Daredevil #5 [1964] – Cover


DAREDEVIL #5, 1964. Wallace Wood took over (and slightly redesigned, before the big redesign) DD with this issue, and inked Jack Kirby’s cover. The Matador looks cool, although like a lot of DD villains he seems to be a result of trying too hard to create a memorable villain like Spidey and the FF had.


9 thoughts on “Daredevil #5 [1964] – Cover

  1. Anonymous

    While the figure of the Matador and DD was probably pencilled by Kirby, I suspect the background figures are all Wood.

    Nick Caputo

  2. Anonymous

    This was the first issue of Daredevil I ever got, the cover was very dramatic, as was the story. I immediately subscribed, not knowing that I’d get my issues weeks after a particular issue appeared on the stands, and the issues would appear in the mail folded and slightly mangled. Oh well, it waas still great reading.

    Allen Smith

  3. dave

    While the figure of the Matador and DD was probably pencilled by Kirby, I suspect the background figures are all Wood.

    That’s funny – to me, it looked the exact opposite!

    BTW, note the huge play Wood’s name gets on the cover. Would that really have moved more magazines at the time?

  4. Anonymous

    I doubt Wood’s name would have sold more copies, except only to a select few older fans who knew his name from EC, but Stan probably did this for two reasons: 1- he really appreciated Wood’s talent and 2 – he was trying to get the people who bought the books hyped up by promoting Wood.

    Nick Caputo

  5. bob

    Was this Wood credit on the cover the first time a creator had a cover credit (other than the artist signing his work) on one of the Marvel 1960s super-hero books? I know there were a few pre-hero books which mentioned Lee/Ditko and some others, but I can’t think of any other early super-hero books with a creator mentioned other than this an a later AVENGERS when Wood was the new inker.

  6. Wallace Wood Estate

    re Kirby credit: We have no reason to believe Jack Kirby penciled the cover to Daredevil #5. It shows non of Kirby’s trademark dynamics. If anything, Jack may have possibly done a very loose layout.

    Re value of Wood’s name on the cover: Wood was the star cartoonist at MAD which out sold comicbooks 5-to-10-fold! Yes, there was a great value to promoting such a top talent on the covers.

  7. patrick ford

    Lee probably thought he could appease Wood by putting his name on the cover of a comic book. Wood was a grown man, had already worked for EC where artists were frequently “promoted.” I’m sure he could not have cared less if Lee put his name on a cover. Wood wanted to be paid for and credited for the writing he was doing.

    Wally Wood letter to John Hitchcock:
    Dear John;
    I want the credit (and the money) for
    everything I do! And I resent guys like Stan Lee more than I can say! He’s my one reason for living… I want to see that no-talent bum get his…

  8. patrick ford

    BTW For anyone who might think, “What do you mean? Stan credited Wood. HE PUT HIS NAME ON THE COVER.” But that wasn’t the dispute. Wood complained because he wanted to credited and paid for writing. And see how Lee credits Wood on the cover? “Illustrator.”


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