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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!

COLLECTING: Daredevil 1-25

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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: 25.1 x 16.8 x 4.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 612 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #564,153 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Look for entertainment---not inspiration April 14 2007
By Yumyum - Published on Amazon.com
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
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.
4.0 out of 5 stars What is it with superheroes and their secretaries? July 6 2006
By MysteryLover231 - Published on Amazon.com
I was born too late to buy the original, old-school comics, But I think this is suitable. Although I would have enjoyed the collection in color, reading them in black and white is OK as well. Also I liked Wallace Wood's Daredevil, because his style was smooth and not as sketchy as the eariler artists. Theirs were very good also, but Mr.Wood's was my favorite. I guess what I found particularly amusing was that unlike in the new comics (which I admit I have not read a lot of) Daredevil is a little more...how do I put this delicately...goofy? Not quite Spiderman goofy, (I swear he has ADD,) but he does chatter during battle. D.D also admits to himself once that sometimes he sounds corny.

I also see a kind of theme with these heroes. The guys with medical/health problems, Matt Murdock and Tony Stark, fall in love with their seceritaries! And then they come up with a reason why they can't be with the aforementioned beautiful secretary like 'I'm blind and my best friend loves her anyway' or '...I've got a heart condition...'Spiderman's probably the only one with an actual girlfriend!

Matt's friend Foggy isn't really anyone to complain about. A normal, superhero's best buddy guy. Karen isn't much different than Foggy, except she's not male. Even so, they're interesting enough characters.

The reason I gave Vol.1 4 stars is the assortment of 'villans'. To be honest, probably half of them are just plain stupid. Stiltman? Leap Frog? PURPLE MAN?!? Don't get me stated on him. Get the Purple Man together with some other Marvel villians like Mr.Doll (Iron Man), The Unicorn (X-Men), and Mysterio (Spiderman), and you've got the Effeminant Four! Anyhow, ignoring my rant, thre are some villians that are all right and some anti-heroes (The Sub Mariner& Ka-Zar, namely) that were definately appreciated after the Purple Man. If you miss the good old days when comics didn't take themselves that seriously I'd recommend this as a good read.
4.0 out of 5 stars It's cool. Could use a little Bullseye, Kingpin, and Mr. Hyde, though. Aug. 3 2005
By Alex K - Published on Amazon.com
This is a good book. It has great art, and the characters in it are pretty cool, especially people like Owl, Stilt-Man, Mister Fear, Electro, and Gladiator. Plus, it shows Daredevil's origin and his earliest and most surprising appearences and fights, including a fight with the one and only Spider-Man. It is a good collection, and it is a must have for any Daredevil lover. However, I can't give it 5 stars because it didn't have any of my top 3 favorite DD villains of all time in it-Mr. Hyde, my # 3 favorite, Kingpin, my # 2 favorite, and of course Bullseye, my # 1 favorite-none of those top and classic baddies were in this book. Otherwise, though, it is a nice piece of work and I like it quite a bit. It's one of the best Daredevil comics I'll ever own.
5.0 out of 5 stars early stories of DD April 9 2014
By Richard Rogers - Published on Amazon.com
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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!

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