Ads for the Basic and Expert versions of the Dungeons & Dragons game appeared regularly in comic books during the early 1980s. Many of my friends who collected comics at the time also played D&D.
It occurred to me that several of the Defenders would work reasonably well as characters within that game.
- Dr. Strange was surely a Magic-User, and a high-level one at that.
- Hellcat's exceptional Dexterity and climbing abilities fit the bill for a law-abiding Thief.
- With armor and sword, Valkyrie was a shoe-in for a Fighter with the maximum Strength score allowable for a player-character in the game. D&D stats for a pegasus would easily apply to Valkyrie's winged horse, Aragorn.
- Daimon Hellstrom's religious motivation and healing powers approximated those of a Cleric (even if a trident wasn't one of the weapons available to that character class).