Daredevil: The Collection

This origin story is set in rural Upstate South Carolina during the 1970s, and there are plenty of uncomfortable parallels with the scrawny nerd-to-hero Peter Parker (the origin story of Spider-Man, 1962, occurring a bit over a year after my birth, 1961).

This origin story is about nerd-t-hero, however; it is about an anxious rail-thin teenager being diagnosed with scoliosis and stumbling into reading, drawing from, and collecting Marvel comic books.

From 1975 until I graduated high school in 1979, I managed to collect about 7000 Marvel comic books, the greatest bilk of what was published in the 1970s. One huge part of that collection was buying a collection from an ad in our local newspaper.

As I have written about often, my parents turned themselves inside out to support their son resigned to spending his adolescence wearing a full body brace to correct a crooked spine. Buying comics and even attending a comic-con in Atlanta were stressful for my working-class family, but my parents never wavered.

While my collecting—and drawing from comic books—gradually faded while I was in college and then married in the early 1980s, I held onto that collection until my then-wife and I decided to buy a townhouse before having our only child.

Here, I allowed the normal life expectations to prompt a really bad decision—selling the entire collection to a comic book store in Charlotte (who mainly wanted the X-Men titles, and the full original run of Conan) for enough money to make a small downpayment on that townhouse.

While the money for us then was enough, looking back, I essentially threw away a wonderful collection because of impatience to start the sort of life I believed I was supposed to follow.

Over the next 40 years, I was a former comic book collector—although I popped back into collecting a few times because of students I taught and the growing wider interest in superheroes grounded in films featuring Batman and then the X-Men.

Also over those 40 years, my life—as life does—changed dramatically and in ways I could have never envisions.

In 2002, I moved from K-12 teaching to higher education, and it is then, that I turned to comic book scholarship/blogging and began once again filling my office with comic books used in that work as well as starting (without any initial purpose) collection Daredevil, focusing on my favorite Alex Maleev run.

The 2010s included the greatest changes in my life. Grandchildren, another serious cycling versus car accident (on Christmas eve 2016), the death of both parents in 2017, and then a major life change in 2019 after spending two years in therapy.

This may seem trivial to many people, but a key to coming to embrace my true self, and thus, true life, was to allow myself to return to the joys of my teenage years.

For a few years now, I have recommitted to comic book collecting, focusing on Daredevil and Black Widow along with a few other Marvel (and some DC) titles.

I moved my small collection from my office into a very small apartment already overwhelmed by two occupants and way too many high-end bicycles.

But in 2022, we moved into a larger apartment allowing us to dedicate a small bedroom to those bicycles and that growing collection—along with another new avocation, Lego.

Something unexpected happened in 2022.

First, I was able to complete my Black Widow solo series collection while I also wrote an 8-blog series on Black Widow and recently submitted a book proposal on the character (currently under review).

Next, I gradually began to make huge dents in the more daunting Daredevil collection since his solo series began in 1964 and includes nearly 700 issues.

After connecting with a local comic book store, where they targeted Daredevil issues for me, I began making some large purchases and eventually believed I could complete the entire run.

A tipping point in 2022 was making the big leap to buy Daredevil 1, 2, and 3 from that store, and then realizing I had dwindled my needed issues from about 100 to just about 10.

In that final 10, I was faced with a few key issues that were experiencing the usual market inflation connected to the MCU so I was patient and watched for dropping prices at local stores and on ebay.

This post in December 2022, then, is a magical one for me, surreal as I announce with acquiring Daredevil v.1 issue 7 (the first issue with his red uniform), I have a full run of Daredevil.

Issue 7

Below are scans of favorite and key issues in that collection, just to share.

Now I have begun turning to adding key appearances including Daredevil across the Marvel universe.

Enjoy!

Daredevil Vol. #1–380 (April 1964 – October 1998)

Volume 1

Issue 1

Issue 2

Issue 3

Issue 16 – Spider-Man

Issue 81 – Black Widow

Issue 88 – Killgrave

Issue 126

Issue 131 – Bullseye

Issue 156 – Red v. Yellow

Issue 158 – Key Frank Miller

Issue 188 – Black Widow

Issue 201 – Black Widow

Issue 217 – Black Widow (Barry Windsor Smith cover)

Issue 230 – Born Again

Issue 287 – Lee Weeks art

Issue 347 – Red v. Yellow

Issue 373

Issue 380 – Last issue volume 1

Daredevil Vol. 2, #1–119 [#381–499] (November 1998 – August 2009)

Note: With issue #22, began official dual-numbering with original series, as #22 /402, etc.

Daredevil #500–512 (October 2009 – December 2010) Original numbering resumes.

Volume 2

Issue 5

Issue 10

Issue 36 – Alex Maleev cover

Issue 51

Issue 66 – Maleev **

Issue 116

Daredevil Vol. 3, #1–36, #10.1 [#513-548] (July 2011 – February 2014)

Volume 3

Issue 4

Issue 11 – Punisher

Issue 18

Daredevil Vol. 4 #1-18, #1.50, #15.1 [#549-566] (March 2014 – September 2015)

Volume 4

Issue 14

Daredevil Vol. 5 #1-28 [#567-594] (February 2016 – December 2017)

Daredevil #595-612 (2017 – 2018) Original numbering resumes.

Volume 5

Issue 006 – Bill Sienkiewicz cover

Issue 14

Issue 26

Issue 595 – Bill Sienkiewicz cover

Issue 604

Issue 610 – Second printing variant, Phil Noto

Daredevil Vol. 6 #1-36 (2019 – 2022)

Volume 6

Issue 4 – The Punisher

Issue 10 – Fornes second printing variant

Issue 25.3 – Third printing variant

Issue 34

Daredevil Vol. 7 #1-TBD (2022 – TBD)

Volume 7

Issue 1 vF

Issue 1 vQ

Issue 2 vS

Issue 3 vM