- 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: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,616,197 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Essential Daredevil, Vol. 1 (Marvel Essentials) (v. 1) Paperback – October 30, 2002
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Drawings are simple, but dynamic, in the first part. But with Gene Colan as penciler, what a pleasure! Daredevil is really born with Gene.
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.Read more ›
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.
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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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!Published on April 9, 2014 by Richard Rogers
Marvel Comics certainly hit a gold mine with their "Essentials" collection. Especially among comic collectors. Read morePublished on August 26, 2010 by Dude
Daredevil is a character that I never read. Not that I hated him or anything I just wasn't really interested in his stories until I picked up Daredevil: Born Again and I knew I had... Read morePublished on July 5, 2010 by Dylan Luciano
It is truly a treat to read these Marvel Essentials. Daredevil is a blind crime fighter who fights using every sense but eye sight. Read morePublished on May 24, 2010 by Abraham Afzal
I'll admit that there is no use in denying that this review will be permeated with complete bias; though what can I say it was Daredevil that brought me into the wonderful world of... Read morePublished on September 24, 2009 by Draven
Do you like fancy New York locales? Melodramatic villians who defy the laws of physics? Secretaries with sweet beehive hairdos and unrequited romantic attractions? Read morePublished on July 18, 2008 by anonymous
After reading this collection I find it unremarkable and possibly forgettable. Yet, there were a couple of memorable stories--mainly memorable because of some humorous angle, not... Read morePublished on May 26, 2008 by Amazon Customer