I may be cheating a little with this installment of the “indecisive villain” series, since Doctor Doom isn’t actually trying to kill Daredevil, but the plot is contrived enough that it makes the list anyway. The scenes we’re going to look at are from Daredevil #37, by Stan Lee and Gene Colan, the issue which forms the first part of the two-parter in which Daredevil and Doctor Doom change bodies.
For a brief comment on the absurdity of one of these plot points, see my previous post “DD stands for Doctor Doom”. Here we are just going to look at the cat and mouse game that got Daredevil into Doctor Doom’s body in the first place…
As alluded to by Doctor Doom in these first few panels, the villain of the issue finds our hero already beaten and his strength depleted after his encounter with the Trapster in the previous issue. You’ve gotta love Matt’s complaining to himself regarding his poor luck: “How come I’m usually in the middle whenever anyone wants to tackle some other costumed cut-ups?
The action turns surprisingly violent in the next few panels where Doctor Doom makes clear his intention to dispose of Daredevil as one would a “bothersome flying insect!”
Needless to say, Doom doesn’t actually dispose of Daredevil, but picks him up like a sack of hay and carries him to his car. From there, it’s off to the embassy!
Matt regains consciousness just in time to enjoy having his red-clad ass tossed into the embassy dungeon. Apparently to hide his insecurity, Daredevil fights back hard, with insults and (by now) dated pop culture references. You go, Matt! Hit him where it hurts!
Because Doom is a megalomaniac super-villain of the first order, he has turned the whole place into a strange house of horrors. When Daredevil finally escapes from the dungeon, he find himself shrunk to the size of a child. Of course, Doctor Doom has done nothing of the sort. He just enjoys spending vast amounts of money on messing with his prisoners’ heads. Daredevil hits the nail on the head by asking “But it this was his aim… Why did he do it?? What purpose can possibly be served??”
After spending yet another few pages playing mouse to Doom’s cat in spinning rooms, upside down rooms and being the subject of every other sort of redundancy imaginable, Daredevil finds himself realizing the real purpose of his capture. The house of horror stuff was in no way central to the plot of this issue, or to Doom’s real plan. In order to get to the Fantastic Four, he must first get himself into Daredevil’s body!
This was the 300th post here at The Other Murdock Papers. I’ve had a lot of fun so far, and I hope you have too. Let’s hear it for another three-hundred issues, and I’ll see you back here very soon! 😀