Amazing Spider-Man #16
Issue(s): Amazing Spider-Man #16
Review/plot: The Ringmaster...
...hypnotizes Spider-Man and a crowd of circus-goers, but Daredevil was immune to the hypnotism (because he's blind)...
...so he fights Spidey and gets him to resist the brainwashing.
Daredevil then slips back into the crowd to preserve his secret ID...
...and Spidey mops up the Ringmaster and his circus of crime.
You have to love the fact that Foggy and Karen think it's a great idea to bring Matt to a circus.
For comparison based on the comment from Enchlore, here's a scan showing the recoloring that was done in the Marvel Tales reprint.
Quality Rating: C-
Chronological Placement Considerations: N/A
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: Marvel Tales #154
Inbound References (6): show
"My will is your will" seems to be Stan's go-to hypnotic phrase, as Xandu uses the same line to mesmerize his henchmen in ASM Annual #2.
Posted by: TCP | September 23, 2014 4:00 PM
The reprint I have of this issue has Matt Murdock with blond hair. Is that a scan of the original issue? Matt's hair has shifted from blond to redhead to blond again a lot.
Posted by: Enchlore♠ | September 30, 2014 4:15 PM
Hi Enchlore. The scans are from PDFs of the originals that were put out by a company called GIT. They are direct scans of the originals. I've just now added an additional scan from my Marvel Tales reprint. You'll see that Matt Murdock's hair is a lighter orange, but still not blond.
Posted by: fnord12 | September 30, 2014 4:46 PM
That's interesting. My reprint is from a regular Brazillian issue of Mark Waid's Daredevil (Brazillian publications are kinda weird - the first few issues of Daredevil were more like trade paperbacks, and the second issue had the crossover with Amazing Spider-Man and a reprint of this classic issue), and Matt's hair is the same color as Karen Page's.
Posted by: Enchlore♠ | September 30, 2014 7:26 PM
I wonder if other heroes got together behind Daredevil's back in the early years and said "Have you seen his costume? Is this guy blind?"
And, as much as Reed is a dick to Sue so much, at least they're in an acknowledged relationship. Jan and Hank never seem to know where they are. And the rest of the universe seems to be of the "we love each other but can never tell each other" trope - Matt and Karen, Thor and Jane Foster, Scott and Jean. Reading these all in order just makes it so much more obvious.
Posted by: Erik Beck | December 26, 2014 6:16 PM
Erik, I agree with all your pairings except Thor and Jane. Odin forbade him to be with a mortal. This was a true "Romeo & Juliet" love affair.
Posted by: clyde | February 9, 2015 8:00 PM
You missed a detail here. Princess Python makes her first appearance here. She was not with the Circus of Crime in their first appearance in Hulk#3.
Posted by: Bobby Sisemore | October 29, 2016 9:50 PM
Princess Python first appears in Amazing Spider-Man #22.
Posted by: fnord12 | October 30, 2016 10:15 AM
Thanks for the correction.
Posted by: Bobby Sisemore | October 30, 2016 10:25 AM
On page 3, Spidey saves Matt Murdock from a gang of criminals.
On page 4, after Spidey swings off, Matt uses his super senses and says "So that was Spider-Man! Hmm...I'd say he's about 17...five foot ten inches...and judging by the sound of his pulse and heartbeats, in excellent health."
I believe this is the first time Peter's age has been stated in any issue.
Posted by: Rick | October 23, 2017 8:24 AM
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