Posts Tagged ‘Wally Wood’

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)

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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)