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363: Daredevil #8 (v1)

" The Stiltman Cometh! "
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Daredevil #8 (v1)
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Editor-in-Chief: Stan Lee
Cover Artists: Wallace Wood
Writers: Stan Lee
Pencilers: Wallace Wood
Inkers: Wallace Wood
Letterers: Sam Rosen
Editors: Stan Lee
Cover Date: June 1965
Release Date: April 1965
Story Arc: -
Pages: 20
Cover Price: $0.12
Times Read: 717                 Times Rated: 397
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Tales to Astonish #74b (v1)
Amazing Spider-Man #25 (v1)
Daredevil #8 (v1)
Amazing Spider-Man #26 (v1)
Amazing Spider-Man #27 (v1)
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A new villain by the name of Stiltman has been causing havoc in the city. Will Dardevil be able to stop the menance, or will he fall?
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
Daredevil last appeared in Fantastic Four #40 (v1). Daredevil next appears in Daredevil #9 (v1).
Supporting Characters
  Foggy Nelson
Foggy Nelson last appeared in Daredevil #7 (v1). Foggy Nelson next appears in Daredevil #9 (v1).
  Karen Page
Karen Page last appeared in Daredevil #7 (v1). Karen Page next appears in Daredevil #9 (v1).
  Carl Kaxton
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Carl Kaxton in the mainstream continuity. Carl Kaxton next appears in Daredevil #102 (v1).
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Stilt-Man in the mainstream continuity. Stilt-Man next appears in Daredevil #26 (v1).
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New York Police Department
New York Police Department last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #25 (v1). New York Police Department next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #27 (v1).
Equipment, Items & Vehicles
Stilt-Suit next appears in Daredevil #26 (v1).
Daredevil's Billy Club
Daredevil's Billy Club last appeared in Fantastic Four #40 (v1). Daredevil's Billy Club next appears in Daredevil #9 (v1).
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  juanito Says:    
  2011-12-03 10:19:11  
  A man on retractable stilts as the super-villain?? Come on!  

  price2606 Says:    
  2012-04-09 17:15:19  
  Stilt-man... seriously? A man with big stilts? That they managed to make THAT last for 21 pages is impressive, that it was really dull is predictable  

  poj-poj Says:    
  2012-05-08 17:21:14  
  This is the worst comic in the order by far! and when i think about some of the ant/giant man comics thats saying ALOT!  

  bigkat5582 Says:    
  2012-07-05 18:38:49  
  Daredevil, in the order up to this point, is by far the most painful to get through. Full length, a bajillion words, terrible villains. At least Ant-Man was only 11 pages!  

  Webslinger Says:    
  2012-08-16 22:39:16  
  And it was super-powers explanation time too. It had so many bad things, but in some sense I can't explain I still had joy on this issue, dear god, 3 stars and I can't understand.  

  specialque Says:    
  2012-10-24 12:49:01  
  Karen is a horrible person, Stiltman is a horrible villain, and this was a horrible issue. This series also has a surprisingly insensitive view of blindness, considering how Daredevil seems to think he doesn't deserve love just because he's blind.  

  chrys Says:    
  2012-12-05 22:50:09  
  This is simply really, really bad. Only bright side is that I learned a new word, stilt.  

  leisch Says:    
  2013-08-05 11:25:06  
  I guess with Paste-Pot Pete becoming the Trapster, Marvel needed a new candidate for "most ridiculous villain".  

  Anonymous Says:    
  2013-09-22 07:41:38  
  I didn't kow the Stiltman's identity, so when it turned out to be Wilbur Day instead of Karl Kaxton, I was really surprised. Other that that - yeah, pretty lame.  

  dpaone Says:    
  2013-12-08 00:02:05  
  Oh no. I couldn't possibly expect her to marry someone that is blind!  

  sputnix Says:    
  2014-01-08 14:16:11  
  This is one of my new favorites of the order. It has everything wrong with DD: a silly villian, drama about being blind, pointless love drama, and silly never used again tools. All these bad things came together so well that I just can't not love this issue, the good art is also a nice touch 5/5.  

  Anonymous Says:    
  2014-02-19 23:12:55  
  I haven't read this yet, but I assume it will be terrible. Here I go.....  

  scottyjrules Says:    
  2014-04-22 02:39:06  
  This one was hyped up as being pretty terrible but I didn't think it was that bad. Stiltman is obviously a ridiculous villain but nowhere near the worst...  

  danberado Says:    
  2014-04-28 00:04:31  
  Reminds me of Jake the dog.  

  marvelcomicslover Says:    
  2014-07-03 19:23:08  
  OK...so Daredevil has a “snooperscope”....ahhh the 60's.
I was actually surprised at the Kaxton / Day ol' switcharoo.
WOW...these Daredevil stories aren't as corny as the Torch or Ant-Man stories....but OMG....are they booooring.

  gloomyharvester Says:    
  2014-07-18 12:31:48  
  Below average but not the worst comic ever. Visually there is some interesting stuff with the stilts, such as the wide vertical angle on some panels, to accommodate Stiltman's height.

Shouldn't Matt's super hearing allow him to recognize a villains voice when he hears him talking out of costume?

Matt and Foggy managed to keep up this poor, struggling lawyer act for decades. Meanwhile he rents a penthouse apartment and the apartment underneath which he has converted into a sound-proofed Batcave and gym. I guess they are only struggling by lawyer standards.

  Locust75 Says:    
  2014-07-27 09:36:46  
  Just 1 star for the 1st app of Stilt Man, and a extra star for the great art!

Cover Me - Nice image of DD, but the tagline...ugh! Still, I think it would be funny if the picture in the newspaper was the same as the cover!!

Mall Cops - The guards use a rifle on Stilt Man when there are two machine guns in the helicopter!!!

Diagrams - I love the details that Wally Wood puts in DD's cane and mask.

Plot Device - Of course, if Wilbur Day didn't involve a lawyer. He wouldn't of been caught so fast.

A Clue - So did Kaxton have a extra pair of stilts just laying in the backyard, or did Day put them out there earlier?

Nothingness - Don't worry, whenever anyone shrinks down, they always wind up in the Microverse. Ready for when the next writer wants to use them!

'Nuff Said - "Keep screaming! Don't stop! Don't stop screaming!"-Sadist Daredevil

  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2014-08-09 09:38:29  
  Up up and away.... Am I the only one who appreciated the stilt man? This was a villain that actually has a good scientific foundation behind his contraption.

I would have gotten away with it if it wasn't for you blamed kids and their blasted Devil.. Great twist at who the stilt man is at the end!

3 stars for a pretty decent Daredevil issue.

  tarheels2302 Says:    
  2014-08-31 16:02:46  
  As terrible as Stilt Man's name is, I didn't hate how he operated. If some other cool villian had the stilts as one of their many tricks it would be way better. I agree about Daredevil being pretty boring all of the way through, but they are only into issue #8 and we've seen the other books take a few issues to get going with a rich enough surrounding cast. 2.5 stars and I'm cutting it a break rounding up 3 stars!  

  MattzLadd Says:    
  2014-09-03 09:44:48  
  I bet that woman was thinking, "WTF Daredevil, do you get a kick out of me screaming or something?"  

  MattzLadd Says:    
  2014-09-03 10:16:49  
  I bet if he wasn't called Stilt-Man, he'd get a lot less hate. He's actually a decent, clever villain with efficient tools. And also he was defeated the same way that Porcupine was back in Astonish, and Dr Doom in FF.

Mayhaps we will see that one Microverse again?

  CosmicCostello Says:    
  2014-10-15 03:16:30  
  I've always liked how Stilt Man looks. This was a boring issue, tho. As sputnix said, it has every bad thing abot pre-Miller DD in it. A waste of Wally Wood art.  

  Bramwell Says:    
  2014-10-16 02:08:51  
  1. Lame villain, unbelievable powers, and a snooperscope. This is really a step back to the Antman quality books.
2. The schematic of the club is cool...the apartment too
3. Flagpoles...radio in his headpiece...more shades of Antman
4. Good ending to the battle

  edrlima Says:    
  2015-01-22 15:55:29  
  - Lame villain but great art.
- I think that this is the first issue when they explain the radar sense of DD.
- Karen is the most beautiful woman at this point in the order
- 3 stars

  GroovyGolem Says:    
  2015-01-23 02:13:13  
  Okay, I'm posting this before reading the issue, but... Daredevil vs. STILT MAN?


Alright... I'm going in.


  GroovyGolem Says:    
  2015-01-23 02:46:37  
  Okay, so that was pretty much as bad as I expected. However, I call FOUL on the diagrams of DD's billy club and the radio circuitry inside his mask.

First off, that billy club has been (and I'm sure will continue to be) a bag-o-tricks in terms of gadgets, and not just limited to the ones shown in the diagram.

Secondly, there's no way that mask would work as a radio receiver. As tight as that thing is on his head, all those little mechanics would chafe like hell.

And thirdly, who invented all that stuff... Matt? He's not a scientific genius. He's just a guy.

No Stan, I'm not buying it.


  GroovyGolem Says:    
  2015-01-23 02:54:28  
  And another thing...

They pretty much telegraphed that Day was Stilt Man during the scene with him and Kaxton arguing in Matt's office. So how is it that when Day returns to Matt's office, and then Matt leaves, becomes Daredevil, fights Stilt Man, and then returns to his office, he finds Day pretending to be asleep in the chair?

Did Day know Matt was Daredevil? No, of course not. So, not having any idea at all how long Matt would be gone (and no reason really to stay behind in the office either) he decides to go out and commit a major crime, and then rush back to the office in the off-chance that Matt is STILL gone, and then pretend to be asleep until Matt finds him again? That's a risky gamble to craft an alibi.

None of it makes any sense.

  storyeater Says:    
  2015-02-12 18:05:15  
  Ok,the intentity of the villain was obvious (since there was 1 jerk and 1 nice guy,and they avoided implicating the jerkimmediatedly,the fact the jerk was a jerk had to be a red herring,it was cemented as soon as DD couldn't tell the heartbeats apart)but I supppose it was a pretty big suprise for the 60s

I do not particularly care about the love plot,im neither for not against it....that said,matt could feel social inferiority due to his blindness,it is not wrong of Stan to depict a personhistorically accrately even if it was the then present....do not forget how progressivea disabled superhero was back then,before insulting stan for conservatism

Stiltman sounds like a stupid villim,but it makes you think about how effective a stiltmanwould be against a hero that couldnt fly...as long as he was unwilling to use lethal force...as long as the police did not employ airplanes...as long as nobody thought of breaking the stilts...ok,thats actually a pretty stupid villain that was made to look cool by circumstantial ability against certain attacks,but still

1 star plus 1 more for the poor soul that had to think of a way to make stiltman a legitimate threat.

  MattDog37 Says:    
  2015-03-01 20:48:16  
  It's kind of annoying how the bad guy of the month often ends up going to seek Matt Murdock for legal counsel in the same issue.  

  Psychopat Says:    
  2015-05-12 12:43:29  
  I love that the character is taking shape: the "lie detector", we now see how the radar vision looks like, his cane, his appartement but the rest of the story was plain garbage  

  knoke5 Says:    
  2016-04-12 02:05:32  
  I genuinely didn't know who the bad guy would be. I suspected there may be a double-bluff and that would've carried on being Carl Kaxton.

Also, many flagpoles, but never any flags!

  knoke5 @ storyeater (original post):    
  2016-04-12 02:13:48  
  I completely agree with you about Stan and Daredevil's feelings of inferiority. It's not totally farfetched that someone may feel that way, even if those feelingsare undue and irrational. Also, Stan Lee's Marvel has always been very progressive, especially when it comes to diversity.  

  J-Smack Says:    
  2016-05-22 12:20:11  
  I actually did like the plot and action in this. However, Claxton being all hunky-dory with everything after the lawsuit was dropped, and the whole love-affair thing at the end sort of ruined this one for me. Drop the lawsuit? How about Claxton files one himself for assault and trespassing?  

  kungfufan @ Locust75 (original post):    
  2016-06-07 23:17:55  
  I disagree with just one star for a so-bad-it's-good issue, but your nuff said cracked me up, thumbs up!  

  kungfufan Says:    
  2016-06-07 23:26:47  
  Kaxton... That's such a bad guy's name, that'll throw them!  

  Russ Says:    
  2016-08-28 17:23:23  
  Well, at least the second rate villains are starting to move up in the world.....

And Daredevil is lucky he's a hero. If I ever try to tell a woman to keep screaming, she'd slap me!

  RobinHoodMtl Says:    
  2016-11-08 22:59:25  
  • That's my line – "My secretary saw you out there and buzzed me!" (Matt Murdock) – And you're lucky he bought that!

  • I thought Daredevil's ability to locate people despite ambient noise went beyond a speeding car's engine, but it seems like his limitations have mysteriously changed!

  • I'm usually a sucker for schematics of any devices, but the billy club's gadgets seem a little too much. I may be wrong, because I never read this series much in my youth, but I have the feeling most of them will be soon forgotten. The schematics for his apartment were neat though.

  • I took a long while for Daredevil to figure out the obvious relation between the hydraulic invention and Stiltman, but then again, for us, it was only the Chekhov's gun effect, right?

  • Am I the only one to note that the artwork is not what we should expect compared to last issues?

  • OMG, the structure of the story is so bad! Particularly in page 15 when the scene goes from Day supposedly knocking out Murdock and next panel shows him in Kaxton's lab. Then Daredevil suddenly shows up! One of the worst sequence of events ever!

  • Either I'm in a very bad mood, or this is one of the worst story in the Order so far. And I'm including the Torch's solo and Giant-Man's lemons. The only surprise was the identity of the villain, which was the best part in this whole plot. But even with that, nothing felt right. Even Karen's last scene when she's assuming Matt can't assume to fall in love. What does she know about his feelings anyway? 1 star is even too much!

  Zaktks32 Says:    
  2017-02-08 00:58:23  
  With his stick thrown and ricocheting here and there, plus occasional blows on his head, those electronic gadgets in the billyclub and headpiece were not meant to last for long...  

  dadoodoflow @ RobinHoodMtl (original post):    
  2017-03-12 14:32:55  
  I agree I felt that the art was off as well. Either Wally was running late or too drunk and shoved it off on an assistant that he inked  

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Essential Daredevil, Volume 1
This collection includesDaredevil #1 (v1), Daredevil #2 (v1), Daredevil #3 (v1), Daredevil #4 (v1), Daredevil #5 (v1), Daredevil #6 (v1), Daredevil #7 (v1), Daredevil #8 (v1), Daredevil #9 (v1), Daredevil #10 (v1), Daredevil #11 (v1), Daredevil #12 (v1), Daredevil #13 (v1), Daredevil #14 (v1), Daredevil #16 (v1), Daredevil #17 (v1), Daredevil #18 (v1), Daredevil #19 (v1), Daredevil #20 (v1), Daredevil #21 (v1), Daredevil #22 (v1), Daredevil #23 (v1), Daredevil #24 (v1), Daredevil #25 (v1), Daredevil #15 (v1)
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   September 12, 2015 fragsel Added New York Police Department to the issue.
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