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456: Daredevil #18 (v1)

" There Shall Come a Gladiator! "
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Daredevil #18 (v1)
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Editor-in-Chief: Stan Lee
Cover Artists: John Romita Sr.
Writers: Stan Lee, Dennis O'Neil
Pencilers: John Romita Sr.
Inkers: Frank Giacoia
Letterers: Sam Rosen
Editors: Stan Lee
Cover Date: July 1966
Release Date: May 1966
Story Arc: -
Pages: 20
Cover Price: $0.12
Times Read: 616                 Times Rated: 354
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Universes:   Earth-616  
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Seeking to capitalize on a case of mistaken identity and win Karen’s affections, Foggy makes a fateful trip to a costume shop. Can The Man without Fear straighten things out or will The Gladiator win the day?
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
Daredevil last appeared in Daredevil #17 (v1). Daredevil next appears in Daredevil #19 (v1).
Supporting Characters
  Foggy Nelson
Foggy Nelson last appeared in Daredevil #17 (v1). Foggy Nelson next appears in Daredevil #19 (v1).
  Karen Page
Karen Page last appeared in Daredevil #17 (v1). Karen Page next appears in Daredevil #19 (v1).
  Mr. Dunn
Mr. Dunn last appeared in Daredevil #17 (v1). Mr. Dunn next appears in Daredevil #19 (v1).
  The Gladiator
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by The Gladiator in the mainstream continuity. The Gladiator next appears in Daredevil #19 (v1).
Group Appearances
Nelson and Murdock
Nelson and Murdock last appeared in Daredevil #17 (v1). Nelson and Murdock next appears in Daredevil #19 (v1).
NYPD last appeared in Daredevil #16 (v1). NYPD next appears in Daredevil #19 (v1).
Equipment, Items & Vehicles
Daredevil's Billy Club
Daredevil's Billy Club last appeared in Daredevil #17 (v1). Daredevil's Billy Club next appears in Daredevil #19 (v1).
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Issue Review
   October 1, 2012
Daredevil's early years are much maligned by the general comic book reading audience. The common explanation is that his villains were decidedly sub-par, and that perhaps if he had a better rogue's gallery, his book might have been more bearable. It is undoubtedly true that he had terrible villains (The Owl, Stilt Man, the Matador ... you get the picture), but I'd say the title's mediocrity goes deeper than that: Matt Murdock and his supporting cast are decidedly dull. Matt graduated top of his class and has a successful law practice. His only real problem is his contrived masquerade as a helpless blind man, which situation garners him no sympathy from his audience since we all know he's actually more capable than any sighted man. Marvel unsuccessfully tried to fix this problem with Mike Murdock, and years later they finally got Daredevil to be a great character by giving him loads of angst and tragedy.
   July 25, 2012
I found this issue to be one of the best Daredevil's yet. This title has been rather weak when compared to other titles done by Marvel during this time period. However, this issue gets a good villain and adds a lot of real drama for Matt/Dardevil beyond the 'I can't be with Karen because I'm blind' storyline.

The villain himself is formidable. He has created a suit with a large skill set, and even has the same transistors as Iron Man himself. These weapons are not weak against his foe, Daredevil. The villain's motive is also a reasonable one. It goes beyond revenge or greed. He is envious of the heroes, and wants to bring all of them down a notch. When you think about the egos of all the characters he mentions, it's not too hard to imagine why they may need humbling. The best part is, in ways, the reader can relate. Everyone has wished at some point they were Gates, or a famous Hollywood actor, or a famous singer. While attacking these characters would make us crazy, attacking a person who goes around fighting doesn't seem to be too far-fetched. Wrestler's themselves back during this time period would get into bar fights regularly. A regular joe just wanting to take down someone famous. The Gladiator just happens to arm himself in the way his enemies do.
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Issue Synopsis
The issue opens with Foggy Nelson taking his first steps into a costume shop. The shop is filled with almost every superhero in New York. We see Foggy thinking about convincing Karen that he is, indeed, Daredevil, so she will agree to marry him. Foggy looks around the store and begins to think he may be in the wrong place. The store seems run down, and all the figures that the costumes rest on seem like exact replicas of real superheroes. Foggy tries to call out to the owner, but when he receives no reply he begins to head out. Before he can exit, though, a man comes out, seemingly affronted by Nelson's presence. Foggy tries to back out of the store, but the man insists that if Foggy can interrupt his work it must be an important matter.

Foggy tells the owner that he needs a Daredevil costume. The owner tells Foggy it won't fit him. The lawyer convinces the costume maker by informing him it has to be Daredevil because he wants to impress a woman. The owner agrees and takes Foggy's measurements, instructing him to return to the store the next night to allow time for the alterations. After Foggy's departure, the owner shows his anger towards superheroes by punching the fake Daredevil figure. We see him contemplating why he is so angry at the vigilantes. He sees the costumes as the only thing that make the heroes what they are. He intends to prove that his theory is correct by challenging Daredevil.

The next scene cuts to Matt Murdock. We see Matt worried about Foggy's deception. He knows that Foggy is leading Karen to believe he is Daredevil, and this places both Foggy and Karen in danger. He is worried one of his enemies may hear of it and believe it to be true. To clear his head he goes down to his gymnasium to blow off some steam. Matt later arrives at work and overhears Foggy asking Karen to dinner, which she accepts. Matt enters and Karen says she worries about Matt being out alone, walking around town. Foggy uses this to drop more hints that he is Daredevil. He assures Matt that he'll always protect him and assures Matt that if he should ever be missing for a few days he's just on 'special business'. Matt begins to realize that Foggy is drawing too much attention to the group and could expose Matt if the charade goes on too long. We cut to that night as Foggy makes his way back into the costume store. He walks in on the work of the costumer maker, who explodes in anger. Foggy simply explains he's following the man's instructions to return. The owner calms himself down and prepares the suit for Foggy. While they talk, the owner mentions to Foggy that he should battle a villain. Since Foggy doesn't have Daredevil's abilities, the owner comes up with an idea. He can dress up and pretend to attack Foggy, who will then win, and appear to be legitimate to Karen. Foggy agrees and the two set the meeting.

A few moments later, we see Nelson at his house trying on the costume and getting into character. Meanwhile, the real Daredevil is watching Nelson very closely. As Foggy leaves for his date, Daredevil follows him by use of a traffic helicopter. Daredevil tries to think of a way to stop Foggy during the trip. When he is over Karen's building, he drops down to the roof, slides down a drain, and hops onto the awning. At the sound of Foggy and Karen hailing a cab, Daredevil prepares to follow them to their destination by hopping onto the roof of the car they are in.

Inside of the cab, Foggy tells Karen that he needs to stop off somewhere for business. When Karen mentions work related items, Foggy quickly tells her it is personal business and she apologizes for prying.

We are then taken to the shop of the costume maker. He is preparing the final adjustments for his costume. While doing this he is thinking of his plan to dispose of Nelson, thus drawing out the real Daredevil, who he intends to readily handle. Upon beating Daredevil he will turn his sights upon others such as Thor and Iron Man. He believes that all the heroes only have powers because of their suits and he intends to have a better one. His suit is designed with Tungsten alloy blades that can penetrate armor, or in this case cut Daredevil's line, metal wrist shields which also function as blades for weapons, and transistors to spin the blades, enabling him to jump large distances. He also has a mask that feeds oxygen to him in case of any tight spots, such as being held under water.

With these weapons and the costume, the costume maker becomes the Gladiator.

As Foggy approaches his destination, Daredevil realizes they are at the docks. He and the cab driver both know it is an unsafe place, but the cabbie leaves with the fare paid. Karen makes remarks on the peculiarity of the place, but Foggy reassures her as Daredevil senses someone else nearby. The Gladiator steps out to challenge Foggy, and Karen shows concern, which only reaffirms the plan in Foggy's mind.

Foggy runs off to change into his costume as the real Daredevil looks on. Daredevil can see through the ploy, and realizes it is a ruse set up by Foggy to impress Karen. He decides to stay out of the fight, hoping that Foggy will be too clumsy to make Karen believe it, but remains in the area to protect Karen in that unsavory location. Foggy continues to change, and takes quite awhile doing so, while the Gladiator taunts him. When finally he is ready he steps out and prepares to fight his foe. Foggy checks his billyclub, but realizes it is a cheap imitation. While the the fake Daredevil and the Gladiator trade wit. The true Daredevil looks on, wondering if he is as corny as the two he is watching.

The real Daredevil hears the increased pulse of the Gladiator as Foggy nears him, and realizes something is not going according to plan. As the fake Daredevil comes into striking distance the Gladiator punches him, knocking Foggy out with one blow.

Karen runs off to find help, and the Gladiator remembers that she is present. He decides to use her as bait for the real Daredevil and leaps after her. While in the air, the real Daredevil lands on him, knocking him to the ground. The Gladiator still believes the man he is now fighting is Foggy Nelson. As Daredevil throws another blow, it is blocked by the wrist shield. The power of the blow, however, astounds the Gladiator and makes him second guess as to whether Nelson may be the real Daredevil.

Karen is picked up by the police and they send men out to investigate.

Daredevil and the Gladiator continue to battle. The Gladiator attempts to use his wrist blades against his opponent, but he continues to dodge every blow. Daredevil lands a kick to Gladiator's face, but the helmet hurts Daredevil. The two struggle with each other and fall into the water by the docks. The Gladiator, with his oxygen mask, has an advantage in the water. Daredevil struggles, but eventually his grip weakens. The police arrive at the docks, but see nothing out of the ordinary. In the shadows of crates a short distance away from the officers, we see Foggy in his Daredevil costume still out cold. Karen is shown at the offices of Nelson and Murdock. She enters, hoping to find Matt, but finds it empty. The office manager comes in, and he attempts to talk to the secretary about rent money. She wishes to speak of it later, but she passes out before he leaves.

Underwater, still, Daredevil continues to struggle. He knows he can't last much longer and decides to play opossum. The Gladiator feels Daredevil go completely limp and believes he has one. He climbs back onto the docks, only to have Daredevil swing in with a kick to his back from the water where he was left.

The two brawl with fists until they find themselves apart but face-to-face. The Gladiator leaps at Daredevil with his wrist blades, but Daredevil rolls underneath the assault. With the Gladiator crashing to the ground, he is momentarily dazed, and Daredevil finds a weak spot. He uses one karate chop to the spot and ends the fight by knocking out the Gladiator.

The police arrive at the battle and see Daredevil run off. The officers have no idea who the man on the ground is, but intend to ask Karen. Nelson wakes up and steps out in his Daredevil costume. The police ask Foggy why he fought the man on the ground, but he has no response. This leads them to believe Daredevil attacked for no reason. They also are unimpressed by the fake Daredevil's flabby appearance. Foggy leaves the scene not exactly sure what happened.

Daredevil races away concerned about Foggy's deception and the reputation of his that Foggy is ruining. Matt learns of what happened to Karen, and he decides he must find a final solution to the problem that Foggy has created.
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  TStarnes Says:    
  2011-10-17 00:00:00  
  I can't see how anyone would buy Foggy as Daredevil. I mean, the cops saw him up close, they should have noticed the proportion difference. The two are show as being different heights even, regardless of the weight difference. Come on Stan...I don't buy it.  

  Anonymous Says:    
  2011-10-22 10:49:35  
  Is that supposed to be Foggy on the cover? Whoever it is, they're getting owned!  

  juanito Says:    
  2012-02-29 10:53:44  
  The cops notice something being out of place for sure. "I didn't think Daredevil is so flabby", one of them says. While this adventure is not too bad, I don't really like this storyline with Foggy competing for Karen. It has too much soap-drama in it. I hope they wrap it up quickly and be done with it.  

  Canuck Says:    
  2012-06-14 20:58:29  
  Yeah, unlike Spider-Man, which has me looking forward to the life of Peter Parker, I'm not really a fan of Daredevil's alter ego or the supporting cast; however, Foggy was actually pretty good in this one.  

  vanhornluke Says:    
  2012-09-30 19:35:23  
  Now I dislike Foggy even more. What a dishonest bastard.  

  Webslinger Says:    
  2012-11-13 23:06:44  
  Foggy's idea is so bad that it's fun. If real friends I would reason with him and maybe even tell the secret id, but can you trust a guy who comes to this to impress a girl??  

  chrys Says:    
  2012-12-12 23:23:28  
  According to Foggy, lies are the best foundation for marriage. Also, I'm not sure what's worse: the lame villains or the fact DD has so much trouble beating them.  

  instantdeath999 Says:    
  2013-04-08 20:28:05  
  For the first time, I'm actually enjoying Daredevil. Foggy is insufferable, but it's fun to read about him pretending to be Daredevil.  

  leisch Says:    
  2013-08-07 12:27:40  
  Poor Karen, no wonder she ends up as she does later in the series.
She's got Foggy pulling crap on her now. In about a year's worth of issues, Matt is going to pull a story out of his butt that is pure BS and just as bad, if not worse, than Foggy's.
That poor girl, I'm actually starting to feel sorry for her.

  Raistlin903 Says:    
  2014-01-06 17:48:12  
  Thank god we haven't had to deal with Happy pulling this same stunt over with Pepper....... stupid idea and now I think Foggy is a douchbag.......  

  duncanm Says:    
  2014-01-08 23:21:01  
  Simple solution to the Foggy issue. If Daredevil had just swung by within sight of Karen, instead of hiding on the roof. Or jumped out to fight the Gladiator as soon as he showed up before Foggy even had a chance to change into Pear-devil. Or just at any point DD could walk up to Karen and say "Foggy isn't me, he's just trying to get in your pants".  

  metasynthie Says:    
  2014-06-19 07:43:45  
  The Gladiator, a tailor with the build of a heavyweight wrestler, makes was dolls of superheroes so he can punch them out in anger; kind of the RealDoll fetishist of the costume set. I was half expecting him to impersonate someone or make up a derivative character like a proper fanfic writer, but he goes way out in left field and attaches tiny helicopter blades to his wrists. A combination shield/edged weapon/flight assist would be a great idea if it weren't so totally implausible! And always on, just whirring blades, daring you to stretch your fingers in the wrong direction. Maybe the Gladiator can be considered Marvel's failed "back of hand blades" experiment before getting to Wolverine.
Matt can't figure out how to stop Foggy without exposing his own secret, since I guess saying "Hey Karen, Foggy... We all know Foggy keeps insinuating he's Daredevil, but it's just not possible. C'mon Foggy, can you even do a wall kick or jump more than six inches off the ground?" ...is out of the question.
Foggy just needs some Benny Hill music to be a groundbreaking figure in comedy heroism.
Karen once again proves she's one of the most screamy, faintly, Perils-of-Pauliney characters in the lineup.

  marvelcomicslover Says:    
  2014-07-19 20:07:16  
  The only unique thing about this story was Foggy acting like Daredevil.
The art is pretty good now...but the story is so bland and boooring.

  gloomyharvester Says:    
  2014-07-26 21:43:54  
  Wow. I knew Gladiator was insane in his later appearances, but I didn't know he was this crazy from the beginning. Melvin Potter is nuttier than a fruitcake.

Foggy Nelson has now replaced Hank Pym as my least favorite Marvel character. At least Pym is mentally ill. Foggy is just fat, stupid, cowardly, and dishonest. I can't see that he has any good qualities at all for why anyone would want to keep him around. He's a bad friend and a lousy lawyer. He was happy when he thought Matt, his alleged best friend, was dead because then he could be with Karen, who he now wants to marry under false pretenses. But he was willing to throw Karen aside, when he thought his ex girlfriend would be an easy score.

Daredevil should "solve the problem of Foggy" by just beating the hell out of him in public. As many times as it takes.

  specialque Says:    
  2014-08-05 23:06:38  
  Oh my god. I can't believe I'm actually looking forward to issues of Daredevil now. This whole "Foggy pretends to be Daredevil" arc is giving me more laughs than I expected. I honestly laughed out loud when they first showed Foggy as a fat Daredevil.  

  Durango55 Says:    
  2014-08-14 07:23:13  
  "Next Issue: The Fate Of Foggy Nelson!"

Is it wrong to wish he dies a horrible death?

  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2014-08-19 20:59:24  
  This is hilarious! Foggy is getting everything he deserves and more. Matt isn't doing itshay to stop him and protect his identity. Karen is too much of a blonde to recognize what's going on. Please oh please let Foggy get the crapstains beat out of him so badly he's forced to live his life as a potato. 4 stars for sheer comedy.  

  Locust75 Says:    
  2014-09-11 01:59:35  
  4 stars for the 1st app of the Gladiator!!!

Wax Off - I wonder if the Gladiator and Mr. Fear knew each other in the exciting world of wax figure collections!?

Doombot - If I was the Gladiator; I would be worried about that Dr. Doom wax figure. It seems to move around on its own!!

Posh - Is Matt wearing his dress shoes while working out?

NYPD Blue - On page 9, panel 1 I like the cop noticing Daredevil on top of the cab!

Splash/Pinup - Great image of the Gladiator in all of his glory!!

Mad Props - Foggy complains about the billy-club being plastic. So, I guess he knows of Costume Shops that use real weapons!!??

'Nuff Said - "What have I got to lose? It sounds completely foolproof!"-Foggy

  MattzLadd Says:    
  2014-09-23 16:18:21  
  It's nice for that costume shop to even make exact mannequins of the hero's faces, for... no apparent reason at all?  

  Bramwell Says:    
  2014-12-01 18:06:27  
  Wow...I'm just feeling embarrassed for Foggy.  

  gumchewspit Says:    
  2015-01-05 19:10:41  
  Three stars for fat daredevil!

Apart from the previous 17 issues, I know almost nothing about Daredevil. But Foggy makes me go 'what a maroon!' On the one hand, that makes him different from the supporting characters in the rest of the Order, but it's not clear what will happen with his character development. Kind of hard to see him as a permanent fixture, but I'm guessing he is.

  GroovyGolem Says:    
  2015-06-01 21:24:10  
  Okay, I defended Foggy last issue, but with this issue, I just can't. No redeeming traits at all.

My vote for best cry of pain in the Order so far goes to "AARGF!" on Pg17/P5.

  kungfufan Says:    
  2016-08-19 23:48:30  
  I like the Gladiator... And I like that he spent all his time and money on developing his costume instead of whipping up awesome, high-tech weapons in a matter of minutes, as most heroes/villains seem to do.  

  Russ Says:    
  2016-09-08 19:27:20  
  @Locust75: re: 'nuff said.....

If Foggy keeps the charade up, Matt can have those words carved on his tombstone!

Foggy may be a total moron this story arc, but this little side plot is at least pretty entertaining.

  J-Smack Says:    
  2017-06-22 00:39:58  
  I've heard the Romita is famous for his gorgeous girls he draws, and man, it really shows when comparing it to all other pencilers' girls from this era. I used to think "yeah, he drew a good MJ.." But look at how much better even Betty looks now compared to a year ago! I'm really glad I'm getting to see his non-Spider-Man work.  

  Allencthulhu Says:    
  2017-06-26 00:17:53  
  Well, for all of you who have compared DD with Iron Man in the romantic triangle department...at least Happy has never put on an Iron Man suit and gotten his head handed to him by the Porcupine.  

  RobinHoodMtl Says:    
  2018-01-25 02:12:33  
  • That's my line – "Costumed super-heroes! I hate them all!" (J. Jonah Jam... err... Gladiator)

  • That's my line too – "Hey, Charlie! Look who our uninvited passenger is! Boy! Won't we have something to tell 'em back at the hangar!" (Helicopter pilot)

  • That's my line, the Third – "If he ever impersonates me in public, my reputation will be shot!" (Daredevil)

  • Foggy's a total moron. And his lies are spread so thick only an idiot would fall for it! I hope he gets what he deserves!

  • And the guy is flabby! I bet the double Ds on his costume mean DoubleDouche!

  • The costume maker, on the other hand, does not have the typical tailor physique at all. But man, does he talk!!! I just could not resist picturing his voice like that of a perfectly stereotyped fashion designer while he was dressing up! Does that make me a bad person?

  • I liked Nelson having a reality check when he realized he did not know what to do with his civilian clothes.

  • I also loved how Daredevil realizes how corny he sounds. But I was not convinced when he decided he would become a silent-type hero.

  • This whole plot was so ridiculous it was actually sitcom fun! There were a lot of good lines and the art was good as usual. I was disappointed that Foggy did not get his butt kicked enough to shove some sense up inside. Still, it liked it enough for 4 stars.

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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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This collection includesDaredevil #12 (v1), Daredevil #13 (v1), Daredevil #14 (v1), Daredevil #15 (v1), Daredevil #16 (v1), Daredevil #17 (v1), Daredevil #18 (v1), Daredevil #19 (v1), Daredevil #20 (v1), Daredevil #21 (v1)
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   January 31, 2018 TStarnes Added Daredevil[appost]s Billy Club listing.
   January 31, 2018 TStarnes
   January 31, 2018 TStarnes Added Nelson and Murdock to the issue.
   January 28, 2018 RobinHoodMtl Added NYPD to the issue.
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   September 23, 2014 fragsel Added Mr. Dunn to the issue.
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