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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Definition of a Non-Team

Promoted as a non-team throughout most of the original series, the Defenders never agreed on what being a team even meant.

During a chance encounter with the Hulk, Hawkeye was confused to learn that the green goliath was on his way to see Dr. Strange (Defenders #7). But Valkyrie and Sub-Mariner were around the corner, ready to explain their different perspectives about how the unlikely allies now worked together.

Valkyrie: That's easy, Hawkeye. Stephen Strange is our leader in the Defenders!

Namor: Hold, Val! Jump to no conclusions, Archer--the Defenders is merely a name, and no more. At times we battle together against a common foe--but the Defenders is not an alliance … There is no leader, no rules, no charter such as in your Avengers.

Valkyrie: At any rate, Hawkeye, we were also going to Stephen's Sanctum. Why not join us?

Namor: For the walk only, Archer!

Had they contrasted themselves to the X-Men or Fantastic Four—rather than the Avengers—the differences between the teams wouldn't have seemed so great. Of course, even those similarly informal groups had a shared origin or standardized uniforms—for more cohesion than the Defenders usually had.
Defenders. Vol. 1. No. 7. August 1972. "War below the Waves!" Steve Engelhart and Len Wein (plot and script), Sal Buscema (art), Frank Bolle (inker), June Braverman (lettering), Glynis Wein (color), Roy Thomas (editing).

3 comments:

Erick said...

I've been a huge fan of the Defenders ever since I was a kid in the 70s and I also really like your blog.

I've given you a blog award. You can read about it on my blog here --

http://wonderfulwonderblog.blogspot.com/2010/02/one-lovely-blog-award.html

james said...

Thanks, Erick. What a nice surprise! I've added your Wonderful Wonderblog to my blogroll.

david_b said...

Loved Defenders best when they had Hawkeye or YellowJacket in the ranks. It gave them both outlets rather than belonging to a 'regimented group'.

David B.

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