Silver Streak Archives Featuring the Original Daredevil, Volume 1

Overview

Debuting in 1940 in Silver Streak Comics #6, the original Daredevil was a mute superhero who used boomerangs and his athletic abilities to wipe out American mobsters and international criminals. Capturing readers' imaginations as he fought his nemesis, the evil Claw, the original Daredevil was a popular recurring character and eventual headliner in his own comic-book series. In this volume, the debut episodes of the original Daredevil in Silver Streak Comics are finally collected in a deluxe hardcover volume! In ...

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Overview

Debuting in 1940 in Silver Streak Comics #6, the original Daredevil was a mute superhero who used boomerangs and his athletic abilities to wipe out American mobsters and international criminals. Capturing readers' imaginations as he fought his nemesis, the evil Claw, the original Daredevil was a popular recurring character and eventual headliner in his own comic-book series. In this volume, the debut episodes of the original Daredevil in Silver Streak Comics are finally collected in a deluxe hardcover volume! In addition to reprinting the original Daredevil's first appearances and early work by Jack Cole (Plastic Man), this essential volume of comic-book treasures will present every story, gag strip, and text piece from the original anthologies, plus a new foreword by Michael T. Gilbert!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This collection of the golden age title from issue 6 through 9 at its strongest point, in the fall of 1940, like any collection of the era, is a mixed bag of innovation, tradition, and kitsch, and the stories are often at their best with humor in the mix. That’s the case with the titular Silver Streak, a speedster hero whose standout adventures are played more for laughs. The breakout star is Daredevil, no relation to the Marvel version. Following a unexceptional debut, Daredevil is coupled in permanent conflict with Fu Manchu–style villain the Claw. Those entertaining stories are by a pre-Plastic Man Jack Cole, editor for the series starting with issue 7 and creator of the two shining gems of the collection: “Dickie Dean, the Boy Inventor,” a madcap and often surreal outing involving futuristic gadgetry, and “The Pirate Prince,” which gives a sophisticated comedic bent to swashbuckling adventures. The latter story also provides the most progressive moment in the archive, a story line involving the freeing of slaves, although so many other stories in the volume are marred by the casual racism too common in that era. Cole’s energy saves the day creatively, and admittedly the racial biases have historical value. (July)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781595829290
  • Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
  • Publication date: 7/10/2012
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 10.40 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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