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The History of 'The Defenders,' From Comic Book to Netflix

The History of 'The Defenders,' From Comic Book to Netflix
"Before you tap that shoulder, sugar – identify yourself."

"The name's Daredevil – horn-head for short. And you?"

"Depends. If you're spendin' money, it's Power Man – Hero for Hire. Otherwise, Cage'll do – Luke Cage."

Thus began the not entirely auspicious teaming of Luke Cage and Daredevil in the pages of the 24th issue of The Defenders, from 1975. It was, in fact, the only story in that comic's 15-year existence in which any of the characters on Netflix's identically titled series would meet. The 2017 incarnation – Daredevil and Luke Cage, plus Jessica Jones and
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Everything You Need to Know About Sylvester Stallone's Role in Guardians of the Galaxy 2

Image Source: Everett Collection Spoilers for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 below! If your head is spinning by the time you finish watching Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, you're not alone. The sequel to the 2014 Marvel flick is a dizzying, colorful ride that brings Star Lord, Gamora, Drax, Baby Groot, and Rocket into contact with a bunch of new characters. On top of meeting a lovable Empath and Peter Quill's real dad, we're also treated to a small but significant cameo from Sylvester Stallone. Though it might feel like he's barely on screen, director James Gunn has already confirmed that the character, Stakar, definitely has a future in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. So, who is he exactly? His Comic Book Origins Stakar aka Starhawk first popped up in Marvel comics in the mid-'70s thanks to comic book artist and writer team Sal Buscema and Steve Gerber. The
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We Are Groot (But Also Howard The Duck)

As we look back at what came before ‘Iron Man,’ we marvel at the miracle that is the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Earlier this week, the Fsr team brainstormed the plot of Avengers 4 based on the idea that its mysterious subtitle was a potential spoiler for the still unseen Avengers: Infinity War. It was a fun exercise that briefly allowed me to nerd out over a few spandex epics penned by personal favorites, Brian Michael Bendis and Jonathan Hickman. The resulting conversation spawned some excitement, and a good heap of cynicism as well…or better yet, apathy. How much further can the Marvel Cinematic Universe expand? Will Thanos ever sit up from his chair, and prove he’s the big bad Mad Titan comic book fanboys claim him to be? Next week, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will mark the 15th entry in Marvel’s unprecedented shared universe machine, and by the time we get to Avengers
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More "Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2"

Sneak Peek more new footage, plus images from director James Gunn's "Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2", on the news that "Rocky" actor Sylvester Stallone portrays Marvel Comics character 'Starhawk' aka 'Stakar of the House of Ogord', a high-ranking member of the 'Ravagers', in the new Marvel Studios feature:

Starhawk was created by writer Steve Gerber of "Howard The Duck" fame and illustrator Sal Buscema, as an anti-hero in the 'Earth-691' timeline of the Marvel Comics universe.

"...'Stakar' was fated to eventually re-inhabit his infant body, reliving his life over countless times. Because of the knowledge of things to come, he manipulated events to affect what he felt would be the best outcome, referring to himself as 'One Who Knows'. 

"He made many enemies in doing so, but his tampering and guidance also led to the formation of the 'Guardians of the Galaxy' in the 31st Century.
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Man-Thing #2 Review

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Man-Thing #1, the comic book debut of Goosebumps author R.L. Stine, proved to be a one of a kind book for Marvel. Much less interested in fitting in with the house style, it was largely a homage to the horror comics of decades gone by. This second issue follows on in much the same spirit, with all Stine’s usual black humour and love of pulpy horror. Somehow, though, it ends up being even weirder than the opening issue.

After coming face to face with himself on the streets of Burbank, Man-Thing is teleported away back to his swamp in the Everglades. But with vulture, bat and snake attacks coming from all around, and a reunion with his lost love Lily-Ann Millard, something is very amiss. Could it be that the whole of reality is threatened and that
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Goosebumps Author R.L. Stine Takes on Marvel's Man-Thing Comic

Goosebumps Author R.L. Stine Takes on Marvel's Man-Thing Comic
It may be hard for many to believe, but even after writing hundreds of books over the course of several decades, R.L. Stine has never written a comic book. Until now, that is. For the last month or so, the 73-year-old Goosebumps author has been teasing fans that his first ever comic book is coming and that it will be for Marvel. Now it has been confirmed that he will be writing a brand new, five-issue Man-Thing series.

New York Times got the confirmation about the new Man-Thing series, which will be available in March of next year. R.L. Stine talked with them a bit about his first comic book, saying that he originally wanted to get into comics as an artist before becoming a writer, and that this is something of a realized dream for him. Here is what he had to say about it.

"My first ambition was
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The Fantasticast #198 – Marvel Two-in-One #8 – Silent Night… Deadly Night!

Stephen Lacey and Andrew Leyland are your guide to Marvel’s First Family, The Fantastic Four. Starting at the very beginning of the Marvel Age of Comics, they cover every issue of The Fantastic Four, every spinoff title (Strange Tales, Marvel Two-In-One, and more), every guest appearance and every cameo, in order of publication…

Three Wise Men And A Ghost Rider

Hello, and welcome to episode 198 of The Fantasticast. Each week, Steve Lacey and Andy Leyland guide you through every issue, guest-appearance and cameo of The Fantastic Four.

In a last-minute change to our schedule, we’re celebrating Christmas early with Marvel Two-in-One #8. Three Wise Men are following yonder star, Wyatt Wingfoot’s got no room in the inn, and a flaming-headed demonic stunt rider is wondering just why all of this is happening in Arizona! A shadow, powerful figure is looming – is it the Collector? Is it God? Or is it someone far,
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The Fantasticast #197 – The Defenders #20 – The Woman She Was

Stephen Lacey and Andrew Leyland are your guide to Marvel’s First Family, The Fantastic Four. Starting at the very beginning of the Marvel Age of Comics, they cover every issue of The Fantastic Four, every spinoff title (Strange Tales, Marvel Two-In-One, and more), every guest appearance and every cameo, in order of publication…

Suspiciously Unsolid Wall

Hello, and welcome to episode 197 of The Fantasticast. Each week, Steve Lacey and Andy Leyland guide you through every issue, guest-appearance and cameo of The Fantastic Four.

In an unusual move, we’re throwing our regular titles to the side, and spending this week in the weird world of Marvel’s premier non-team, The Defenders. Issue 20 brings to a conclusion the plot line involving the harmonica, the Valkyrie and Destiny that has been running through the last two issues of Marvel Two-in-One, and because The Thing is along for the ride, we are too.
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Ed Catto: That Other British Invasion

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One day in the early 80s, I was with my girlfriend in a shopping mall. Somehow I had been relegated to the role of sidekick while she shopped. I liked to do a lot of things with her, but shopping wasn’t high on that list. I was bored so I decided to buy a comic book to read while she shopped.

Back then I was enjoying a lot of comics and purchasing them every week at Kim’s Collectible Comics and Records. But one store in that mall had a spinner rack filled with comics, and I knew I could snag an issue that I had missed.

I evaluated the comics available on that rack and hoped that one would be my salvation from the dreariness of shopping. I reached out for Swamp Thing #21, and was surprised to find an unfamiliar writer wrote it. I decided to give it a try nonetheless.
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The Fantasticast #191 – Marvel Two-in-One #6 – Death-Song Of Destiny

Stephen Lacey and Andrew Leyland are your guide to Marvel’s First Family, The Fantastic Four. Starting at the very beginning of the Marvel Age of Comics, they cover every issue of The Fantastic Four, every spinoff title (Strange Tales, Marvel Two-In-One, and more), every guest appearance and every cameo, in order of publication…

Is… Is That Stalin?

Hello, and welcome to episode 191 of The Fantasticast. Each week, Steve Lacey and Andy Leyland guide you through every issue, guest-appearance and cameo of The Fantastic Four.

If there’s something’ strange in your neighbourhood, who you gonna call? Doctor Strange! Especially if the something’ strange is an exploding manifestation of Destiny in a subway station, touching the lives of a myriad of New Yorkers. Threats for the Thing and Doctor Strange to overcome include faceless ones and a giant rat, which sounds like Steve Gerber has been raiding Doctor Who plots for this issue.
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Great Job, Internet!: Break out the Quack Fu, Howard The Duck turns 30 today

Not every anniversary is a celebration.

It’s been a long, strange trip for Howard The Duck. Created by Steve Gerber in 1973 for Marvel Comics, the anthropomorphic fowl was a source for social satire and various misadventures, even running for president in 1976 (and allegedly receiving thousands of write-in votes). He’s disappeared and reappeared many times in Marvel comics throughout the decades, most recently in a series written by Chip Zdarsky and drawn by Joe Quinones. But in between his various escapades in the panels of Marvel comics, the character has made a brief stop over in Hollywood with 1986’s film, Howard The Duck, which was released 30 years ago today.

The film was directed by William Huyck, who also cowrote with Gloria Katz, a man best known for his work writing on American Graffiti and Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom, and produced by George ...
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The Fantasticast #185 – Marvel Two-in-One #5 – Seven Against The Empire

Stephen Lacey and Andrew Leyland are your guide to Marvel’s First Family, The Fantastic Four. Starting at the very beginning of the Marvel Age of Comics, they cover every issue of The Fantastic Four, every spinoff title (Strange Tales, Marvel Two-In-One, and more), every guest appearance and every cameo, in order of publication…

Honky-Tonk Badoon-Ba-Donk

Hello, and welcome to episode 185 of The Fantasticast. Each week, Steve Lacey and Andy Leyland guide you through every issue, guest-appearance and cameo of The Fantastic Four.

This week, we’re returning to the year 3014Ad, as The Thing, Captain America and Sharon Carter attempt to overthrow the Badoon occupation of Earth. But they can’t do it alone – they need the aid of the Guardians of the Galaxy (Classic Edition). And we can’t do it alone either – we need the aid of Al Kennedy, of House to Astonish!

Together, we’re serving
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Lea Thompson returns to Howard the Duck

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30 years after appearing in the Howard The Duck film, Lea Thompson is making a return appearance to his world...

"I can make it here in Hunger City, nothing's gonna stop me. I'll know I'll survive."

Those lyrics from Cherry Bomb's "Hunger City" from the Howard The Duck soundtrack have proven to be quite prophetic in the three decades since the infamous megabomb first hit theaters. As someone who was there on opening day and has enjoyed seeing the transition that the movie has made from cliched punchline to cult hit, there's more than a little bit of vindication that I, an outsider, feel about the flick's reversal of fortune. So I can only imagine the daffy trip that Lea Thompson must look back at the Howard The Duck experience as.

Over the years, Thompson has regularly discussed the film without any real shame or snark. It was a bomb for sure,
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The Fantasticast #182 – Marvel Two-in-One #4 – Doomsday 3014

Stephen Lacey and Andrew Leyland are your guide to Marvel’s First Family, The Fantastic Four. Starting at the very beginning of the Marvel Age of Comics, they cover every issue of The Fantastic Four, every spinoff title (Strange Tales, Marvel Two-In-One, and more), every guest appearance and every cameo, in order of publication…

A Latverian Dictator In King Arthur’s Court

Hello, and welcome to episode 182 of The Fantasticast. Each week, Steve Lacey and Andy Leyland guide you through every issue, guest-appearance and cameo of The Fantastic Four.

This week on the show, we’re stretching the title of Marvel Two-in-One to breaking point, as issue #4 not only guest-stars Captain America, but the Agent 13, Namorita, Reed Richards and Wundarr as well. It’s Doomsday 3014 as Steve Gerber, Sal Buscema and Frank Giacoia lay the groundwork for the return of the Guardians of the Galaxy… but not just yet.

Joining
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Marvel's Unused Nightmare on Elm Street Comic Art Unearthed

Marvel's Unused Nightmare on Elm Street Comic Art Unearthed
Perhaps you don't remember, or simply weren't alive at the time, but Marvel Comics caught A Nightmare on Elm Street fever back in 1989, five years after the original movie came out. And they embarked on a magazine-style comic book that revolved around dream demon Freddy Krueger. The series didn't last very long at just two issues. Now, the unreleased cover art of the canceled third issue has been unveiled by artist Joe Jusko.

The comic book series introduced the new character of Dr. Juliann Quinn. A psychiatrist, she set out to investigate the nightmare epidemic that had run rampant through Springwood, inflicting the local teenagers. She teams with a young woman almost killed by Freddy Krueger named Allison Hayes. The two set out to eradicate the killer, and end his run of terror once and for all.

The comic book was presented in black and white, and featuring quite a
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The Fantasticast #178: Marvel Two-In-One #3 – Inside Black Spectre

Stephen Lacey and Andrew Leyland are your guide to Marvel’s First Family, The Fantastic Four. Starting at the very beginning of the Marvel Age of Comics, they cover every issue of The Fantastic Four, every spinoff title (Strange Tales, Marvel Two-In-One, and more), every guest appearance and every cameo, in order of publication…

A Pro-Patriotism Podcast

Hello, and welcome to episode 178 of The Fantasticast. Each week, Steve Lacey and Andy Leyland guide you through every issue, guest-appearance and cameo of The Fantastic Four.

This week, we’re returning to our favourite Thing-starring team-up title, Marvel Two-In-One, to jump into the middle of an ongoing Daredevil storyline. The Black Spectre are attacking in an impossible blimp, the Black Widow is only appearing one body part at a time, and Hitler’s killing Captain America. Somehow, all of this comes together into a story…

A Two-In-One issue demands a guest-host, and
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The Fantasticast #174: Marvel Two-In-One #2 – Manhunters From The Stars

Stephen Lacey and Andrew Leyland are your guide to Marvel’s First Family, The Fantastic Four. Starting at the very beginning of the Marvel Age of Comics, they cover every issue of The Fantastic Four, every spinoff title (Strange Tales, Marvel Two-In-One, and more), every guest appearance and every cameo, in order of publication…

Stupid Superman

Hello, and welcome to episode 174 of The Fantasticast. Each week, Steve Lacey and Andy Leyland guide you through every issue, guest-appearance and cameo of The Fantastic Four.

It’s a different episode of The Fantasticast this week: Andy’s taken a holiday, leaving Steve to entertain our special guest. To help us cover Marvel Two-In-One #2, guest-starring the ever-horny Namor, we’ve enlisted the help of Kulbir Mann from the House of Flying Scalpels.

Together, we examine the return of Steve Gerber’s Superman analogue, Wundarr, as he battle the Thing, Namor and Namorita. We
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The Fantasticast #170: Marvel Two-In-One #1 – Vengeance of the Molecule Man!

Stephen Lacey and Andrew Leyland are your guide to Marvel’s First Family, The Fantastic Four. Starting at the very beginning of the Marvel Age of Comics, they cover every issue of The Fantastic Four, every spinoff title (Strange Tales, Marvel Two-In-One, and more), every guest appearance and every cameo, in order of publication…

Marvel Two-On-One

Hello, and welcome to episode 170 of The Fantasticast. Each week, Steve Lacey and Andy Leyland guide you through every issue, guest-appearance and cameo of The Fantastic Four.

It’s here. We made it. We’re finally starting out coverage of Marvel Two-In-One, and what a wonderful cluster of Things it is! The Molecule Man(‘s son) brings together Marvel’s favourite Things for one of the best team-up issues we’ve covered to date. With writing from Steve Gerber, art from Gil Kane and inks from Joe Sinnott, this is a great start to
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The Fantasticast #167: Fantastic Four #141 – The End Of The Fantastic Four

Stephen Lacey and Andrew Leyland are your guide to Marvel’s First Family, The Fantastic Four. Starting at the very beginning of the Marvel Age of Comics, they cover every issue of The Fantastic Four, every spinoff title (Strange Tales, Marvel Two-In-One, and more), every guest appearance and every cameo, in order of publication…

Annihilus Hamilton

Hello, and welcome to episode 167 of The Fantasticast. Each week, Steve Lacey and Andy Leyland guide you through every issue, guest-appearance and cameo of The Fantastic Four.

It’s a huge week for the Fantastic Four, as the Annihilus story comes to a conclusion with Reed forced to make an impossible decision in Fantastic Four #141. We’ve also got a look at at an undressed Spider-Mobile in Amazing Spider-Man #127, and a quick look at the effects of the Avengers-Defenders War in The Avengers #118. With contributions from Gerry Conway, Steve Gerber, a departing John Buscema,
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"Howard The Duck" - Trapped In A World He Never Made

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Take another look @ Marvel Comics' cigar-smoking, three-foot-tall anthropomorphic 'Howard The Duck', including his post-credits scene in Marvel Studios "Guardians Of The Galaxy", on the news that Disney is developing the character for further opportunities:

'Howard the Duck' was created by writer Steve Gerber and illustrator Val Mayerik, as an 'existentialist' expression, with its main joke, according to Gerber, is that there is no joke: "that life's most serious moments and most incredibly dumb moments are often distinguishable only by a momentary point of view..."

Howard found himself on Earth due to a shift in the 'Cosmic Axis' from a world similar to Earth.

Howard's near-constant companion and occasional girlfriend is former art model and Cleveland native 'Beverly Switzler'. 

"Howard the Duck" debuted in Marvel's "Adventure into Fear" #19 in 1973, and by 1976 was given his own title. 

George Lucas then produced a live-action version in 1986.

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