Okay, time for one of those wacky powers again! This is from issue #235, written by Danny Fingeroth (his only work on the title) and pencilled by Steve Ditko. What we have here is Daredevil busting some arts thieves, and determining that they have stolen a genuine Picasso! Now how does he do this, you ask? Well, by feeling the paint strokes (and note the rather wacky extra radar rings coming from his hand in this panel…).
I have a couple of problems with this power: 1) Paint feels like paint, feels like paint. I seriously doubt one brush stroke feels that different from another brush stroke painted by some other artists using a similar technique. 2) In order to determine that this is a genuine Picasso, wouldn’t he need some kind of reference to go on? That is, wouldn’t he have had to actually touch a genuine Picasso painting in the past in order to know what such a painting feels like? This is perhaps the most damaging piece of evidence, and the one that clearly proves that this power belongs in the wacky category. Very few people in the world are allowed to touch a painting by Pablo Picasso, and I doubt that Matt Murdock is among the few to have done so.
Description: Panel shows Daredevil hold up a painting that was wrapped in sheets. He’s thinking to himself, “Paintings! I can feel the paint’s imprint with my fingertips. This is an original Picasso, worth millions.” He then says, to no one in particular, “You boys have taste. You left the money and got the good stuff.