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From the Mouths of the Marvels:

"I don't have to be a prophet to know that I'm about to take a hand in a fatal game - - where the stakes are lifeand death! But, no matter what danger awaits Matt Murdock, Daredevil will be there to see him thru!"

-- Matt Murdock, p. 11

A nice splash page of some early "Daredevil noir" by Gene "The Dean" Colan!

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Daredevil #20
September 1966 • 20 pages

Script: Stan Lee • Letters: Artie Simek
Pencils: Gene Colan
Inks: Mike Esposito (credited as Mickey Demeo)

Title: “The Verdict Is: Death!”

Villain: The Owl

First Appearance: Judge Lewis

Guest Appearance: Judge Lewis, Karen Page, Foggy Nelson

Letters Page: Page OnePage Two

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Synopsis: Daredevil returns from an evening patrol to find a bunch of thugs waiting for him in his office. As they rush him, they tell him they're there to grab Matt Murdock, and they're not going to let Daredevil stand in their way. DD manages to push them around enough to where they run away. He presumes they're going to head over to Matt Murdock's apartment next, so he beats them over there by leaping across the rooftops. Just as he reaches the window ledge at his apartment, he hears them gaining entry inside. Daredevil decides to allow them to kidnap him so he can find out who their boss is, so he changes into his civilian clothes and goes from the ledge back inside the apartment, then surrenders to the thugs.

Karen and Foggy curiously wonder what has happened to their blind friend when he seems to have disappeared. Little do they know he's being transported by plane to a remote island hideout on a volcanic piece of rock, home to the evil Owl! From inside his aerie, the Owl sees the plane approach, and rallies his assistants to prepare to hold a trial against Judge Lewis, the man who sentenced him to prison after his last battle with Daredevil (see DD #3.) In his insane way, the Owl wants to pursue his own brand of justice, by persecuting those who tried to bring him to justice!

They welcome Matt Murdock into the aerie, and explain to him that he is going to serve as defense attorney for Judge Lewis in this kangaroo court. He has gathered an assemblage of cons, all of whom Judge Lewis had also put away for jail terms, to act as jury. As Matt Murdock tries to gauge his surroundings and figure a way out, he tries to continue dialogue to buy time. He realizes the only way out is to bring Daredevil into the mix, and so Matt Murdock demands that he be able to go find witnesses to speak on Judge Lewis' behalf. The Owl cackles with delight about Murdock's naive request, and allows him to go search the island all he wants for a witness, but to return in five minutes time or the trial will start without him.

As he exits the "courtroom", Murdock feels part of the ceiling crumble from over him. He thinks little of it, and heads outside, while the Owl and the thugs are sure Murdock, the blind man, will meet his doom outside in the dangerous landscape of the Owl's volcanic island. But minutes later, they are shocked to see Daredevil burst through the door! He explains that he tagged along when he saw Murdock kidnaped, and has made sure the blind attorney is safe outside. He starts dispatching all of the Owl's goons with haste. The Owl tosses onto the floor a box of billiard balls that keep DD off balance, allowing the Owl to position him underneath one of his bird cages. He presses a button and the cage falls down to the floor, imprisoning Daredevil. The Owl declares that he has been added to the trial along with Judge Lewis, and that the verdict is death!

(continued in DD #21)

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Issues Reprinted
Daredevil #12-21

Click on cover image to learn more about each issue.


DD #12

DD #13

DD #14

DD #15

DD #16

DD #17

DD #18

DD #19

DD #20

DD #21


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