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The Defenders (1972) - #48
"Part One: Sinister Savior!" (35 Cent Variant)

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David Anthony Kraft
Don McGregor

Keith Ian Giffen

Daniel 'Dan' Green

David Anthony Kraft

Annette Kawecki

Archie Goodwin

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Ed J. Hannigan
Joe Sinnott

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Cover Date: June 1977
Cover Price: US $ 0.35

Issue Tagline: What is the Secret of Scorpio?

Format: Color; Standard Comic Issue; 36 pages

This is a version of the following issue:
The Defenders (1972) #48 - Part One: Sinister Savior!

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Letters Column: Defenders Dialogue

The embittered Scorpio, feeling his 52 years, has spent the last 7 years building the "Zodiac Chamber" with his brother Nick Fury. This chamber will be the "Salvation of the World". But to keep this project going, he needs more money. With the aid of Fury, he kidnaps Jack Norriss from beneath the noses of Valkyrie, Hellcat, Wonder Man, and Moon knight. Meanwhile, Hulk is feeling tired. Tired of smashing and hitting. He just wants to sleep.

The lonely Kyle Richmond (Knighthawk) gets the ransom call from Scorpio asking $500,000 for Norriss' release. Of course Valkyrie is upset at Jack being stolen under her watch. She is also emotionally weary in her dealings with him from before he was taken by Scorpio. Moon Knight has followed Nick Fury (with Jack Norriss) to Scorpio's lair. There he is trapped in a pressure-covered container. Scorpio throws him a beer asking that he die with "class" as he prepares to drown MoonKnight in the container.

Night comes and the world sleeps (even superheroes and villains!) When dawn breaks, Richmond heads to the bank and withdraws $500,000. Scorpio awakes to find that Moon Knight has magically escaped and blames Nick Fury.

Richmond changes into Knighthawk and confronts Scorpio at the designated rendezvous. They begin to fight. Scorpio reveals that he knows Knighthawk's true identity. His plan was to draw Kyle Richmond to him so that he could aquire not just $500,000; but the "entire Richmond Fortune!” After this pronouncement, he teleports them both away.

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