Sunday, November 13, 2011

Daredevil #162 (January 1980)

Title: Requiem for a Pug!
Cover: Steve Ditko
Writer: Michael Fleisher
Penciler: Steve Ditko
Inker: Steve Ditko
Colorist: Petra Goldberg
Letterers: Jim Novak
Editor: Al Milgrom
Editor-in-Chief: Jim Shooter
Cover Price: $0.40
Cover Date: January 1980
Release Date: October 1979
Synopsis:  Matt Murdock loses consciousness in an alley shortly after preventing a nuclear meltdown at a laboratory in New York as his alter-ego Daredevil.  The Man Without Fear awakes with no memory or knowledge of who he is, but soon prevents a jewelry store robbery, impressing a small-time crime boss with his fighting skills, who convinces the amnesiac Murdock to become a boxer. In a story that plays out along the lines of Daredevil #1(1964), Murdock refuses to take a dive when his boss fixes the fight and his trainer is shot by a bullet meant as a reprisal for the hero.  Murdock regains his memory at that traumatic moment and justice is soon served for the thugs.  This issue is notable for its classic artwork by Steve Ditko who channels his early Spider-Man style in a showing that compares favorably with much of his other 1980s-vintage work.  Of note, this issue is included in the Marvel Visionaries: Steve Ditko hardcover alongside some of his definitive work for Marvel.

Source: Kraalo Archives, Marvel Comics

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