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Daredevil #13
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September 21st, 2013 by Rusty

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Daredevil #13 cover

Daredevil #13

Date: February 1966
Publisher: Marvel Comics Group
Cover Price: 12¢
2013 Price Range: $11 – $210
Stats: 20 color pages plus ads, Marvel Bullpen Bulletins and “Let’s Level With Daredevil” letters page
Writer: Stan Lee
Artists: Jack Kirby, John Romita, Sam Rosen
Notable Notes: In which we find out out Ka-Zar’s origin!

One of the All-Time Greatest Covers!

I bought this issue years ago purely for the cover. (Well, that and I am a big Daredevil fan too!) I remember as a little kid growing up during the Bronze Age seeing this iconic image of Daredevil on posters as well as in books and reprints. I loved it then and I love it now! I would say that along with Thor #337 the cover of Daredevil #13 is one of the greatest covers in comic book history! I just wish I could say the same for the story inside.

Synopsis:

“The Secret of Ka-Zar’s Origin!” – Our man in red begins this issue in a cave, on the floor and without his super senses as a giant ape-man investigates! Luckily Daredevil is able to hold him off! At the same time Ka-Zar and his giant sabre-toothed tiger, Zabu, are battling a sharp-toothed monster plant. Don’t worry though, because both of our heroes escape – Ka-Zar with the help of fire, and DD with the help of a kid-napping pirate know as “Captain Plunder.” Plunder captures our helpless Daredevil and uses him as bait to draw out Ka-Zar. Why? Because Ka-Zar likes DD and because he also holds half of a medallion that the Captain is searching for. Back in NYC Foggy and Karen believe Matt to be dead, and then we learn that Captain Plunder and Ka-Zar are brothers! Following this astounding revelation, we are treated to a history lesson as the Captain tells how their father discovered an amazing ore, and how many, many people are trying to get their grubby hands on it! The issue ends as everybody from the butler to side-kick pirates to police try to get in on the action of stealing the medallion – key to the precious ore of doom!

My 2 Cents:

  • Story: 3 stars – I thought the story and dialogue were just so-so, you know – average for a Silver Age comic. There was a ton of fighting, lots of drama, loads of Ka-Zar and very little of the main character: Daredevil.
  • Art: 5 stars – By far the best thing about this book was the art. John Romita’s art was detailed, beautiful and classic! And +1 for the awesome, iconic cover!
  • Fun Factor: 4 stars – The amazing art work made the story more fun to read. Plus it was kind of nifty learning about Ka-Zar’s origin.

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