Giant-Size Defenders #1 (July 1974):
“The Way They Were!”
by Tony Isabella, Jim Starlin, Al Milgrom

Giant-Size Defenders #1

Title: “The Way They Were!”

Medium: comic

Cover date: July 1974

Publisher: Marvel
Written by: Tony Isabella
Art by: Jim Starlin, Al Milgrom

Number of Pages: 9

8 characters in this story:

(Click links for info about character
and his/her religious practice, affiliation, etc.)
Pub. #
The Hulk The Hulk (Bruce Banner) hero scientist
CBR Scale: I Catholic (lapsed)
Hulkbusters; Pantheon...  Marvel 4,551
The Sub-Mariner The Sub-Mariner (Namor) hero
CBR Scale: S Atlantean Greco-Roman
classical religion
Atlantean; Dark X-Men...  Marvel 1,864
Doctor Strange Doctor Strange (Dr. Stephen Strange) hero clergy/religious leader
CBR Scale: D occult
Illuminati; Midnight Sons...  Marvel 1,687
Nazis Nazis villain group real/historical person
CBR Scale: D Nazi
[generic WWII Nazis] Timely Marvel, etc. 4,222
Clea hero
CBR Scale: S occult
The Defenders
[disciple/former girlfriend of Doctor Strange]
Marvel 222
Valkyrie Valkyrie (Brunnhilde) hero
CBR Scale: D Norse/Teutonic paganism
The Defenders
[former Chooser of the Slain]
Marvel 325
Wong Wong supporting character
CBR Scale: S Tibetan Buddhism; occult
[house servant of Doctor Strange] Marvel 333
Mister Rasputin (Pavel Plotnick) villain
CBR Scale: D sorcerer
[descendant of famed Russian sorcerer] Marvel 5

This "story" is bridging material: 9 new pages spread around reprints of three stories from previous publications. The reprinted stories are from: "Banished to Outer Space" from Incredible Hulk #3 (Sep. 1962), "Bird of Prey!" from Sub-Mariner Comics 41 (Aug. 1955), and "To Catch a Magician!" (featuring Doctor Stange) from Strange Tales #145 (June 1966). This issue also features a Silver Surfer story: "The Peerless Power of the Silver Surfer" from Fantastic Four Annual #5 (Nov. 1967).

The character indexing done here is only for the characters in the new bridging material, not the issue as a whole (and its constituent reprint material).