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Sunday, 5 February 2012
IN THE BEGINNING! FAVOURITE COMICS OF THE PAST - PART ONE...
A comic I well-remember buying back in the late '60s (and which I re-acquired many years ago) is DAREDEVIL #53, entitled "AS IT WAS IN THE BEGINNING..." As you can likely tell by the title (and if you can't, then take two demerits) it's a retelling of Hornhead's origin, drawn by Genial GENE COLAN & Gallopin' GEORGE KLEIN, with a fair bit of Smilin' STAN LEE's original dashing dialogue (or paraphrasing of), book-ended by new exposition by Rascally ROY THOMAS.
Apart from seeing Daredevil in his original red and yellow togs again (a colour scheme which I've always preferred, despite the all-red apparel being more suited to the character's devilish demeanour), one of the things that appealed to me about this issue was the snow-covered rooftop setting of the present-day aspects of the story, as MATT MURDOCH, in his superhero outfit, remembers how he first became the crime-fighting nemesis of evil known to friends and foes alike as The MAN WITHOUT FEAR!
It seems to me, if my recollective faculty is functioning properly, that I purchased this periodical (from a shop that still exists) when the snow also lay 'round about (though not quite so deep and crisp and even) on the grounds of my own neighbourhood in the Cimmerian-like wastes of Caledonia. Although perhaps my memory is playing tricks, and the mag's evocative wintry scenes simply made such an impression on my young mind that it's rewritten the past to accommodate the story's setting. (Sometimes we remember things better than the way we actually happened.)
Posted by Kid at Sunday, February 05, 2012