(January 1975)

Marvel, 1974 Series
Volume
1
Price
0.50 USD
Pages
68
Indicia Frequency
quarterly
On-sale Date
1974-10-03
Publisher's Age Guidelines
Approved by the Comics Code Authority
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Marvel Comics Group
Brand
Marvel Comics Group [entire top banner]
Editing
Roy Thomas (editor)

Issue Notes

On-sale date from Comic Reader (Street Enterprises, 1973 series) #111, October 1974.

When the Grandmaster plays-- the prize is Earth! (Table of Contents)

The Defenders / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Ron Wilson
Inks
Joe Sinnott
Colors
?
Letters
Danny Crespi

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Defenders [Hulk [Bruce Banner]; Dr. Strange [Stephen Strange]; Sub-Mariner [Namor]; Valkyrie (Inset only)]; Daredevil [Matt Murdock]; Grandmaster; Takkor; Teju; Chiroptera
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Wilson cover penciler credit provided 2006 by Nick Caputo. Marvel Comics Index #3 lists Gil Kane as penciler & Mike Esposito as inker.

Games Godlings Play! (Table of Contents: 1)

The Defenders / comic story / 32 pages (report information)

Script
Steve Gerber (script, plot); Jim Starlin (plot); Len Wein (plot)
Pencils
Jim Starlin (layouts); Dan Adkins (finished art); Don Newton (finished art); Jim Mooney (finished art)
Inks
Dan Adkins (pages 1-7, 10-11, 22-27, 43); Don Newton (pages 14-19, 31-36, 38); Jim Mooney (pages 8-9, 30, 37, 39, 44)
Colors
Glynis Oliver
Letters
Charlotte Jetter

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Defenders [Nighthawk [Kyle Richmond]; Hulk [Bruce Banner]; Sub-Mariner [Namor]; Dr. Strange [Stephen Strange]; Valkyrie]; Daredevil [Matt Murdock]; Grandmaster; Kang (in flashback); The Avengers [Goliath; Iron Man [Tony Stark]; Captain America [Steve Rogers]; Thor] (in flashback); Squadron Sinister [Hyperion; Dr. Spectrum; Whizzer; Nighthawk] (in flashback); Dr. Doom (in flashback); Nick Fury (in flashback); Prime Mover; Aragorn; Takkor; Grott, the Man-Slayer; Korvac (introduction); Chiroptera; Teju; Dumog
Synopsis
The Grandmaster and the Prime Mover play a game for the fate of the Earth. The Grandmaster selects the Defenders for his "pieces" and the Prime Mover selects several alien "pieces" and combat begins.
Reprints

Awesome Announcements and Autumnal Admonishments for All! (Table of Contents: 2) (Expand) /

Bullpen Bulletins / in-house column / 1 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 3)

Defenders Dialogue / letters page / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Steve Gerber
Pencils
Gil Kane; Jim Starlin (illustrations)
Inks
Klaus Janson; Jim Starlin (illustrations)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
superhero
Characters
Hulk; Sub-Mariner; Dr. Strange
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Includes letters from Dean Mullaney, Mary Jo Duffy and Aoxomoxoa.

The World Destroyers! (Table of Contents: 4)

Namor the Sub-Mariner / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
Bill Everett
Pencils
Bill Everett
Inks
Bill Everett
Colors
?
Letters
Bill Everett
Editing
Stan Lee (original editor)

Genre
superhero
Characters
Sub-Mariner; Betty Dean
Reprints

Indexer Notes

The GCD credits Bill Everett (pencils, inks, script) in the original.

The House of Shadows! (Table of Contents: 5)

Doctor Strange / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee
Pencils
Steve Ditko
Inks
Steve Ditko
Colors
?
Letters
Sam Rosen
Editing
Stan Lee (original Editor)

Genre
superhero; fantasy-supernatural
Characters
Doctor Strange
Reprints
Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. When the Grandmaster plays-- the prize is Earth!
    The Defenders
  2. 1. Games Godlings Play!
    The Defenders
  3. 2. Awesome Announcements and Autumnal Admonishments for All!
    Bullpen Bulletins
  4. 3. [no title indexed]
    Defenders Dialogue
  5. 4. The World Destroyers!
    Namor the Sub-Mariner
  6. 5. The House of Shadows!
    Doctor Strange
This issue was modified by, among others
  • Darci
  • Katie
  • Nick Caputo
  • Steve Coates
  • Peter Croome
  • Darrel McCann
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Derek Reinhard
  • Steven Tice
  • Jim Van Dore
  • BobBob Zarfin