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Friday, April 10, 2015

Daredevil Key Comic Issues Part 5

Here we are with Part 5, and there are quite a few more Daredevil key issues in this one. We are in the Bronze Age and some of these are first appearances of some semi-important Daredevil supporting characters as you'll soon see.

They may not be hot in the market now, but some of these first appearances are for characters that are connected to others in the Marvel Universe. All it takes is a casting confirmation for one of them to either appear on a television show or the big screen to see a small or large peak in demand.

There is one extremely important Daredevil key issue and 1st appearance in Part 5, and I'm pretty sure you can guess who that is. It's definitely one of the Daredevil key issue comics to invest in during the Bronze Age.

So, if you missed Part 4, click the link to read up on that. Otherwise, enjoy more key comic issues concerning the one and only Man Without Fear!

1st appearance of Copperhead

This is not same version of Copperhead who is a member of the villainous Serpent Society. This version of Copperhead is Lawrence Chesney. His calling card is leaving copper pennies on the eyes of his victims.

Copperhead was a pulp fiction hero that Lawrence grew up on. His father was the model used for covers that featured the character. Driven by madness, Chesney's father soon started believing he was in fact the character.

Lawrence would also suffer this fate and donned the character's guise. He would gain the attention of Daredevil by murdering the writer and publisher of the pulps.

Daredevil #124 was published August, 1975.

eBay - No CGC or slabbed copies at the time of this writing on the mighty eBay. There are quite a few raw copies however. High grade ones might be a bit slim compared to mid-grades for this one.

mycomicshop - Only a VG, a VG minus, and a GD+ here at the moment. All are raw and all are in actual stock.

NewKadia - Five raw copies and the highest is a VF+ followed by a VF. Other options are a VF minus, a FN minus and VG minus.

1st appearance & death of original Torpedo
1st appearance new Tornado
1st appearance of Blake Tower
1st appearance of Heather Glenn

Looks like the original Torpedo only makes a single appearance in this issue and then dies. However, a new Torpedo would quickly take his place. 

Brock Jones becomes the new Torpedo, except he would use his powers for good instead of evil like the original Torpedo. Not exactly a stellar or fan favorite character.

However, this issue introduces two characters who do become semi important supporting characters for Daredevil. The first is Heather Glenn, whom becomes a romantic interest for Matt Murdock. She would even date Tony Stark during his alcohol abuse days, in which she also had a problem. 

She appears quite frequently in the Marvel Universe before she commits suicide in Daredevil #220.

As for Blake Tower, he is the District Attorney and successor to Foggy Nelson. He has also worked with Captain America on several high profile cases. 

Blake Tower is also connected to She-Hulk, also known as Jennifer Walters, and hired her as a lawyer. Blake would make appearances in such titles as Daredevil, The Sensational She-Hulk, Amazing Spider-Man, Web of Spider-Man, Captain America, and Powerman and Iron Fist.

Daredevil #126 was published October, 1975.

eBay - Quite a bit of raw copies for sure on eBay. No shortage of them but not sure if high grade copies are scarce there. As for CGC, there's only one 9.6 NM+ at the moment.

mycomicshop - Only raw copies here and they are a VG and a GD.

NewKadia - Quite a few copies and the highest are in the VF range starting with a VF+. There's also some in the FN range and in the VG range.

Origin and 1st appearance of Bullseye

No doubt one of Daredevil's most popular and favorite foes, the first appearance of Bullseye in March 1976 is a bronze age investment comic worth noting and taking into deep consideration. He is after all the character who ends up killing Elektra, another popular villain of Daredevil.

I've always loved the character of Bullseye and wished they would've had him in costume in the Daredevil movie. While growing up, I thought it was a pretty awesome costume and still do to this day.

This is one of the most sought out Daredevil key issues from the bronze age, and is no sleeper. A CGC 9.2 will cost you above $200. Bullseye was created by Marv Wolfman and John Romita Sr.

mycomicshop - One CGC 9.6, signed by Stan Lee. The other CGC copy is a 9.4 and a Signature Series signed by Stan Lee. Other high grade unslabbed copies available as well.

eBay - Loads of CGC copies. One CGC 9.8 and two 9.6s I saw at decent prices for this major key issue. Lots of unslabbed copies at all sorts of grades as well.

2nd appearance of Bullseye

Bullseye is a favorite Daredevil villain of mine. Actually, him, Elektra, and Kingpin are the only villains out Daredevil's rogues that I'm a fan of. Was highly disappointed with Elektra and Bullseye's portrayals in the Daredevil flick, but I won't get into that.

So continuing with the 2nd appearance goodness, Daredevil #132 is the 2nd appearance of Bullseye, and I'm hoping that Marvel Studios gives this character another go at least on the small screen. This comic right now isn't hot or sought out and is pretty over-looked in the market.

Raw copies are pretty cheap and CGC 9.4 NMs are still well under the $200 mark. If this cat makes an appearance in the Daredevil Netflix TV series, his 1st appearance and 2nd appearance just may get a nice boost. Daredevil #132 was published April, 1976.

eBay - No shortage of copies here for this one on eBay, especially for raw copies and you can get them quite cheap. CGC copies spotted but only two at the moment. Highest is a 9.4 NM and the other copy is a 9.0 VF/NM. I'm sure more will pop up if you prefer slabbers.

mycomicshop - Two CGC copies with the highest being a 9.4 NM and the 2nd copy an 8.0 VF that's up for auction but ending in mere hours. Probably be done by the time you read this. Last option here is a VG/FN in stock.

NewKadia - VF minus is the highest grade here. There's also a FN+, a FN minus, and a VG minus.

ComicConnect - Four copies here with three of them being raw copies. One of the raw copies is currently up for auction. There is a CGC 9.6 NM+ and it's a 30 cent price variant for this issue.

ComicLink - Another 30 cent price variant slabber that's a 9.6 NM+ and much cheaper than the one on ComicConnect. Other slabbed copy here is a CGC 7.0 Signature Series.

1st appearance of Paladin

I was first introduced to this character in the Amazing Spider-Man comic when Todd McFarlane was still the primary artist. I believe the issue was Amazing Spider-Man #320.

While not a huge character in the Marvel Universe, Paladin is definitely no slouch either. Paladin has been in several Marvel titles and he is a neutral character in the Marvel Universe.

Paladin is a mercenary and private investigator all rolled into one. He was once employed by Silver Sable to investigate a conspiracy which threatened her native country of Symkaria. Paladin was also romantically linked to the Wasp for a period of time.

He is known as a mega womanizer and would flirt with any woman who caught his fancy. Paladin is also played a part in the Civil War comic series that seems to have steamed up in the market. 

Paladin was hired by Misty Knight to join Heroes for Hire, but he did so only for the money. When authorities, namely S.H.I.E.L.D. were looking to bring Captain America in, Paladin tried to create a trap to capture Steve Rodgers.

The trap failed and sly Steve Rodgers swapped costumes with an unconscious Paladin and S.H.I.E.L.D. arrested Paladin instead, thinking the latter was Captain America. Just goes to show you that you don't mess with Captain America.

Paladin's real name is unknown. What is known is that he was once a member of the Thunderbolt's team and that the first appearance of Paladin in Daredevil #150 was published January, 1978.

eBay - Wow, finally an issue that doesn't have a bunch of copies galore on eBay. All raw copies though. No CGC as of this writing.

mycomicshop - Four raw copies in actual stock and they are two FN+s, one FN, and one VG/FN.

NewKadia - A FN+ and a FN are currently the only copies here for now.

Reveals I.D. to Heather Glenn

Heather Glenn is the 2nd of Matt Murdock's love interests to discover his secret identity as the Man Without Fear. Just like with Karen Page, it doesn't go so good for our hero.

Apparently her father Maxwell Glenn, head of Glenn Industries, was found to be in a criminal conspiracy with the Purple Man. Matt Murdock found that the Purple Man was controlling him. Murdock tried to find evidence to exonerate Heather Glenn's father, but he committed suicide.

Once Heather Glenn learns that Matt Murdock is Daredevil, she freaks out and blames him for the death of her father. Their relationship would deteriorate after. Daredevil #151 was published March, 1978.

eBay - No CGC as of yet, but there's to be quite a few raw copies available.

mycomicshop - Five raw copies here in actual stock and the highest is a VF. There's also a FN, two FN minuses, and a VG+.

NewKadia - VF+, a VF minus and a FN+ here for the moment.

ComicLink - CGC 9.4 NM copy here and that's all for now.

I think some of the characters in this part are definitely interesting in terms of how they fit into the Daredevil mythos or how they're connected to other heroes in the Marvel Universe. So, if you're rolling your eyes and going, Oh, God, why is he talking about this lame character?, it's because who knows which character is tied into the Marvel Universe enough for those cats in Hollyweird to suddenly want to use in a television show or movie.

Whether you're on the hunt or actually dumping, this key comic issues list can be a resource for either or when the announcements come. Definitely more to come, so if you missed Part 4, just click the PREVIOUS link thing below.

Part 6 to this Daredevil key comics list is ready so just click the link to continue. Thanks for reading and see ya soon!


  1. Hey Mayhem,

    no doubt about it: DD 131 is a great comic
    and I am happy to own it. However, what got
    me confused about Bullseye is the fact, that there is another first appearance of a Bullseye in the pages of Nick Fury. Could you shed some light on that? Is this the same guy or someone else?

    Would be great to hear from you.


    1. Hiya Ace, good to hear from ya and good question also. The Bull's Eye or Bulls-Eye in Nick Fury is definitely a different person than Daredevil's Bullseye. The Nick Fury one only has a single appearance and dies in the same issue.

    2. Sounds like one of those expendable characters from Star Trek or Walking Dead.
      You can almost picture their demise, as they are being introduced.
      Daredevil is the consummate underdog and one of my very fave heroes.
      I had all but given up on comics in 1989 (living in Hollywierd) when I went to see
      the new Batman Film. After it was over, I rode my bike (yes, as in mountain bike)
      over to the local comic shop. After 3 years of living in Hollywood, I had become numb to everything around me and the term "Apathy" was me to a T. I picked up comic after comic with little care or excitement....until I came to Daredevil #268. The cover said it all with no words.There he was, unshaven, with a pissed off attitude and no BS mentality. Just a very worn out hero holding a rope. It got me interested. Horn Head had been thru a lot of $#!T and had no time for people's nonsense. He was crossing into the realm of Anti Hero and just what the doctor ordered at that time in my life. DD gave me confidence to the point when a large male cornered me on the street and told me to "give him" my leather jacket, I just stood my ground and said "I don't think so". I stared him down until he just sat down next to me and waited for his bus...Daredevil is the underdog that we all aspire to see win and the real person under the suit with problems just like all of us, but when confronted with life he meets it all head on because he is...The Man Without Fear!!! lk

    3. LK...great comment, man. Hollyweird can do that. GnR did have a song called Welcome to the Jungle for a reason.

      Kudos for standing up to that guy. Jacking a dude for a leather jacket? Really? How petty and idiotic can someone be, but I've also heard of peeps jacking peeps for their shoes as well.

      Kinda funny how certain comic characters can influence collectors when it comes to shit like that. For me, Wolverine's bezerker mode inspired me in every scrap I've been in. The extremism of the Punisher also was a major influence during my early days as a youth.

      Apathy scares the crap out of me now, to be honest. I've been apathetic for nearly 24 years of my early life, and I know exactly the amount of damage I can do when being in a such a state like that for too long.

      I'm glad you were able to move past that, man. It took me quite a long time to do so. You ROCK, brutha man!

  2. Awesome! I really like that comment. For me it was always John Constantine who had the right approach towards life: let the devil play with you and make a fool of him if you have the chance. I do have fond memories of Garth Ennis first run on that book...

    Max Rebo