…Then Came Ramrod!
Story: Steve Gerber
Art: Don Heck
Inking: Sal Trapani
Lettering: Artie Simek
Coloring: G. Roussos
Originally published: September 1973
Ok, so I’ve caught some mentions at the Daredevil and the Black Widow being together, but I don’t really know the details. Are they a couple? Why are they in San Francisco?
I’m not really into this, so here’s a couple of notes:
- Don Heck has Spider-Man walking along his web like a tightrope, exactly like Daredevil would. Did Heck forget who he was drawing? It’s not that it’s impossible that Spidey would do that, but it certainly comes across as weird. The pose doesn’t help.
- There was a nice mention of Pete’s ulcer, even if it was just him covering for his spider sense. Nice to see that the ulcer hasn’t been completely forgotten.
- I really hate the monologue-flashback-origin-story crutch. There are other, far less artificial ways to tell a character’s origin, but comics too often resort to this.
- Ramrod’s kind of like Wolverine, in that his skeleton has been replaced with metal. That’s kind of neat.
- Daredevil and the Black Widow are barely in this, which is really weird. You know, since it’s their book.
Very villain-of-the-weeky, nothing really special here at all.