After a month of spotlighting the strange (if endearingly strange) history of comic books (and especially the Silver Age), I think it is worthwhile to show the comic books of the Silver Age that are simply great stories period. Here is an archive of all the Silver Age comics features so far!
Today we take a look at the classic first confrontation between Daredevil and Namor in Daredevil #7 by Stan Lee and Wally Wood!!!
This is the “battle against unbelievable odds” that all future “battle against unbelievable odds” have been measured against ever since it first came out (Ditko’s “struggle against unbelievable odds” from Amazing #33 still counts as a separate thing – here I’m talking strictly battles between two characters).
First off, what a splash page to open up!! Wood at his best…
Then, the clever idea behind the issue – Namor SUING the surface world!!
Naturally, things don’t go according to plan, and Daredevil decides he needs to get involved. And here’s the REALLY interesting thing about this issue. Despite being an amazing issue, it also is the FIRST appearance of Daredevil’s NEW costume!!! How cool of a coincidence is that?!!?
Anyhow, the rest of the issue is spent with Daredevil fighting a two-front battle. On the one hand, he is trying to convince the army and the authorities to let HIM bring Namor in (to cut down on property damage and injuries to innocents) and on the other hand, he is trying to get Namor to RESPECT the law of the surface world, and if he can’t do that, he will have to do his best to bring in the powerhouse who is a WHOLE lot more powerful than Daredevil…
Isn’t that brilliant stuff?
And Lee, of course, manages to throw in some soap opera stuff at the very end, just for kicks.
But boy, this is really one of the most powerful issues Marvel had up until this point in the Silver Age, and it is amazing to see that it does not involve either of the two most famous Silver Age Marvel artists, Jack Kirby or Steve Ditko. That’s how amazing Wally Wood was – he was right up there with two of the greatest artists in comics history.