders last issue. No Thing appearances should occur between Defenders #20 and #21.
Continuity Implant? N
Reprinted In: N/A
Inbound References (6): show
At about this time, Gerber listed as possible future Defenders Namorita, Wundarr, and Venus.
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