‘Day of the Defenders’ Arrives in New Epic Collection

It’s a good day for Bronze Age fans when the Day of the Defenders arrives!

Marvel’s original “non-team” of Doctor Strange, Namor, the Silver Surfer, and the Hulk are represented in the first Epic Collection featuring the classic pairing, starting with the single issues that originally brought the loners together in Doctor Strange #183, Sub-Mariner #22, 34-35, and The Incredible Hulk #126.

Things really start rolling in the first three issues of Marvel Feature in 1971, branding the team as The Defenders for the first time.

The Epic Collection also contains Defenders #1-11 and The Avengers #115-118, featuring the often-collected “Avengers/Defenders War”.

Hawkeye and Valkyrie also join the group along the way, but it is the Norse warrior who becomes synonymous with the group, and not the wide-cracking archer.

Day of the Defenders contains work by some of the top Marvel talent of the era including: Roy Thomas, Steve Englehart, Len Wein, Sal Buscema, Gene Colan, Herb Trimpe, Ross Andru, Bob Brown, Marie Severin, Don Heck, Jim Mooney, Tom Palmer, Johnny Craig, Bill Everett, Frank Giacoia, John Verpoorten, Frank McLaughlin, Frank Bolle, and Mike Esposito. 

Marvel released a similar omnibus in 2021 which contained all of the above issues, along with Defenders #12-19 and Giant Size Defenders #1-2.

Day of the Defenders contains 480 pages for a suggested retail price of $44.99.

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