Wacky Power #22 – “Birdlike emanations”

Here’s a quick post to get back into the groove of things! Remember how Daredevil has shown the ability to sense a villainous aura? This is how he apparently recognized the evil behind The Owl, Purple Man and one of the many Misters Fear. And, in a recent issue of New Avengers, the aura concept was back again.

In the example below, however, from Daredevil #22 (volume 1), by Stan Lee and Gene Colan, Daredevil’s “evil sense” seems both oddly powerful and oddly specific. Daredevil claims to be able to determine that The Owl is not anywhere near New York. This is apparently because he can’t sense any “birdlike emanations.” Wu-huh? I don’t know what those are. I can’t even begin to guess. A very particular kind of aura? One that you can sense halfway across the city? And he does this with his radar sense? I guess only Stan Lee knows…

Daredevil talks of birdlike emanations, from Daredevil #22 by Stan Lee and Gene Colan

Christine Hanefalk

Christine Hanefalk

Based in Stockholm, Sweden, Christine is a die-hard Daredevil fan who launched The Other Murdock Papers in 2007 to share her passion for Matt Murdock and his friends with other fans.


  1. There is still so much that is mysterious about the Owl… like his powerful emanations. Maybe it’s his diet. Great picture of DD. Are you sure that’s Gene Colan? Looks like JR Sr.?

    1. This is early Gene Colan (Daredevil #22 was his third issue). Maybe he was trying to imitate John Romita Sr who penciled issues #12-19?

  2. The statue underneath DD is totally Gene Colan with an unusually traditional inking job.

    As for birdlike emanations … what DOES DD think of pigeons, then?

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