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1906: Daredevil #112 (v1)

" Death of a Nation? "
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Daredevil #112 (v1)
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Editor-in-Chief: Roy Thomas
Cover Artists: Gil Kane
Writers: Steve Gerber
Pencilers: Gene Colan
Inkers: Frank Giacoia
Colourists: Petra Scotese (Goldberg)
Letterers: Annette Kawecki
Editors: Roy Thomas
Cover Date: August 1974
Release Date: April 1974
Story Arc: -
Pages: 18
Cover Price: $0.25
Times Read: 224                 Times Rated: 146
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Universes:   Earth-616  
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Daredevil #110 (v1)
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Daredevil #112 (v1)
Defenders #13 (v1)
Defenders #14 (v1)
1904: Daredevil
#110 (v1)
1905: Daredevil
#111 (v1)
1907: Defenders
#13 (v1)
1908: Defenders
#14 (v1)
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Issue Blurb
Finally all is in readiness, Mandrill and Black Spectre stand poised to execute one of the greatest coup's in history. Now if only that nuisance Daredevil would take a hint...
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
Daredevil last appeared in Daredevil #111 (v1). Daredevil next appears in Marvel Team-Up #25 (v1).
Supporting Characters
  The Black Widow
The Black Widow last appeared in Daredevil #111 (v1). The Black Widow next appears in Daredevil #113 (v1).
  Shanna the She-Devil
Shanna the She-Devil last appeared in Daredevil #111 (v1). Shanna the She-Devil next appears in Daredevil #113 (v1).
  Foggy Nelson
Foggy Nelson last appeared in Daredevil #111 (v1). Foggy Nelson next appears in Marvel Team-Up #25 (v1).
  Robert O'Hara
Robert O'Hara last appeared in Daredevil #111 (v1). Robert O'Hara next appears in Daredevil #113 (v1).
Mandrill last appeared in Daredevil #111 (v1). Mandrill next appears in Defenders #79 (v1).
Nekra last appeared in Daredevil #111 (v1). Nekra next appears in Spider-Woman #13 (v1).
Group Appearances
Black Spectre
Black Spectre last appeared in Daredevil #111 (v1). Black Spectre next appears in The Punisher #9 (v8).
San Francisco Police Department
San Francisco Police Department last appeared in Daredevil #111 (v1). San Francisco Police Department next appears in Ghost Rider #7 (v2).
United States Military
United States Military last appeared in Fantastic Four #139 (v1). United States Military next appears in Incredible Hulk #173 (v1).
Equipment, Items & Vehicles
Daredevil's Billy Club
Daredevil's Billy Club last appeared in Daredevil #111 (v1). Daredevil's Billy Club next appears in Marvel Team-Up #25 (v1).
Black Widow's Gauntlets
Black Widow's Gauntlets last appeared in Daredevil #111 (v1). Black Widow's Gauntlets next appears in Daredevil #114 (v1).
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Issue Review
   February 9, 2015
Satisfying end to the story arc. Good mix of action and shrewd political commentary/observation. Particularly liked the opening: A description of what’s happening to the proverbial “innocent bystanders” from Daredevil’s perspective. Clever. Effective. 9/10
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  skalchemist Says:    
  2014-02-11 00:24:24  
  Wow, that run of Daredevil was perhaps the worst yet.  

  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2015-04-28 21:15:41  
  I really enjoyed this run. I think the writers took a few chances on the plot and it paid off.  

  duncanm Says:    
  2015-08-08 16:36:38  
  Soooo...why is Widow's hair blue on the cover? Heck. why is she even on the cover any more? It's been nearly a dozen issues since she's done anything but cameo.
After talking about the dangers of walking the streets of New York last issue, here they actually showed the repercussions, and yeah it's pretty much as gruesome as I thought. However now I'm left wondering what happened after that giant ship exploded over downtown DC.
I like that they addressed the reason that nobody else came to stop the invading army, but you'd think that every two bit crook would use the "hidden nukes" story to keep from being interfered with.
I wonder if this was the story they had in mind all along, or after Shanna's cancellation they made this move to introduce her to a larger audience and gauge the potential interest.

  Magik_Rune Says:    
  2015-11-26 10:49:40  
  So the army could easily stop Mandrill but didn't, because public relations? Yeah...

Oh, and fun fact: Widow probably killed more civilians than Mandrill by making his airship explode over the city.

  gumchewspit Says:    
  2016-06-25 01:05:18  
  The list of pele, friend and foe, that know DD's identity just keeps growing. Which is funny, given the ridiculous plots Mike, I mean Matt, concocts to keep that secret.  

  dadoodoflow Says:    
  2017-06-29 10:38:36  
  That’s crazy that the antennae kills people, true to life, but wasn’t expecting that. Did they back-off this kind of carnage later, my sense is that in the 80s the antennae would have miraculously missed everyone?

Why is no other super-hero getting involved?
And just like that Foggy tells me why

Aww, man I was hoping that the Mandrill statue was a flying ship, that would have been awesome

I think that double splash of Black Spectre and the Mandrill statue on the White House lawn is how some people saw the Obama years. It is an amazing image. Four stars just for that.
That was a wild story arc, each h piece was o but taken all together it was pretty fun. Why is this not collected (other than anachronistic views on race?)?

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  Russ Says:    
  2017-09-13 19:23:06  
  Recommended listening for this story, and this arc: "Hatred (A Duet)" by the Kinks. Seems appropriate that this is also one of the last things the Davies brothers did together.

I'm inclined to agree with @TheAmazingGatorMan here; some of these Daredevil arcs, this one included, seems to take some wild chances. And while some of them tend to fall flat, the ones that don't end up better than they should've. The Mandrill/Black Spectre arc is an excellent example of the latter.

So, a psychological shock breaks the Widow free of Mandrill's influence? Kind of a stretch there, unless Natasha's Widow training made it a little easier to shake the mind control free. Other than that, there was no real reason the Mandrill should've swayed the Widow so easily. Nor was there an explanation for how Shanna was resistant to said control.

The Avengers and the Fantastic Four unavailable? Let's go to the map....

- The Avengers were likely in New York at the time of this story. They'd stopped a Thanos-ordered invasion in Avengers #125.

- The Fantastic Four were also in New York, having recently stopped Dr. Doom and a missile that was supposed to "rob everyone of their personalities" (ie, turn people into carbon copies of my ex-girlfriend) in Fantastic Four #143-144. Plus, the Thing was active in this arc, as depicted in Marvel Two-in-One #3 where we also saw Reed.

There might be a hidden story here about the two teams searching for a bomb that may or may not exist while Daredevil, Widow and Shanna were dealing with the main threat. We'd probably get a one-shot of that search if this arc were published today.

3 stars.

  Katryn Says:    
  2017-10-15 07:39:19  
  Damn it, even chained to a table, they still have to have Daredevil save Widow.  

  Allencthulhu Says:    
  2017-12-25 15:32:17  
  You'd think that a guy who can hear a hummingbird from a hundred yards would at least listen for Mandrill's heartbeat.

Two stars.

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   February 11, 2018 TStarnes Added Black Widow[appost]s Gauntlets listing.
   February 11, 2018 TStarnes Added Daredevil[appost]s Billy Club listing.
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   December 11, 2015 TStarnes Added Creator Listing.
   November 22, 2015 fragsel Added San Francisco Police Department to the issue.
   August 4, 2014 Neskit Updated the listing for Nekra.
   August 4, 2014 Neskit Updated the listing for Mandrill.
   August 4, 2014 Neskit Added United States Military to the issue.
   August 4, 2014 Neskit Added Black Spectre to the issue.
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