Monday, September 26, 2011

Marvel History Post 131: Daredevil # 1

Issue: Daredevil # 1
Writer: Stan Lee
Artist: Bill Everett
Publication Date: April 1964

Another month, another all time classic character for Stan Lee.  This time it's Daredevil, the man without fear, sporting his sexy yellow duds.  And how does this new hero make his astonishing debut?!?  He...breaks up a gambling game.

Interestingly enough, the moment on which Daredevil's entire fate turns is when he does a good deed.  By pushing a man out of harm's way, he ends up making contact with a radioactive chemical, losing his sight, becoming Daredevil, blah blah blah. 

And yet, in the case of Spider-Man, it is his inaction that determines his fate.  Spider-Man already has powers when he lets the criminal go who will eventually murder Uncle Ben, but his refusal to do a good deed is what leads him down the path of becoming a hero later on, as he realizes the error of his ways. 

Perhaps the nature of the Marvel Universe is more capricious than we are prone to credit it.

Favorite Panel(s): Look how much Marvel mythos you can establish in just two little panels.

Next: Fantastic Four # 25