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Here is the latest in our year-long look at one cool comic (whether it be a self-contained work, an ongoing comic or a run on a long-running title that featured multiple creative teams on it over the years) a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the comics posted so far!
Today we take a look at the classic first confrontation between Daredevil and Namor in Daredevil #7 by Stan Lee and Wally Wood!!!
This is the “battle against unbelievable odds” that all future “battle against unbelievable odds” has been measured against ever since it first came out (Ditko’s “struggle against unbelievable odds” from Amazing #33 still counts as a separate thing – here I’m talking strictly battles between two characters).
First off, what a splash page to open up!! Wood at his best…
Then, the clever idea behind the issue – Namor SUING the surface world!!
Naturally, things don’t go according to plan, and Daredevil decides he needs to get involved. And here’s the REALLY interesting thing about this issue. Despite being an amazing issue, it also is the FIRST appearance of Daredevil’s NEW costume!!! How cool of a coincidence is that?!!?
Anyhow, the rest of the issue is spent with Daredevil fighting a two-front battle. On the one hand, he is trying to convince the army and the authorities to let HIM bring Namor in (to cut down on property damage and injuries to innocents) and on the other hand, he is trying to get Namor to RESPECT the law of the surface world, and if he can’t do that, he will have to do his best to bring in the powerhouse who is a WHOLE lot more powerful than Daredevil…
Isn’t that brilliant stuff?
And Lee, of course, manages to throw in some soap opera stuff at the very end, just for kicks.
But boy, this is really one of the most powerful issues from the Silver Age of Marvel, and it is amazing to see that it does not involve either of the two most famous Silver Age Marvel artists, Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko. That’s how amazing Wally Wood was – he was right up there with two of the greatest artists in comics history.
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