9/23/11

Giant-Size Defenders #1 - Jim Starlin art, Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko reprints


Giant-Size Defenders v1 #1, 1974 - This first Defenders annual is comprised mostly of reprints. These stories feature solo adventures of the Hulk, Sub-mariner, Silver Surfer and Doctor Strange. Previously published in, respectively, Incredible Hulk #4, Fantastic Four annual #5, Strange Tales #145 and Sub-Mariner Comics #41, these reprints boast artwork by Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko and Bill Everett. Jim Starlin provides the only original content: framing pages at the front and back of the book. His title splash of the Defenders replicates the cover theme, but with greater force and activity. The remaining pages are equally outstanding, culminating in exquisitely composed horizontal panels. Other artists in this issue include Gil Kane (cover). This is number 1 of 2 Giant-Size Defenders issues with Starlin art and/or covers.
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Starlin framing pages pencils (Al Milgrom inks) 9 pages = ****

Jim Starlin
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