Cover Date: October 1965
Cover Artist: Wally Wood
“While the City Sleeps!”
Plotters: Bob Powell, Wally Wood
Scripter: Wally Wood
Pencillers: Bob Powell (layouts), Wally Wood
Inker: Wally Wood
What’s Going On?
Daredevil must fight against the Organizer and his Ani-Men!
- Some random career criminals find themselves summoned by someone called the Organizer. He’s got big plans in store, and offers them an excellent deal: do the crimes that the Organizer plans out, and they get to keep all of the loot for themselves!
- The Organizer communicates with his underlings only through video, and doesn’t share his master plan with them. He does, however, give them colorful animal-themed costumes and plan a series of nearly simultaneous crimes for them to commit.
- Meanwhile, Foggy Nelson has been picked by a new political party to run for District Attorney. Matt is a little suspicious of this new party’s motives.
- On a publicity cruise for the Reform Party, Matt overhears a radio transmission from the Organizer, planning an attack on the boat! But…why would someone on that boat want to sabotage the Reform Party?
- After foiling an attack on Abner Jonas, the Reform Party mayoral candidate, Matt dives into the water in attempt to apprehend the attacker. However, the Frog Man is too well-prepared and makes his escape.
- Daredevil proceeded to prevent the Bird Man from robbing the Reform Party the next day, although he failed to capture the Bird.
- The Organizer comes up with a new plan: make DD a wanted outlaw, so he can’t interfere with his plots. It doesn’t take long for Daredevil to unwittingly help Cat Man rob a bank in public.
- Their next move is to kidnap Deborah Harris from a Reform Party gathering.
- DD manages to capture the Cat Man, though, and the villain is arrested.
- Daredevil tracks the villains to their headquarters, where he learns that Deborah wasn’t kidnapped —- she is part of the team! They plan on holding her “hostage” to make Foggy do their bidding. Daredevil realizes that he will have to “rescue” Deborah, whether she likes it or not.
- To be continued…!
Is It Good?
It’s not really that good. I’ll give Wally Wood credit for introducing a multi-chapter mystery to this title —- we haven’t seen that yet —- but the plot is dull and convoluted. The bad guys aren’t terribly interesting and most of them echo other Marvel villains. I’m still not very impressed by the artwork, either. I don’t dislike it, but Wood is a famous artist and I’m not seeing why yet.
It does seem strange that the whole “bad guys discredit the heroes instead of fighting them” plot shows up in this issue (written by Wood) and in Avengers #21 (written by Stan Lee).
- Wally Wood is the first artist in Marvel’s Silver Age to receive a scripting credit.
- This is the first appearance of Deborah Harris, Foggy’s junior high school sweetheart. She and Foggy begin dating in this issue, although she has ulterior motives. Their relationship appears to make Karen jealous.
- This is the first appearance of the Organizer. He appears to be a master planner, with money to spare and connections to the Reform Party.
- This is the first appearance of the Ani-Men, although they are not called that in this issue. Their names aren’t hyphenated in this issue either, but I’m using the Marvel Wiki as a reference point. Cat-Man (Townshend Horgan) has a suit with infra-red goggles (to better see in the dark) and “blackout bombs” that temporarily short-circuit electronics. Frog-Man (Francois le Blanc) has a scuba suit that might have other, fancier, attributes. Bird-Man (Henry Hawk) has a suit that allows him to fly. Ape-Man (Gordon “Monk” Keefer) has a suit that…I’m not quite sure what it does; maybe it gives him extra strength, or better grips?
- Ape-Man actually first appeared (without a costume) as a thug in Avengers #12; it’s not explicitly the same guy…but they’re both heavies named Monk. It’s a nice bit of continuity.
- We have a diagram of the Organizer’s headquarters! It seems odd to have the entire elevator shaft filled with water, but it’s a nice evil lair nonetheless!
Comics Are Goofy:
- Masks: useful for hiding your true identity…except when they show off your very distinctive facial hair.
- Maybe because the wealthy prey on the less fortunate? Oh man, could DD be a Commie? He’s already wearing red…!
- I realize that Matt’s suspicions are later proved to be valid, but it sure does seem like he just can’t fathom anyone wanting Foggy around for his expertise or personality.
- I like that no one is concerned about the blind man who went overboard. It’s almost as good as Daredevil deciding to mingle with the crowd without changing back into the tuxedo he left in the water.
- Cat Man doesn’t seem very bright.