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579: Daredevil #20 (v1)

" The Verdict is: Death! "
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Daredevil #20 (v1)
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Editor-in-Chief: Stan Lee
Cover Artists: John Romita Sr.
Writers: Stan Lee
Pencilers: Gene Colan
Inkers: Frank Giacoia
Letterers: Artie Simek
Editors: Stan Lee
Cover Date: September 1966
Release Date: June 1966
Story Arc: -
Pages: 20
Cover Price: $0.12
Times Read: 558                 Times Rated: 333
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Universes:   Earth-616  
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Avengers #38 (v1)
Fantastic Four #56 (v1)
Daredevil #20 (v1)
Daredevil #21 (v1)
Amazing Spider-Man #42 (v1)
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Seeking revenge against the judge who sentenced him to prison, The Owl kidnaps him and convenes a kangaroo court back in his lair. Luckily for the judge, The Owl also snatches the best attorney around to defend him--Daredevil!
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
Daredevil last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man Annual #3. Daredevil next appears in Daredevil #21 (v1).
Supporting Characters
  Foggy Nelson
Foggy Nelson last appeared in Daredevil #19 (v1). Foggy Nelson next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #42 (v1).
  Karen Page
Karen Page last appeared in Daredevil #19 (v1). Karen Page next appears in Daredevil #22 (v1).
  Judge Lewis
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Judge Lewis in the mainstream continuity. Judge Lewis next appears in Daredevil #21 (v1).
  The Owl
The Owl last appeared in Daredevil #3 (v1). The Owl next appears in Daredevil #21 (v1).
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Nelson and Murdock
Nelson and Murdock last appeared in Daredevil #19 (v1). Nelson and Murdock next appears in Daredevil #22 (v1).
Equipment, Items & Vehicles
Daredevil's Billy Club
Daredevil's Billy Club last appeared in Daredevil #19 (v1). Daredevil's Billy Club next appears in Daredevil #21 (v1).
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Issue Synopsis
Daredevil swings into his office after a quiet night of patrolling, and finds three hoodlums inside. The hoodlums attack Daredevil as they confess they are there to grab Matt Murdock. Daredevil says he has business with Matt Murdock also, and proceeds to beat the villains until they flee the office. As they leave, they say their boss isn’t paying enough for them to tangle with Daredevil. After they flee, Daredevil deduces that their next stop will be Matt’s apartment, so he decides to try to beat them there and change into his alter ego. Daredevil arrives just as the criminals do, and is forced to wait on the window ledge until he can make his costume change. The criminals have used a pass key to get into his apartment, and are surprised to find he’s not there. While they wait for him, they decide to search the bedroom. Daredevil quickly grabs his clothes before they come in, then changes on the window ledge before going in through the living room window. When the criminals come out of the bedroom, they find Matt. They tell him the boss wants him to defend someone at trial, but that the trial is rigged for the defendant to lose. The criminals take Daredevil away in a private plane. Meanwhile, Foggy and Karen have shown up at Matt’s apartment and are surprised to find the door open and Matt not home. They’re a little bewildered as they were supposed to take him to dinner. Foggy says not to worry, that Matt can take care of himself, but Karen is obviously worried because Matt’s blind. Foggy is still unsure if Karen’s emotions are just sympathy for a blind mind, or something more. The plane with the criminals and Daredevil lands on a remote island that features a castle, but the criminals won’t say exactly where it is. Daredevil uses his radar sense to detect the waves of the ocean and the castle. The boss is seen watching from a window, and it’s revealed he is the Owl. He calls for the prisoner, who is revealed to be Judge Lewis, the judge who sentenced the Owl to prison after his last encounter with Daredevil. The Owl tells the judge that he’s seeking his own brand of justice with this trial. One of the Owl’s henchmen asks why they don’t just call him now, since the trial is rigged, but the Owl slaps him and says he wants his revenge. He glides down the stairs with his lackeys and Judge Lewis following to greet Matt Murdock and the ex-convicts who will make up the jury. When Matt Murdock enters the “courtroom”, he is greeted by Judge Lewis, whose voice he recognizes. The Owl states that Judge Lewis stands convicted of sentencing him to prison. One of the hoodlums asks what will happened to Murdock after the Judge is found guilty, but the Owl doesn’t want to frighten Matt with the answer. The trial starts, but as the Owl is making up the rules, he goes ahead and passes sentence. The hoodlums want to carry out the sentence, but the Owl says he will do it, and proceeds to beat his henchmen into submission. Matt says he hasn’t completed his defense yet, and demands to call a witness to the trial. The Owl agrees, as long as he can find a witness on the island. As Matt leaves, the Owl warns him of the crags and crevices and quagmires, and tells him he has five minutes before he passes sentence. Soon after Matt leaves, the door opens again, and Daredevil bursts through, and states he had been waiting outside for Murdock to give a signal. A fight ensues, and the Owl’s henchmen are quickly disposed. As Daredevil and the Owl fight, the Owl flies to a switch in the ceiling, releasing a giant bird cage that drops onto Daredevil and traps him.
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  Redsvetz Says:    
  2011-11-08 09:38:49  
  I don't see how it could get any worse than this soul-crushing farce.  

  Xythe Says:    
  2012-02-13 07:40:59  
  That was terrible.  

  andyzh Says:    
  2012-07-20 21:20:57  
  good title  

  Schlodz Says:    
  2012-08-18 01:44:14  
  So daredevil gets defeated by billiard balls on the ground. Quite the hero.  

  bigkat5582 Says:    
  2012-08-20 18:51:52  
  Commenting before I start this one. Not looking forward to a string of DD's.  

  chrys Says:    
  2012-12-13 20:16:48  
  Early DD sure seems to love himself a lot...  

  Webslinger Says:    
  2013-02-09 09:47:35  
  It ain't that bad, and is pretty quick to read.  

  leisch Says:    
  2013-08-12 07:26:01  
  Better than the usual Daredevil tripe.
This one is a fun romp for DD chasing around switching back and forth from costume to lawyer duds.
And now we know DD doesn't do 'sloppy seconds'--EEEEEEWWWWW!

  Raistlin903 Says:    
  2014-01-17 01:24:35  
  Strap in for this Daredevil stretch...... good luck.......  

  duncanm Says:    
  2014-02-13 20:39:13  
  Jeez Matt was so lucky that the hoods let him bring his costume along, and that they didn't search him for anything that could help him escape.  

  Spernst Says:    
  2014-05-27 00:24:05  
  Dd is rapidly replacing the former suck of Antman in the order for me  

  j52y Says:    
  2014-06-23 13:07:31  
  I actually enjoyed the first 15 pages of this one. I would've liked to see him actually try to get the judge off. He was actually strategizing and having the henchmen turn on the Owl, and then he changed into his costume and it became like every other Daredevil.  

  specialque Says:    
  2014-08-22 08:44:22  
  *checks order, sees five more Daredevils in a row*
*pours drink, weeps*
This issue was terrible. The Owl sucks. This "trial" story was lame.

  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2014-08-30 09:00:11  
  I actually liked the trial. I think this is a creative way to utilize Murdock pre-DD. The story was pretty good and didn't suck unlike previous DDs. 3 stars.  

  MattzLadd Says:    
  2014-10-11 09:59:17  
  Man, I love Gene Colan's art wherever it shows up.  

  opusaug Says:    
  2014-10-18 08:30:27  
  This was a first - a DD book that was actually readable. The script wasn't cliche-ridden, the plot wasn't mindless, and Gene Colan's art was fantastic. Was I reading the same issue everyone else was?  

  Locust75 Says:    
  2014-11-09 12:13:27  
  3 stars for the Trial of the Century!!!

Just For Men - The Owl must be trying a new look. On the cover he has blond hair. On page 10 he has white, and for the rest of the issue it's brown!

Switcheroo - Funny scene of Murdock walking out the door and then Daredevil right back in! With none of the bad guys getting wise. Especially, since they already ran into him at Murdock's office!! If only there was a phone booth around!!!

Dirty Pool - Forget the billiards, how about the Owl using DD's own billy club against him!!!

'Nuff Said - "Order in the court!! Order, I say!"-Judge Owl, the Hanging Judge

  ClownShoes Says:    
  2015-05-28 11:21:39  
  That looks like Nite Owl's ship from Watchmen on the cover.

The art was great, especially the thugs faces in the beginning.

the OMNIVOROUS Owl...??? Is that supposed to be an intimidating descriptor?

  Bramwell Says:    
  2015-06-08 01:48:11  
  Wonderful artwork...dumb story premise.  

  VenomousIntent Says:    
  2015-06-09 22:20:20  
  This would have been 4 stars if he was able to pull the trial off as Matt Murdock. Hell, dare I say 5?  

  edrlima Says:    
  2015-06-12 21:23:41  
  5 stars to the art and 2 stars for the story. Better than the average Dd book.  

  g2thet Says:    
  2015-06-15 14:19:03  
  What? The trial was nonsense! The art was really really good. Hopefully the next ish redeems this.
3 Stars - Mostly for the art!

  Shocker Says:    
  2015-07-02 14:43:28  
  This was pretty good DD. Much better than that awful Avengers I been reading lately.  

  Vancelot Says:    
  2015-07-21 22:27:22  
  Not bad. The Owl wasn't bad as DD villains go. 3 stars.  

  GroovyGolem Says:    
  2015-11-03 19:33:56  
  I laughed when the Owl introduced himself as the "Omnivorous Owl."

I was waiting for a henchman to say "don't you mean 'ominous,' Boss?" and have Owl say ">koff!< er, uh, OMINOUS Owl... Ominous."

Nice one, Chubbins.

  GroovyGolem Says:    
  2015-11-03 19:35:29  
  Also, how awesome was Gene Colan's artwork, especially that askew POV of the plane approaching the island on page 9?

  Russ Says:    
  2016-09-28 12:53:28  
  "Omnivorous Owl" "Sloppy Seconds"

I think I've just completely lost my appetite. 2 stars

  Urgat @ j52y (original post):    
  2016-10-12 05:57:23  
  sadly it went this way, would also have liked to see the outcome of Matt's strategy...but the title of the Mag is DD and not Perry Mason  

  Judassiah Says:    
  2017-01-29 19:39:21  
  + Gene Colan.
+ Karen Page finally looks great.
+ Judge Lewis not being completely useless as a supporting character was nice. I wonder if he will come back.

+ The return of the Owl.
+ The Owl's island base.

2 stars. Not much else to say, let's see how part two goes...

  TonyRolloBrownTown Says:    
  2017-03-14 20:26:03  

  samholmes1313 Says:    
  2017-05-22 11:24:10  
  I actually wanted to see Matt lawyer his way out of this, but I enjoyed it anyway. Loved the art.  

  StrictSnow Says:    
  2017-11-07 01:17:35  
  Gene Colan is the only thing keeping my verdict for this issue from being death.  

  jakeisquite Says:    
  2017-11-12 00:14:05  
  That was pretty bad, however for whatever reason I enjoyed it.  

  bill_the_cat Says:    
  2018-02-10 04:55:54  
  What a useless villain. "Whooo whooo, I can glide. No not fly, glide. You know, move relatively short distances mostly downhill without touching the ground."

That was a pretty sweet throat punch he gave his one henchman though.

  RobinHoodMtl @ duncanm (original post):    
  2018-03-16 17:49:36  
  >Matt was so lucky that the hoods let him bring his costume along, and that they didn't search him for anything that could help him escape.

First, he has his costume underneath his business suit. Second, the man is blind. It's not like he's likely to carry a gun, right? Why would he carry anything that would he carry anything that could help him escape, and why would he try to escape to begin with?

  RobinHoodMtl Says:    
  2018-03-16 18:28:16  
  Beforehand, I don't understand why so many people did not like this issue. I apologize if I hurt anybody's feelings by saying this, but maybe some readers are so used to hate this title that they read this with their mind already set that it's going to be bad. Some readers already admit in their posts that they see this long run of Daredevil as some chore before they even begin reading it, which suggests some lack of objectivity. Someone even commented before reading the issue, goddammit! There may have been a few errors here and there but nothing worth trashing it as much as I read here. I respect that some people may have genuinely disliked this issue and everyone has the right to comment on it, but I had to let it out of my chest. And I feel better now.  

  RobinHoodMtl Says:    
  2018-03-16 18:38:51  
  Now about this issue:
  • That's my line – "I merely let you serve me to feed my own vanity!" (The Owl) – Pretty odd that a vain person would openly admit that!

  • Colan shines again. I'm pretty much convinced that he would do great on any title, but his talent with perspective and dramatic angles fits so well with this series. He did a very impressive job throughout the whole issue.

  • The story establishes that the Owl's aerie is hundreds of miles away from New York but the first time we saw it, it was just across the Hudson where you could still see the city from it. Daredevil remembers the cages at the end so it has to be the same place unless the villain owns a second aerie that is built exactly the same. This is a minor continuity error however, and I understand that for this story, it serves the plot more if they set it on a remote island.

  • From our point of view, this trial may seem like a bad premise, but from the point of view of a crime lord mad on revenge, it is totally acceptable. Furthermore, it would seem that it was part of the Owl's plan to lure Daredevil to his castle after all and I did not expect such a clever move. In other words, the whole thing may have been a ruse to get revenge on both the judge and the super-hero responsible for his imprisonment.

  • Owls are birds of prey, therefore they are not omnivores, they are carnivores. Unless, of course, the guy is referring to himself. In his case, given his stature, I can definitely believe he will eat anything.

  • As explained in my last post above, I have to give each story its due merits and to me, this one is way better than average. It was a pleasant and easy read and the art blew me away. 4 stars.

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Essential Daredevil, Volume 1
This collection includes Daredevil #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)
Marvel Masterworks: Daredevil, Volume 2
This collection includes Daredevil #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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   February 3, 2018 TStarnes
   February 3, 2018 TStarnes Added Frank Giacoia creator listing.
   January 31, 2018 TStarnes Added Daredevil[appost]s Billy Club listing.
   January 31, 2018 TStarnes Added Nelson and Murdock to the issue.
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