Characters Appearing: Black Widow, Danny French, Daredevil, Electro, Foggy Nelson, Ivan Petrovitch, Paul Carson, Robert 'Ironguts' O'Hara
Issue(s): Daredevil #87
The watchful, disapproving Ivan watches over everything they do, however, so they're forced to take separate rooms.
It's a strange new city, full of a new supporting cast including police lieutenant Paul Carson and police chief Robert "Ironguts" O'Hara, who doesn't think much of superheroes...
...and Danny French, a weirdo friend of the Black Widow's.
But luckily Electro is in town to make Daredevil feel at home.
At least, i think it's Electro.
I guess his original mask is too outrageous for the rest of the country, but this version is not an improvement.
This issue does help with my little pet theory that outside of New York City, super-villains typically have free reign. Electro is in town for "rest" and "to get away from the creep Spider-Man" and he says "Frisco has yet to be educated in matters of super-villainy".
Daredevil theorizes that Electro is "schizo" because he's alternating between villain high-speak ("perverse Baroque english") and street slang, but i think that's actually just peer pressure. Electro has hung around Doc Ock and knows what he's supposed to sound like but he doesn't quite have the knack for it.
Electro manages to escape (soaring away on a bolt of lightning!)...
...and meanwhile the Widow is rattled by the arrival of Danny French.
An editor response in the lettercol wonders why no one ever writes in to ask anything about Ivan, and then says that they're going to tell us all about him next issue anyway:
And come on, folks - hasn't anyone got the slightest interest in just who this fella Ivan is? So far, our slang-tossing Russian has been around for almost two years, and no one has ever questioned his relationship with the mysterious Madame Natasha! (And in case you haven't guessed, all of that's just a lead-in to our next mind-boggling issue! Oh, sometimes we're so devious we surprise even ourselves!)
It's weird how Ivan, textbook third wheel (or fifth+ wheel when he "joins" the Champions) managed to hang around so long as a character when the 1970s Marvel audience apparently had about as much interest in him as i do.
The past two issues of Daredevil have been relatively focused for Gerry Conway, but that's about to change with the introduction of Danny French and the dire Project Four plotline.
Quality Rating: C
Chronological Placement Considerations: Pushed back a bit in publication time to get Daredevil #88 prior to Hulk #151-153.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
I wonder why Marvel moved DD to San Francisco. Why remove him from the other New York superheroes? Did they think it would lead to different stories? Was it just part of the shake up designed to get more interest in the book?
Posted by: Chris | March 3, 2013 2:16 PM
I like that Colan draws that awesome picture of the GG Bridge and Conway basically scripts over it "meh".
Posted by: S | March 3, 2013 4:11 PM
This was a great run, an underrated, unappreciated run. The "meh" over the grand image of the Golden Gate is to depict Murdock as a man adrift, aloof. It was the mood he carried. The move to San Francisco was a deliberate effort to develop a more politically, culturally relevant voice of the times.
Posted by: Jack | May 23, 2013 12:29 AM
It's not like Matt can see the view from the top of GGB to appreciate it.
Posted by: kveto | October 12, 2017 12:05 PM
I like Gene Colan but I don't think I like a single one of his character designs. This Electro costume is just not good.
Posted by: bigvis497 | November 22, 2017 11:12 AM
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