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Saturday, April 10, 2021

Clea, the Mystic Maiden!

Defenders #53 included a back-up story that introduced Nicodemus, an ambitious villain with advanced technology and a powerful incantation to steal the magical energy of others. His longterm goal was to overpower Dr. Strange and claim the title of Sorcerer-King!

For his first target, Nicodemus ambushed Clea. But when Clean found herself mystically drained, she turned the tables on Nicodemus by knocking him out with her fist. The five-page tale gave Clea a rare chance to shine.

As for what happened next, Dr. Strange would confiscate Nicodemus' ancient tome, dismantle his machinery, and wipe his mind of any memories of what he had done. When the power-hungry villain returned just the same, Dr. Strange defeated him (Marvel Fanfare #5).

Defenders. Vol. 1. No. 53. Nov. 1977. "Clea, the Mystic Maiden!" Naomi Basner (script), Sandy Plunkett (pencils), Tony Salmons (inks), Joe Rosen (letters), Marie Severin (colors), Archie Goodwin (editor)
Defenders #54 included a back-up tale titled Fury Times 5! Additional back-up stories might have worked well given the non-team format of the team.

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