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Sunday, April 12, 2015

Daredevil Key Issue Comics Part 9

Alright, here we are with the last and final part to this Daredevil key issue comics series. I'm going to be extremely selective when it comes to key comics from the Modern Age concerning any Daredevil titled series as this list is already getting a bit long.

So important or semi-important 1st appearances or real deaths of important supporting characters will be featured in this last part. Much of the later Daredevil series uses a lot of Silver Age villains and supporting characters. Only a few created during the Modern Age will be noted, but most likely many in this last part aren't really all that in-demand as of this writing anyhow.

Click this Part 8 link if you missed the previous part to this Daredevil key comics list. If you're ready, here's the last of them!

1st appearance of Blackheart

No surprise that this comic issue is back on another key issues list. Blackheart is more widely known as a Ghost Rider nemesis, mostly because of the Ghost Rider movie that came out in 2007.

While Blackheart is a nemesis of Ghost Rider, he has caused trouble for various superheroes in the Marvel Universe. Blackheart is the son of Mephisto and was created from the centuries of evil that took place in a locale called Christ's Crown, New York.

This powerful demon created by Mephisto was really the creation from the brilliant minds of Ann Nocenti and John Romita Jr. Blackheart's first appearance in Daredevil #270 was published September, 1989.

eBay - Selection is a bit limited. You can get this issue in a comic lot still for pretty cheap. There's a CGC 9.6 NM+, but that's the only slab available here for the moment.

mycomicshop - One VF and two FN copies here, and all are raw and in actual stock.

NewKadia - NM minus and a VF here at the time of this writing.

1st appearance of Emissaries of Evil

I believe I mentioned the Emissaries of Evil in an earlier part to this Daredevil key comics series. This is the first appearance of the original line up that was round up by Electro.

The group consisted of Electro, Gladiator, Stilt-Man, Leap-Frog, and the Matador. Though not really an iconic supervillain team for the Man Without Fear, this issue is still the first Daredevil Annual and from the Silver Age.

Extremely over-looked Silver Age key Daredevil issue at the moment. Daredevil Annual #1 was published September, 1967.

eBay - Didn't see that many raw copies, but saw a few CGC copies. Highest is a 9.4 and still pretty cheap. 2nd highest is a 9.2 NM minus and definitely cheap for a high grade slabber.

mycomicshop - Three raw copies and the highest is a FN minus. Lowest is a VG+. All are on consignment.

Death of Karen Page

Of course, this issue had to be on this list. Karen Page is one of the longest supporting characters in Daredevil comics next to Foggy Nelson. Highly important supporting character, the issue of her death has to be a key issue of note.

Bullseye is responsible for her death, although unintentional. Bullseye had thrown DD's billyclub at Daredevil himself, but Karen Page steps in it's path and saves her love.

Of course, Daredevil would feel responsible for her death as well, and it would torment him further. Unlike most deaths in comics, Karen does not come back and is only revealed in flashbacks after this issue or a What If story. March, 1999 is when this comic was published.

eBay - So far the selection is pretty limited for this one. You can still get this one in a couple of comic lots. As expected, no slabbed copies yet.

mycomicshop - Only one VF copy in stock at the moment.

NewKadia - All raw copies in the NM range. They are a NM+, NM, and NM minus.

1st appearance of Echo

Maya Lopez, also known as Echo, is one of the very few deaf super heroines in comics. She is also a love interest for Daredevil, but started as an enemy for the horned hero.

A master martial artist and highly capable fighter, Echo believed that Daredevil was responsible for killing her father, a lie that Kingpin used to conceal his involvement in her father's murder. As Echo, she is marked by a white painted imprint of a hand on her face.

Echo would later become Ronin, a member of the New Avengers. She was created by David Mack and Joe Quesada. Pretty important Modern Age Daredevil character. Daredevil #9 volume 2 was published December, 1999.

eBay - Only a few copies of this one also on the mighty eBay. No CGC and plenty of raw copies. Not many are listing this as the first appearance of Echo just yet, so it's flying under the radar in the current market.

mycomicshop - Only one VF raw copy in stock.

NewKadia - Only one NM+ copy in stock at the time of this writing.

1st Alex Maleev art of Daredevil

Triple A brought up the run by Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev in a comment, and it starts with this issue. Alex Maleev did become a signature artist for volume 2 of the Daredevil comic series.

Although, I've chosen to be extremely selective in the Modern Age Daredevil key issues to feature in this last part, I agree that this issue is one worth noting here. Daredevil #26 starts the collaboration between Bendis and Maleev, and they have been long time collaborators since.

In terms of anything else key issue worthy, this issue really doesn't have anything. Unless you want to count the apparent death of Kingpin, but we all know that he comes back.

December, 2001 was when this comic was published.

eBay - Only spotted a few raw copies here at the moment. No CGC just yet.

mycomicshop - A raw VF and FN copies in actual stock.

NewKadia - Only one NM+ copy in stock.

1st appearance of Mila Donovan

Mila Donovan is a character that is pretty substantial in the volume 2 Daredevil series. She would also appear in the volume 3 series briefly.

Mila Donovan is yet another love interest for Matt Murdock, and the two actually were married. They are currently divorced. Mila Donovan was created by Brian Micheal Bendis and Alex Maleev, and she is also blind.

Daredevil #41 from the volume 2 series was published March, 2003.

eBay - Quite a bit more raw copies available for this one than the others on this list. Didn't spot any CGC or slabbed copies and didn't expect to.

NewKadia - Three copies here so far, and they are a NM+, a NM, and a VF+.

1st appearance of Lady Bullseye

Yep, a female version of Bullseye! Hell, why not?

Created by Ed Brubaker, Marko Djurdjevic, and Clay Mann, this femme fatale is Maki Matsumoto, a Japanese lawyer by day and cold blooded killer by night. As a girl, she was imprisoned by the Yakuza and witnessed Bullseye enter the complex and effortlessly kill her captors. This inspired Maki.

She is a member of The Hand and an ally of Kingpin, although she once stabbed him. Lady Bullseye has no apparent powers but she is a master of several martial arts.

Pretty much a sleeper right now, but who knows what the future holds for this character. Daredevil #111 was published September, 2008.

eBay - This one is a bit more known in the market. Sellers are noting it as the first appearance of Lady Bullseye. Quite a few of them are in comic lots, but no CGC as of yet or didn't spot any.

mycomicshop - A FN minus is up for auction at the time of this writing. Other option is a VG/FN copy. Both are raw and nothing really to write home about.

1st appearance of Ben Urich

This one here is from the first series and is a clean up job because I missed it earlier. Ben Urich does become an important supporting character for Daredevil.

He is a Daily Bugle reporter and is also linked to Peter Parker as well. The character will be in the Netflix tv series. Ben Ulrich is one of the main reporters investigating supervillains posing as business men, in which his obsession puts him in direct conflict with the Kingpin or Wilson Fisk.

Ben will later learn Daredevil's secret identity and becomes a friend to Matt Murdock. Since then he has been a staunch supporter of keeping Daredevil's identity a secret, not even wavering when the Kingpin tortured him and nearly kills his wife for the information.

Although his position at the Daily Bugle suffers for it, Urich refuses to confirm Daredevil's identity to J. Jonah Jameson. The first appearance of Ben Urich in Daredevil #153 should not be one to over-look when it comes to key issue first appearances.

Daredevil #153 was published July, 1978. Vondie Curtis-Hall is the actor that will play this character in the Netflix series.

eBay - Only a few copies here, but there are two CGC copies. One is a 9.8 and the other a 9.6 NM+. 9.8 is from Canada and the auction ends soon.

mycomicshop - All raw copies in stock and there's two FN/VFs and two VG+ copies at the moment.

NewKadia - NM minus, VF, and a VF minus in stock here at NewKadia.

That concludes this series. The first season of Daredevil is up on Netflix already, all 13 episodes of season one. Time to go watch that.

For fans of Daredevil The Man Without Fear, I hope you enjoyed this one. If you got key issue Daredevil recommendations, shout them out in the comments section so others can know about them. 

You never know. I may expand on this in the future and put your suggestions in it. Alright, time for a very short break and then onto yet another key comics request.


  1. Hey big M,

    thanks for bringing the first appearance of Ben Urich to my attention. Didn' t have that one on my radar! As a matter of fact, he seems to be a writers favourite and has been used in many storylines.


    1. Yeah, can't believe I missed him and was like WTF? when I looked at the past parts to this series. Urich is a pretty connected character in the Marvel Universe, working for the Daily Bugle n all. He's definitely shown up in a lot of Marvel's more street level characters like DD.

      I'm not that happy what they did with him in the Netflix series. Great TV series by the way, but man...if you haven't seen it yet I don't want to ruin it for you.

  2. Hey Mayhem,

    agree on most picks but - Lady Bullseye? Please, that character is ridiculous. Talk about Marketing Missfire - reminds me of that character from Star Wars. Jar Jar Binks I guess he was called. Anyway, I hope Marvel will stop changing every male character into a female version and create new ones instead. I mean, what' s next? Lady Modog? Mrs. Stiltman?

    Max Rebo

    1. Max Rebo, there's at least 80% or even more where people are gonna scratch their heads and go, Why the hell is this key issue on the list? I believe I even brought that to attention in a few lists already done.

      Even sometimes I groan when I find a key that's somewhat or minimally substantial and debate about whether or not to put it on a list or not. I figured since there are a lot more female readership with comics now, I might as well put Lady Bullseye on it in case they never heard about her before.

      As for Marvel coming up with new characters, I agree 100% on that. I wish they'd stop rehashing male characters into female characters and creating every race for certain superheroes like an Asian Spider-Man or Black Spider-Man type character. Seriously, just be creative and create a completely new and exciting female comic character or completely new comic character with a different mythos and powers that's of a different race.

      I could care less about 20 characters that all have Spider-Man's powers or Captain America's powers. We've already seen it with the originals. Just my two cents about that.

  3. You mean Modok - wonder who would play him in a movie... Modoking all docking stations - you know when that guy used the toilett before you. I mean, he can go on the can, right? Not sure about this. Looks like another question for the mighty Mayhem man :-)

    Triple A

  4. Hey Triple A,

    what do you mean? That guy is fused to a f#!?@ flying toilet! He does not have to go on the potty! Talk about daily convenience.
    At least this mystery has been solved by

    Speculation Jones

    1. Potty talk...haha...not getting in on this convo.

  5. Hey my friend,

    if you are a Thypoid fan, I got a recommendation for you: check out the Typhoid mini series by Nocenti from the 90s (Marvel Edge brand for mature readers). The best about it? The painted artwork by Ed van Fleet will blow you away! 10 out of 10.

    N. G.

  6. Any thoughts on DD 178 being a key? First meeting between horn head, Luke Cage and Iron Fist. Future Netflix Defenders team?

    1. Really? Those characters didn't meet until DD #178? Never knew that Sean. Thanks for bringing it up.

  7. Replies
    1. Thanks Mr. Brown, Sir! I agree...I love me some Lady D. Awesome character and I'm glad they're giving her some more panel time in the newer comics. Hope all is well with you and your fam!

  8. Hey Mayhem,

    would be nice to hear what you picked up at that con you were going to. Just curious.


    1. Yeah! Definitely like hearing about Con buys! I live almost 300 miles from the nearest con this year, so I have to live vicariously through the internet!

    2. Will definitely be writing up some con buys...Already have one from the East Bay Comic Con that I haven't gotten around slinging up on here. There is the Big Wow Comic Fest coming up this weekend, so I'll definitely be reporting any snags I get pretty soon.

  9. Mr. T likes sweaty Cons! He wants to know the scoop on this one, Mayhem.

    Mr. T