Giant-Size Defenders #5

Appearance info:

Giant-Size Defenders #5
“Eelar Moves in Mysterious Ways!”

Story length: 32 pages

Justice appearance:

  • Page count: 5
  • Panel count: 16
  • Word balloon count: 9
  • Significance of appearance: The first appearance of Vance Astrovik. He’s only 13 years old here, and wide-eyed at discovering a real-life space ship and meeting Martinex of the Guardians of the Galaxy. The issue establishes his father’s harsh parenting of Vance. One look at Vance’s bedroom also establishes his hero-worship of Captain America. (He also owns a copy of Stan Lee’s book The Origins of Marvel Comics.)
  • Previous appearance: none, first appearance
  • Next appearance: Defenders #26 “Savage Time!”

-Tom Astrovik appearance:

  • Page count:1
  • Panel count: 5
  • Word balloon count: 6
  • Previous appearance: none, first appearance
  • Next appearance: unknown

-Mary Astrovik appearance:

  • Page count: 1
  • Panel count: 4
  • Word balloon count: 2
  • Previous appearance: none, first appearance
  • Next appearance: unknown

Previous New Warriors appearance: Marvel Two-In-One #9 “When a God Goes Mad!”
Next New Warriors appearance: Defenders #26 “Savage Time!”

Thanks to the Grand Comic Database for the cover scans.

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Comments

  • DH the Lurker  On August 26, 2007 at 7:13 am

    What, no mention of his Captain America memorabilia?

  • Jeremy Schwennen  On August 26, 2007 at 9:00 am

    Tom and Mary? Really? Weird. I assume there was a parental name-change along the way, somewhere?

  • Corey  On August 26, 2007 at 12:31 pm

    DH, look again: “One look at Vance’s bedroom also establishes his hero-worship of Captain America.”

    Jeremy, yes that surprised me, too. Maybe when Dr. Strange mind-wiped Vance in Defenders #26, he also changed his parents’ names. You know, just to mess with him just that much more.

  • Jeremy Schwennen  On August 26, 2007 at 3:32 pm

    Do you happen to know, being you, what the first appearance of the “Norma and Arnold” names was?

    I would never believe Stephen capable of such malice, until the whole Illuminati thing, of course…

  • Corey  On August 27, 2007 at 10:32 am

    Jeremy, I don’t know yet when the name change happened. It might’ve been in Marvel Two-in-One #69 or in The Thing series or in New Warriors.

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