> Daredevil Masterworks Volume 3

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From the Mouths of the Marvels:

"He...defeated us...as though we are...children..!...He is everything the legends say about him...and more!"

-- The words of a couple freshly beaten foreign guerillas, taken down in quick order by ol' Hornhead, p. 4

Gene the Dean composes a moody setpiece, with Daredevil sizing up how he's to use his inimitable skills to reach Ka-Zar's castle unnoticed.

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Daredevil #24
January 1967 • 20 pages

Script: Stan Lee • Letters: Sam Rosen
Pencils: Gene Colan • Inks: Frank Giacoia

Title: “The Mystery of the Midnight Stalker!”

First Appearance: Lord Mayor Honeywell

Villain/Origin recap: Plunderer

Guest Appearance: Ka-Zar, Zabu, Lord Mayor Honeywell

Cameo: Foggy Nelson, Karen Page

Innovations: Nerve Belt Ray

Letters Page: Page OnePage Two

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Synopsis: While tramping across Europe, after being turned loose from captivity by the Maggia (see LAST ISSUE), Daredevil comes face-to-face with a band of armed guerillas. They try to shake him down for money, but DD fights back and in no time, the legend of the Man Without Fear has become very real to the brigands. Shortly after dispatching the violent crew, DD comes across their private plane, overpowers the armed guard, and flies off* to England to catch a jet plane proper.

After arriving in Britan, DD tries to figure out his next move. He comes across a newspaper article discussing a bunch of strange crimes in which Ka-Zar was implicated as the perpetrator- which the local media has referred to as the Midnight Stalker. Set upon by police officials for questioning in a rash of predatory attacks by a bare foot man and a giant cat, he has barricaded himself inside his castle and refused to allow entry. DD is moved to help him in any way he can. As Ka-Zar peers down from the ramparts of the castle keep that is his inheritance, DD tries to figure out a way to get past the gathered crowd of police, reporters and bystanders, as well as a freshly arrived militia brandishing rifles.

Ka-Zar yells from above that he will fight to the death, for he is innocent. DD lashes his cable around a nearby tree and leaps past the gunfire of the militia and jumps into the castle. Ka-Zar interprets his friend's surprise arrival as some sort of betrayal, and he and Zabu attack! After a few moments tussling back and forth, DD has an epiphany on how to get to the bottom of this. He races into a room where he is able to place a quick phone call, then "plays a hunch" by getting Ka-Zar to chase him up to the castle rampart, cajoling him into picking him up in anger and throwing him down into the moat. When he does this, DD grabs Ka-Zar and pulls him down with him. As they hit the water and float quickly down under, they both spot a submarine resting in the water!

Ka-Zar watches DD as he opens the hatch to the sub, and curiously follows his friend inside, where they see the real culprit- Ka-Zar's brother, Parnival- the Plunderer! Ka-Zar realizes that DD is really on his side, and together they overpower the Plunderer's flunkies. The Plunderer grabs his Nerve Bolt Ray and fires at them, but both men duck out of the way, and a well-placed throw of DD's billy clob knocks the villain out. The sub rises to the surface, and DD and Ka-Zar hand him over to the police, explaining that the Plunderer made it appear through fakery that Ka-Zar and his tiger were responsible for terrorizing the county. He had placed a call to Parnival Plunder's jail earlier and found out that he had recently escaped, so he knew that the bad guy would stop at nothing to steal his brother's fortune.

Daredevil is able to fly back to New York with financial assistance from Ka-Zar. Meanwhile, Karen opens a letter from Spider-Man addressed to Matt Murdock, in which Spidey reveals that he knows Daredevil's real identity as the blind lawyer!

* (To save you the trouble of writing scathing letters to us, we'll explain here and how how the sightless DD can pilot a plane! He feels the vibrations of the needles and dials within the instrument panel, and his own natural radar sense takes care of the rest! - - Sly ol' Stan!)

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Issues Reprinted
Daredevil #22-32, King-Size Special #1

Click on cover image to learn more about each issue.


DD #22

DD #23

DD #24

DD #25

DD #26

DD #27

DD #28

DD #29

DD #30

DD #31

DD #32

Spec. #1


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