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Marvel Masterworks: The Defenders Vol. 9

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The next evolution of the ever-changing Defenders, as told by legendary writer J.M. DeMatteis! J.M. DeMatteis begins his celebrated tenure with comics' most famous non-team, the Defenders! Along with artist Don Perlin, he'll take Doctor Strange, the Hulk, Nighthawk, Hellcat and the Son of Satan on wild adventures into the occult - and against each other! These weird tales begin with a broken Eternity; evolve to include demons, Dracula and the Devil-Slayer; and culminate in a double-sized issue #100 extravaganza! If the Defenders can't prevail, it'll be hell on Earth - literally! Collectively known as "The Six-Fingered Hand Saga," it's one of the most compelling Defenders adventures of all time. This beautiful hardcover edition also features the first appearance of the Gargoyle, the return of original Defenders the Silver Surfer and the Sub-Mariner, and a tragic turn for Nighthawk! Collecting DEFENDERS (1972) #92-102 and MARVEL TEAM-UP (1972) #101.

Author Biography:

A native New Yorker, writer J.M. DeMatteis has been one of comics' most respected writers for nearly three decades. Ranging from the introspective psychological drama of Moonshadow to the offbeat comedy of Justice League to the autobiographical Brooklyn Dreams, he's written from nearly every perspective in graphic storytelling. His long list of credits includes Captain America, Defenders, Justice League International, the groundbreaking Spider-Man storyline "Kraven's Last Hunt," Spectre and more. His recent work includes the acclaimed children's novel Imaginalis and the popular comics-prose hybrid Abadazad books. A creative stalwart that put his all into his work on long-running series like Ghost Rider and Defenders, Don Perlin plied his talents in virtually every discipline in the comic-book field - pencilling, inking, creating new characters and sometimes editing and writing. A student of Burne Hogarth's, Perlin launched his career in 1951, drawing horror comics for various publishers and also pencilling Will Eisner's The Spirit. After serving in the Army, Perlin returned to comics with Harvey in the late '50s as well as Charlton in the '60s. In 1973, he began his long association with Marvel, finishing John Buscema's art on Thor and inking several titles. He took over Werewolf by Night from Mike Ploog, pencilling and inking the book for much of the next two years. He also pencilled and inked the supernatural adventures of Johnny Blaze in Ghost Rider, his name becoming very closely identified with Marvel's monster biker. In the '80s, he drew Defenders for a long run before turning his attention to Marvel's adaptation of Hasbro's Transformers. His early '90s work on Valiant's Solar, Man of the Atom and Bloodshot was extremely popular, after which Perlin went into semiretirement. Jerry Bingham has pencilled covers and/or stories for Black Panther, Iron Man and several Spider-Man titles. At DC, he pencilled, inked and coloured Mike Barr's controversial Batman- Son of the Demon graphic novel, and pencilled covers for Spectre, Warlord and DC's Babylon 5 adaptation. He has also illustrated stories for Batman Confidential and First Comics' Warp. During the 1990s, he became a production artist in the film industry, designing props and special effects. Steve Ditko (1927 - 2018) began his comics career in the anthologies of the 1950s, where his unique style and perspective quickly earned recognition and respect. Recruited to join Stan Lee's Atlas Comics, later Marvel, in 1958, his nuances contrasted well with Jack Kirby's bombast. In 1962, in the pages of Amazing Fantasy, Ditko and Lee brought to life Peter Parker, the Amazing Spider-Man, changing the industry forever. Leaving Marvel in 1966, he drew Blue Beetle and Captain Atom for Charlton, Creeper and Shade the Changing Man for DC, and his independent effort Mr. A. Ditko returned to Marvel during the late 1970s and remained for much of the 1980s, co-creating Speedball, Squirrel Girl and other characters who would prove of unexpected importance in Marvel's later years.
Release date Australia
July 19th, 2024
  • General (US: Trade)
  • Illustrated by Don Perlin
312 Illustrations, unspecified
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