The Defenders #97 [Direct]
(July 1981)

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); Jack Abel (assistant editor); Jim Shooter (editor-in-chief)

Issue Notes

Menace of... The Messiah! (Table of Contents)

The Defenders / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Ed Hannigan ?; Luke McDonnell ?
Inks
Al Milgrom
Colors
George Roussos
Letters
Michael Higgins ?; typeset

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Defenders [Dr. Strange; Valkyrie; Hellcat; Son of Satan; Nighthawk [Kyle Richmond]; Gargoyle [Isaac Christians]]; Devil-Slayer
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Cover art credits provided 2007 by Al Milgrom.

Slouching Toward Bethlehem (Table of Contents: 1)

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

Script
J. M. DeMatteis
Pencils
Don Perlin (breakdowns); Joe Sinnott (finished art); Sal Trapani (finished art); Jack Abel (finished art)
Inks
Joe Sinnott (pages 1-14, 20-22); Sal Trapani (pages 15-16, 18-19, uncredited); Jack Abel (page 17, uncredited)
Colors
George Roussos
Letters
Diana Albers (pages 6-9); Rick Parker ? (pages 1-5, 9-10, uncredited); Joe Rosen (pages 11-22, uncredited)

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Five hours, Gargoyle!
Feature Logo
The Dynamic Defenders!
Genre
superhero
Characters
The Defenders [Dr. Strange; Valkyrie; Hellcat; Son of Satan; Nighthawk [Kyle Richmond]; Gargoyle [Isaac Christians]]; Devil-Slayer [Eric Simon Payne] (also in flashback); Man-Thing; The Messiah [David Kessler] (also in flashback, death); Six Fingered Hand; Cory Payne; Hyppokri; Hulk [Bruce Banner] (cameo flashback); Vera Gemini (cameo flashback)
Synopsis
The Defenders travel to Israel to discover the truth behind a Messiah who is performing miracles.
Reprints
Keywords
Israel

Indexer Notes

Inker and letterer credits added 2005 by Steven Tice. Page numbers are actual story pages.

Spider-Man vs. The Human Computer! (Table of Contents: 2) (Expand) /

Hostess Cup Cakes; Spider-Man / comics-form advertising / 1 page (report information)

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

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

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. Menace of... The Messiah!
    The Defenders
  2. 1. Slouching Toward Bethlehem
    The Defenders
  3. 2. Spider-Man vs. The Human Computer!
    Hostess Cup Cakes; Spider-Man
  4. 3. [no title indexed]
    Bullpen Bulletins
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