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Daredevil, Vol. 1 (Marvel Masterworks) Paperback – July 14, 2010

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel (July 14, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 078514563X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785145639
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.5 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,260,493 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It is very nice to have the first smashing stories with DD even though I would have appreciated even more to have an omnibus with maybe 1100 pages like FF and Spiderman. Well, Wood's stories are here and the beginning when the character looked for identity...... nuff said!
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Marvel Masterworks are a great way to get Silver Age stories without paying the high prices for the original 1960's issues. I have gotten the "Essentials" books but those reprints are just black and white while the Masterworks are in color. I wanted the Daredevil volume one edition to have the first ten issues. I actually have issues 12 through 27 of the original comics so this helped fill in the gap. There is nothing like having the actual comics (with the ads and the letter pages) but Marvel Masterworks is an economical way of getting the stories (and pin-ups, etc.). As for the Daredevil sotories in this first volume, the stories are a little "stiff" and the artwork is not my favorite (When John Romita took over with Issue # 12, I thought the series improved greatly) but it is good background and you can see how the character developed.
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Those of you who are only familiar with this character after his grim `n' gritty makeover by Frank Miller in the mid-80s (or, god forbid, that awful 2003 movie) are in for a special treat. You will be surprised to find out that back in the day ol' Horn Head was a happy-go-lucky swashbuckler.

For those of you new to the rodeo, Daredevil is actually Matt Murdock. He has a super-sensitive radar sense thanks to the accident that stole his sight when he was a kid. He also likes to run around in tights and beat up criminals.

Enough back story, here's the rundown:

#1 - This one has it all... blinding by radioactive isotopes, Battlin' Murdock, the Fixer, the intro of Foggy Nelson and Karen Page, and the garish red-and-yellow costume. At this point in time Spider-Man was very popular and this story is clearly leveraging that popularity (Stan even admits it right on the cover)! The similarities in the characters are striking if you think about it. His powers come from an accident involving radioactivity. He has an extra sense that gives him an edge in fighting crime. And his initial motive for becoming a superhero is the death of a close relative. Hey, if the formula works, don't mess with it.

#2 - Speaking of leveraging Spider-Man, here is exhibit B. In this issue Daredevil steals a supervillain right from underneath ol' Webhead (much like he'd do to the Kingpin several years later)! The Fantastic Four need their lease reviewed and contact Matt and Foggy for help. At this time, Stan was operating under the rule that all law was the same, so now Matt becomes the expert in real estate contract law. Well, it's a good enough reason to get Daredevil to the Baxter Building where he battles Electro. Stan also treats Daredevil's radar sense as an all purpose plot-solver.
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This volume collects the first eleven issues of Daredevil. His origin is told. His original costume of yellow and later his more famous red one are both revealed. Supporting characters like Foggy Nelson and Karen Page are introduced. Some great battles against foes like Electro and Namor are in these early issues. I am not a huge fan of Daredevil, but I was certainly entertained by these issues, written by the great Stan Lee. Overall, I was very satisfied with this and I would recommend it to any comic book fan.
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The only reason. I had to go with 4 stars instead of 5 was the blatant misogyny in the writing. It was enough to make me cringe and then laugh. It was the times I know. Overall I love the art and the classic, if sometimes cheesy, stories.
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Not a gimmick. Plenty of original thought went into the exploration and development of a super hero, who at first "sight" is handicapped. Marvel at its best.
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Very cool stories from the original year. Wally Wood's artwork was particularly awesome.
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