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1386: Daredevil #86 (v1)

" Once Upon a Time -- The Ox! "
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Daredevil #86 (v1)
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Editor-in-Chief: Roy Thomas
Cover Artists: John Buscema
Writers: Gerry Conway
Pencilers: Gene Colan
Inkers: Tom Palmer
Letterers: Artie Simek
Editors: Stan Lee
Cover Date: April 1972
Release Date: January 1972
Story Arc: -
Pages: 21
Cover Price: $0.20
Times Read: 252                 Times Rated: 171
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Universes:   Earth-616  
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Issue Blurb
The Ox, trapped in the body of Stragg, begins to transform and rampage through the city. Daredevil attempts to stop him as their battle barrels towards an explosive conclusion.
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
Daredevil last appeared in Daredevil #85 (v1). Daredevil next appears in Daredevil #87 (v1).
Supporting Characters
  Foggy Nelson
Foggy Nelson last appeared in Daredevil #85 (v1). Foggy Nelson next appears in Daredevil #87 (v1).
  Karen Page
Karen Page last appeared in Daredevil #85 (v1). Karen Page next appears in Ghost Rider #13 (v2).
  The Black Widow
The Black Widow last appeared in Daredevil #85 (v1). The Black Widow next appears in Daredevil #87 (v1).
  Ivan Petrovitch
Ivan Petrovitch last appeared in Daredevil #85 (v1). Ivan Petrovitch next appears in Daredevil #87 (v1).
  Phil Hichock
Phil Hichock last appeared in Daredevil #85 (v1).
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Robert in the mainstream continuity.
  Michi Taylor
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Michi Taylor in the mainstream continuity.
  The Ox
The Ox last appeared in Daredevil #15 (v1). The Ox next appears in Untold Tales of Spider-Man #8.
Equipment, Items & Vehicles
Daredevil's Billy Club
Daredevil's Billy Club last appeared in Daredevil #85 (v1). Daredevil's Billy Club next appears in Daredevil #87 (v1).
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Issue Review
   July 16, 2015
Between all the broken hearts in the soap opera of Matt’s life, and the pain & confusion of the bad guy, Daredevil #86 is a very sad.
The stuff between Matt and Karen Page is particularly well-written, I feel. It feels quite honest and real.
As for The Ox/Stragg… his tale/death is also one guaranteed to touch the reader. All told, this is great work from Gerry Conway and Gene Colan. 10/10
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  Kez Says:    
  2012-06-17 05:19:55  
  Wow, Black Widow really gets taken for a ride in this. She just sits around waiting while he decides whether he wants her or not.  

  Calthor Says:    
  2012-08-29 10:03:35  
  The television intro was really good, but that was really about it, unfortunately...  

  Wady Says:    
  2012-10-30 19:05:29  
  Too much drama an dnot enough action still a nice way to tie a loose end with the Ox  

  chrys Says:    
  2013-06-03 00:04:24  
  So they bombarded the Ox with radiation until he only had a few weeks left and then they released him among the public, because, you know, radiation is so much fun.  

  skalchemist Says:    
  2013-10-13 01:13:31  
  The only thing that would have made this story would have Natasha breaking Matt's arm when holds out his hand to her, and them getting into her limo and driving away.  

  leisch Says:    
  2014-02-06 16:28:08  
  Are we finally rid of Karen? I know she has a return in the Miller era, but is this it for a while?  

  CrangTheCimmerian Says:    
  2014-05-25 23:39:33  
  Ivan should appear at the end, slap Natasha in the face a few times, break Matt's nose, arms and legs and kick Stan, Gerry and Gene out of comic books industry.
I would rather read Mike Murdock adventures, or Fantastic Four #24 one hundred times than this.

  CrangTheCimmerian Says:    
  2014-11-18 00:29:52  
  I returned to comments for this issue to start my "the rape of..."
I call it The Rape of the Black Widow.

  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2015-02-01 12:09:37  
  I've gotten drunk to forget women quite a few times. Never in my life have I wanted to get drunk to forget a comic book until now. This issue just raped my mind... Excuse me while I chug this bottle of vodka...  

  specialque Says:    
  2015-02-13 07:54:52  
  Conway writes women as if one had just broken up with him. I did like the Ox story, but the relationship drama here is somehow worse than it's ever been, because now instead of it being Matt and Karen, Conway saw fit to ruin the Black Widow as well.  

  duncanm Says:    
  2015-02-17 21:40:00  
  And just like that, all the female cred that Marvel gained with the Black Widow was flushed down the drain. I really hope she rides him for it for as long as they're together. At least we're done with Karen for a looooong time.
Anyone else think that there should be a bigger problem at the end due to the fact that a radioactive guy just blew up?

  phogbear @ duncanm (original post):    
  2015-09-20 15:14:20  
  My brian kept screaming fallout radiation, another part was thinking about all the lawsuits from the release of the OX.

They were drowned out from the cheers of 3 years without Karen.

  Locust75 Says:    
  2016-04-06 18:27:23  
  Just 1 star for the poor treatment of the Widow and Ox!!

Jailbird - How did Dr. Stragg/Ox end up back in prison? At the end of DD #15 he was able to walk away!!

No Prize - Phil Hichock changes to Phil Kingston for this issue!

Double Jeopardy - Dr. Stragg in DD #15 was imprisoned for endangering lives with his experiments. Now it's for killing his wife!!

'Nuff Said - "Can't you see yet--it's over? You owe him zero, sweetheart."-Ivan

  Katryn Says:    
  2017-02-12 07:07:08  
  Ivan has generally annoyed me as a patronising arse, but damn it if the Widow didn't deserve it this issue. I just wanted her to start bitch slapping people left, right and centre.  

  Russ Says:    
  2017-03-05 14:26:24  
  Bad issue. Horrible. In one sense, I had to admire Natasha for taking the high road when it was clear to her that Matt was going back to Karen. But I'm with everyone else; She should've mopped the floor with Matt's face. You all know what they say about a woman scorned, and it takes serious balls to scorn a woman like Natasha the way Matt did.

So if they knew Ox/Stragg was treated with "pharmaceutical isotopes," didn't it occur to that smart-apple warden to maybe try out a Geiger counter on him to make sure he wasn't dangerous to the general public before he was released? And when he blew up? I think that's one city block (or twenty five) that will go unoccupied for a long long time.

1 star. I understand this story was intended to end the Matt/Karen relationship for all time, and Karen left the series until well into the Frank Miller era. But could it have been done in a way that didn't assassinate Natasha's dignity?

  benmason486 Says:    
  2018-01-31 15:21:21  
  I like Black Widow and wish her the best. I don't like Daredevil at this point; I'm sure that will change in time. However, I do want to see Widow straight up destroy Murdock for his treatment.

I'm glad the Karen thing is done.

Why did the doctor transmogrify into the Incredible Exploding Ox? That's not how neurology nor anatomy work.

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   February 6, 2018 TStarnes Added Daredevil[appost]s Billy Club listing.
   February 6, 2018 TStarnes
   February 6, 2018 TStarnes
   December 5, 2017 fragsel Added Michi Taylor to the issue.
   December 5, 2017 fragsel Added Robert to the issue.
   October 18, 2015 fragsel Added Phil Hichock to the issue.
   September 26, 2014 Robareid Changed comic details.
   March 9, 2014 jfpj1991 Added blurb for this issue.
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