Issue(s): Daredevil #69
Daredevil breaks up a robbery, but the getaway driver, a boy of no more than 15, is badly injured. As Daredevil is taking the kid to the hospital, the Black Panther shows up...
...and while the boy is in surgery, the two heroes compare notes.
It turns out that the boy, Lonnie Carver, was one of Black Panther's students. Lonnie has an older brother, Billy, who had just returned from Vietnam when a gang called the Thunderbolts attempted to recruit him. The gang couched its criminal activities in black radicalism. Billy refused and fought them off with the help of the Black Panther.
Later, however, Lonnie himself stopped participating in school...
...and joined the Thunderbolts.
During this information sharing, the Panther reveals that he knows Daredevil's secret identity (something we already knew, but DD didn't), and in return reveals that he has an identity as Luke Charles, schoolteacher.
That's not really an equivalent trade, since Luke Charles is a fake identity, but T'Challa's real identity is already public.
Anyway, Lonnie survives the surgery but the doctors say he seems to have lost the will to live. So Daredevil and Black Panther hunt down the other gang members...
...and find that Billy has joined the gang as well. However, it turns out that Billy is really engaging in a sting operation that he arranged through the District Attorney (which is how Daredevil became involved). When Billy returns to Lonny and tells him that, Lonnie recovers.
Billy Carver will have a brief career as a superhero, ironically named Thunderbolt.
You may also note that in the second scan above, one of the gang members is called Turk. Somewhere along the way this will be made the retroactive first appearance of the Turk that debuts in Frank Miller's Daredevil run.
A decent story with nice interaction between Daredevil and the Black Panther, but it doesn't really get to the issues that the Black Panther was raising in his Avengers appearance.
Quality Rating: C+
Chronological Placement Considerations: The Black Panther appears here between Avengers #81-82. Daredevil also next appears in Avengers #82.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: Jungle Action #23
Although I'm pretty dubious of the "radicals are actually fraudulent thugs" trope - especially when deployed by white liberal writers - it's worth it to point to real examples for reference, In case people weren't aware of the Philadelphia Black Mafia, operating exactly during this era, that was totally their m.o.: http://www.wikiwand.com/en/Black_Mafia
Posted by: cullen | December 19, 2014 4:17 PM
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