There are undeniably times when being a blind superhero risks getting you into some trouble. Matt not only has to lie in his daily life to cover up his special abilities and extra-curricular activities, he has to “fake it” quite a bit in costume as well.
The panel on the left is from Daredevil #101 (vol 1), by Steve Gerber and artist Rich Buckler, and offers a rare glimpse of a presumably quite common occurence during Daredevil’s many years of fighting crime (working closely with the police when the social climate still allowed it). In this case, he didn’t fake a headache – as my im promptu post title suggests – but blamed his lack of a response on still being dizzy and promised that he’d get in touch. It’s safe to assume that he didn’t get back in touch. In fact, it’s quite impressive that he has been able to hide his shocking secret for as long as he has, though those days are long gone now. Just imagine the following nightmare scenarios that I threw toghether just for fun:
“DD, before you take off, can I just borrow you for a couple of minutes? You’ve encountered Stilt-Man more times than any of us. How about it if you sit down with a sketch artist and let’s see what we can come up with. What do you say?”
“Okay, in order to disarm the device, you need to cut the blue wire, and not the red one. This is very important or you’ll blow up the whole neighborhood.”
“This is the picture of the suspect that we passed around during the briefing this morning. Get a good look at him so you can help out before he strikes again, will you?”
“Now, DD, if you’ll just look at this map. Right here (points out location on map) is where we think the illegal cargo is being kept.”
“You let the bank robber get away?! Did you at least get a license plate number?”
Though my favorite scene of Matt pulling off a nice save, is from a later issue (I’m sure I’ll post it one of these days) when he finds a key card and takes it to the police. The police officer swipes it through a device that shows the correct address on a display. Rather than admit that he can’t see what it says, he asks: “Are you sure there is such an address?” To which the officer replies: “13 Wall Street? Of course!” Quick thinking, DD! 🙂