“Because I can’t just kill him” – Part 8

Yes, it’s time for one of these again, because the villains don’t seem to be getting any smarter. With this installment of the series, we’ll even revisit an issue that has already been featured: The first Daredevil annual from 1967. Yes, the issue actually features more than one scene where Daredevil narrowly escapes due to the stupidity and megalomania of his adversaries.

The combatants

Why, it’s Daredevil versus…

Stilt-Man appears!
Stilt-Man appears!

That’s right, the very epitome of silly villains. You know, I always thought his biggest weakness was the fact that the armor doesn’t have knees. Or does it? Okay, we’ll leave your speculations for the comments. Let’s move on.

The situation

When Stilt-Man finds Daredevil it’s the former who has the advantage. And the fight continues to go his way, even as Daredevil manages to escape his grip, as seen below. Oh, and isn’t it cute how Matt has a sore toe? Yeah, he hurt that one earlier.

Daredevil escapes Stilt-Man's grip
Daredevil escapes Stilt-Man's grip

The problem

This isn’t one of those “I’ll kill him later so I can do it in style” scenarios. It’s the “this is way too easy.” I can see why certain supervillains would like to take this route (at least early in their careers before they’ve been foiled by the same hero a dozen times). Stilts is feeling like he’s on top of the world – in more ways than one – and we all know how that over-confidence can go to a person’s head. Here’s how the situation unfolds.

Stilt-Man descends to Daredevil's level
Stilt-Man descends to Daredevil's level

“In fact, so sure am I of my power that I shall descend to your height for my final attack.”

Stilt-Man gets ready to shoot
Stilt-Man gets ready to shoot
Stilt-Man is catapulted into a wall
Stilt-Man is catapulted into a wall

Ah, what would a superhero do without these little problem-solving buttons? Thank you Stilt-Man for so graciously contributing to your own downfall! Silver Age villains, you’ve gotta love ’em. 😉

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.

2 comments

  1. Can someone tell me if bricks were green in the 60s.

  2. You need to read Amazing Spider-Man #611 for the battle against Lady Stilt-Man! Haha

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