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Monday, May 19, 2008

The Dynamic Defenders


This artwork by Sal Buscema appeared on the last page of Defenders #6 (then reproduced as a two-page spread in Giant-Size Defenders #1). Although pin-up pages sometimes felt like filler, this piece did a nice job capturing the early team. While common during the Silver Age, these features all but faded out in the 1970s. The "once-in-a-lifetime" text (reproduced below) that originally accompanied the illustration may not have been exaggerating, as this the first Defenders pin-up page I've seen.

HERE THEY ARE: THE MIGHTIEST
NON-TEAM OF SUPER-DOERS EVER
ASSEMBLED IN ONE GLORIOUS, ONCE-
IN-A LIFETIME PIN-UP PAGE
DIRECT FROM MAGNANIMOUS
MARVEL TO YOU!

2 comments:

Mike said...

Excellent pin up of the great Defenders. This was the best line up. I wish they had kept this line up.

Anonymous said...

The potential of this line-up is still enormous...but you would still need a decent writer and a good artist...imagine Millar and J.R. Jr. or Johns and Bagley -whose latest work on Avengers Assemble has been excellent...it's nice to be able to dream

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