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Comic books in 'Return of the Defenders'

  • Issue #18
    Incredible Hulk (1962-1999 1st Series) Annual 18

    It's Part 1 of 'The 'Return of the Defenders' as Hulk, Doctor Strange, Silver Surfer (cameo) and Namor headline the Annual in "Four on the Floor." Part 1 of 4, continued in Namor the Sub-Mariner Annual (1991) #2. Script by Peter David, art by Kevin Maguire, Brad Vancata & Joe Rubinstein. Plus: Hulk and the Thing in "Mano A Mano" by Peter David, Travis Charest & Dan Green; "Things to Come" by Evan Skolnick, Gary Barker & James Palmiotti; "Nobody Loves the Hulk" by Tom Brevoort, Mike Kanterovich, Karl Alstaetter & Fred Fredericks; "The Running Man" by James Robinson, Joe Phillips & Tony Harris. Cover by Maguire & Rubinstein. Cover price $2.25.

  • Issue #2
    Namor the Sub-Mariner (1990 1st Series) Annual 2

    The Return of the Defenders: Part 2 of 4 (story continued form Incredible Hulk Annual #18). "Body Doubles!" Guest-starring Doctor Strange, Silver Surfer, and the Hulk. Story by Ron MArz. Art by James Fry and Christopher Ivy. While Namor, trapped in the fragile body of Rick Jones, Hulk, and Doctor Strange search desperately for their adversary, the fiend, residing in the Sub-Mariner's powerful form, marches closer to his sinister goal. Meanwhile, the Silver Surfer hurtles toward planet Earth. Story continues in Silver Surfer Annual #5. "The Gift!" Story by Ron Marz. Art by Ron Lim and Terry Austin. The Sub-Mariner loses much in this macabre story from his past. Featuring the evil of the vampire Baron Blood. "Good Girl!" Starring Spitfire and Namorita. Story by Ron Marz. Art by Tom Raney. The newly rejuvenated WWII heroine Spitfire learns a hard lesson in how times have changed. Includes a run down of "Namor's Top Ten Villains!" By George Caragonne, Larry Alezander, and Don Hudson. Cover price $2.25.

  • Issue #5
    Silver Surfer (1987 2nd Series) Annual 5

    Return of the Defenders. Part 3 of 4. "Blood Rites!" Guest-starring Doctor Strange, Hulk, and the Sub-Mariner. Story by Ron Marz. Art by Tom Morgan. The original Defenders continue their reunion, but things go from bad to worse because Namor's body has been usurped by the villain, and the Scion of Atlantis now resides in the frail body of professional sidekick, Rick Jones. Story concludes in Doctor Strange Annual #2. "The Silver Surfer's Greatest Foes!" Written by Ron Marz. Art by Ron Lim and James Sanders III. Firelord stars in "By Reason of Insanity!" Story by Ron Marz. Art by Karl Alstaetter and Tom Christopher. Plus, pin-ups by John Buscema, Ron Lim, Jim Lee, Rick Leonardi, Jim Starlin, and Terry Austin. 64 pages. Cover price $2.25.

  • Issue #2
    Doctor Strange (1988 3rd Series) Annual 2

    The Silver Surfer, the Hulk, and the Sub-Mariner guest star in Return of the Defenders part 4, "Hot Spell." Script by Roy Thomas, pencils by M.C. Wyman, inks by E.R. Cruz. "His Master's Foes" provides profiles of Strange's major foes, including Marson Mordo, Nightmare, the Dweller in Darkness. Dormammu, Umar, Satannish, and Silver Dagger. Script by Roy Thomas and R.J.M. Lofficier, pencils by Gary Hartle, inks by Mike DeCarlo. "Rintrah." Script by Thomas and Lofficier, pencils by Wyman, inks by Jim Sanders III. Baron Blood stars in "First Blood." Script by Thomas and Lofficier, pencils by Dave Hoover, inks by Bob Petrecca. Clea stars in "Raiders of the Purple Veil." Script by Thomas and Lofficier, pencils by Frank Lopez, inks by Jimmy Palmiotti. Cover price $2.25.