Issue(s): Defenders #41
It turns out that she's been kidnapped by an old Dr. Strange foe named Shazana.
Clea teleports in the rest of the Defenders, including the Hulk...
...and they easily dispatch the sorceress and her minions.
This may have been an inventory issue that was pulled out now that Gerber is quitting. Defenders annual #1 ought to be viewed as the real conclusion to his run.
It's not the first time they've been paired up, but the Buscema/Janson art team is a bit of a mismatch.
Quality Rating: C+
Chronological Placement Considerations: Placing this after Defenders annual #1 based on its relatively context free plot and the fact that the Hulk seems to be a regular member of the team again.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (1): showClea, Dr. Strange, Hulk, Jack Norriss, Nighthawk, Red Guardian (Tania Belinksy), Shazana, Trish Starr, Valkyrie
When I first started reading Marvel regularly was right at the Trial of Hank Pym, and with Trish Starr appearing a lot, and a lot of her back story given in Avengers #217, it's interesting that I never once realized that she had been Nighthawk's love for a while.
Posted by: Erik Beck | March 18, 2015 6:54 AM
I haven't asked if this was, in fact, an inventory story-it doesn't quite feel like a wrap-up of Steve's attempts to work with Kyle's character. I love the offbeat touches of real life, especially from the counter culture- those observations define all the best Defenders stories. This time through, Trish's friend "David Anthony" sticks out to me as an affectionate cameo of Gerber's friend, DAK. He even takes a dig at DAK's love of gab.
Posted by: Cecil | May 23, 2016 9:12 PM
In the introduction to the Marvel Masterworks volume collecting Gerber's last Defenders work, Stuart Moore suggests that this story was intended for the annual but was compressed here, and that the Headmen/Nebulon stuff was intended to last a few more issues. Notably, a few plot ideas in the Annual -- ruby Thursday running for president, the mysterious disappearances in India -- show up with minimal setup.
At a guess, this is another case like Englehart's Avengers where Gerry Conway pushed off the creative team to make himself the writer, but then vanished within an issue or two.
Posted by: Omar Karindu | December 24, 2017 3:46 PM
I was just reading that same Masterworks volume, & Moore says that Gerber was removed due to editorial politics. Sean Howe's book says this was to fill Conway's quota of books.
A real shame, this is one of my favourite runs of the '70s, so it's a pity the end of it was mangled, rather than at least letting him finish off that story properly.
Posted by: Jonathan, son of Kevin | December 28, 2017 5:11 PM
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