The Original Daredevil no.6, 1941

Daredevil no.6, December 1941 from Lev Gleason. Cover by Charles Biro, who worked on the title for 16 years.

This is the original Daredevil that lasted until 1956.

I love this story where a wolf with a human brain meets Daredevil’s love interest, Tonia. Thinking the dog/wolf is a stray, she takes him home. The wolf goes home because he thinks she’s hot (not kidding). The story is as crazy as the cover, where the wolf turns into a hound from hell. Oh, and his name is Wolf Carson. His mother must’ve seen this coming.

The hellhound gets taken home

Out of the other 11 features in this issue, other notables include Pat Patriot, drawn nicely by Frank Borth, Real American featuring the Bronze Terror by Dick Briefer, and Claw vs Ghost, by Bob Wood.

Pat Patriot had a nice design
Pat Patriot says to play some Football

Pat Patriot

Pat Patriot, America’s Joan of Arc, first appeared in Daredevil no.2. This sixth issue of Daredevil coincided with the release of All-Star Comics no.8 from All American Comics/DC, which had the first appearance of Wonder Woman in it.

Real American was a bold statement about Native Americans

Real American Number One

The true star of the early Daredevil Comics was Real American Number One.

Real American stars Jeff Dixon as a “prominent lawyer and son of an Indian chief, becomes the Bronze Terror, nemesis of gangsters and corrupt politicians who attempt to swindle and subjugate his people, the American Indians.” He could summon a demon horse called Black Moon and was helped by the lovely Lilly, who secretly pined for his alter ego. What an amazing concept for a series! I wonder how it was received in the 40s. The series ran from Daredevil 2-11.

Briefer would later be the creative force behind the acclaimed Frankenstein comic (in Prize Comics and in Frankenstein comic, from 1945 to 1949 and again from 1952-1954.)

Wood and Biro would later collaborate on Crime Does Not Pay and help launch crime comics. A decade later, it was crime that was the major focus for Hearings that led to the Comics Code, not horror.


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