Defenders of the Earth Special was a licensed series from Marvel UK based on the short lived animated TV series co-produced by King Features Syndicate and Marvel Productions, starring long running King Features newspaper strip characters Flash Gordon, The Phantom and Mandrake the Magician (and their various sidekicks and offspring) as a team defending the planet from the forces of Flash Gordon's arch foe Ming the Merciless. The series was first published in the US and lasted only four issues; the first two issues were reprinted by Marvel UK as a Defenders of the Earth Annual, while this two issue series reprinted issues three and four. The series was published in 1988. The Defenders of the Earth also appeared in Transformers and the Marvel Bumper Comic.

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