Daredevil (Vol. 1) #2

Credits:

Cover Date: June 1964

Cover Artists: Jack Kirby, Vince Colletta

“The Evil Menace of Electro!”

Writer: Stan Lee

Penciller: Joe Orlando

Inker: Vince Colletta

What’s Going On?

Daredevil battles Electro, in an adventure that takes him both into space and on a horseback ride!

Details:

  • Nelson & Murdock are hired by the Fantastic Four to do some legal work while they go out of town.

  • Noticing that the FF will be out of town, Electro hatches a plan to steal from their headquarters while they are gone!

  • Karen Page informs Matt about a medical surgery that could restore his eyesight; she had taken it upon herself to ask an eye specialist about his condition. Matt is not enthusiastic because he fears that regaining his eyesight would eliminate his superpowers.

  • Matt goes to inspect the Baxter Building for the FF’s case, but he arrives shortly after Electro. Sensing danger, Matt changes into his Daredevil outfit, just in time to be ambushed by Electro!

  • Electro ends the fight by knocking DD unconscious. He decides to pack the hero into the Fantastic Four’s rocket ship and send him into deep space!

  • Daredevil awakens to find himself in space! He doesn’t waste any time, though; he quickly reverses the rocket’s course and lands safely in Central Park.

  • As Daredevil races back to the Baxter Building, Electro succeeds in cracking Mr. Fantastic’s safe.

  • Daredevil arrives to find Electro ready to leave; since he already has Mr. Fantastic’s papers, Electro wisely chooses to escape, rather than fight. DD gives chase, and they wind up in a theatre. Electro seems to have the upper hand, but Daredevil manages to smother the villain with the stage curtains, which allowed the police to arrest the villain.

  • Matt didn’t have time to review the Fantastic Four’s legal case before they returned from their trip because he was too busy fighting Electro. Nelson & Murdock are fired by the FF for not being fast enough workers.

Is It Good?

No, but it certainly is surreal. There’s a LOT going on here, and very little of it makes sense. You would think that Stan Lee could tell a compelling story set in the Baxter Building, but this story adds a space voyage and a horseback ride through downtown NYC in the middle of a fight. It’s just really weird.

Maybe this would be more acceptable if this sort of wackiness was to be expected on this title, but this is only the second issue, and last issue was a pretty straightforward superhero tale. The art doesn’t help matters, either; Joe Orlando and Vince Colletta’s art is decent, but it doesn’t fit the weird and wacky tone of this story.

Continuity:

  • Electro last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #9. He apparently broke out of prison between appearances.
  • The Fantastic Four are Nelson & Murdock’s first superhero clients.
  • According to an eye expert, Matt Murdock’s blindness is curable with surgery.
  • Reed Richards has safety protocols to prevent non-Fantastic Four members from launching their rocket.

Comics Are Goofy:

  • You’d think a lawyer would know about workplace harassment.

  • “Instant welding”? What is that door made of?

  • For a guy that doesn’t have super-strength, DD sure seems to slingshot that car engine easily enough.

  • I thought Spider-Man villains were mostly street-level thugs, but it looks like Electro might be up for a bit of treason!

  • Stan Lee picks the most random things to defend as plausible.

  • Wow. Just…wow. I know that there is a lot of fantasy and pseudoscience in comic books, but this might be the most ridiculous bullshit Stan Lee ever wrote.

  • This is realistic, because horses respond to precision steering and don’t ever act on their own.

  • This is only slightly less likely than the spaceship landing.

  • It’s good to know your limitations.

Well, That Aged Poorly:

  • Get it? Women care about their appearances? Wokka wokka!

  • “Even though he’s blind…”! How kind of Karen! How long have they known each other, anyway?

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