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

Giant-Size Defenders v1 #1, 1974 - Comprised mostly of reprints, this first Defenders special features solo adventures of the Hulk, Sub-mariner, Silver Surfer and Doctor Strange. Previously published in Incredible Hulk #4, Fantastic Four annual #5, Strange Tales #145 and Sub-Mariner Comics #41, these stories 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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1 comment:

  1. Marvel's 1974-75 Giant-Size books were quarterly, not annual.
    Most of the best-selling titles (Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, Defenders, Avengers, Conan, Man-Thing, Dracula, etc.) had these "spin-off" titles.
    All of them ran 2-5 issues.
    Super-Villain Team-Up started as a Giant-Size quarterly title, then switched over to regular-sized bi-monthly publication (and yes, it re-numbered with a new #1).