- Defenders! A fitting name for such a grouping as we --- if ever we've need to meet again.
Appearing in "The Day of the Defenders!"
- Defenders (First appearance)
- Silver Surfer (Norrin Radd) (Cameo)
- Ezra (First appearance)
- Sarey (First appearance)
- Llyra (Illusion)
- Avengers (Mentioned)
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- New England
- New York State
Synopsis for "The Day of the Defenders!"
After being called to his old foe Yandroth on his deathbed, Doctor Strange) is warned by the techno-wizard that he has created a doomsday machine called the Omegatron to destroy the Earth five hours after it's activated.
In order to save the world, Dr. Strange gathers the aid of Namor the Sub-Mariner and the Hulk to find the Omegatron and destroy it before it can start a nuclear chain reaction that will destroy the planet. They pin point the device in a lighthouse in Maine. The three heroes enter the lighthouse from different paths using their special skills. Namor enters through the back through the ocean, the Hulk enters through the front, while Dr. Strange uses his astral form to scout the building. Strange eventually enters the main room where he's met with Omegatron who explains that Yandroth sent Strange on this path intentionally so that Omegatron could harness the power from Strange's allies. Namor and Hulk soon enter and leaving Strange to try and explain not to harm the machine or else the planet will be destroyed. The two take this as a hallucination presented to them by Omegatron and attempted to force their way past. Strange left no other option pits his friends against each other making them see hallucinations to fight one another.
With ample time, Strange then casts a spell around the lighthouse slowing down the progression of time to an eternal crawl, so that it will be centuries before the Omegatron finally counts down it's final moments before detonation. With the threat of the Omegatron at least postponed indefinitely, Strange explains what happened to the now somber group and they disband. Dr. Strange declares that should they need to reunite, they will be called the Defenders, but Hulk expresses his distaste for the idea of being in a group after having already been in the Avengers.
Appearing in "Sub-Mariner and the Icebergs"
Synopsis for "Sub-Mariner and the Icebergs"
Appearing in "The Return!"
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Synopsis for "The Return!"
This story takes place prior to the formation of the Defenders (Earth-616)Defenders, Dr. Strange returns home to his Sanctum Sanctorum after a long absence. There he finds that Wong is still looking after somebody who claims to be Dr. Strange. However, during the battle the powerless Strange is easily defeated and knocked out by his impostor. While unconscious, Strange is visited by his master the Ancient One who restores Strange's mystical powers and his original identity. Strange then attacks his impostor once more but this time easily defeats the foe. Unmasking him, Strange finds that his doppelganger is none other than his mortal enemy Baron Mordo. Realizing that he cannot leave his place unattended nor shirk his responsibilities, Strange resumes his position of master of the mystic arts.
Who are - The Defenders? None other than Dr. Strange - the Sub-Mariner - and the Hulk! No wonder we made this one king-size!
- This issue sees the return of Dr. Strange since his series was canceled after Dr. Strange #183 and his long absence since Incredible Hulk #126. Right away they decide to dispose of the "mask" the Strange decided to wear close to the end of his series, and change his last name from Stephen Sanders back to Stephen Strange.
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