Daredevil annual #1
Issue(s): Daredevil annual #1
Gladiator? Ok, that's cool.
Stilt-Man. Hrmm. Umm. Ok.
Leap-Frog? Uh. Wow.
Who? The Matador?!?
Well, we'll make do with what we've got. Actually Daredevil has to pop some pills to get through it.
You know it's totally just a party for Daredevil because Electro actually had Daredevil beat right in the beginning but instead of just killing him or whatever, he ran away so that he could do it again properly.
And in the end, they let him tie them all up with some wire and pretend like it actually means something.
It was a valiant effort, but it didn't work. Matt Murdock is still pining for Karen. Oh Karen. Oh oh oh Karen my darling Karen.
A back-up feature shows Gene Colan showing up at Stan Lee's house for a plotting session.
Quality Rating: C-
Chronological Placement Considerations: The MCP places this between Daredevil #34-35.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
The weird thing is that this annual is the first time Zemo is referred to as BARON Zemo.
Posted by: Michael | December 20, 2012 11:33 PM
Well considering the first time this sort of team was done we had idiots like Leap-Frog and the Matador with them barely introduced, seeing Typhoid Mary's group not too long after introduction feels like an obvious upgrade.
Posted by: Ataru320 | July 10, 2014 9:34 PM
Is DD stashing pills in his billy-club?
Posted by: Cullen | July 10, 2014 11:14 PM
Cullen, just in case that isn't a rhetorical question, in the early days Daredevil used to stash all sorts of crazy stuff in his club. Tape recorders, smoke bombs, window shades. I think this is the only time we see the "nutrition capsules".
Posted by: fnord12 | July 11, 2014 9:59 AM
Thanks - that's what it looked like, but wanted to be sure.
That's not even getting into all the other things the club is supposed to be able to do (extend, shoot a rope to swing from, etc.). I'm guessing at some point a handbook or bonus page gave us a cutaway view demonstrating how this all "works." Maybe not, though!
Posted by: Cullen | July 11, 2014 1:57 PM
Someone commissioned John Byrne to do a reimagining of this issue's cover back in 2010.
Have a look:
Posted by: Rick | February 16, 2016 3:58 PM
Wow, that's so very odd that the first time Zemo was ever actually referred to as "Baron" was in a humorous back-up story that ran in, of all places, the first Daredevil annual, published over two years after the character died, and that this was almost certainly due to Stan Lee's notoriously bad memory causing him to forget that the character had only ever been referred to as "Doctor Zemo" while he was still alive.
Posted by: Ben Herman | August 9, 2016 8:48 PM
So, just recently, DD has been beaten and (inexplicably) spared from death by the Cobra and Mr. Hyde (2x), the Beetle, and now Electro. At this rate, Mike Murdock's upcoming "death" should be no surprise, at all.
And I bet Matt/Mike/DD is taking some whackier pills than just "nutrition capsules". A drug problem would explain quite a bit of his recent actions, I'm thinking.
Posted by: Dan Spector | September 2, 2016 11:53 PM
Supervillains don't think like normal people or even normal criminals; if they did, they wouldn't become supervillains in the first place.
Posted by: Omar Karindu | September 3, 2016 8:27 AM
This was actually an entertaining story but you missed an important (so to speak) detail. The Matador has his cloak, he thinks, draped over DD and runs him through only to find that he has mortally wounded the Leapfrog. Well not mortally but pretty badly because the Leapfrog is not seen again until his son becomes Frog-Man in Marvel Team-Up so it obviously took a long time to recover.
Posted by: Bobby Sisemore | November 12, 2016 9:02 PM
@Bobby- he's next seen again in Defenders 62-64. Still, you're right- a pretty long time.
Posted by: Michael | November 27, 2016 11:51 AM
It's like Stan Lee recycled the first Spider-Man annual when Webhead took on the Sinister Six: Tailor the story for DD, borrow Electro since they faced off in issue #2 (Is there a member of Spidey's Rogues' Gallery Daredevil HASN'T fought?), then subtract by one and make it the "Furious Five" (with apologies to Grandmaster Flash).
Posted by: Brian Coffey | June 18, 2017 12:14 AM
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