Daredevil Month: Daredevil’s Most Ridiculous Enemy

Posted: March 18, 2015 in Comic Book Study
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Welcome back to Daredevil Month everyone. For today, we’re taking a look at DD’s most ridiculous enemy of all time. Keep in mind, other superheroes have had terrible/laughably bad enemies before (Spider-Man has, among others, the Hypno Hustler, Captain America had the personifications of street drugs, etc), but this is ridiculous on a completely different level. During a major company crossover, while other superheroes fought and defeated demons and the like, Red had to contend with this:

Yes, that’s exactly what you think it is. Image taken from marvel.wikia.com

For those of you reading this who aren’t entirely aware of this event, that really is a vacuum that Daredevil is fighting. As you can see in the picture, DD’s losing pretty badly.

It started back in October of 1988. Marvel began publishing a companywide crossover story called “Inferno“, during which demons attempted to invade Earth and are repelled by Marvel’s heroes. Among the tie in issues for this event included three Daredevil issues, numbers 262, 263, and 265. Issue #262, titled “I Found Me in a Gloomy Wood Astray”, was published in 1989 with the above brilliant cover slapped on the front.

The general summary of the issue’s plot doesn’t seem too bad on the surface though; Daredevil, recovering from his fight with Typhoid Mary and being returned to full health by Stick, has to battle demonic forces and protect his corner of NYC while still in a weakened condition. Meanwhile, Karen Page and Black Widow go looking for him while the city falls into chaos. Given Daredevil’s Catholic upbringing and his admitted morality issues, you’d think a storyline with him fighting demons would be really interesting, or at least would explore his character a little more.

Instead, we get the vacuum cleaner fight.

Truthfully, I haven’t been able to get a copy of issue 262 yet, so I can’t honestly tell you what specifically happened during the fight. What I can tell you though is that, out of the online posts and comments of those who have seen the issue, the general consensus is that Daredevil not only loses to the vacuum, but he loses badly. Granted, the story probably explains it away as he’s still recovering, but still, it’s a vacuum.

I know I missed a few things about the fight, but did I miss anything else? Would Daredevil have fared better against something a little smaller than a vacuum (say, a demonic lamp?) Leave a comment below, follow me on Twitter, and don’t forget to check out the Comic Books vs The World Youtube channel. Keep returning to the blog to enjoy daily content during Daredevil Month!

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