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920: Daredevil #47 (v1)

" Brother, Take My Hand! "
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Daredevil #47 (v1)
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Editor-in-Chief: Stan Lee
Cover Artists: Gene Colan
Writers: Stan Lee
Pencilers: Gene Colan
Inkers: George Klein
Letterers: Artie Simek
Editors: Stan Lee
Cover Date: December 1968
Release Date: October 1968
Story Arc: -
Pages: 20
Cover Price: $0.12
Times Read: 397                 Times Rated: 232
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Universes:   Earth-616  
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Daredevil travels to Nam to raise morale of the troops with an acrobatic show. While there, he meets a veteran who recently lost his eyesight. When the veteran tries to fight a framing involving a bribe, Matt Murdock is more than willing to help.
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
Daredevil last appeared in Avengers #60 (v1). Daredevil next appears in Daredevil #48 (v1).
Supporting Characters
  Willie Lincoln
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Willie Lincoln in the mainstream continuity. Willie Lincoln next appears in Daredevil #49 (v1).
  Karen Page
Karen Page last appeared in Daredevil #43 (v1). Karen Page next appears in Daredevil #48 (v1).
  Foggy Nelson
Foggy Nelson last appeared in Daredevil #46 (v1). Foggy Nelson next appears in Daredevil #48 (v1).
  Samuel Birulin
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Samuel Birulin in the mainstream continuity. Samuel Birulin next appears in Daredevil #258 (v1).
  Whitey Barton
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Whitey Barton in the mainstream continuity.
  Biggie Benson
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Biggie Benson in the mainstream continuity. Biggie Benson next appears in Daredevil #49 (v1).
Group Appearances
Nelson and Murdock
Nelson and Murdock last appeared in Daredevil #46 (v1). Nelson and Murdock next appears in Daredevil #48 (v1).
New York Police Department
New York Police Department last appeared in Avengers #59 (v1). New York Police Department next appears in X-Men #54a (v1).
United States Armed Forces
United States Armed Forces last appeared in Captain America #109 (v1). United States Armed Forces next appears in Captain Marvel #12 (v1).
Equipment, Items & Vehicles
Daredevil's Billy Club
Daredevil's Billy Club last appeared in Daredevil #46 (v1). Daredevil's Billy Club next appears in Daredevil #48 (v1).
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  spencer617 Says:    
  2013-05-19 09:22:14  
  Formulaic, but enjoyable.  

  skalchemist Says:    
  2013-07-28 08:30:39  
  Daredevil goes to Vietnam to entertain the troops?! Aawaaah?! What, did Bob Hope recruit him or something? That is one of the silliest things yet in a book that is often silly.  

  leisch Says:    
  2013-08-19 10:10:33  
  Best Daredevil story since the origin.  

  Robareid Says:    
  2013-11-04 14:48:34  
  A real heart-warmer this one  

  illcom94 Says:    
  2014-04-25 15:45:13  
  Could have been 4 stars without the goofy stuff in the beginning, and the odd pacing of the story.  

  duncanm Says:    
  2014-08-24 17:24:14  
  "Yes Willie, I'm a world famous lawyer, and I do it all while being blind just like you. Well except for it happened to me when I was a child, so I was able to adjust to life as a blind person while being supported and going to school. And my radar sense that actually fives me 360 vision. And my other senses are enhanced to superhuman levels. But other than that we are exactly the same!"  

  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2014-10-14 07:50:43  
  This was a great story, loved the incorporation of the story to Murdock's trial case. This may have been the best DD issue I've read.  

  specialque Says:    
  2014-12-05 18:54:53  
  I'll admit it. Daredevil touched me. Really enjoyed this tale. So happy that DD turned into a good comic.  

  Locust75 Says:    
  2015-06-11 19:45:40  
  3 stars for the feel good comic of the year!!!

The Devil Is In The Details - @skalchemist: I agree, how did DD get to Vietnam and back without anyone knowing who he was? How did he set it up with the USO? Was he in costume the whole time???

Man's Best Friend - It's like Willie's dog is looking right at us! (p20,p1)

'Nuff Said - "DAREDEVIL!! Did you say Daredevil--is here--to see me?"-Willie Lincoln

  MattDog37 Says:    
  2015-09-07 20:14:45  
  The newspaper headline spelled Benson's last name as "Benton."  

  SmokyB Says:    
  2016-08-06 14:17:42  
  Wow. I never thought I'd be giving a Daredevil story 5 stars this early in the order. True there were weaknesses in the uneccessary DD in Vietnam intro but it was a story with real heart.  

  Katryn Says:    
  2016-08-08 20:00:59  
  I'd ask where Foggy thought Matt was while he was off entertaining the troops in Vietnam, but Matt seems to do little enough work even when he is in the country, so I'm presuming Foggy is used to it.  

  Russ Says:    
  2016-11-09 12:48:25  
  I have to say, I'm pretty impressed with this story. Nice little human interest angle, using the Vietnam War to tell the story of a blinded vet fighting a frame-up. Undoubtedly, one of the best early Daredevil stories up to this point in the Order. It even hints a little at the dirty Hell's Kitchen based future of the series.

Today we view veterans with utmost respect, and even a little bit of awe. It's hard to believe today that back during Vietnam, vets were shunned by both the public and the government at the time. While we did finally honor those that fought and died then, it was a time where donning a military uniform automatically labeled you a killer of women, children and innocents. Publishing a story like this was a big public relations gamble for Marvel at the time. But Marvel was already known for bucking trends and pushing the envelope.

Sure, there's a huge plot hole here; where was Matt Murdock when DD was entertaining the troops overseas? But nevertheless, this one-shot deserves 5 stars. It's maybe a half-step down from the more iconic one-shot stories like Fantastic Four #51 and Spider-Man #50. And actually well-done, too.

  GroovyGolem Says:    
  2016-11-09 18:41:44  
  Russ brings up a good point about the perception of Vietnam vets when this story was published. My humble attempts at humorous comments pale in comparison. I'll defer to his better judgement!  

  Urgat @ skalchemist (original post):    
  2017-12-07 05:46:13  
  More silly than Mike Murdock? come on...nothing is more silly  

  Urgat @ leisch (original post):    
  2017-12-07 05:47:59  
  parts of it for sure...sadly there were also some bad ones, e.g. the Vietnam part.

The Court scene was really nice imo...I want to see more court action with Matt. I think his lawyer-activities need more attention and some love

  Urgat @ MattDog37 (original post):    
  2017-12-07 05:49:52  
  Bad work of JJJ as Editor-in-Chief  

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Date User Name Update
   February 2, 2018 TStarnes Added Daredevil[appost]s Billy Club listing.
   February 2, 2018 TStarnes
   February 2, 2018 TStarnes Added Nelson and Murdock to the issue.
   December 7, 2017 Urgat
   February 3, 2017 fragsel Added Whitey Barton to the issue.
   February 11, 2015 fragsel Added Biggie Benson to the issue.
   December 30, 2014 fragsel Added Samuel Birulin to the issue.
   December 30, 2014 fragsel Added New York Police Department to the issue.
   December 30, 2014 fragsel Added United States Armed Forces to the issue.
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