#10 (Welcome Back to the Fables Archive)

This installment of The Devil’s Archive marks the occasion of our tenth episode. This is a milestone to us for many reasons, not the least of which being that Rodney and Aaron were sure that Kyle would have grown tired of reading terrible comic books and quit by now. This podcast started out as a fun thing for Aaron to talk about as a potential project, but then became a feasible reality once he discovered that Rodney and Kyle were both interested in participating.

Here we are now . . . twenty weeks into a drop schedule and it seems unreal that we actually have a listening audience, a fanbase, and a legitimate reason to put in the work. Aside from a few listeners requesting that Rodney muzzle his yappy little dog while we’re recording, the feedback we’re getting has been overwhelming and positive. With that said, we welcome your feedback and urge you to participate with us in our discussion by emailing us your thoughts or commenting on Facebook. Rodney and Kyle, especially, are hoping that someone can finally reach out and prove Aaron wrong.

Our individual schedules required us to record a backlog of episodes before we began dropping them, so we made no mention in this episode that it was our tenth, only realizing, as an afterthought, that this was a milestone to be celebrated. We’re taking a moment here on our webpage to thank you for coming along with us on this ride. In January, we’ll begin the new year by dropping a special bonus episode and then, mirroring the actual publishing schedule of Daredevil, The Man without Fear, which went from a bi-monthly publication to monthly at issue 12, we will begin presenting episodes of The Devil’s Archive on a weekly schedule.

Before we proceed to the selection of images we have curated to supplement our discussion of issue 10, Rodney and Aaron would like to take a moment to, specifically, thank Kyle for not quitting after episode two. Comic books– and their pop culture legacy– are incredibly important to the people they’ve become as adults, so it is quite fun for them to get the perspective of someone who couldn’t care less. It’s even more fun to see that their influence on him is just as profound. You’ll hear in the first few minutes of this episode that Kyle may be turning a corner. We’ll make a comic book nerd out of him yet!

Issue 10
“While The City Sleeps” (October, 1965)
Released: August 3, 1965
Written by Wally Wood
Drawn by Bob Powell and Wally Wood
Inked by Wally Wood
Lettered by Artie Simek
Cover drawn by Wally Wood

So there’s this dude, right? He calls himself The Organizer. What does he organize? A ragtag group of criminals dressed in odd animal costumes. There’s a mystery– namely, the identity of The Organizer– that readers are encouraged to solve using clues found in the issue. There’s an announcement that Foggy is running for District Attorney and we are introduced to a new minor character named Deborah Harris. There’s a kidnapping and a conspiracy. It’s all very complicated, and we can’t even blame this one on Stan.

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Finally, check behind the cut for our individual grades for this issue and take some time to view the artwork and images that we discuss in the episode!

For the first time, Rodney is ranking an issue lower than his two ‘castmates. Rodney rates the issue at a down-the-middle C. Kyle gives it a B. Aaron gives it an A- and ranks it as his favorite issue of Wally Wood’s short tenure on the comic. Their average overall: B.

This is the very first page of this issue. We’re presenting the full page as it appears in the comic so that you can get a full rendering of what both The Organizer and the original Ani-Men look like, as drawn by Wally Wood. There’s a couple of other things on this page to take a closer look at, though.
First off, there’s a mystery afoot! Jinkies! This issue marks the first time that one story has been spread across multiple issues. Wally promises to reveal The Organizer’s identity in the second part, but he exhorts readers to find the clues provided in this issue to figure out the mystery themselves. It’s the kind of fun that you don’t see in contemporary comics.
Speaking of Wally Wood, the credits reveal that he was given the sole writing credit for this outing. This is the first time that anyone other than Stan Lee has been given credit for writing duties. Notice that he gave himself a credit for editing, however . . .
. . . and then throws some “amusing” shade on the final page at Wally Wood for wanting to have credit in the first place.
To solve the mystery of The Organizer’s identity, one has to know who the suspects are. All of them are thrown at you in a string of panels in which they get introduced at a yacht party in honor of Foggy Nelson, who has agreed to be the Reform Party candidate for District Attorney. There’s Abner Jonas, the host of the party and the candidate for mayor of New York. There’s Bernard Harris, the candidate for borough president, and also Milton Monroe, the candidate for assemblyman. At this party, we are also introduced to Deborah Harris. She’s Abner’s daughter and was, apparently, once a middle school crush of Foggy Nelson. Karen is immediately jealous of the attention Deborah lays on Foggy. It’s okay if your eyes are rolling because ours were as well.
The culmination of an overly-complicated plot involves Deborah Harris being kidnapped by the Ani-Men. This panel, taken from page 17, is the one Kyle references directly in our discussion. His description of the panel as “cinematic” is more than apt.
Of course, in the end, Daredevil discovers that Deborah Harris has not been kidnapped, but is, in fact, in cahoots with The Organizer and his band of Ani-Men.
We’re not going to waste much more time here on elements of the plot. We break it down fairly well in the episode. We are, however, going to share some of the more noteworthy things that made us snicker. This image is the referenced diagram that depicts the headquarters of The Organizer. These sorts of diagrams seem to be a Wally Wood hallmark. Notice here that, for some reason, they put the helicopter hangar on the sixth floor. No possible explanation can force that to make sense to us.
On page 12, we also see Daredevil, once again, using the sensitive directional microphone (aka The Snooperscope) that he stores in his billy club.
Also of note in this issue, Matt Murdock’s cane seems to have a hook at the end of it now . . .
. . . but this hook is mysteriously absent from Daredevil’s billy club.
Speaking of things that are inconsistent from one panel to the next, when we first see Matt Murdock at the yacht party, he’s depicted as wearing shorts and a summery polo t-shirt. Later, though . . .
. . . he’s shown wearing a formal tuxedo. All the more convenient to hide his Daredevil garb when he goes into battle against Frog-Man.
Kyle and Aaron are going to give Wally Wood due credit for this sequence. In the plot, Daredevil is called to the bank because there is a person trapped inside the vault. The person inside the vault turns out to be Cat-Man. Daredevil’s proximity to Cat-Man makes it appear that Daredevil has helped him rob the bank. This plot element is, admittedly, a stretch, but we love that Daredevil is depicted using his radar senses as a handy way to crack open a safe.
It’s also kinda neat that Wally Wood allows the artwork to bleed past the borders of the individual panel into the next panel. He did it with the sound effects in the image we just showed here, but here, he does it with the actual figure depictions. It’s a neat effect that we haven’t noticed to have been utilized in this comic book so far.

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