In every installment of “If I Pass This Way Again,” we look at odd comic book plot points that were rarely (sometimes NEVER!) mentioned again after they were first introduced.
Reader Steve R. wrote in with another fascinating topic. This time, we look at Daredevil's surprising history of being able to "feel" different colors.
One of the most amusing things about the early years of Daredevil was the fact that, in a lot of ways, his earliest costume was almost a hint that Daredevil was, in fact, a blind guys, as his original costume looked like the sort of thing that a blind guy would throw together as it really was an uninspiring choice of colors and what Matt Murdock ended up choosing didn't really blend particularly well. It's a fairly garish looking costume, to be frank...
Luckily, just seven issues into the series, the legendary Wallace Wood stepped in and came up with the new and iconic look that Daredevil would use for the next thirty years (before an ill-fated detour into battle armor that luckily only lasted for a year or so before ol' Hornhead headed back to the classic clogs)...
However, while Daredevil's original costume sure looked like a guy who didn't know what color his costume was (you could imagine him asking people, "What do I look like? Do I look cool? Oh...really? Maybe something in red?"), that was actually not the case!
In Daredevil #1 (by Bill Everett, Stan Lee and Steve Ditko), we see that Matt Murdock (who, by the way, we should note obviously lost his sight when he was old enough to know what colors were, so he can at least know what red looks like when someone says "red" to him) actually CAN feel different colors!
It's hilarious that he mentions that he can feel colors, so that would allow him to blend different colors together and then he very much does not blend the colors in his costume together at all!
You would think that that would be it for Daredevil being able to feel colors, but it actually popped up again five years later in Daredevil #60 (by Roy Thomas, Gene Colan and Syd Shores). Something else that you have to know about comic book superheroes is that they can all throw together a beautiful disguise in, like, a minute tops. There was a Stan Lee/Gene Colan Captain America story that saw Captain America use MUD to fashion himself a serviceable face mask that would fool other people. JUST MUD FROM THE GROUND! Where did Captain America get such a skill? How is that not used more frequently?!
In any event, when Daredevil is putting together his disguise, he notes that he can feel color...
You would think that this would have to be it for Daredevil and his color sensing, but there is one more significant example a-coming!