Sunday, April 22, 2012

Daredevil #163 (March 1980)

Title: Blind Alley
Cover: Frank Miller, Joe Rubinstein
Writer: Roger Mckenzie
Penciler: Frank Miller
Inker: Klaus Janson, Joe Rubinstein
Colorist: Glynis Wein
Letterer: Jim Novak
Editors: Dennis Oneil, Mary Jo Duffy
Editor-in-Chief: Jim Shooter
Cover Price: $0.40
Cover Date: March 1980
Release Date: December 1979
Synopsis: Matt Murdock attends a black-tie fundraiser for district attorney Blake Tower where all the talk is about recent sightings of the Hulk in New York. Matt bumps into his ex Heather Glenn with her new boyfriend and rudely excuses himself to the balcony when his heightened senses detect a disturbance outside. After sending Foggy Nelson to find him a cocktail, Matt leaves and tracks down the Hulk in a nearby alley. Still in his civilian guise, Matt pleads with the brute to calm down and the Hulk eventually transforms back to Bruce Banner. Matt brings Banner back to his apartment where he spends the night and sends him on his way the next morning after offering legal assistance which Banner rejects. Banner takes the subway to the Port Authority with plans to take a bus out of town, but the combination claustrophobia and an altercation with another passenger triggers his transformation into the Hulk. Matt senses the Hulk’s return and changes into his Daredevil costume and tries to stop the monster. Neither reason nor force are successful with the Hulk, who shrugs off his blows and hurls him to a nearby rooftop. Daredevil knows he is outmatched and considers fleeing, but faces his responsibility as a hero and returns to the fray. As Daily Bugle reporter Ben Urich watches the scene, he notices Heather Glenn in the crowd and hears her call Matt’s name, realizing as the puzzle pieces fall into place that Matt Murdock is Daredevil! The man without fear goes toe-to-toe with the Hulk in a heroic but futile attempt to stop the behemoth, leaving the hero alive, but bloodied and broken in the street as the Hulk leaps away in a confused and sad rage. To be continued next issue in The Daredevil Exposé!

Source: Kraalo Archives, Marvel Comics

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