Monday, October 12, 2020

Marvel Immersion Project: Daredevil #162-166

Writer Roger McKenzie broke into the comic book industry in 1976 with a story called "Ground Round" in Vampirella #50, published by Warren Publishing.  He worked for DC Comics, too, creating the western character Cinnamon.  He and artist Frank Miller first worked together on a story for Marvel's Weird War Tales #68.

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Daredevil #162
Originally Published January 1, 1980
Writer: Michael Fleisher
Artist: Steve Ditko
  • The Daredevil/Hulk story promised at the end of the previous issue wasn't ready in time.  So, Fleisher and Ditko created a filler.
  • In light of Frank Miller's recent debut with the series, it's especially interesting to see the art of Ditko, the most straight-laced of Marvel's old guard - back to the Joe Varsity aesthetic.
  • Struck with amnesia, Matt Murdock stumbles into a boxing career with a shady promoter, Mr. Hyle.  All goes great until Hyle orders Murdock to throw a fight and Murdock refuses to do so.
Jack Murdock via Marvel Database

  • His memory clicks back in when Murdock remembers his father Jack was also a professional boxer.  Jack's murder at the hands of gamblers in a similar situation prompted Matt to take on the Daredevil role in the first place.

Daredevil #163
March 1, 1980
Roger McKenzie/Frank Miller
  • Murdock senses Hulk loose in the city and goes to confront him.
  • Murdock talks him talk down to Bruce Banner calm but then the New York Subway commuters ramp him up to Hulk.
  • Daredevil and Hulk brawl.  Hulk wins but doesn't finish DD off.
  • At issue's end, Daredevil lays motionless in the street.
  • My first encounter with Blake Tower, a friend of Murdock's, currently running for re-election as District Attorney.

Daredevil #164
May 1, 1980
  • Daredevil is in the hospital, recovering from his battle with Hulk.  Many superheroes pay him well-wishing visits.
  • Journalist Ben Urich also stops by, telling DD that he is put the pieces together: Matt Murdock and Daredevil are one and the same.
  • DD fesses up and tells Urich the whole story of his childhood, his father's boxing career and how his father's murder led him to become Daredevil.
  • Urich is convinced not to publish the story.

Daredevil #165
July 1, 1980
  • Daredevil battles Doc Ock.
  • Believing (correctly) that Matt is still in love with Heather Glenn, Black Widow leaves both him and New York.

Daredevil #166
September 1, 1980
  • It is the day of Deborah and Foggy's wedding.  Matt Murdock is Best Man.
  • Of course, there's a complication: Gladiator (alias: Melvin Potter; a different Gladiator from the one we met in X-Men #107) has taken a group of children hostage in a museum.  Can Daredevil rescue the children and still make it back in time for the nuptials? [Spoiler: yes]


  1. un post de lo mas interesante, a mi me encantan las peliculas de marvel

    1. I enjoy the movies. Reading the comics has given me a much better appreciation for the side characters. I may need to rewatch the films again eventually, see how/if I see them differently, knowing more.

  2. When two heroes fight and you have the question, who's stronger: x or Y, most frequently the answer is, "Who's book are they are in?" heh
    Obviously not the case here.
    Which sent me off on a long rambling thought process about how Hulk has appeared in books so that you can say things like, "Well, Spider-Man has beaten the Hulk," to prove how good he is (because he has beaten the Hulk).
    Well, all of that ended with me deciding, again, that Peter David is the best writer that comics has seen, which is completely unrelated to anything from your post.

    1. Peter David... I guess I'll need to keep an eye out for the name.