Characters Appearing: Candace Nelson, Crusher, Daredevil, Foggy Nelson, Kid Gawaine, Pop Fenton
Issue(s): Daredevil #119
But to jump back a bit, look how happy Daredevil is! It's because Black Widow says she's coming back to New York.
Of course, not everyone can appreciate it, like the purple suited meester who thinks DD ain't nothin' but a jive cop in long johns.
But getting back to Isabella's review of Daredevil's series, he didn't stop with the earliest issues. He also clearly hit Daredevil #68, because he follows up on that story. Matt Murdock checks in with Pop Fenton, the guy that trained his father as a boxer. And the boxer from that issue, Kid Gawaine, was so inspired by Daredevil that he's become a priest.
But Isabella must have taken a break from Daredevil to take a look at some old Iron Mans, because he ties all this in with a really obscure villain from his series called the Crusher. It seems the body of the original Crusher, who had previously been left stuck at the bottom of the ocean, eventually washed up on shore in the US where a coroner dissected him and discovered the secret of his powers. The coroner is now providing that power to a boxer named Juan Aponte, and Pops and Father Gawaine are concerned.
And it soon turns out that they had good reason to be.
It's implied that some portion of the original Crusher lives on in Juan, so i've listed him as a Character Appearing although that's never actually verified.
Juan eventually regains control of himself when Pops and Father Gawaine are threatened by a falling wall, but he subsequently dies.
Now that we're seeing multiple versions of him, the Crusher reminds me of another Iron Man concept: the Freak. I wonder if the original Crusher, a Cuban scientist, had replicated Tony Stark's Enervator device.
Quality Rating: C
Chronological Placement Considerations: This issue begins with Daredevil having "just saved the world" in Giant-Size Defenders #3.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
The title seems to be taken from the "Night Gallery" episode "They're Tearing Down (name I can't remember)'s Bar!"
Posted by: Mark Drummond | February 9, 2015 11:56 AM
Mark's referring to "They're Tearing Down Tim Riley's Bar," which was one of my favorite episodes of Night Gallery.
Posted by: Robert | March 23, 2016 6:33 PM
It doesnt seem like DD's billy club would hurt much when it hits you if it was hollow.
Posted by: kveto | December 20, 2016 5:12 PM
DD's billy club should be heavy enough to pack quite a smack once it has all of those who-knows-how-many feet of impossibly thin cable coiled up inside of it. Assuming all of the cable fits into one section, he would probably have the hollow part in the other section, with a weight in the working end for overall balance.
The 1960s version of his combination blind-man's cane and billy club was even more unbelievable-- tricked out like a '60s 007 movie prop, with a straighten-able curved cane handle on one section, a rifle-sight(?), a collapsible shield that fanned out like a Japanese steel fan, and I can't even recall what all else. Impossibly powerful and small miniaturized gimmicks were big pop culture draws in the '50s & '60s spy shows and comics, following real tech miniaturization trends in cameras, radios, tape recorders, and etc.
Posted by: Holt | February 11, 2018 2:28 AM
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