Appearing in "Games Godlings Play!"

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Synopsis for "Games Godlings Play!"

The Defenders and Daredevil are selected by the Grandmaster and the Prime Mover to participate in their latest game, in which the Grandmaster pits them against beings from different eras and planets selected by the Prime Mover to do battle. The winner get's Earth as their prize.

Pitting two of Grandmaster's champions against at least one of those of the Prime Mover, the Defenders still manage to win, even though some of their numbers are killed in the battle. However, when the Grandmaster wins, he revives those who were killed. Having lost, the Prime Mover shorts out of breaks down and the Grandmaster prepares to take ownership of the Earth. However, Daredevil challenges him to a coin toss, to which Daredevil wins thanks to his heightened senses. Losing it all, the Grandmaster returns the Defenders to Earth, and leaving all alone... Until next time that is..

Appearing in "The Sub-Mariner Strikes"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Sub-Mariner Comics #38.

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Synopsis for "The Sub-Mariner Strikes"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Sub-Mariner Comics #38.

With his super-human abilities fading, the Sub-Mariner is asked by Namora to return to Atlantis to meet with the Emperor. There the Emperor shows Namor that his once mighty powers have been reduced to only the ability to breath underwater and enhanced strength. The Emperor explains to Namor that they have developed a machine that will restore Namor's full strength, invulnerability and flight. However Byrrah has seen to it that it won't work after stealing the formula needed to operate the machine. Suspecting that Byrrah was responsible, the Sub-Mariner confronts him and forces him to turn over the formula.

Namor then subjects to himself the device and finds his powers restored to normal. Happy to find his experiment a success, the Emperor orders Namor to resume his one man war on the surface world. Despite Namor's pleas that he has friends on the surface (such as Betty Dean) he has no choice but to follow the Emperor's orders. On the surface, the Sub-Mariner spots what appears to be a Russian sub attacking an American ship. Disabling the sub, he witnesses Byrrah and his men and his faithful minions flee the sub, in an attempt to make Namor betray the Emperor's orders.

Namor holds the American ship together and helps it get back to port. There the Sub-Mariner informs the crew of the ship that it was he who helped keep the ship together and get them to safety. When the crew refuses to believe him, the Sub-Mariner angrily sinks it before returning home.

Appearing in "The House of Shadows!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Strange Tales #120.

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Synopsis for "The House of Shadows!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Strange Tales #120.

When a local haunted house becomes the subject of a television program trying to debunk it as a hoax, the camera crew attracts the attention of a crowd of spectators. Among them is Doctor Strange. Believing the house to be truly haunted, Strange enters the building and confronts its mystical attacks. He forces the entity in the house to reveal itself to him and tell him its purpose. He learns that it is from another time-continuum and that it has come to observe humanity. With the threat neutralized, Strange exits the house and uses a spell to make it return from where it came. The spectators gather, then flee from Doctor Strange in fear.

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  • Inks (issue pages): Adkins pages 1-7, 10-11, 22-27, 43, Newton pages 14-19, 31-36, 38, Mooney pages 8-9, 30, 37, 39, 44.

Trivia

  • Valkyrie seems to lose her magical sword in this issue, but it appears at her side in future appearances without comment. A note in the letter column of Giant-Size Defenders #4 clarifies that it was restored to her by the Grandmaster when the Defenders were sent home to Earth.

See Also

Footnotes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks



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