The Spider-Man Project

Daredevil, The Man Without Fear! Vol. 1 077, Sub-Mariner Vol. 1 040

Posted by dave, January 20, 2008 at 7:17 pm · No Comments ·

Daredevil, The Man Without Fear! Vol. 1 077…And So Enters the Amazing Spider-Man
Writer: Gerry Conway
Artist: Gene Colan
Inker: Tom Palmer
Letterer: Jean Izzo
Originally published: June 1971

Sub-Mariner Vol. 1 040…Under the Name of Ritual–
Writer: Gerry Conway
Artist: Gene Colan
Inker: Sam Grainger
Letterer: Sam Rosen
Originally published: August 1971

Another couple guest-spots for Spidey, and again in a fairly large co-starring role. Daredevil 77 opens with Daredevil pining away after some girl. Unaware of this, Spider-Man sees him go by and envies his care-free life – Pete is still pining after Gwen, who “can’t stand the sight of Spider-Man.” These superheroes have such turbulent personal lives.

Meanwhile…Foggy Nelson gets kidnapped! This does not get resolved in this issue. I assume he ends up being fine.

We then return to a couple more pages of Peter brooding. When Mary-Jane shows up at his apartment (with blonde hair and a big metal chain- what’s that about?), Pete acts like a douche and rushes her out. You see, he has to go be Spider-Man and check out some crowd that’s forming on the street.

Outside, there’s some huge glowing teardrop thing that says it wants to talk to Namor. Conveniently enough, Namor is in the crowd surrounding the object, so he just takes off his jacket and starts to talk to it. Just then, Daredevil shows up and asks Namor to screw off and take his giant glowing teardrop with him. Ever the hothead, Namor responds with fisticuffs. Unfortunately for DD, the Sub-Mariner “whip[s him] into cottage cheese”. Daredevil fights back and things are fairly violent for awhile, until Spider-Man shows up. Actually, it’s still violent then, just with one more player in the mix.

THEN THE GLOWING TEARDROP EXPLODES!

Inside is a smoking hot lady. She makes Namor and Spider-Man come with her to some bizarro land (that we don’t see yet). As they enter the teardrop, it vanishes. Everyone around, including Daredevil, has they’re memory wiped – they cannot remember any of what just transpired.

Namor and Spidey’s story continues in Sub-Mariner 40, where they find themselves floating around amongst some crazy circles and swirls. That nutty chick who lured them in isn’t super forthcoming with explanations, but eventually they end up in (or just seeing a vision of?) some “city of the Black Sea”. Apparently this is supposed to mean something to Namor, but Spider-Man and myself are both extremely confused. Their guide lady explains that she is of a race of telepaths that built this city, and she starts jibberjabbering about gods and shit, and then some big scary guy named Turalla.

Apparently, Namor (and Spidey) are there to fight Turalla, though this obviously comes as a surprise to Spider-Man. Namor agrees — he seems to know more than he’s letting on. Spidey is understandably ticked, and forces the Sub-Mariner to spill some beans. Apparently the Black Sea people are some legend in Atlantis, supposedly driven out by persecution a long time ago. As a royal, Namor thus owes the Black Sea people a debt for this, so that’s why he’s getting involved.

Anyway, the two of them end up fighting this Turalla guy and knock him down. Unfortunately this just pisses the guy off, and he decides to fight back using his vicious forbidden mindblasts. Luckily, just before the blast turns fatal, the old dead king’s brother (in Boston) strikes out at Turalla with a mindblast of his own, saving the day.

With the task finished, Namor and Spider-Man get returned to NYC.

I really dug this. It was fairly engaging and it was totally different from the normal Spider-Man stuff I read.

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