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FIRST TWENTY DEFENDERS STORIES FROM THE 1970s

To me there’s nothing like the ORIGINAL historical context in which fictional heroes were introduced, so I’ve examined 1930s, 1940s and 1960s superhero characters, often reviewing their first 20 stories. Here are the first 20 Defenders stories from the 1970s.

Marvel Feature 1MARVEL FEATURE Vol 1 #1 (December 1971)

Title: The Day of the Defenders

Villain: The Omegatron

Defenders Roster: Doctor Strange (Stephen Strange, MD), the Hulk (Bruce Banner, PhD) and the Sub-Mariner (Prince Namor McKenzie)

Comment: The Defenders were originally far different from the mere “street level” heroics that fans of Marvel Television adaptations associate with the team’s name. In 1971 Marvel had just one Avengers team in addition to the Fantastic Four and the X-Men. The Defenders often fought to save the entire world or even the entire universe or multiverse.

Doctor Strange and the Hulk had been around since the 1960s. The Sub-Mariner was introduced in 1939 (so BEFORE Aquaman), back when Marvel Comics was called Timely Comics. 

Synopsis: The sorcerer Yandroth, an old one-off foe of Dr Strange, has been spending his years since his defeat at Strange’s hands mastering science as thoroughly as he had previously mastered sorcery. He is on his death bed after having devised a scheme to ensure that the world will be destroyed shortly after he dies.

With typical villain bluster, Yandroth has Dr Strange summoned to his death bed and taunts him about his plans and tells him that in five hours the entire Earth will be destroyed by his creation the Omegatron unleashing every nuclear and biological weapon in the world. Before passing away, the villain reveals that he used BOTH sorcery AND science to create the Omegatron, ensuring that it cannot be defeated by JUST sorcery or JUST science. It will require the proper combination of the two.

Marvel feature 1 splash pageKnowing he has no chance of stopping this menace with his magic alone, Dr Strange mystically summons the Sub-Mariner, Monarch of Atlantis, to his side and explains the situation. Since even Namor’s realm of Atlantis will be destroyed by the Omegatron he allies himself with Stephen.

The Sub-Mariner suggests that Dr Strange also enlist the immensely powerful Silver Surfer to fight beside them. The sorcerer conjures up an image of what the Surfer is up to at that very moment. He and Sub-Mariner see that the Silver Surfer is, for the umpteenth time, trying to penetrate Galactus’ barrier which keeps him banished on Earth. Once again the Surfer fails and plummets back to Earth.

Since the Silver Surfer will need hours to recover from his crash landing back on our planet, Doc and Namor instead summon the Hulk to help them. Our heroes track down the Omegatron to an abandoned lighthouse in the northeastern United States. Continue reading

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FOOLKILLER 17: FOOLKILLER LEAVES THE DEFENDERS

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Collectible statue of Foolkiller with his Purification Gun drawn

Summer means superhero films so Balladeer’s Blog’s “Script Doctoring” of Marvel’s handling of Foolkiller continues with Part Seventeen. 

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Our anti-hero Foolkiller (Greg Salinger) ends his run with the dynamic non-team called the Defenders this time around. Valkyrie’s vendetta against the Mandrill is center-stage as is that mutant villain’s vendetta against the Defenders, Daredevil and his own parents.

The lives of millions of innocent people are at risk in addition to the Mandrill’s actual targets. One last reminder that, though Foolkiller’s awkward moniker may put off some readers, it’s based on the figure from 19th Century American folklore.  Continue reading

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FOOLKILLER 16: THE MANDRILL COMES TO TOWN

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Foolkiller (Greg Salinger)

Balladeer’s Blog’s “Script Doctoring” of Marvel’s handling of Foolkiller continues with Part Sixteen. 

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My alternate treatment of Foolkiller (Greg Salinger) in The Defenders # 90 will deal with the funeral of Hellcat’s (Patsy Walker’s) mother and with Daredevil rejoining the Defenders since Matt Murdock is now part of Nighthawk’s (Kyle Richmond’s) legal defense team. The Mandrill and Fem-Force strike again as part of that mutant villain’s plan to revenge himself upon the Defenders, Daredevil and his own parents: everyone he blames for his setbacks.  Continue reading

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FOOLKILLER 15: PRESENCE OF MIND

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Unpainted collectible bust of Foolkiller with his Purification Gun drawn.

It’s Marvel Comics’ world these days s0 Balladeer’s Blog’s “Script Doctoring” of Marvel’s handling of Foolkiller continues with Part Fifteen. 

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This time around in my alternate universe the controversial Foolkiller did for sales of The Defenders what the controversial Wolverine did for sales of The X-Men. That being the case The Defenders at long last got a second edition of Defenders Annual. Fans of the dynamic non-team will remember that Defenders Annual # 1 featured World Gone Sane, the conclusion of the epic length Nebulon/Headmen storyline.

Defenders Annual # 2, here in my treatment, would feature the Defenders (Hulk, Valkyrie, Nighthawk, Hellcat and Foolkiller (Greg Salinger) getting reunited with the Red Guardian to help her thwart the latest world-conquering scheme of the Defenders’ foe known as the Presence. Continue reading

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FOOLKILLER 14: DOOMSDAY TO THE INFINITE POWER

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Foolkiller with his Purification Gun

Since superheroes are all the rage Balladeer’s Blog’s “Script Doctoring” of Marvel’s handling of Foolkiller (Greg Salinger) continues with part fourteen. 

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This time around I rewrite The Defenders # 89 and bring to a conclusion this tale about the secrets behind Foolkiller’s costume and his Purification Gun.

Our hero and his fellow Defenders try to save countless universes from Thog the Netherspawn.

The name Foolkiller is based on the figure from 19th Century American Folklore.

*** Continue reading

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FOOLKILLER 13: FOOLS AND FANATICS …

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Foolkiller drawing his Purification Gun.

With superheroes everywhere these days Balladeer’s Blog’s “Script Doctoring” of Marvel’s handling of Foolkiller continues with Part Thirteen. 

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Some of you have commented on how awkward you find the nom de guerre “Foolkiller” but since the name was based on the figure from 19th Century American folklore, it won’t be altered.  

This time around I rewrite all of The Defenders # 88 and provide several answers regarding the mysteries surrounding Foolkiller (Greg Salinger) and surrounding the dangerous fanatics of the Tribunal.  Continue reading

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FOOLKILLER 12: INQUEST

Foolkiller holding, then aiming his gunWith superhero movies dominating pop culture these days Balladeer’s Blog’s “Script Doctoring” of Marvel’s handling of Foolkiller continues with Part Twelve. 

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In this installment I rewrite The Defenders # 87. After many teasers regarding the secrets behind Foolkiller’s Purification Gun and the unusual fabric of his costume I start revealing the answers.

I also revise the whole premise behind the Tribunal running the Inquest since, ultimately, even the apocalyptic revelations of the Elf With A Handgun were dismissed as a “hoax” by Dr Strange. And some of you have commented on how awkward you find the nom de guerre “Foolkiller” but since the name was based on the figure from 19th Century American folklore, it won’t be altered.    Continue reading

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FOOLKILLER 11: D-DAY ON KIBER ISLAND

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So Foolkiller walks into a bar and the bartender says “Hey, buddy … Why the long neck?” Oh, wait – that’s all wrong.

Since it’s the superhero film time of the year Balladeer’s Blog’s “Script Doctoring” of Marvel’s handling of Foolkiller continues with Part Eleven. 

FOR PART ONE OF THIS ARTICLE CLICK  HERE 

This time around I rewrite all of The Defenders # 86 and bring my war between Wakanda and Atlantis to a close.

There are also new revelations about Foolkiller’s Purification Gun as his time with the Defenders rapidly nears its end.  Continue reading

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FOOLKILLER 10:THE WAKANDA/ ATLANTIS WAR CONTINUES

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Foolkiller with his Purification Gun and red hat-sash

Summer brings superhero films so in that spirit Balladeer’s Blog’s “Script Doctoring” of Marvel’s handling of Foolkiller continues with Part Ten. 

FOR PART ONE OF THIS ARTICLE CLICK  HERE 

I rewrite virtually the entire story again this time around as The Defenders # 85 is on the schedule. My war between Wakanda and Atlantis proceeds, with Foolkiller (Greg Salinger) and the other Defenders caught in the middle. Will a certain Latverian dictator also get into the act? Continue reading

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FOOLKILLER 9: WAR BETWEEN WAKANDA AND ATLANTIS

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Foolkiller (Greg Salinger) and his Purification Gun after he just had mouth-enlargement surgery.

In recognition of all the summer superhero films Balladeer’s Blog’s “Script Doctoring” of Marvel’s handling of Foolkiller continues with Part Nine. 

FOR PART ONE OF THIS ARTICLE CLICK  HERE   

This time around my script-doctoring extends to virtually the entire issue of The Defenders # 84. It’s easy to see why this comic book was financially iffy by this point. In researching these stories for this series of blog posts I couldn’t believe how many issues ended with readers probably thinking “So, did anything really happen this month? Well, no … Again.”

In this particular installment I rewrite the whole damn book to present the breakout of a war between Marvel’s two greatest hidden realms – the Black Panther’s Wakanda and Namor’s Atlantis – with Foolkiller and the rest of the Defenders caught in the middle.  Continue reading

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