The Defenders, American funny cartoon superhero group made for Marvel Comics by essayist Roy Thomas and craftsman Ross Andru. The gathering—which was to a greater degree a free brief alliance than a conventional superhero squad—had its first appearance in Marvel Feature no. 1 (December 1971).

The seeds of the Defenders were planted in Sub-Mariner issues no. 34 and 35 (February–March 1971) by author Roy Thomas and craftsman Sal Buscema. In that story the Sub-Mariner enlists the Hulk and the Silver Surfer to enable him to pulverize a weather-controlling gadget. The alleged “Titans Three” at first crossed paths with the Avengers, however the two gatherings before long accommodate. The blend of such apparently inconsistent characters evoked genuine emotion with both Thomas and perusers. Soon thereafter Thomas brought the Sub-Mariner and the Hulk back together, joining them this time with Dr. Odd, as the Defenders, for a three-issue keep running in Marvel Feature. As in the Sub-Mariner story, the three superheroes join to discard a doomsday gadget, for this situation the Omegatron, a mechanical build containing an amazing atomic weapon. While the heroes went separate ways toward the finish of the principal issue, the example was set for undertakings to come.

Soon after the third issue of Marvel Feature, the group was elevated to its very own comic with The Defenders no. 1 (August 1972), under essayist Steve Englehart and craftsman Sal Buscema. Colleagues—including a returning Silver Surfer—pivoted every now and again, and Dr. Peculiar worked as an accepted pioneer, with the group utilizing his Greenwich Village brownstone as its base camp. The group picked up its first new “customary” colleague, the Asgardian warrior Valkyrie, in The Defenders no. 4. The Defenders battled an assortment of Marvel lowlifess, and they costarred in “the Avengers/Defenders War,” an eight-issue circular segment that kept running in the titles of the two groups. Before long thereafter the gathering was joined by Nighthawk, a previous miscreant who looked to some extent like DC Comics’ Batman.

At the point when Steve Gerber took over as essayist with issue no. 20 (February 1975), the comic entered its most vital time. Gerber set the group—presently decreased to a core of Hulk, Dr. Unusual, Valkyrie, and Nighthawk—against a gathering of degenerate researchers known as the Headmen. One of them had his head transplanted onto the body of a gorilla, while another’s head was an enormous ruby-red circle. Other enemies incorporated a heavenly personality control faction called the Bozos and a mythical person with a firearm. Fans were by turns astounded, delighted, and muddled. Gerber left the comic after issue no. 41 (November 1976); albeit resulting scholars held a few components of the book’s trademark bizarreness, by the turn of the decade The Defenders was simply one more superhero title. Issue no. 125 (November 1983) saw the book retitled The New Defenders, and a large portion of the group’s unique lineup was discarded to clear a path for previous X-Men Angel, Iceman, and Beast trying to profit by the X-Men’s taking off fame. The fans neglected to acknowledge the patch up, and Marvel—picking to move its increasingly worthwhile stars into a comic with a “X” in its title—dropped The Defenders and made X-Factor in its place.

The group was along these lines restored various occasions, the first reviewed the comic’s unique reason of the “nonteam” by exhibiting a diverse arrangement of superheroes. The Secret Defenders depended on Dr. Unusual’s gathering any semblance of Wolverine, Spider-Man, and the Silver Surfer to battle different magical adversaries, and it kept running for a long time. Other recoveries incorporated a 12-issue run (2001–02) by essayist Kurt Busiek and craftsman Erik Larsen, a 5-issue constrained arrangement (2005–06) that offered an entertaining interpretation of the group, and a 12-issue run (2012–13) by author Matt Fraction.

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