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Daredevil #11, Dec. 1965

Daredevil #11, Dec. 1965

Stan Lee, writer
Wally Wood, inker
Bobby Powell, penciler
Sammy Rosen, letterer

So last issue, Wally Wood decided to try his hand at writing and came up with the most complicated, obfusticated, terrible story ever. Obviously Stan the Man had to come back in here and do some serious damage control… and amazingly he made it kinda work. A lot of stuff happens in this issue, and they just flat-out ignore some of the things that happened in the last one, but yeah, he more or less salvaged the story.

The big question is who is the Organizer, and how is he involved with the Reform Party, the third party that has nominated Foggy Nelson for DA. They set a trap for the Organizer by telling the three honchos of the party that they have evidence who the Organizer is in their safe, and when it gets robbed they know for sure it’s one of those three guys. Daredevil finds one of his henchmen, Frog Man, knocks him out, then switches costumes with him. He returns to the Organizer’s hideout dressed as Frog Man and uses the costume’s built-in camera to broadcast the baddie to every TV in the city… for some reason. The cops come by, but the Organizer and his two remaining henchmen, Bird Man and Ape Man, get away.

The next day, Ape Man and Bird Man kidnap one of the candidates so they can take him to the Organizer, but they’re interrupted by Daredevil, who eventually manages to beat them. It turns out that the kidnappee was the Organizer all along, and Daredevil could tell because he forgot to take off his huge, gaudy gold ring when he was in disguise as the Organizer. You idiot.

Thank god this story got wrapped up, because it was really dumb. The idea of adding political intrigue into a Daredevil plot is not a bad one in theory, but there couldn’t have possibly been a worse application of it than in this story. Also, they advertise that the next issue is going to have a whole new storyline and a new artist. Ouch, guess Wally really fucked up. The art in this issue is great, just don’t let the dude write anything.

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Daredevil #10, Oct. 1965

Daredevil #10, Oct. 1965

Exquisite editing by: Stan Lee
Lustrous layouts by: Bob Powell
Stunning script and art by: Wally Wood
Lots of lettering by: Artie Simek

This is… just the worst. They let Wally Wood write this issue, and nothing against the guy, but there’s a really good reason why this never happened again. At least I hope to god they had better sense than to let another mess like this happen.

A masked man called “the Organizer” starts “the Organization” which are made up of four crooks in animal costumes. There’s Frog Man (Frog le Blanc), Ape Man (Monk Keefer), Bird Man (Henry Hawk) and Cat Man (who’s name isn’t given, but it’s probably something like Cat Cattington). They use their super powers built into their costumes to make it look like they’re picking on the Reform Party, so as to drum up sympathy from the public towards the political third party.

Daredevil is always there every time they commit a crime, however, despite the fact that there’s no reason whatsoever for him to do this. He’s especially invested in the case because the Reform Party has nominated Foggy Nelson as district attorney, and all of a sudden Matt Murdock fucking hates his friend and wants him to fail, disguising it under the pretense of it “feeling wrong”.

I know it must’ve been exhausting for Stan Lee to write ten full-length comic books a month, but see what happens when he slacks off? You might be able to get away with that when it comes to Steve Ditko, but he actually had a really good grasp on how people interact with each other. This comic reads like a fifth grader’s fan script for Daredevil, with no concept of existing character traits or any sort of continuity. Again, nothing against Wally Wood, but this is fucking terrible.