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1728: Daredevil #103 (v1)

" ...Then Came Ramrod! "
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Daredevil #103 (v1)
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Editor-in-Chief: Roy Thomas
Cover Artists: Don Heck, John Romita Sr.
Writers: Steve Gerber
Pencilers: Don Heck
Inkers: Sal Trapani
Colourists: George Roussos
Letterers: Artie Simek
Editors: Roy Thomas
Cover Date: September 1973
Release Date: June 1973
Story Arc: -
Pages: 19
Cover Price: $0.20
Times Read: 282                 Times Rated: 183
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Universes:   Earth-616  
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Hero for Hire #13
Marvel Team-Up #12 (v1)
Daredevil #103 (v1)
Marvel Team-Up #13 (v1)
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Issue Blurb
After a run in with the Werewolf, Peter Parker looks up DD and the Widow to get his interview for the Bugle. However, they hardly have time to finish their introductions before a Juggernaut wannabe makes the scene.
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
Daredevil last appeared in Daredevil #102 (v1). Daredevil next appears in Daredevil #104 (v1).
  The Black Widow
The Black Widow last appeared in Daredevil #102 (v1). The Black Widow next appears in Daredevil #104 (v1).
Supporting Characters
  Ivan Petrovitch
Ivan Petrovitch last appeared in Daredevil #101 (v1). Ivan Petrovitch next appears in Daredevil #104 (v1).
  Mysterious Character
Mysterious Character last appeared in Iron Man #54 (v1). Mysterious Character next appears in Daredevil #105 (v1).
Spider-Man last appeared in Marvel Team-Up #12 (v1). Spider-Man next appears in Marvel Team-Up #13 (v1).
  Mysterious Character
Mysterious Character last appeared in Daredevil #101 (v1). Mysterious Character next appears in Daredevil #104 (v1).
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Ramrod in the mainstream continuity. Ramrod next appears in Daredevil #105 (v1).
Group Appearances
Daily Bugle
Daily Bugle last appeared in Hero for Hire #12. Daily Bugle next appears in Hero for Hire #14.
Equipment, Items & Vehicles
Daredevil's Billy Club
Daredevil's Billy Club last appeared in Daredevil #102 (v1). Daredevil's Billy Club next appears in Daredevil #104 (v1).
Black Widow's Gauntlets
Black Widow's Gauntlets last appeared in Daredevil #102 (v1). Black Widow's Gauntlets next appears in Daredevil #104 (v1).
Web-Shooters last appeared in Marvel Team-Up #12 (v1). Web-Shooters next appears in Marvel Team-Up #13 (v1).
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Issue Review
   September 15, 2013
#103 co-stars Spider-Man (but in a logical way) and Steve Gerber writes a wall-to-wall action issue with lots of story, too. The script hints at an ongoing story arc, and the baddie is more interesting, and likable, than you'd expect. Really enjoyable. 9/10
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  Redsvetz Says:    
  2012-06-24 10:10:28  
  Is Ramrod a prototype of Wolverine? I think so. Len Wein probably realized the enhanced skeleton and blue collar attitude were good concepts and further fleshed out the idea with ol' Wolvie. Maybe?  

  Kez Says:    
  2012-10-22 16:23:28  
  So does DD know Spider-Man's identity at this point? He certainly should after this issue. I seem to remember it coming up once before, though.  

  leisch Says:    
  2014-02-17 08:50:55  
  An extra star for Spidey. Ramrod is the latest in a string of very lame villains in the secondary titles. A couple references to DC tropes in this issue, so I assume the folks in the Marvel Universe read DC comics along with their "fictionalized exploits" of the MU heroes.  

  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2015-04-06 17:15:32  
  I thought DD sensed Peter's heartbeat in earlier issues and knew he was Spidey.  

  duncanm Says:    
  2015-06-03 16:39:01  
  Yeah DD knows Spidey is Parker, just another reason this issue was a dud. No story to speak of, just a big fight over papers. And Ramrod makes no sense. If all they did was replace his skeleton with steel, then at the rest of his is still flesh so he would still easily be hurt. Driving his fingers into the wall to climb it would result in the skin from said fingers being shorn off, and his brain and organs would have turned to mush from that fall.  

  VirtualAdept Says:    
  2015-09-14 02:36:39  
  The line about "a catch other heroes only dream of" was harsh. I was like Damn, spider-man is right there man...  

  MattDog37 Says:    
  2016-04-05 17:25:58  
  Don Heck does not draw a very good Spider-Man.  

  Durango55 @ duncanm (original post):    
  2016-07-21 11:07:08  
  I just assumed Ramrod's mysterious benefactors hid the full extent of the enhancements they performed, especially seeing his reaction once he awoke.  

  dadoodoflow Says:    
  2017-05-10 08:09:56  
  - That title! Of course it's Gerber, the man who will bring us Giant-Size Man-Thing!

- I imagine Ramrod being played by Ernest Borgnine "Moider?" (11:9) Which makes DD & BW a Hart to Hart remake II could live with.

- Maybe Mike & Matt Murdock can remake Simon & Simon?

- At first read this is not a great comic, but it kept me reading and interested all the way through. Ramrod was actually interesting. I think Heck hurts the issue, but almost fits the "I ain't nuttin but a comic book" humbleness of the whole package. Gerber keeps making parallels with Ramrod and Superman which I don't have an answer for yet. Thinking about there were a bunch of weird subtle bits that made this a valid place to start thinking about ideas about super dude narratives, or at least Gerber's super dude narratives, that I haven't quite put my finger on yet.

  skabeaters Says:    
  2017-05-23 03:57:58  
  Car Ramrod!  

  Locust75 Says:    
  2017-06-18 09:29:44  
  2 stars for us poor readers being ramrodded into reading another issue of Daredevil!!!

Secondary Mutation - DD wishes he had x-ray vision...even though he just used it last issue!!! (DD #102)

No Prize - They gave Peter blue eyes!!!

Distance - @VitualAdept: Don't worry, Spidey was several blocks away!!!

Tear It Up - Well, I guess Ramrod can always team-up with Ramrod from Iron Man #36-37 and start a demolition business!!!

'Nuff Said - "Easy, Ramrod, easy...!"-Daredevil

  Russ Says:    
  2017-06-29 07:47:12  
  Hmmm, so Peter Parker's a reporter now, in addition to being a photographer. I guess being on the Bugle staff makes a guy get tasked out for other things.

After all the weird stories Daredevil and the Widow have been in lately, this one was actually a breath of fresh air. Straightforward fight issue, albeit I'm not real impressed with the villain, but fun nonetheless.

Since Daredevil's and Spidey's powers both are based on radioactivity, wouldn't that "thing" in Ramrod's head hurt him as he got close to them? I'm guessing there's something else that led him to those papers and his employers gave him a story about it. Meh, good enough.

2 stars, but I'd give it 2 1/2 under a half-star rating system. Wasn't horrible, wasn't great. But that's been the entire Daredevil series at its best so far.

  Katryn Says:    
  2017-07-19 08:22:27  
  I thought Spidey had also worked out that DD was Matt. I guess it didn't come up in this one regardless.  

  gloomyharvester Says:    
  2017-10-24 16:25:23  
  "His face must be his vulnerable spot!"

Probably should have started there.

  Marksman Says:    
  2018-03-31 23:10:58  
  Ramrod reminds of the old Bullet Man action figure from the 70s.  

  dadoodoflow @ Marksman (original post):    
  2018-04-01 06:34:17  
  Bullet Man!  

  JonahBlack Says:    
  2018-04-06 15:22:54  
  Are we pretending that Spidey and DD are in the same league, power wise, now?  

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Marvel Masterworks: Marvel Team-Up, Volume 2
This collection includes Marvel Team-Up #12 (v1), Marvel Team-Up #13 (v1), Marvel Team-Up #14 (v1), Daredevil #103 (v1), Marvel Team-Up #15 (v1), Marvel Team-Up #16 (v1), Marvel Team-Up #17 (v1), Marvel Team-Up #18 (v1), Marvel Team-Up #19 (v1), Marvel Team-Up #20 (v1), Marvel Team-Up #21 (v1), Marvel Team-Up #22 (v1)
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