Sometimes, bigger really is better. Case in point: The Defenders. While we have never been fans of this oddball collection of superheroes, we couldn’t pass up a deal on Marvel Treasury Edition #16 featuring the Defenders.
If you haven’t seen this book before, dig these photos we snapped like Peter Parker before webbing up the book and shipping it to the biggest Defenders fan we know. Gaze upon the awesome majesty of Pegasus from the inside cover! Wonder in awe at the detailed schematics for the Defenders superhero lair: the Long Island Hang-Out! Feel your eyeballs pop out of your skull when you behold the brain-bludgeoning spectacle of splash pages full of giant, hideous aliens!
– from Marvel Treasury Edition #16: Defenders; Marvel, 1978.
Back cover rocks!
Whoa dude – mega double splash page of disaster!
The legendary lair.
We almost dismantled the entire book to remove and frame this single splash panel. Don’t be surprised if we try painting this one someday.
You can’t go wrong with dudes bathed in cosmic energy and taking astral trips through space and time!
Let’s see that ugly alien face one more time!
AND AGAIN! SKREEE!
One… More… Time!!!
One of our favorite Hulk portraits. What a rage ball!
Glorious splash page.
More glorious splash pages!
Ah, 1978. It was a good year, was it not?
Aren’t they on the same team? Then why are they fighting?
Why is Dr. Strange shooting his own foot?
Don’t think too hard, just enjoy the awesome.
Last but not least: Pegasus!
Marvel Treasury Edition #16 features “The Day of the Defenders” (Reprints Marvel Feature #1) by Roy Thomas, Ross Andru, and Bill Everett, “The New Defenders” (Reprints Defenders #4) by Steve Englehart, Sal Buscema, and Frank McLaughlin, “For Sale: One Planet, Slightly Used” (Reprints Defenders #13-14) Defenders vs. Squadron Sinister (evil Squadron Supreme) by Len Wein, Sal Buscema, Klaus Janson, and Dan Green. Guest-starring the Black Knight. Moon Knight cameo. Featuring the villainy of Nebulon, the Enchantress, Skurge the Executioner, and Squadron Sinister. 80 pages.