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Daredevil #69

October 5, 2014

Daredevil 069Brian Michael Bendis // Alex Maleev
March 2005
****

In parallel w/ DD’s early-career takedown of a cape-killing mafioso, this arc tells an origin story: a new White Tiger, niece to the late original. A flashback to the chop-socky era ties into the run’s meta-analysis of the super-vigilante genre, but isn’t a love of legacy more DC than Marvel?

last issue: Daredevil #68
next issue: Daredevil #70

also indexed for Mar. ’05
Astonishing X-Men #9
Iron Man #3
The Pulse #7

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Daredevil #5

August 8, 2014

Daredevil 005Kevin Smith // Joe Quesada
March 1999
*****

Quesada turns out top-notch work, edging pages w/ nouveau-celtic designs & staging a classic DD/Bullseye match. Great script too, as Doc Strange summons the Marvel U’s devil for info on the false infant-messiah. A great issue, marred only by Smith’s “fridging” of longtime cast-member Karen Page.

last issue: Daredevil #4
next issue: Daredevil #6

also indexed for Mar. ’99
Avengers #14
Avengers Forever #4 of 12
Thunderbolts #24

Daredevil #4

August 7, 2014

Daredevil 004Kevin Smith // Joe Quesada
February 1999
****

Murdock, wounded & paranoid, recoups for a few days w/ his absentee mother, a nun. This soft reboot is dangerously close to becoming a pastiche of Born Again rather than a remix. What saves it is #4’s thematic focus on the hero’s dubious (& very Catholic) view of women as either mothers or sinners.

last issue: Daredevil #3
next issue: Daredevil #5

also indexed for Feb. ’99
Avengers #13
Avengers Forever #3 of 12
Thunderbolts #23

Daredevil #3

August 6, 2014

Daredevil 003Kevin Smith // Joe Quesada
January 1999
****

Echoes of Born Again as Matt’s life tears apart; here it’s due to an infant messiah, object of a war btw angels. Disappointing tho’, that Karen Page’s AIDS diagnosis is mystical & not an outgrowth of her past. Joe Q pencils the paragon of the ’90s manga-influence, using Doré woodcuts as backdrops!

last issue: Daredevil #2
next issue: Daredevil #4

also indexed for Jan. ’99
Avengers #12
Avengers Forever #2 of 12
Captain America/Citizen V Annual 1998
Thunderbolts #22

Thunderbolts #0

Daredevil #2

August 5, 2014

Daredevil 002Kevin Smith // Joe Quesada
December 1998
*****

DD has adopted an infant, product of a virgin birth & possible (anti-) messiah, hunted by murderous thugs & ostensible angels. Smith leans hard on his hero’s Catholic upbringing, testing Matt’s faith w/ one bad turn after another. In a final twist, ex-junkie, ex-GF Karen Page tells him she’s HIV+!

last issue: Daredevil #1
next issue: Daredevil #3

also indexed for Dec. ’98
Avengers #11
Avengers Forever #1 of 12
Thunderbolts #21

Daredevil #233

March 5, 2012

Frank Miller // Dave Mazzucchelli
August 1986
*****

Kingpin’s paramilitary assault alerts Captain America (written perfectly as a man out of time) to a secret supersoldier project. The caped critique of the US govt. is out of synch w/ Murdock’s arc. Not quite a perfect ending, but one of the great short runs in superhero comics, thanks esp to Mazz.

last issue: Daredevil #232
next issue: Daredevil #234

also indexed for Aug. ’86
Elektra: Assassin #1 of 8
The Fantastic Four #293

Daredevil #232

March 4, 2012

Frank Miller // Dave Mazzucchelli
July 1986
*****

There’s more action to this one issue than the previous five! The tonal switch from internal to external feels like spillover from Miller’s recently completed Dark Knight Returns. So does the sight of Fisk, wrapped in a US flag, ordering a pscyho supersoldier in Rambo drag to attack Hell’s Kitchen.

last issue: Daredevil #231
next issue: Daredevil #233

also indexed for Jul. ’86
The Fantastic Four #292
The Mighty Thor #369

Daredevil #231

March 3, 2012

Frank Miller // Dave Mazzucchelli
June 1986
*****

Matt is the guardian devil once more, biffing ‘pin-hired psychos, incl. one in a DD suit. #231 may be a turning point in Miller’s work, just as it’s one in this superb arc. It’s here, as hero Murdock stops a haggard Karen Page from relapsing on heroin, that his melodramatic impulse overtakes him.

last issue: Daredevil #230
next issue: Daredevil #232

also indexed for Jun. ’86
The Fantastic Four #291
The Mighty Thor #368

Daredevil #230

March 2, 2012

Frank Miller // Dave Mazzucchelli
May 1986
*****

Tho’ the title character spends the whole ish in bed w/ a fever, the arc’s several subplots begin to boil. The most harrowing, in art & emo, has reporter Ben Urich cowed by Kingpin’s threats. Incidentally, it looks like Miller pencilled some pages—but his style blends seamlessly w/ Mazzucchelli’s.

last issue: Daredevil #229
next issue: Daredevil #231

also indexed for May ’86
Balder the Brave #4 of 4
The Fantastic Four #290
The Mighty Thor #367
The Punisher #5 of 5

Daredevil #229

March 1, 2012

Frank Miller // Dave Mazzucchelli
April 1986
*****

FM & DM set up an artful network of parallel actions & Christian iconography in a sepulchral tone. They’re telling a death/rebirth tale (shouldn’t they set #229 over Easter, not X-Mas?), but redemption is hard. Murdock, deranged & homeless, ends up in Hell’s Kitchen as subplots twist thrillingly.

last issue: Daredevil #228
next issue: Daredevil #230

also indexed for Apr. ’86
The Fantastic Four #289
The Mighty Thor #366
The Punisher #4 of 5

Daredevil #228

February 29, 2012

Frank Miller // Dave Mazzucchelli
March 1986
*****

Prefiguring Watchmen, Miller & Mazz delve into the warped psyche of urban vigilantism. Murdock, already unhinged & now stripped of his livelihood, becomes a bipolar paranoid. First he’s unable to muster energy to leave his dive hotel, then he’s nearly killed facing a gleefully sadistic Kingpin.

last issue: Daredevil #227
next issue: Daredevil #229

also indexed for Mar. ’86
Balder the Brave #3 of 4
The Fantastic Four #288
The Mighty Thor #365
The Punisher #3 of 5
Secret Wars II #9 of 9

Daredevil #227

February 28, 2012

Frank Miller // Dave Mazzucchelli
February 1986
*****

“Someone is out to get Matt Murdock”—the Kingpin, natch, having bought the hero’s secret ID. The seller is Karen Page, long MIA from the mag & now a Tijuana junkie. A classic arc, w/ tough-guy narration & almost no superheroics. Miller urges already expert Mazz into hard-lined, career-defining work.

last issue: Daredevil #226
next issue: Daredevil #228

also indexed for Feb. ’86
The Fantastic Four #287
The Mighty Thor #364
The Punisher #2 of 5
Secret Wars II #8 of 9

Daredevil #19

December 31, 2011

Stan Lee // John Romita
August 1966
***

Daredevil resembles Spider-Man more & more. And it’s not just Romita’s gymnastic fights, it’s Lee’s quippy dialogue & his tease at villains’ secret IDs. While DD protects his lawyer pal from hoodlums, his foes (the masked mastermind & razored bruiser) butt heads while forming an alliance.

last issue: Daredevil #18
next issue: Daredevil #20

also indexed for Aug. ’66
The Avengers #31
Tales of Suspense #80  (Captain America)

Daredevil #18

December 30, 2011

Stan Lee & Denny O’Neil // John Romita
July 1966
****

Foggy buys a Daredevil suit & hires the costumer to attack him on a date. But the guy’s a psychotic w/ an armored, razored suit of his own! The dockside fight (once DD shows) makes this Romita’s strongest issue so far. And his realistic anatomy mirrors its focus on bodies & super-clothing.

last issue: Daredevil #17
next issue: Daredevil #19

Also indexed for Jul. ’66
The Avengers #30
The Amazing Spider-Man #38
Tales of Suspense #79  (Captain America)

Daredevil #17

December 29, 2011

Stan Lee // John Romita
June 1966
***
Guest-star Spider-Man kayos the henchmen, leaving the mastermind for Daredevil. Romita stages the fights as fisticuffs, failing to show off the superheroes’ powers. But he & Lee soap the mag’s romantic triangle by having the suddenly flabby Foggy equivocate to his sec when Spidey IDs him as DD.

last issue: Daredevil #16
next issue: Daredevil #18

also indexed for June ’66
The Avengers #29
The Amazing Spider-Man #37
Tales of Suspense #78  (Captain America)

Daredevil #16

December 28, 2011

Stan Lee // John Romita
May 1966
***

A super-criminal pits Daredevil against Spider-Man as cover for his techno-heist. Romita’s inaugural take on Spidey must’ve looked odd to Marvelites used to Ditko (looka those ripe muscles! And slips in the web pattern!). Spider-fans might scoff at DD’s too-easy defeat of their hero—but it is his mag.

last issue: Daredevil #15
next issue: Daredevil #17

also indexed for May ’66
The Avengers #28
The Amazing Spider-Man #36
Tales of Suspense #77  (Captain America)

Daredevil #15

December 26, 2011

Stan Lee // John Romita
April 1966
***

A bruiser, created by Ditko but perfect for Romita, returns to take a few more pokes at DD—after a mad scientist swaps bodies w/ him! It ends w/ a sentimental twist as the onetime brute, now a wimp, gets a second chance at life. Romita artfully allows more panel time for the actors than the action.

last issue: Daredevil #14
next issue: Daredevil #16

also indexed for Apr. ’66
The Avengers #27
The Amazing Spider-Man #35
Tales of Suspense #76  (Captain America)
The X-Men #19

Daredevil #14

December 25, 2011

Stan Lee // John Romita
March 1966
***

Ish #14 caps the mag’s detour into the glamorous tropes of the international superspy. The horned hero stops an English lord (in gaudy costume) from using a ray-gun to conquer the world. Romita, now solo on DD & showing fizzy chemistry w/ Lee, echos Kirby’s perspec but already has those full faces.

last issue: Daredevil #13
next issue: Daredevil #15

also indexed for Mar. ’66
The Avengers #26
The Amazing Spider-Man #34
Tales of Suspense #75  (Captain America)
The X-Men #18

Daredevil #13

December 24, 2011

Stan Lee // Jack Kirby & John Romita
February 1966
***

Propelled by Kirby’s imagination, Daredevil shoots off on a tangent. Ka-Zar, lord of a polar Lost World, has a super-metal inheritance sought by his evil bro, pirates, & a spy-ring! Did I mention DD’s power loss, combat w/ a caveman, or a sabre-toothed tiger’s fight w/ a carnivorous plant?

last issue: Daredevil #12
next issue: Daredevil #14

also indexed for Feb. ’66
The Avengers #25
The Amazing Spider-Man #33
Strange Tales #141  (Dr. Strange)
Tales of Suspense #74  (Captain America)
The X-Men #17

Daredevil #12

December 23, 2011

Stan Lee // Jack Kirby & John Romita
January 1966
***

Now monthly, Daredevil gets a new artist: John Romita. His balanced classical style, honed on romance comics, sits oddly atop Kirby’s dynamo layouts & fevered creativity. DD gets pressganged by a pirate (in 18C togs) & his submersible sailing ship, bound for a Cretaceous oasis & its Tarzan.

last issue: Daredevil #11
next issue: Daredevil #13

also indexed for Jan. ’66
The Avengers #24
The Amazing Spider-Man #32
Strange Tales #140  (Dr. Strange)
Tales of Suspense #73  (Captain America)
The X-Men #16

Daredevil #11

December 22, 2011

Stan Lee // Bud Powell
December 1965
**

Wood inks, not pencils, his finale with the mag’s first two-parter, some city politics given color by an animal-themed gang. Wood has a great eye for pace, form, & shading—he made magic w/ the shadows for DD’s crimson outfit—but his style, reminiscent of Plastino, may be too straightlaced for the Marvel Era.

last issue: Daredevil #10
next issue: Daredevil #12

also indexed for Dec. ’65
The Avengers #23
The Amazing Spider-Man #31
Strange Tales #139  (Dr. Strange)
Tales of Suspense #72  (Captain America)
The X-Men #15

Daredevil #10

December 21, 2011

Wally Wood & Bud Powell
October 1965
**

Lee (busy on annuals?) lets Wood pen as well as pencil this conventional tale. As you’d expect from an artist’s story, it’s got a nifty visual hook: a gang fitted in high-tech animal costumes. They work for a hooded villain who aims to spoil a city election—incl. Foggy Nelson, standing for DA.

last issue: Daredevil #9
next issue: Daredevil #11

also indexed for Oct. ’65
The Avengers #21
The Amazing Spider-Man #29
The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #2
Journey into Mystery Annual #1  (Thor)
Strange Tales #137  (Dr. Strange)
Tales of Suspense #70  (Captain America)

Daredevil #9

December 20, 2011

Stan Lee // Wally Wood & Bud Powell
August 1965
**

Daredevil ends the rule of a Ruritanian duke who tyrannizes his people w/ robot knights & an atomic pile. It’s a typically ebullient plot and tone for its era, but it doesn’t mesh with the “dark” urban, Shadow-type hero. Still, Wood’s art is so confident and streamlined, it’s a fun read.

last issue: Daredevil #8
next issue: Daredevil #10

also indexed for Aug. ’65
The Avengers #19
The Amazing Spider-Man #27
Journey into Mystery #119  (Thor)
Strange Tales #135  (Dr. Strange)
Tales of Suspense #68  (Captain America)

Daredevil #8

December 19, 2011

Stan Lee // Wally Wood
June 1965
***

The cover shows the visual for DD’s foe: a criminal w/ hydraulic stilts! That gimmick takes part in the mid-’60s mania for gadgets, & so does our hero, now kitted out w/ transistor radios & zip-lines. Wood positions his figures perfectly w/in each panel, adding plenty of pep to keep the eye moving.

last issue: Daredevil #7
next issue: Daredevil #9

also indexed for Jun. ’65
The Avengers #17
The Amazing Spider-Man #25
Journey into Mystery #117  (Thor)
Strange Tales #133  (Dr. Strange)
Tales of Suspense #66  (Captain America)

Daredevil #7

December 18, 2011

Stan Lee // Wally Wood
April 1965
****

Wood proves his worth to doubters like me in this rousing title-bout. Namor wants to enter his legal claim to the surface world, w/ Nelson & Murdock as advocates. Way out of his weightclass, DD (one year in, w/ a new crimson costume) can’t stop the Atlantean juggernaut, but he can lose with honor.

last issue: Daredevil #6
next issue: Daredevil #8

also indexed for Apr. ’65
The Amazing Spider-Man #23
The Avengers #15
Journey into Mystery #115  (Thor)
Strange Tales #131  (Dr. Strange)
Tales of Suspense #64  (Captain America)

Daredevil #6

December 17, 2011

Stan Lee // Wally Wood
February 1965
**

Why does the Lee/Wood Daredevil dissatisfy, despite Wood’s panel-by-panel expertise? Take this ish, which sees a sinister fearmonger recruit his gang from other Marvel mags. It lacks the out-there weirdness of FF & Thor, the alienation of Spidey. Instead, we get Lee’s stock love-triangle angst.

last issue: Daredevil #5
next issue: Daredevil #7

also indexed for Feb. ’65
The Amazing Spider-Man #21
The Avengers #13
Journey into Mystery #113  (Thor)
Strange Tales #129  (Dr. Strange)
Tales of Suspense #62  (Captain America)

Daredevil #5

December 16, 2011

Stan Lee // Wally Wood
December 1964
**

Wood is less known for his superhero work than for his classic ’50s SF & Mad! at EC. But his short run on Daredevil is a meteoric flare, w/ superbly realistic athletic bodies. Still, his style turns a silly ’60s super-comics idea—a matador turns to crime—into a fun duel of cape-&-sword v. billyclub.

last issue: Daredevil #4
next issue: Daredevil #6

also indexed for Dec. ’64
The Amazing Spider-Man #19
The Avengers #11
Journey into Mystery #111  (Thor)
Strange Tales #127  (Dr. Strange)
Tales of Suspense #60  (Captain America)

Daredevil #4

December 15, 2011

Stan Lee // Joe Orlando
October 1964
***

An only-in-comics supervillain—an ex-spy stained purple by nerve gas!—adds vim to a formulaic ish. The strange sight puts onlookers in a thrall, so while Daredevil can resist his commands, others (like the mag’s love interest) cannot. Lee loves a mob scene, so the crowd turns on DD at one point.

last issue: Daredevil #3
next issue: Daredevil #5

also indexed for Oct. ’64
The Amazing Spider-Man #17
The Avengers #9
Journey into Mystery #109  (Thor)
Strange Tales #125  (Dr. Strange)

Daredevil #3

December 14, 2011

Stan Lee // Joe Orlando
August 1964
**

A corrupt financier w/ an owl motif hires Matt Murdock to defend him, then sets up death traps & aims to organize NYC crime. The swashbuckling dazzles, & so does the irony that it’s executed by a blind man. But Joe O’s realism sits stiffly next to the era’s surrealism (ex. Daredevil in a bird cage).

last issue: Daredevil #2
next issue: Daredevil #4

also indexed for Aug. ’64
The Amazing Spider-Man #15
The Avengers #7
The Fantastic Four #29
Journey into Mystery #107  (Thor)
Strange Tales #123  (Dr. Strange)

Daredevil #2

December 13, 2011

Stan Lee // Joe Orlando
June 1964
**

Issue #2 leans hard on Stan Lee’s NYC. The protag’s alter ego is hired as lawyer to the Fantastic Four, & he spends the ish chasing Spidey’s electrical enemy all over town, via bewilderingly diverse types of transportation. Orlando supplies action, good cheer, & imaginative layouts.

last issue: Daredevil #1
next issue: Daredevil #3

also indexed for Jun. ’64
The Amazing Spider-Man #13
The Fantastic Four #27
Journey into Mystery #105  (Thor)
Strange Tales #121  (Dr. Strange)

Daredevil #1

December 12, 2011

Stan Lee // Bill Everett
April 1964
***

Lee hypes a new hero, only his third to get a solo title. Daredevil’s origin is formulaic—radioactivity, orphaning, a garish costume—but unlike other Marvelites, he’s also cheery & he has a job. Hypersenses offset a handicap of blindness, a superpower that lets Lee insert the reader into DD’s head.

next issue: Daredevil #2

also indexed for Apr. ’64
The Amazing Spider-Man #11
The Fantastic Four #25
Journey into Mystery #103  (Thor)
Strange Tales #119  (Dr. Strange)