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Essential Daredevil, Vol. 1 (Marvel Essentials) (v. 1) Paperback – October 30, 2002


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  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel (October 30, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785118616
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785118619
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 6.5 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #957,366 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stan Lee is a man who needs no introduction. Nevertheless: Having begun his career with wartime Timely Comics and staying the course throughout the Atlas era, Stan the Man made comic-book history with Fantastic Four #1, harbinger of a bold new perspective in story writing that endures to this day. With some of the industry's greatest artists, he introduced hero after hero in Incredible Hulk, Amazing Spider-Man, X-Men and more -- forming a shared universe for rival publishers to measure themselves against. After an almost literal lifetime of writing and editing, Lee entered new entertainment fields and earned Marvel one opportunity after another. He remains one of Marvel's best-known public representatives.

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Marvel Comics certainly hit a gold mine with their "Essentials" collection.
Dude
The Essential itself is pretty much the establishment of Daredevil and the series trying to find it's footing but overall it's filled with some fun stories.
Draven
From Bill Everett to Bob Powell to Wally Wood to Gene Colan, Daredevil had some of the best art of the early Marvel Comics years.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Yumyum on April 14, 2007
Format: Paperback
It's a given that the early FF and Spiderman hold up well, but I was surprised to see that Daredevil fares well. Having only read one of these early issues(number 8 with Stiltman), I didn't have the highest expectations. Maybe it was just because I've been so comic deprived these past couple months in college, but it didn't take long for me to see things through Matt Murdock's...eyes.

The early issues with Joe Orlando hold their own, but when Wally Wood comes around with Sub-mariner it gets even better. John Romita's first appearance in issue 12 with Ka-zar also improves upon his predecessor. There is nothing here that is going to take your breath away, but if villains such as the Owl, Gladiator, Electro, and the Fixer give you a warm fuzzy feeling, or at least some sort of memory, you need to have this. If you haven't really experienced the silver age of comics yet, you're probably better off starting with ol' Spidey and the FF first.

The major problem I have with these early issues is not so much the lack of originality or redundancy, it's the cliche love triangle and occasional inconsistencies. The first 3 issues show promise, with Matt aloof and uninterested in Karen's feelings towards him. But in the next issue, Stan Lee decides to make him into an old softie, something that really clashes with DD and Matt. The inconsistencies are more forgivable, sloppy mistakes, such as when Foggy later mentions his proposal to Karen that was turned down, when in fact he never went through with asking her in the first place. Ah well, the meat of what's here is still great, and will go great between Captain America and Defenders Essentials on your shelf.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JBG on July 4, 2006
Format: Paperback
Another excellent item from Essential Series. Even if it is in black and white only, it is wonderful to read again these first issues of Daredevil. What a difference with stories of the present day ! In a Stan Lee story, we find action, caracter's personnality development, intelligent and super-powered vilain. It is not the case in the news stories, developped in more trouble situation, dark and where the hero is not the hero sometimes, with a lot of violence not justified.

Drawings are simple, but dynamic, in the first part. But with Gene Colan as penciler, what a pleasure! Daredevil is really born with Gene.
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I was born too late to buy the original, old-school comics, But I think this is suitable. Although I would have enjoyed the collection in color, reading them in black and white is OK as well. Also I liked Wallace Wood's Daredevil, because his style was smooth and not as sketchy as the eariler artists. Theirs were very good also, but Mr.Wood's was my favorite. I guess what I found particularly amusing was that unlike in the new comics (which I admit I have not read a lot of) Daredevil is a little more...how do I put this delicately...goofy? Not quite Spiderman goofy, (I swear he has ADD,) but he does chatter during battle. D.D also admits to himself once that sometimes he sounds corny.

I also see a kind of theme with these heroes. The guys with medical/health problems, Matt Murdock and Tony Stark, fall in love with their seceritaries! And then they come up with a reason why they can't be with the aforementioned beautiful secretary like 'I'm blind and my best friend loves her anyway' or '...I've got a heart condition...'Spiderman's probably the only one with an actual girlfriend!

Matt's friend Foggy isn't really anyone to complain about. A normal, superhero's best buddy guy. Karen isn't much different than Foggy, except she's not male. Even so, they're interesting enough characters.

The reason I gave Vol.1 4 stars is the assortment of 'villans'. To be honest, probably half of them are just plain stupid. Stiltman? Leap Frog? PURPLE MAN?!? Don't get me stated on him. Get the Purple Man together with some other Marvel villians like Mr.Doll (Iron Man), The Unicorn (X-Men), and Mysterio (Spiderman), and you've got the Effeminant Four! Anyhow, ignoring my rant, thre are some villians that are all right and some anti-heroes (The Sub Mariner& Ka-Zar, namely) that were definately appreciated after the Purple Man. If you miss the good old days when comics didn't take themselves that seriously I'd recommend this as a good read.
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This is a good book. It has great art, and the characters in it are pretty cool, especially people like Owl, Stilt-Man, Mister Fear, Electro, and Gladiator. Plus, it shows Daredevil's origin and his earliest and most surprising appearences and fights, including a fight with the one and only Spider-Man. It is a good collection, and it is a must have for any Daredevil lover. However, I can't give it 5 stars because it didn't have any of my top 3 favorite DD villains of all time in it-Mr. Hyde, my # 3 favorite, Kingpin, my # 2 favorite, and of course Bullseye, my # 1 favorite-none of those top and classic baddies were in this book. Otherwise, though, it is a nice piece of work and I like it quite a bit. It's one of the best Daredevil comics I'll ever own.
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From Bill Everett to Bob Powell to Wally Wood to Gene Colan, Daredevil had some of the best art of the early Marvel Comics years. Great villains, fun stories - read 'em all!
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By Adam on September 22, 2013
Format: Paperback
One of my favorite episodes of Spider-man: The Animated Series featured the character Daredevil, a blind New York City Attorney with amazing physical powers through the use of his other senses.

It turns out my local library system had the Essential Daredevil, Vol. 1 containing his first twenty-five issues from the 1960s.

So below are my thoughts:

Origin: Matt Murdoch loses his sight in accident while trying to save a blind man from being hit. Due to radioactive material, he not only develops stronger senses as is typical with blind people but also extremely enhanced senses that also completely compensate for sight giving him a sort of radar vision among other things.

Murdoch's father, a boxer, is murdered for not fixing a fight. But he has urged Matt not to make his living with his fists. Matt honors his father's wishes and graduates from Law School but is unable to focus on his work until his father's brought to justice. He designs the Daredevil costume. He'd been teased by kids in school as a "Daredevil" and adopted that name. He set out to find his father's killer and took care of that in Issue #1. And thus begins a long career of crimefighting.

The Supporting Cast: Foggy Nelson, his law partner and Murdoch are in love with the same girl, their secretary Karen Page. Karen cares more for both Daredevil and Murdoch than Nelson. Foggy is a somewhat insecure and vain character, although he can be heroic in a pinch. In one arch, Spider-man sees Daredevil going into Murdoch and Nelson's office and concludes that Foggy is Daredevil because it couldn't possibly be the blind guy. Foggy than tries to subtly convince Karen he's Daredevil, putting their lives at risk.

Karen tends to be a little irritating.
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