Issue 9 “That He May See” (August, 1965) Released: June 1, 1965 Written by Stan Lee Drawn by Bob Powell and Wally Wood Inked by Bob Powell Lettered by Sam Rosen Cover drawn by Wally Wood
Karen Page won’t shut her yap about Matt Murdock getting eye surgery, so our hero heads off to Lichtenbad to meet with Dr. Van Eyck. In other sections of the comic book, peasants tremble, robots swing maces, and Foggy Nelson reveals himself to be a douchebag of the highest order. In real life, Kyle surprises both Aaron and Rodney by loving every panel of this issue, an achievement that is overshadowed by Kyle not having the most basic knowledge of greatest villain in Marvel Comics history. This episode is not to be missed!
Also in this episode, Aaron addresses a comment from a listener!
Issue 8 “The Stiltman Cometh” (June, 1965) Released: April 1, 1965 Written by Stan Lee Drawn and inked by Wally Wood Lettered by Sam Rosen Cover drawn by Wally Wood
Remember how we all really liked the first issue of Daredevil, but then found ourselves incredibly disappointed that the second issue was little more a terrible hunk of useless, colorful paper? Well, all three of us really enjoyed issue 7, but then found ourselves even more disappointed than we were last time. At least, issue 2 had a cool villain.
Issue 7 “In Mortal Combat With The Sub-Mariner” (April, 1965) Released: February 4, 1965 Written by Stan Lee Drawn and inked by Wally Wood Lettered by Artie Simek Cover drawn by Wally Wood
You don’t even have to listen to the episode to know that something is distinctly different in the pages of Daredevil. Just one look at the cover depicted above and you can see that Daredevil is sporting fancy new digs. This issue, the first appearance of Daredevil’s iconic red costume, is not only widely regarded by fans of the character as the official issue #1 but is regarded by comic book historians as one of the single-most-important individual issues to ever be published by Marvel Comics.
In this episode, in addition to our discussion of this epic and milestone issue, Aaron provides us with a history of Namor, The Sub-Mariner and explains how it was possible that he was fighting Nazis in the 1970s, Kyle admits that he was wrong about his initial impressions of Wally Wood, and Rodney just gets annoyed at the wishy-washiness of the whole plot. We add more items to our list of billy club shenanigans. Also, Kyle sings a few bars of Miley Cyrus.
Issue 6 “Trapped By…The Fellowship of Fear” (February, 1965) Released: December 3, 1964 Written by Stan Lee Drawn and inked by Wally Wood Lettered by Sam Rosen Cover drawn by Wally Wood
Issue 6 introduces Zoltan Drago (aka Mr. Fear) into the Daredevil rogues gallery and, once again, there are dissenting opinions on his general awesomeness amongst our cast.
Along the way, several unanswerable questions are posed. Does Stan Lee dislike the handicapped? Is it a good idea to allow a random film crew to record your bank heist for posterity? Why would a villain like Mr. Fear choose to surround himself with henchmen that are obviously blithering idiots? Are brand new business models really hard to come by? Should Hulk Hogan be sued for trademark infringement?
Issue 5 “The Mysterious Masked Matador” (December, 1964) Released: October 1, 1964 Written by Stan Lee Drawn and inked by Wally Wood Lettered by Sam Rosen Cover drawn by Wally Wood
Issue 5 not only premieres a brand new villain, but features the work of a new artist. This artist is none other than legendary comic artist Wally Wood. You gotta trust Aaron when he says that Wood’s importance to this comic cannot be quantified. Kyle is not impressed, leading to our very first official disagreement between our cast members!
In this episode, we discover that comic books look way different in the original printed format than they do on Rodney’s Ipad. We dare to ask the question: “Is it unbelievable that Karen Page is so stupid, or is Karen Page just unbelievably stupid?” We also discuss lame villain origins, exactly who does what in the creation of a page of comic book art, and whether or not Kyle should be replaced for insulting the late and great Wally Wood!
Speaking of insulting Wally Wood . . . to the best of our knowledge, this legendary comic book artist NEVER participated in, or was in any way responsible, for a one-man crime wave. We here at The Devil’s Archive regret this error. Also, Wally Wood was a contributor to 7 issues of Daredevil and not 5.
Issue 4 “Kilgrave, The Unbelievable Purple Man” (October, 1964) Released: August 4, 1964 Written by Stan Lee Drawn by Joe Orlando Inked by Vince Colletta Lettered by Sam Rosen Cover drawn by Joe Orlando and Jack Kirby
The fourth issue of Daredevil is most famous for the introduction of formidable foe Kilgrave, The Purple Man. Kilgrave almost tops the list of our local Daredevil junkie Aaron’s favorite villains to ever be featured in this comic book’s history. And he isn’t saying that because Kilgrave told him to.
Discussion topics this week include: – the stupidity of trying to save face and not pretend that you wrote something idiotic – the evolution of an artist and plotter that was initially dead to us – contradicting the abilities of the same character in two different comics in the same month – the frustration over Stan Lee and company not letting Daredevil’s stick just be, you know, a stick. – Why is Peter Parker a dick?
Issue 3 “The Owl, Ominous Overlord of Crime” (August, 1964) Released: June 2, 1964 Written by Stan Lee Drawn by Joe Orlando Inked by Vince Colletta Lettered by Sam Rosen Cover drawn by Joe Orlando and Jack Kirby
In the third issue, Stan Lee and Joe Orlando present the first villain created just for the pages of Daredevil. He’s not a bad villain. At the very least, Rodney and Kyle think he’s better than Aaron suspected that they would.
Discussion topics along the way include: the definition of a good comic-book villain, the weird decision to give Daredevil a knapsack to carry his street clothes, the beginnings of what will eventually become a rather lengthy list of billy-club shenanigans, and whether or not Stan Lee really understands aerodynamics. Oh yeah, we also feel sorry for a gorilla.
Issue2 “The Evil Menace of Electro” (June, 1964) Released: April 2, 1964 Written by Stan Lee Drawn by Joe Orlando Inked by Vince Colletta Lettered by Sam Rosen Cover drawn by Jack Kirby
In our second episode, our high from the enjoyment of the first issue plummets dramatically as we dissect the myriad reasons why Stan Lee and new artist Joe Orlando would choose to follow-up a successful premiere with an issue that is downright unlikable, idiotic, and terrible. Along the way, we prove that Reed Richards is NOT the smartest man in the universe, we discuss whether stealing a horse makes you a complete asshole, we realize that Kyle cannot tell the difference between a skinny blind man who wears sunglasses and a fat man who isn’t and doesn’t, and we angrily lament how allowing Daredevil to fly a rocket ship is a gross misuse of his powers. Honestly, we’re worried that our listening audience will listen to this and think that we made everything up.
Issue1 “The Origin of Daredevil” (April, 1964) Released: February 4, 1964 Written by Stan Lee Drawn/Inked by Bill Everett Lettered by Sam Rosen Cover drawn by Bill Everett
In our inaugural episode, we discuss the first-ever issue of Daredevil, where we learn how the self-proclaimed guardian of Hell’s Kitchen first came to be and get a half-assed explanation of his various powers and abilities. Along the way, we are introduced to some of the first (and most important) recurring characters, ponder how obvious a villain’s name has to be before one begins to realize that he is, in fact, a villain, and mock garbage cans as a viable mode of transportation.