History Comicbook / TheDefenders

6th Mar '16 9:41:53 AM nombretomado
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* RedScare: Averted with the team's temporary member Red Guardian, who was a Soviet counterpart to CaptainAmerica.

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* RedScare: Averted with the team's temporary member Red Guardian, who was a Soviet counterpart to CaptainAmerica.ComicBook/CaptainAmerica.
27th Feb '16 4:45:45 PM nombretomado
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** During the "Defender for a Day" story, around ''twenty'' heroes joined, from BlackWidow to Tagak the Leopard Lord. The list of people who have been on both ComicBook/TheAvengers and ComicBook/TheDefenders is very long.

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** During the "Defender for a Day" story, around ''twenty'' heroes joined, from BlackWidow ComicBook/BlackWidow to Tagak the Leopard Lord. The list of people who have been on both ComicBook/TheAvengers and ComicBook/TheDefenders is very long.
21st Feb '16 9:44:25 PM Blazer
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In the early 1990s, Marvel attempted to revive the Defenders as "Secret Defenders". This new series would have Doctor Strange organize squads of random heroes (including {{Wolverine}}, SpiderMan, ComicBook/{{Darkhawk}}, the second Spider-Woman, Comicbook/GhostRider, Hulk, Luke Cage, {{Deadpool}}, and many others) for one-off missions. Despite being considerably hyped by Marvel, the series did not do well and with the title launching coinciding with the launching of the more successful "Midnight Sons" horror sub-line (in which Doctor Strange could not take part due to Secret Defenders), it was decided to remove him from the book so that his title could be folded into the Midnight Son line. The title was then revamped with Doctor Druid as the new leader and a group of new heroes, but this new direction did little to revive interest in the book and it was quietly canceled by the end of its second year.

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In the early 1990s, Marvel attempted to revive the Defenders as "Secret Defenders". This new series would have Doctor Strange organize squads of random heroes (including {{Wolverine}}, SpiderMan, ComicBook/{{Darkhawk}}, the second Spider-Woman, Comicbook/GhostRider, Hulk, Luke Cage, {{Deadpool}}, and many others) for one-off missions. The team made their first appearance in ''ComicBook/FantasticFour'' #374 when Spider-Man, desperate to bring in the Human Torch for arson and everyone is having poor luck doing so, turns to Dr. Strange for help, who reassembles the rest of the "New Fantastic Four" (Hulk, Wolverine and Ghost Rider) to fight the Fantastic Four. Despite being considerably hyped by Marvel, the series did not do well and with the title launching coinciding with the launching of the more successful "Midnight Sons" horror sub-line (in which Doctor Strange could not take part due to Secret Defenders), it was decided to remove him from the book so that his title could be folded into the Midnight Son line. The title was then revamped with Doctor Druid as the new leader and a group of new heroes, but this new direction did little to revive interest in the book and it was quietly canceled by the end of its second year.
12th Feb '16 10:45:44 AM kkhohoho
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*DemotedToExtra: This happened to '''all''' of the original members (plus Silver Surfer,) at one point or another in the original volume. Surfer was the one that got hit hardest, barely appearing in the book after joining the team for a few issues early on, but the others suffered from it too. [[PutOnABus Namor left in #14, while Doctor Strange left after the first Annual,]] and [[TheBusCameBack while both of them showed up again,]] [[CommutingOnABus it took a while for them to become as prominent as they used to be.]] Hulk didn't have as much as this as the others, being a consistent member well until #94, but after that, he didn't appear as much as he used to. While the book may originally been about Hulk, Strange, and other A-Listers, it ended up being more about C and D-listers like Valkyrie, Nighthawk, Hellcat, and others, all of which got more focus than the founding members by the end of the group's original incarnation.
2nd Feb '16 5:08:55 PM kkhohoho
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** Flash Thompson comes across as the most petty when it comes right down to it, especially when it's revealed [[spoiler: he's mad that Annabelle Riggs, who is now sharing Valkyrie's body, essentially cockblocked him.]]
* TeethClenchedTeamwork: At times. The inner four (Strange, Namor, Hulk, and Surfer) are all strong personalities who are used to working alone and none of them likes to admit that they need help.

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** Flash Thompson comes across as the most petty etty when it comes right down to it, especially when it's revealed [[spoiler: he's mad that Annabelle Riggs, who is now sharing Valkyrie's body, essentially cockblocked him.]]
* TeethClenchedTeamwork: At times. The inner four original three (Strange, Namor, Hulk, and Surfer) the Hulk,) plus the Surfer are all strong personalities who are used to working alone and none of them likes to admit that they need help.
29th Dec '15 2:14:02 PM Temmere
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The Defenders have a long and varied history. The team grew out of a couple of team-ups between Comicbook/DoctorStrange, the ComicBook/IncredibleHulk, Namor the Comicbook/SubMariner, and the ComicBook/SilverSurfer in the early 1970s. The first three became the team's founding members; it should be noted that all of them were among the most powerful of Marvel's heroes who did not belong to a team yet. However, this was an unlikely alliance, as all three (and the Surfer, who briefly joined later,) were more used to acting alone, especially Hulk and Namor, both of whom are more correctly [[AntiHero antiheroes]].

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The Defenders have a long and varied history. The team grew out of a couple of team-ups between Comicbook/DoctorStrange, the ComicBook/IncredibleHulk, Namor the Comicbook/SubMariner, and the ComicBook/SilverSurfer in the early 1970s. The first three became the team's founding members; it should be noted that all of them were among the most powerful of Marvel's heroes who did not belong to a team yet. However, this was an unlikely alliance, as all three (and the Surfer, who briefly joined later,) later) were more used to acting alone, especially Hulk and Namor, both of whom are more correctly [[AntiHero antiheroes]].
19th Dec '15 5:48:17 PM nombretomado
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* ActionGirl: Valkyrie, Hell Cat, SheHulk, Red She-Hulk, Black Cat, and every member of the Fearless Defenders besides Annabelle.

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* ActionGirl: Valkyrie, Hell Cat, SheHulk, Hellcat, ComicBook/SheHulk, Red She-Hulk, Black Cat, and every member of the Fearless Defenders besides Annabelle.
9th Dec '15 5:25:13 PM kkhohoho
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As mentioned, the Silver Surfer was quickly written out after his brief tryout with the team,(as at the time, Stan Lee considered him to be his pet character and was not keen on letting other writers use him) and new characters were introduced to flesh out the roster. Nighthawk, originally a CaptainErsatz for Batman but then reinvented as one for ComicBook/{{Hawkman}}; Daimon Hellstrom, the horror-themed hero "Son of Satan"; Hellcat, originally a character from Marvel's comedy/romance comics reinvented as a Cat-themed heroine (using the costume of The Cat, who herself had become [[CatGirl Tigra]]); Gargoyle, an elderly man who, while trying to cheat death, ended up trapped in the body of a demon; and The Valkyrie, a Norse goddess trapped in the body of a woman known to Hulk and Strange were brought onto the team, [[DemotedToExtra with Sub-Mariner eventually being demoted to a recurring character within the title as opposed to a constant member.]] The group itself had loose guidelines for membership, as technically, everybody who helped them was a 'Defender' (this was [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in a story where a membership drive -- started without their permission or knowledge -- led to a mess as both heroes wanting to join, and villains trying to pretend they were Defenders, ran into each other.) Still, the heroes listed above were the most commonly associated with the team. They tended to meet in Doctor Strange's New York brownstone, and later, in the wealthy Nighthawk's estate.

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As mentioned, the Silver Surfer was quickly written out after his brief tryout with the team,(as at the time, Stan Lee considered him to be his pet character and was not keen on letting other writers use him) and new characters were introduced to flesh out the roster. Nighthawk, originally a CaptainErsatz for Batman but then reinvented as one for ComicBook/{{Hawkman}}; Daimon Hellstrom, the horror-themed hero "Son of Satan"; Hellcat, originally a character from Marvel's comedy/romance comics reinvented as a Cat-themed heroine (using the costume of The Cat, who herself had become [[CatGirl Tigra]]); Gargoyle, an elderly man who, while trying to cheat death, ended up trapped in the body of a demon; and The Valkyrie, a Norse goddess trapped in the body of a woman known to Hulk and Strange were brought onto the team, [[DemotedToExtra with team,[[DemotedToExtra while Sub-Mariner eventually being was soon demoted to a recurring character within the title as opposed to being a constant consistent member.]] The group itself had loose guidelines for membership, as technically, everybody who helped them was a 'Defender' (this was [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in a story where a membership drive -- started without their permission or knowledge -- led to a mess as both heroes wanting to join, and villains trying to pretend they were Defenders, ran into each other.) Still, the heroes listed above were the most commonly associated with the team. They tended to meet in Doctor Strange's New York brownstone, and later, in the wealthy Nighthawk's estate.
9th Dec '15 5:23:26 PM kkhohoho
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As mentioned, the Silver Surfer was quickly written out after his brief tryout with the team,(as at the time, Stan Lee considered him to be his pet character and was not keen on letting other writers use him) and new characters were introduced to flesh out the roster. Nighthawk, originally a CaptainErsatz for Batman but then reinvented as one for ComicBook/{{Hawkman}}; Daimon Hellstrom, the horror-themed hero "Son of Satan"; Hellcat, originally a character from Marvel's comedy/romance comics reinvented as a Cat-themed heroine (using the costume of The Cat, who herself had become [[CatGirl Tigra]]); Gargoyle, an elderly man who, while trying to cheat death, ended up trapped in the body of a demon; and The Valkyrie, a Norse goddess trapped in the body of a woman known to Hulk and Strange were brought onto the team, [[DemotedToExtra with Sub-Mariner eventually being made to a recurring character within the title as opposed to a constant member.]] The group itself had loose guidelines for membership, as technically, everybody who helped them was a 'Defender' (this was [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in a story where a membership drive -- started without their permission or knowledge -- led to a mess as both heroes wanting to join, and villains trying to pretend they were Defenders, ran into each other.) Still, the heroes listed above were the most commonly associated with the team. They tended to meet in Doctor Strange's New York brownstone, and later, in the wealthy Nighthawk's estate.

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As mentioned, the Silver Surfer was quickly written out after his brief tryout with the team,(as at the time, Stan Lee considered him to be his pet character and was not keen on letting other writers use him) and new characters were introduced to flesh out the roster. Nighthawk, originally a CaptainErsatz for Batman but then reinvented as one for ComicBook/{{Hawkman}}; Daimon Hellstrom, the horror-themed hero "Son of Satan"; Hellcat, originally a character from Marvel's comedy/romance comics reinvented as a Cat-themed heroine (using the costume of The Cat, who herself had become [[CatGirl Tigra]]); Gargoyle, an elderly man who, while trying to cheat death, ended up trapped in the body of a demon; and The Valkyrie, a Norse goddess trapped in the body of a woman known to Hulk and Strange were brought onto the team, [[DemotedToExtra with Sub-Mariner eventually being made demoted to a recurring character within the title as opposed to a constant member.]] The group itself had loose guidelines for membership, as technically, everybody who helped them was a 'Defender' (this was [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in a story where a membership drive -- started without their permission or knowledge -- led to a mess as both heroes wanting to join, and villains trying to pretend they were Defenders, ran into each other.) Still, the heroes listed above were the most commonly associated with the team. They tended to meet in Doctor Strange's New York brownstone, and later, in the wealthy Nighthawk's estate.
9th Dec '15 5:22:39 PM kkhohoho
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As mentioned, the Silver Surfer was quickly written out after his brief tryout with the team,(as at the time, Stan Lee considered him to be his pet character and was not keen on letting other writers use him) and new characters were introduced to flesh out the roster. Nighthawk, originally a CaptainErsatz for Batman but then reinvented as one for ComicBook/{{Hawkman}}; Daimon Hellstrom, the horror-themed hero "Son of Satan"; Hellcat, originally a character from Marvel's comedy/romance comics reinvented as a Cat-themed heroine (using the costume of The Cat, who herself had become [[CatGirl Tigra]]); Gargoyle, an elderly man who, while trying to cheat death, ended up trapped in the body of a demon; and The Valkyrie, a Norse goddess trapped in the body of a woman known to Hulk and Strange were brought onto the team, with Sub-Mariner eventually being recurring character within the title as opposed to a constant member. The group itself had loose guidelines for membership, as technically, everybody who helped them was a 'Defender' (this was [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in a story where a membership drive -- started without their permission or knowledge -- led to a mess as both heroes wanting to join, and villains trying to pretend they were Defenders, ran into each other.) Still, the heroes listed above were the most commonly associated with the team. They tended to meet in Doctor Strange's New York brownstone, and later, in the wealthy Nighthawk's estate.

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As mentioned, the Silver Surfer was quickly written out after his brief tryout with the team,(as at the time, Stan Lee considered him to be his pet character and was not keen on letting other writers use him) and new characters were introduced to flesh out the roster. Nighthawk, originally a CaptainErsatz for Batman but then reinvented as one for ComicBook/{{Hawkman}}; Daimon Hellstrom, the horror-themed hero "Son of Satan"; Hellcat, originally a character from Marvel's comedy/romance comics reinvented as a Cat-themed heroine (using the costume of The Cat, who herself had become [[CatGirl Tigra]]); Gargoyle, an elderly man who, while trying to cheat death, ended up trapped in the body of a demon; and The Valkyrie, a Norse goddess trapped in the body of a woman known to Hulk and Strange were brought onto the team, [[DemotedToExtra with Sub-Mariner eventually being made to a recurring character within the title as opposed to a constant member. member.]] The group itself had loose guidelines for membership, as technically, everybody who helped them was a 'Defender' (this was [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in a story where a membership drive -- started without their permission or knowledge -- led to a mess as both heroes wanting to join, and villains trying to pretend they were Defenders, ran into each other.) Still, the heroes listed above were the most commonly associated with the team. They tended to meet in Doctor Strange's New York brownstone, and later, in the wealthy Nighthawk's estate.
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