The Defenders #89 [Direct]
(November 1980)

Marvel, 1972 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.50 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
monthly
Publisher's Age Guidelines
Approved by the Comics Code Authority
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Marvel Comics Group
Brand
Marvel Comics Group [entire top banner]
Editing
Al Milgrom (Editor); Mary Jo Duffy (Assistant Editor); Jim Shooter (Editor-in-Chief)
Color
Color
Dimensions
Standard Modern Age US
Paper Stock
Glossy cover; Newsprint interior
Binding
Saddle-stitched
Publishing Format
Was ongoing

A Death in the Family! (Table of Contents)

The Defenders / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Michael Netzer [as Mike Nasser]
Inks
Joe Rubinstein
Colors
George Roussos
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Defenders [Nighthawk [Kyle Richmond]; Hulk [Bruce Banner]; Hellcat [Patsy Walker]; Valkyrie]
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Cover colorist credit provided 2007 by Al Milgrom.

A Death in the Family! (Table of Contents: 1)

The Defenders / comic story / 22 pages (report information)

Script
David Anthony Kraft (plot); Ed Hannigan (plot, script); Mark Gruenwald (idea); Steven Grant (idea)
Pencils
Don Perlin (breakdowns); Pablo Marcos (finished art)
Inks
Pablo Marcos
Colors
George Roussos
Letters
Diana Albers

Job Number
LF235
Genre
superhero
Characters
The Defenders [Hellcat [Patsy Walker]; Valkyrie; Nighthawk [Kyle Richmond]; Hulk [Bruce Banner]; Clea]; Mr. Beekman; Milton Rosenblum; Daredevil [Matthew Murdock]; Fem-Force; Mandrill [Jerome Beechman]; Dolly Donahue; Dorothy Walker (flashback); Millie the Model (flashback, cameo); Buzz Baxter (flashback, cameo)
Synopsis
Hellcat learns of the death of her mother, Dorthy Walker. Nighthawk's assets, including his penthouse apartment, are seized by the IRS. The Defenders attend the funeral of Dorthy Walker and then move into her old house in the suburbs until they can find a better place to live.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Valkyrie in old costume on cover, restored by Clea at Hellcat's request for Patsy's mother's funeral.

Story has a profanity panel which Don Perlin revealed was supposed to be an inter-office joke; In one of the panels of the story, there is a TV on in the background and a pink rabbit is holding up a box of cereal that says "SHIT" across the top. Perlin claims that he thought the guys in the office would get a kick out of it before they changed it, but nobody caught the vulgarity and the comic went to press. Jim Shooter, reportedly, found this far from funny and chewed Perlin out about it before Don pointed out that it made it past an assistant editor, an editor, a proof-reader and the editor-in-chief who are paid to catch stuff like that.

The panel was not changed in the reprint in Essential Defenders.

Be Elite! Become a Privileged Marvel Subscriber! (Table of Contents: 2) (Expand) /

Marvel Subscriptions / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

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

Defenders Dialogue / letters page / 1 page (report information)

Script
Ed Hannigan
Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

Letters from Randy Evans, Tony McNeal, Wade Greiner. Also includes The Mighty Marvel Checklist.

Mr. Fantastic in "The Power of Gold!" (Table of Contents: 4) (Expand) /

Mr. Fantastic; Hostess / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. A Death in the Family!
    The Defenders
  2. 1. A Death in the Family!
    The Defenders
  3. 2. Be Elite! Become a Privileged Marvel Subscriber!
    Marvel Subscriptions
  4. 3. [no title indexed]
    Defenders Dialogue
  5. 4. Mr. Fantastic in "The Power of Gold!"
    Mr. Fantastic; Hostess
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