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A Year of Cool Comic Book Moments – Day 333

Here is the latest cool comic book moment in our year-long look at one cool comic book moment a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the moments posted so far!

Today we take a look at a couple of seminal moments in Daredevil history, courtesy of Stan Lee and Bill Everett!

In Daredevil #1, we learn of the complicated relationship between young Matt Murdock and his father, Battlin’ Jack Murdock…

This is the genesis of Daredevil, basically, right here.

Impressive ideas by Lee and Everett.

Isn’t it interesting that Matt was in his early 20s when his father died? That has been ret-conned, right?

“The” moment for me is either Matt saving the old man or his father deciding to win the fight anyways. I’m leaning towards the latter! How about you?

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We can all be thankful that Matt’s act of bravery gave rise to…the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

“The bike” in his training regimen looks really uncomfortable.

His father winning the fight is the moment. He may have sold out, but Jack Murdock only did that so his son could have a fighting chance. Knowing the consequences, Jack wanted his son to be proud of him one last time.

Man, they really waste no time. You don’t even see the radioactive barrel fall out of the truck–! And Matt’s so damn cheery. They’d retcon the hell out of that, too.

Apparently, in the Marvel Universe, you’re allowed to practice law as soon as you graduate from college. No law school, no messy bar exams. Nice gig, if you can get it.

This issue is really funny because Matt says on at least three different occasions “now for my last bluff” or variations on the same. This is why Marvel eventually insisted on having separate editors and writers on a book (well, and because of Steve Gerber’s general insanity).

I never knew he was helping a blind man when he got struck.
This is the best-scripted of any of the Stan Lee origin stories I’ve seen. Usually the dialogue is very stiff and things progress at a very rapid and jerky way. This still progresses rapidly and it’s all exposition, but it really seems to flow more evenly than Spider-Man or the Fantastic Four did. I wonder if Bill Everett deserves some of the credit for that.

Am I the only one who finds it a bit jarring to see smiling people and bright colors in a Daredevil story?

I think what’s most surprising is the time which goes by in the story. Jack sells out while Matt is in high school (and Matt gets his powers then as well). A vague amount of time later, Jack gets killed. Some time later, Matt graduates, and decides to bring his dad’s killer to justice.
Either Jack working for the fixer for years, or Matt waits years for justice on Jack’s death. Either is surprising.

That said, good story! Surprising amount of work done by exposition.

i would pick where Matt saves the man and the accident that causes him to gain the senses that make him becme dare devil

I dunno, I always figured the timeline as Matt’s accident being maybe his last year of high school and his dad getting killed his first year of college, but I really have no idea what’s in continuity these days.

What the…? That looks like one of those overly-recombobulated-and-cleaned-up recent reprints.

(Looks quite a bit different from the version in my old copy of “Son Of Origins” anyway. Not sure how much I care for that sort of thing…)

I was thinking that it was one of the most polished looking Silver Age books I’ve ever seen.

Bill Everett has some great art there.

It is not uncommon now, or even in the 60s, for 3-6 months to go between fights – especially if someone is working their way up through the ranks of contenders. So, given that there are at least 6 papers in the pile of sports pages, and the one on the bottom (presumably the oldest) refers to “Another KO for Murdock), would indicate at least 7 fights under The Fixer, before the fateful last fight. So, that looks to be at least 2 years, and probably closer to 4-6 years. Considering the apparent aptitude of MM in his studies, 6 years would be more than enough to get through college and post-grad law school (and at the top of his class, no less).

Whether that is happy coincidence or attention to detail, you be the judge.

Amazing how many retcons were added to this, but the basic story hasn’t changed much…

Well I hope things work out between Matt and this Karen Page woman. She looks like a stable, clean kinda girl.

I was also surprised that they didn’t show the barrell or isotope or whatever it is actually strike Matt.

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