The Defenders #34, 1976. “He’s Back! Nebulon, The Celestial Man”

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Being a huge fan of Dr. Strange, this title is obviously on my radar. The issues written by the eccentric Steve Gerber, were crazy, but so good. In this particular issue, a powerful enemy, Nebulon, has returned, and it’s up to the Doc, Hulk, and Valkyrie to take him down! Written by Steve Gerber, art by Sal Buscema & Jim Mooney, and letters by Irv Watanabe, and colors by Irene Vartanoff! And what an awesome cover by Rich Buckler & Dan Adkins! Enjoy!

5 comments

  1. 1537 · December 18, 2013

    Funnily enough I was just looking at the Doc Strange / SHIELD comic he originally appeared in (I think) – 1967.

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    • billyd75 · December 18, 2013

      The Doc first appeared in Strange Tales #110, 1963. I have it in a B&W trade (Marvel Essentials), but not the original. My pockets aren’t deep enough…yet! Back in those days, Marvel lost their distributor, so they had to go to DC for distribution. The deal they made only allowed 8 titles a month (I think) to be published. Marvel decided to split books like Strange Tales, and Tales to Astonish in half, so they could get more characters out there for the readers.

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      • 1537 · December 18, 2013

        I didn’t know that – I meant I think it was Nebulon’s first appearance. I inherited a treasure trove of bound Marvels and DC’s from 67 – 72 (roughly) recently, all the New Gods titles, Kull, The Demon, Strange tales etc. It’s almost all too much to take in.

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  2. billyd75 · December 19, 2013

    Wow, that’s some great stuff you inherited! Sounds like you’ll be reading for a while!

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  3. billyd75 · December 20, 2013

    Nebulon first appeared in Defenders #13, 1974. He was a cool character, but Marvel pretty much just used him as a throw-a-way.

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