After bringing up Brubaker’s “reintroduction” of Becky Blake in my review of The Devil in Cell Block D, I thought it might be interesting to go back to her very first appearance in issue #155. Becky Blake was created by Roger McKenzie (another one of those solid half-forgotten writers who seem destined to always remain in the shadow of Frank Miller) and is drawn here by Frank Robbins. Becky, is quite a hottie on wheels in this issue (I’m kind of getting a Charlie’s Angels vibe here), and she would keep this look for about four issues, before then-penciller Frank Miller gave her her current appearance in issue #165.

When we enter the scene, it’s been a very rough day for Matt. He has a splitting headache (which will later be revealed to be the result of concussion), just fell from a building that morning, and has had to interview job applicants all day. A misunderstanding and hurt feelings ensue, and Foggy is once again written as something of an ignorant goof.

Matt hunched over his desk in pain, Daredevil #155
Matt hunched over his desk in pain, Daredevil #155

Becky starts yelling at Matt
Becky starts yelling at Matt
Becky gets ready to leave when Matt gets up, revealing his own disability
Becky gets ready to leave when Matt gets up, revealing his own disability
The conversation turns around and Matt and Becky make up
The conversation turns around and Matt and Becky make up
Foggy reveals his prejudices to a disgruntled Matt
Foggy reveals his prejudices to a disgruntled Matt
Foggy has a change of heart
Foggy has a change of heart

And, as usual, Becky and Foggy have to go to dinner alone as Matt takes off when he catches wind of the Black Widow being back in town and staying at the Avengers mansion. At least he did manage to squeeze in that much needed shave before going out. However, by the time he shows up at the mansion, his concussion has driven him into a rage and he has to be subdued by Captain America, Beast and Hercules until Natasha manages to take him out with her widow’s bite. All in a days work…

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.

4 comments

  1. Personally, I must say that I like Frank Robbins work… Maybe, when one’s used to other DD artists, it may look a bit too cartoony, but I love his dinamism and beautiful Brush-stroke (he inked his own work).

    In a way, it’s a pity the looks was later changed to a more “mousy” type: i like the way she looks here.

    Re my favourite subject (AKA the endearing Mr. Nelson;D): he comes as a real jerk here, doesn’t he? Yet one wonders if that is consistent with the character… I mean, he had been working shoulder to shoulder with a blind partner for years, plus he had hired Willie Lincoln’s services (a blind policeman) when he was District Attorney… I mean, Foggy certainly shouldn’t be portrayed as the type of guy who discriminated other people for being disabled.

  2. I like this look for Becky too, and I don’t understand why Frank Miller changed it. What’s wrong with her being a little “hottie”? 😀

    Yes, I definitely think this is out of character for Foggy. I think this is the kind of thing writers throw in just to create some conflict (which is basically what all types of fiction thrive on, I suppose), and Foggy has often been forced to act in a way that lets the writer get his point across, regardless of whether Foggy would actually act that way.

  3. Yes, it could be that… In fact, when Nocenti had Foggy working for a big corporation -against Matt- was trying to make a point: I think the story was good, but I don’t entirely buy the idea that a Foggy without Matt would just forget any moral principles and defend the indefendable just for money.

    (on the other hand, and considering the previous financial failure of his society with Murdock, maybe he was actually tired of too many Just” but also pro.bono cases, LOL)

  4. Do you know of a collection that has this issue? I would really enjoy reading it in full.

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