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I Love Ya But You’re Strange – That Time Jann Wenner Interviewed Daredevil

Every week, I will spotlight strange but ultimately endearing comic stories (basically, we’re talking lots and lots of Silver Age comic books). Here is the archive of all the installments of this feature.

Today we take a look at a classic meeting between Daredevil and…Jann Wenner?!?!

The issue, written by Steve Gerber and drawn by Gene Colan and John Tartaglione, takes place in San Francisco as Daredevil returns to the city…while FLYING A PLANE!!!

What’s odder? Him flying a plane or him complaining about his “soulpain”?

Daredevil stops some thugs…

and discovers that they were accosting Jann Wenner, publisher of Rolling Stone magazine (then still headquartered in San Francisco)!

DD agrees to give Jann an interview (I love the slight cultural clash)…

The majority of the book is just a recounting of Daredevil’s origin (this issue continued from an issue of Avengers, so Gerber likely felt that they needed to fill people in on DD now that he had some extra attention from Avengers readers).

Then there is this big speech from DD to Wenner…

Of course, half of the thing was a mass hallucination caused by a new villain, Angar the Screamer, but hey, who’s counting?

If I recall correctly, Colan did not have a picture of Wenner when he drew the issue, just going with a general description of the man by Gerber. It turned out to be quite accurate when all was said and done!


I hope that plane has a dial that tells DD if there’s another plane or a mountain right in front of him.

Angar the Screamer is one of those classic names, like Man-Thing or Black Goliath.

I think I’m going to start a band called Soulpain.

It’s a quinjet, they’ll be a pre programmed auto pilot!

I’ve heard of radar sense….

“The majority of the book is just a recounting of Daredevil’s origin (this issue continued from an issue of Avengers, so Gerber likely felt that they needed to fill people in on DD now that he had some extra attention from Avengers readers).”

That, plus it was an anniversary issue (#100), and Marvel tended to make them “special” by rehashing origins, or having a lot of guest stars/villains, or whatever.

At the time, I thought the Avengers crossover was a device to get Black Widow (who was then featured as part of the book’s title — on the cover, if not in the indicia) out of the book long enough that DD could have the 100th issue all to himself. She was with Avengers for all of an issue (Avengers #112) before returning to DD in issue #101.

“I didn’t think the counter culture was interested…”

Oh wait, this was 1973, when Rolling Stone was still counter-cultural. Last time I read it, I think it was primarily a fashion/lifestyle magazine.

I wonder what Wenner thought of this issue.

Gerber had an unusual idea of how capable Matt’s radar sense is. In one issue, Matt can tell that the Mandrill is not a human wearing an ape mask, like Ape-Man, but a superhuman who looks like an ape, just by using his radar sense (i.e. without using his sense of smell or touching his face).If Gerber thought that Matt’s radar sense could tell the difference between a real face and a realistic looking mask, then he probably thought that it could enable him to fly a plane.

That may be an Avengers plane but it’s definitely not a Quinjet, which would be much bigger and able to seat at least FIVE heroes (a quintet). Maybe it’s a duojet? And a European one at that, since it has the pilot’s seat on the right side! I wonder if all the gauges are metric? Oops, he overshot the whole city!

I wonder if Colan just drew a random builiding or if he had a photo reference for the then-Rolling Stone headquarters, because I was in Frisco yesterday and that building looks really familiar. Specifically, I’m pretty sure I’ve seen that horned-clock thing hanging over the lobby door.

Steve Gerber wrote Daredevil? Holy cow, I never knew. Must possess his run!!

DD was an Avenger for a short while back then. I know folks keep thinking that he just became one for the first time when he joined the New Avengers. But back then they picked him instead of taking back Hawkeye (which made Hawkeye angry). I do believe it was Widow who got DD in.

Raz: I think you’re mistaken. After helping the Avengers fight Magneto in Avengers #111, DD and Black Widow were offered membership, but DD turned it down. Because his radar sense was a secret, his reasons for declining were in thought balloons: he felt that operating in a large group would mess with his radar sense, making him less effective. He was surprised when Black Widow accepted the invitation, and he went home to San Francisco without her (hence the “soulpain” he was experiencing while flying home in the quinjet). Although Natasha had been a frequent guest star in the Avengers in the role of Hawkeye’s girlfriend circa issues 40-50 (including the introduction of Red Guardian, who turned out to be her ex-husband), she was never an actual member until #111. After just one adventure with the Avengers, Natasha went back to San Francisco to be with Daredevil. The recent run of New Avengers is the first time DD has joined the club.

Emanuel Ravelli

April 15, 2012 at 3:09 pm

And the plane he was “flying” was indeed auto-piloted, from the Black Panther (an active member at the time).

Page two makes me realize I would very much like to have watched Anne Robinson dismiss weakest links by shattering their noses like lightbulbs dropped on concrete. Also, if at all possible, while wearing a green denim ensemble like Wenner’s.

Gerber said he never really felt comfortable in his first year doing Daredevil; he asked Englehart for help and the Avengers cross-over was part of it. He also did a third Thanos Saga tie-in (he wrote the issue of Iron Man where Moondragon first appears [as “Madame MacEvil”] as well as the Marvel Feature issue where the Thing and Iron Man battle the Blood Brothers) and then used the brief DD/Moondragon romance from those issues (they shared consciousness; it was a thing) to have him doubt his relationship with Natasha and eventually move back to New York.

After that, he seemed more settled, and the NY-based stories were stronger. Props for the Mandrill story and the creation of Deathstalker there. But not one of his better runs, overall.

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