Issue 23 “DD Goes Wild” (December, 1966) Released: October 11, 1966 Written by Stan Lee Drawn by Gene Colan Inked by Frank Giacoia Lettered by Sam Rosen Cover drawn by Gene Colan
Masked Marauder’s plot to take over leadership of the Maggia sends Daredevil and Gladiator to Italy, where they duke it out in an old movie set fashioned after a Roman coliseum. It’s pretty breathtaking art!
There are some plot flaws here, however, that Kyle cannot contend with, and, for the first time in the history of the podcast, he manages to convince Aaron that he’s wrong!
Check behind the cut to see our individual grades, Gene Colan’s exceptional artwork, and a look at a reader letter actually published in the original issue back in 1966!
Aaron was all raring to give this issue a B at the very least, but Kyle was convincing in his arguments that this is, in fact, a lackluster issue. Aaron’s grade drops to a C+, making him, ultimately in agreement with Rodney. Kyle gives the issue a D- (but will be barely tolerated by his co-hosts for a week or two as punishment for insulting Jack “King” Kirby). Overall average: perfectly right down the middle . . . C.
The discussion for this issue went for a long time, and we had to make several edits to the episode in order to keep it from being an unnecessary 52 minutes long. One of the sections that got excised concerned a letter from a reader that was published in the original issue. Aaron, personally, found the letter very moving and took the time to share it with his co-hosts because it serves to make a point that he has been trying to make to Kyle all along– despite his naysaying about the quality of the content being presented in the 1960s, these comics and the stories therein serve as more than entertainment to some. They are an inspiration. We present the letter in its entirety, as well as Marvel’s response to it below: