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Essential Daredevil - Volume 1: Reissue [Paperback]

Stan Lee , Wallace Wood , John Romita , Gene Colan


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May 9 2012 Essential Daredevil (Book 1)
Long before his days as the urban protector of gritty Hell's Kitchen, Daredevil was known as the Man Without Fear! A childhood accident robbed Matt Murdock of his sight - but in exchange, blessed him with an extraordinary radar sense. Donning a colorful yellow-and-red costume, Matt used this powerful gift to fiight an ingenious array of super villains that put even Spider-Man's rogues' gallery to shame! Witness the Owl, a devious crime boss who seeks to sink his claws into Daredevil's hide! Tremble with fright at the sight of the terrible Mr. Fear! And just try to slip out of the deadly Eel's grasp! Plus: a classic Marvel team-up with a certain world-famous, webslinging super hero!

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel; Reissue edition (May 9 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785164200
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785164203
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 17.3 x 25.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 612 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #508,996 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com: 4.4 out of 5 stars  14 reviews
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5.0 out of 5 stars Look for entertainment---not inspiration April 14 2007
By Yumyum - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
It's a given that the early FF and Spiderman hold up well, but I was surprised to see that Daredevil fares well. Having only read one of these early issues(number 8 with Stiltman), I didn't have the highest expectations. Maybe it was just because I've been so comic deprived these past couple months in college, but it didn't take long for me to see things through Matt Murdock's...eyes.

The early issues with Joe Orlando hold their own, but when Wally Wood comes around with Sub-mariner it gets even better. John Romita's first appearance in issue 12 with Ka-zar also improves upon his predecessor. There is nothing here that is going to take your breath away, but if villains such as the Owl, Gladiator, Electro, and the Fixer give you a warm fuzzy feeling, or at least some sort of memory, you need to have this. If you haven't really experienced the silver age of comics yet, you're probably better off starting with ol' Spidey and the FF first.

The major problem I have with these early issues is not so much the lack of originality or redundancy, it's the cliche love triangle and occasional inconsistencies. The first 3 issues show promise, with Matt aloof and uninterested in Karen's feelings towards him. But in the next issue, Stan Lee decides to make him into an old softie, something that really clashes with DD and Matt. The inconsistencies are more forgivable, sloppy mistakes, such as when Foggy later mentions his proposal to Karen that was turned down, when in fact he never went through with asking her in the first place. Ah well, the meat of what's here is still great, and will go great between Captain America and Defenders Essentials on your shelf.
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5.0 out of 5 stars With the first appearance of Gene COLAN July 4 2006
By JBG - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Another excellent item from Essential Series. Even if it is in black and white only, it is wonderful to read again these first issues of Daredevil. What a difference with stories of the present day ! In a Stan Lee story, we find action, caracter's personnality development, intelligent and super-powered vilain. It is not the case in the news stories, developped in more trouble situation, dark and where the hero is not the hero sometimes, with a lot of violence not justified.

Drawings are simple, but dynamic, in the first part. But with Gene Colan as penciler, what a pleasure! Daredevil is really born with Gene.
5.0 out of 5 stars early stories of DD April 9 2014
By Richard Rogers - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
From Bill Everett to Bob Powell to Wally Wood to Gene Colan, Daredevil had some of the best art of the early Marvel Comics years. Great villains, fun stories - read 'em all!
4.0 out of 5 stars The Beginnings of Daredevil Sept. 22 2013
By Adam - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
One of my favorite episodes of Spider-man: The Animated Series featured the character Daredevil, a blind New York City Attorney with amazing physical powers through the use of his other senses.

It turns out my local library system had the Essential Daredevil, Vol. 1 containing his first twenty-five issues from the 1960s.

So below are my thoughts:

Origin: Matt Murdoch loses his sight in accident while trying to save a blind man from being hit. Due to radioactive material, he not only develops stronger senses as is typical with blind people but also extremely enhanced senses that also completely compensate for sight giving him a sort of radar vision among other things.

Murdoch's father, a boxer, is murdered for not fixing a fight. But he has urged Matt not to make his living with his fists. Matt honors his father's wishes and graduates from Law School but is unable to focus on his work until his father's brought to justice. He designs the Daredevil costume. He'd been teased by kids in school as a "Daredevil" and adopted that name. He set out to find his father's killer and took care of that in Issue #1. And thus begins a long career of crimefighting.

The Supporting Cast: Foggy Nelson, his law partner and Murdoch are in love with the same girl, their secretary Karen Page. Karen cares more for both Daredevil and Murdoch than Nelson. Foggy is a somewhat insecure and vain character, although he can be heroic in a pinch. In one arch, Spider-man sees Daredevil going into Murdoch and Nelson's office and concludes that Foggy is Daredevil because it couldn't possibly be the blind guy. Foggy than tries to subtly convince Karen he's Daredevil, putting their lives at risk.

Karen tends to be a little irritating. The art of Gene Colan art makes her look more attractive than earlier issues, but she's a little too focused on Matt's blindness. Her ability to make assumptions plus her guilelessness goes a little beyond innocent. She never truly does anything stupid, but she's no Mary Jane Watson.

Plot and Character: The book has been criticized for its B-grade villains and to an extent, it's true. The original Daredevil villains tend to be a little lame with character like the Matador and Stiltman and the Purple Man is a bit weird.

However, the stories are swashbuckling fun. The quality of villains picks up in Issue 6 when he meets the Fellowship of Fear that includes one villain who can fire a ray that induces large amount of fear-a big challenge for the Man Without Fear.

The Masked Marauder may be a bit of a generic character but he does work as a mastermind foil for Daredevil. The Gladiator and Tri-man are great physical challenges and even the Owl improves on his second appearance.

In addition to that, Daredevil meets up with Spider-man, Kazar, and the Submariner in this book. While some may dis Stan Lee's writing, I love it. He gives the stories a conversational air. I found myself chuckling at his notes several times and while most fans seem to hate the introduction of Mike Murdoch (Matt's Alleged twin brother (really Matt himself) meant to cover his secret identity), I thought it was an amusing and fun bit of 60s craziness.

No, you don't have great villains, but the book is pure Silver Age fun.

The character of Matt Murdoch is interesting. He seems to be addicted to adrenaline, which would seem to be his prime motivation for carrying on as Daredevil after his father's murderer was caught. He knows things are traps but boldly walks in wanting to see what will happen. Occasionally, The Man Without Fear acts like the Man Without Sense.

Clearly Matt feels constrained by what people expect of a blind man in terms of being helpless. In Issue 24, he declares that it feels like Matt Murdoch is the mask while Daredevil is the real person. A nice serious character conflict to go with all the fun of these books.

Overall, this is just a wonderful version of the character before Frank Miller had his way with him.
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing tops the beginning!! April 12 2013
By Billie Killingsworth - Published on Amazon.com
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Nothing can ever take away the flavor of those very first issues of Daredevil. If you love comics in general, it's purity is not equaled. The artwork is intense, and yes, dated, and that is sad at times, some do not like it, prefering instead the flashy, painted current stories now the flavor of the month. I collect the Essentials and Showcase because I am a purist, and every lover of this era or character should own this one.

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