SUB-MARINER #34-35 (The Second Time The Defenders Met) (1971)

silver surfer actually surfs!

First Appearance of Barbara Norris--The ValkyrieSo, Marvel cancelled the monthly Doctor Strange series and let Roy Thomas bring Stephen, Hulk and Namor together across three issues.  That was the beginning of the (unnamed) Defenders team.

From there, Roy brought Silver Surfer into the mix in two issues of Sub Mariner.  And look!  Norrin Radd ACTUALLY SURFS!  I’m pretty sure that’s the first (and only?) time he did that….

Roy Thomas also introduced Barbara Norris, the college feminist protester who would soon become The Valkyrie and join up with The Defenders.

So, by the end of 1970, we had some loose affiliations, but still no team.

 

And of course where there are team ups of heroes who usually don’t mix, there are fights between those heroes…

Sub-Mariner attacks Silver Surfur because Surfer won’t listen to him, so Silver Surfer blasts him in the face with a boastful threat.  Then, Namor doesn’t want to fight Hulk when Hulk won’t listen to him.  Even though Subby’s usually looking for any excuse to throw down.

Then the Avengers come and Hulk tries to lift Thor’s hammer.

Yawn.

Creators: Roy Thomas and Sal Buscema – Penciler

Grade: D-

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