Monday, February 16, 2009
Defenders of the Earth #1-4 (Star Comics 1987)
I've been fascinated with any and all interpretations of the King Features Syndicate alumni of superheroes since becoming a fan of the 1980 Dino DeLaurentis-produced Flash Gordon film, and this incarnation of those franchises was a favorite of mine as a kid.
Defenders of the Earth is an animated television series produced in the mid 1980s, featuring characters from three comic strips distributed by King Features Syndicate—Flash Gordon, the Phantom, and Mandrake the Magician—battling the Flash Gordon villain Ming the Merciless in the year 2015. Supporting characters include their children Rick Gordon, Jedda Walker (daughter of the Phantom), Kshin (adopted son of Mandrake), Mandrake's assistant Lothar, and Lothar's son L.J. The show lasted for 65 episodes; there was also a short-lived comic book series published by Star Comics (an imprint of Marvel Comics). The closing credits credit Rob Walsh and Tony Pastor for the main title music, and Stan Lee for the lyrics.
In 1987, Star Comics (Marvel Comics' children's imprint) published a comic book series which only lasted four issues. It was written by Stan Lee (#1) and Michael Higgins (#2-4) with art by Alex Saviuk. The last issue featured a "next issue" caption but, #5 was never published.
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Defenders of the Earth #1- #4 CBR files