Issue(s): Daredevil #35, Daredevil #36, Daredevil #37, Daredevil #38
Still, you don't want to actually go to jail, so better get some legal advice first, right?
Of course everyone knows that Matt Murdock is really Daredevil. Well, the Trapster clearly knows. Foggy and Karen still get mad when Matt acts casual about his "brother" getting threatened. But it gets them out of the room (in a huff; really guys? Are you really that dumb?)...
...so that Matt can change into Daredevil and answer Pete's challenge.
Pete wins the fight, sort of, by covering Daredevil with the Wizard's anti-gravity discs.
Of course, Daredevil gets out of that situation by, um, pulling them off (and, admittedly, being able to gracefully survive the fall).
Meanwhile, Pete's victory goes to his head and he decides to defeat the Fantastic Four for an encore, while dressed up as DD.
Luckily when he shows up at the Baxter Building, only the Invisible Girl is there, and she has an uncharacteristically bad showing even for this time period.
Daredevil shows up in time to rescue her from the bomb he set. Then Mr. Fantastic and the Human Torch show up...
...but Daredevil demands that he be allowed the rematch with the Trapster, and the FF are fine with that. I mean, it's only Paste Pot Pete, right?
Actually Daredevil tells the FF that Pete is really dangerous this time because "his asbestos glue is fire-proof". The FF politely keep to themselves the fact that this is always the case.
Daredevil defeats the Trapster...
...but suddenly Dr. Doom shows up and starts beating the crap out of him.
DD is taken to the Latverian embassy. There Doom explains why he isn't dead (Galactus' barrier was keyed to the Silver Surfer specifically, so when Doom collided into it, Galactus sent him back to Latveria).
Then Doom switches bodies with Daredevil.
We've seen Dr. Doom do a mind-swap before, in Fantastic Four #10, but that was without the aid of any kind of technology, and we'll see him use that method again later in John Byrne's run (it's also used in 2010's Spider-Man/Fantastic Four #1 continuity insert). Maybe this time he was trying to enhance the process in some way?
Doom/DD heads out to trick the Fantastic Four while Daredevil/Doom is left in a prison cell. In the most rational scheme ever executed by a character written by Stan Lee, Daredevil makes the most of the body switch, first ordering Dooms minions to release him and then summoning his ministers and ordering them to declare war on all Latveria's neighbors.
This forces Doom to return home and switch bodies back so he can stop the international incident. Daredevil also got a message to the Fantastic Four that he and Doom had switched bodies.
While Doom is still in DD's body, he runs into Debbie Harris, who he of course acts coldly towards.
Foggy sees this and gets mad. Foggy was recently approached to run for District Attorney.
Debbie resurfaced immediately after that...
...but Foggy isn't sure if he should be associating with her because of her criminal record (to say the least! She was manipulating him the last time he ran for DA; it's amazing how naive Foggy is that he doesn't suspect her sudden re-emergence now. But then, he still thinks Daredevil is "Mike Murdock".).
There's no mention at the end of issue #37 after the body switch of Daredevil's blindness, but it's covered for at the beginning of the next issue.
It's interesting that Doom gets pretty far down the street before he even realizes that there's something different and observes that he seems to sense things rather than see them.
I chalk that up to Doom's incomparable ability to adapt.
Colan draws a nice Doom.
Quality Rating: C+
Chronological Placement Considerations: This story continues directly in Fantastic Four #73. Since Thor also appears in that issue in between panels of the last few pages of Thor #150, this most likely takes place concurrently with Thor #150. A footnote in Daredevil #36 says the reason the FF are unavailable is because of the events of Fantastic Four #71 (with no specific reference to events), even though we saw them previously in DD #36. Reed quits the FF at the end of FF #71 at the end of an arc that began in FF #68 and rejoins the team at the end of FF #72. And these Daredevil issues continue directly in FF #73. So there's no way that these Daredevil issues could fit concurrently with all those FFs. The MCP agrees, putting these issues between FF #72-73.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (5): show
I think it's very telling that once Colan shows up any real creative juice on DD seems to go away. Instead of new villains, we get rehashed loser villains of other titles. This not a knock on Colan. Instead, it reveals how dependent Stan Lee was on others - particularly Ditko and Kirby, but for DD we can even add Wally Wood. These DD issues are just painful.
Posted by: Chris | December 21, 2012 8:36 PM
Sometime in 1968 comic strip artist Bill Lignante drew a Dr. Doom solo story for Marvel; it was rejected and never completed. One page of it got published in Marvelmania #3.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | December 30, 2012 7:40 PM
You are correct when you say that the Invisible Girl has a terrible showing here, even for 1968. The Trapster captures her quite easily and almost finishes her off! Yet again, Stan Lee shows his affinity for making Sue Storm a victim.
Posted by: Frightful Four fan | May 10, 2013 6:18 AM
One problem with the Dr. Doom story: Red China didn't have any allies in Eastern Europe(Sino-Soviet relations weren't that good).
Posted by: Mark Drummond | July 27, 2013 2:53 PM
Well they did have Albania as an ally.
Posted by: Michael | July 27, 2013 2:59 PM
I didn't notice this before, but did Sue Storm ever wear that costume with the black line trim ever again?
Posted by: Mark Drummond | December 7, 2013 11:56 PM
As far as I know, Sue only wore this mini-skirted costume in FF #68-71. In the FF issues this costume didn't have the back stripe that Colan draws here--but hey, she may have had various versions of this outfit on hand.
Posted by: Shar | December 8, 2013 3:20 PM
And by "back stripe" I'm referring to the vertical black stripe that's seen on the back view of Sue ("It's the Trapster's Paste Gun!!" panel above). In the Kirby FF issues 68-71, the vertical stripe appears on the front of Sue's costume only--and not on the back.
Posted by: Shar | December 8, 2013 6:23 PM
I completely agree with Chris. (First comment above.)
Over the course of the first 19 issues of "Daredevil", Everett, Orlando, Wood, and Romita co-create:
Matt Murdock, Daredevil, The Owl, The Purple Man, Mr Fear, Stilt-Man, The Gladiator, and others.
Gene Colan joins the book starting with #20, and this story arc brings us forward another 19 issues.
In this same amount of time, Colan co-creates:
um... "Mike Murdock" and The Leap-Frog
Posted by: Rand | February 10, 2015 12:32 PM
That last pic is fantastic!
Posted by: Wanyas the Self-Proclaimed | February 10, 2015 12:43 PM
Marvel was already teeming with villains, I think it makes a lot of sense for them to be integrated into other series like DD instead of making more specifically for him. I also do not think Gene Colan was asked to create new villains nor did Stan Lee have a need to, because at this point there are very few new characters coming as they had created quite a playground.
I wish even more villains from other books had showed up in DD under Colan's pencil, although I do have to wonder why nobody was ever able to give him a proper thematic rogues gallery. It's amazing that it takes another 150 issues before someone thinks to appropriate the Kingpin for Matt.
Posted by: PeterA | July 17, 2015 1:05 AM
I'm surprised no one has ever made a poster of that awesome strut of "DoomDevil".
Posted by: Ataru320 | July 17, 2015 10:02 AM
I liked these issues myself. Red China was allied with Albania in Eastern Europe. I liked Daredevil's solution as well.
Posted by: Bobby Sisemore | November 13, 2016 6:09 PM
I'm with Ataru on that last panel. One can hear the Bee Gees' classic "Stayin' Alive" as "DoomDevil" (clever, Ataru!) prances through NYC streets like he owns the city.
Posted by: Brian Coffey | July 12, 2017 10:53 PM
Comments have been disabled for the summer while i'm not around to moderate.
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