“You wear a mask too?”

by Oct 14, 2009Silver Age Madness0 comments

Panel from Daredevil #27, by Stan Lee and Gene Colan

Panel from Daredevil #27, by Stan Lee and Gene Colan

Daredevil #27, by Stan Lee and Gene Colan sees Daredevil have one of those awkward blind superhero moments that should probably be more common than is seen in the comic (for two other such moments, see “I’m feeling a headache coming on officer, gotta run!” and “Nice save, Daredevil!“).

This scene takes place very early in Daredevil’s and Spider-Man’s relationship. It’s so early, in fact, that Matt apparently doesn’t know what Spider-Man looks like, despite the long hours the legal eagles have already spent in front of the television watching Spidey’s shenanigans (you’d think Foggy would tell him…).

Here, Daredevil reveals that he doesn’t know that Spider-Man wears a mask, thus coming close to revealing his secret. On the other hand, I think we should be careful about analyzing the situation too carefully, or we might end up asking questions like

  1. Doesn’t Spider-Man’s mask make his voice sound muffled?
  2. Where does Daredevil think the alias “webhead” comes from if not from Spidey wearing webs on his head?
  3. Why does Spider-Man assume that his mask hides a less than cheerful attitude?
  4. Does Spider-Man now suspect Daredevil has X-ray vision?

Well, the list could go on, but now it’s making my head hurt. Gotta go to bed!

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