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Friday, April 15, 2011

Necessary Evil

One of their most challenging sagas pit the Defenders against an alliance of evil demons calling themselves the Six-Fingered Hand.

Along with long-timers Dr. Strange, Valkyrie, and Hellcat, the Son of Satan and Gargoyle were principal members of the non-team at the time.

Given the group's open mind when it came to demon-heroes, Ghost Rider might have seemed like an obvious choice for membership. But Ghost Rider's brazen disposition made the Defenders think twice before seeking his help against just one member of the Six-Fingered Hand (Defenders #96).

With Ghost Rider on their side, the Defenders defeated the demon Fashima, and a cult of followers led by rock singer Asmodeus Jones (no direct connection to the villain Asmodeus from Giant-Size Defenders #2).

Ghost Rider's alter ego, Johnny Blaze, returned for a guest appearance in Defenders #145. Ghost Rider later became a founding member of the Secret Defenders.

Defenders. Vol. 1. No. 96. July 1981. "The Rock and Roll Conspiracy!" J.M. DeMatteis (writer), Don Perlin and Joe Sinnot (artists), Diana Albers (letterer), George Roussos (colorist), Al Milgrom (editor), Jim Shooter (editor-in-chief).

1 comment:

Cease said...

Oo, yes!!! I have been reading this! I still have #100 left; I've saved it! My friend and I decided to resurrect a team of Defenders for fun, and I suggested the first arc trap them between warring factions: Vera Gemini and the Agents of Fortune, and the Six Fingered Hand! Wait until you hear J.B.'s idea for Six Fingered Hand pawns this time---it even ties into Marvel events of the past decade! But wait...just visit me over at May you have a day---like none other!!!

May 24th would've been a perfect time to spotlight the obscure Vera Gemini : that's her day, according to the song by Blue Oyster Cult and Patti Smith!!!

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