Rank #1: Dave's Daredevil Podcast 105- Daredevil Year One, Again
In this commemorative, Milestone 105th episode (the numbering will be explained) Dave returns to the early stages of Matt Murdock's career as Daredevil. But, this time by way of a graphic novel. Dave cracks open Daredevil: Season One, to revisit the very origins of The Man Without Fear, once again. While the graphic novel is based on the original first six issues of Daredevil, there are new plot threads to be explored. Is it another Daredevil: Yellow, or does the book have legs to stand on? Dave also takes some time to reflect on the milestone 105 episodes that the show has reached. Yeah, the milestone is five episodes late, but it's still a milestone.
Rank #2: Dave's Daredevil Podcast 49- Not Chainsaw Juggling
Time displacement, animal-themed technology, and dancing. All of these await Daredevil as a new villain, The Exterminator, hatches a plot to use the Unholy 3 to test a new technology. Their target? Foggy Nelson's main squeeze, Debra Harris. But, when the villains strike, will Matt be helpless to stop their plot? Check out Dave's coverage of Daredevil #39 to find out.
Rank #3: Dave's Daredevil Podcast 98- Stilt-Man Stalks the Soundstage
In Hollywood, it's all about who you know. Daredevil knows Karen Page, an up and coming actress, and Stunt Master, a former villain turned movie stunt man. All of this leads hornhead to the set of a new television pilot, where the illusion of Hollywood extends to villainy, as Stilt Man plots to end Daredevil's run at stardom, permanently. However, in an ineptly planned attack, everything seems to fall apart, as Dave covers Daredevil issue #67 from the mind and pen of Roy Thomas, and Gene Colan.
Rank #4: Dave's Daredevil Podcast 102- The State of Daredevil
When a bi-weekly schedule isn't working, it's time to come up with a plan. Dave lays out what is to come for the next few months, as well as the next five years of the show in one mini-episode. Plus, what was the aborted plan to reboot the show, and what is the current state of the Daredevil franchise. It's a lot to cram into an episode with a run-time of under 20 minutes, but Dave manages it, because this is Dave's Daredevil Podcast- the podcast without fear.
Rank #5: Dave's Daredevil Podcast 103- Father's Day
Sometimes, Dave throws out a perfectly sensible, and well-thought episode in lieu of a science experiment. While podcasting has ruined comics that he previously loved, can it redeem a comic that he previously hated? This leads Dave to begin a six part series covering DAREDEVIL: FATHER, a Joe Quesada mini-series that explores the themes of... fathers.Actually, it is a treatise on legacies, and an exploration of the basic building blocks of a man who lives on the razor's edge between the law, and being a superhero- that man is Matt Murdock.Will Dave make it through all six issues, or will he rage-quit the series and cover some Gene Colan Daredevil instead? Find out in this very episode by downloading now.
Rank #6: Dave's Daredevil Podcast 87- The Girl, or The Gladiator
Dave returns, and the show gets back to talking about Daredevil, as intended, with a classic issue of Daredevil, pulled right from the early bronze age of the 70's. Daredevil must stop a bold prison outbreak by The Gladiator, just as Karen Page threatens to leave new York, and Matt's life, forever. It's a race against the clock. Can Daredevil solve both problems before time runs out? Listen to find out as Dave covers Daredevil #63.
Rank #7: Dave's Daredevil Podcast 67- Behold the Brotherhood
The Crossover Double Feature Double Feature jumps back to Daredevil's own book to answer some hard questions about the Zodiac Key. Picking up from Iron Man's book, we find our horned hero, and the golden avenger, thrown to another dimension. Literally. Gerry Conway and Gene Colan bring us a surprisingly meta tale of order, chaos, and the beings who strive to keep the balance in Daredevil #73.
Rank #8: Dave's Daredevil Podcast 104- Heatwave
Dave continues with DAREDEVIL: FATHER #2. New York is in the grips of a heatwave, and in the grips of a panic, as the serial killer, Johnny Sockets, is on the loose. Even though Daredevil has chased all of the criminals out of Hell's Kitchen, the crime has moved somewhere else, giving rise to a new team of superheroes. Meanwhile, Daredevil is still in the midst of an existential crisis, and evaluating his legacy, while also evaluating the secrets his new client is hiding, secrets that will lead The Man Without Fear right into the crosshairs of danger.
Rank #9: Dave's Daredevil Podcast 53- Ultimate Daredevil and Elektra
Daredevil 101 continues, this time taking a trip into the Ultimate Universe. We find Elektra Natchios coming to Columbia University, making friends and growing up. But, she is also making enemies. Greg Rucka brings us an Ultimate retelling of Elektra and Matt's first meeting, through the lens of a clean-slate Marvel Universe in Ultimate Daredevil and Elektra #1. Plus, Dave explains how we, the fans, brought about change in the 90's, leading to the Ultimate Universe.
Rank #10: Dave's Daredevil Podcast 06- In The Midst of Life
It's time for another sojourn into the world of Daredevil, as the Man Without Fear heads to... Vermont?!?! That's right. Hornhead is seeking Karen Page, but instead has found Death's Head, a villain with ties to Karen Page's childhood. But, despite the horror movie vibe in the land of maple, don't discount this issue, because Matt makes a stunning revelation to Karen. That's right, this issue has the moment that will one day lead to Daredevil's ruin, because he tells his lady love that he is Daredevil. But, how can that be? Matt Murdock is dead, thanks to a plane crash. Never count the Man Without Fear out, as he always finds a way. And, an even bigger shock to listeners of the show--- DAVE SIDES WITH KAREN PAGE. That's right. You read that- Dave sides with Karen, the vapid one. Why? Download and find out, folks.
Rank #11: Dave's Daredevil Podcast 101- Typhoid!
Dave returns to the show, and he hero, that he loves the most, with all-new episodes. Like Rick Astley, he will never give you up, or let you down. This time around, Dave cracks open Daredevil #254, to see the first appearance of Typhoid Mary in all of her crazy glory. Take a trip back to the Reagan era in this all-new episode of Dave's Daredevil Podcast.
Rank #12: Dave's Daredevil Podcast 99- If An Eye Offend Thee
It's coming back... again... no, really- Dave's Daredevil Podcast is returning, and to celebrate, Dave drops the final “lost” episode, picking up literally where it left off, with a bronze age Daredevil comic. A villain called The Tribune has concocted a plan to administer his twisted form of justice to some innocent teens caught in New York's legal system. Only Daredevil can save the day- but, he's on the prosecution side of things as Matt, and the defense as Daredevil in Daredevil issue #71.
Rank #13: DDP 97- The Way Gwen Stacy Lived
Dave closes out 2016 with a one-off, stand alone episode in which he vents his feelings about one of his childhood crushes- Gwen Stacy. Dave traces the history of Spidey's original lady-love and her relationship with Peter Parker to show just how important Gwen Stacy was to the Spider-Man Saga. This episode is not about the legendary “Night Gwen Stacy Died.” This is about who she was, and why she mattered when she lived. Enjoy the last episode of DDP for 2016.
Rank #14: DDP 95: Dave Does Trek 03- Retrospect
Take a trip down Montgomery Scott's memory lane, and learn the best kept secret of everybody's favorite chief engineer in the pages of DC's Star Trek Annual #3. Why is Scotty depressed and drinking more than he should? What news has brought up specters of the past? Peter David and Curt Swan bring us a very personal, and hearbreaking tale. Also, what did Dave do in high school that had lasting effects on his Star Trek fandom? Why all of the questions? Download the episode and find out.
Rank #15: DDP 96: Dave Does Back to the Future 04- I, Emmett
Dave is diving back into the Back to the Future saga with a close look at our beloved Doc Brown. Dave takes a peek at a classic episode of Back to the Future the Animated Series, showing us a loose idea of what Emmet's childhood could have been like, at least in cartoon form. Then, It's a trip into the Telltale games Back to the Future storyline to see who Emmett was as a young man in 1931, and the moments that inspired his career in science. Finally, Dave cracks open the IDW Back to the Future comic to see a key moment in Doc's life, and a turning point that would lead Doc to spend three decades building a time machine. What is it that Doc is trying to atone for? This question (and more) will be answered, as Dave takes you Back to the Future.
Rank #16: Dave's Daredevil Podcast 100- 34 Hours
The show's farewell tour begins... and nobody knows where, or when it will end. Dave pulls out Daredevil #304, a “Day in the Life” tale in which Daredevil does a marathon run in his tights, keeping New York City safe. From trivial moments to a thrilling climax, this issue takes us into random moments in the life of our favorite Man Without Fear, and his city.
Rank #17: Dave's Daredevil Podcast 37-Spiked
It's the episode that you thought would never come. Dave is back. Picking up where he left off, Dave pulls out Daredevil #179, in which Ben Urich takes center stage, trailing corrupt politician Randolph Cherryh. But, The Kingpin is getting tired of this game, so he is sending his chief assassin, Elektra, to deal with the problem. Looks like the Man Without Fear has his hands full.
Rank #18: Dave's Daredevil Podcast 36- Paper Trail
It's back to format, as Dave tackles Daredevil 178. With the aid (or hindrance) of Power Man and Iron Fist, Matt Murdock seeks out a piece of valuable evidence to bring down Randolph Cherryh. Things quickly go awry at every turn, and the Man Without Fear finds himself in a very vulnerable position, and his new allies may not be able to help.
Rank #19: Dave's Daredevil Podcast 38- The Damned
Daredevil and Ben Urich take a trip underground, and what they find there is deadly in Daredevil #180. As Randolph Cherryh prepares to take the Mayoral election, The Man Without Fear may have found the last hope to keep the Kingpin's claws out of the Mayor's office. But, that is only if he can survive the hidden dangers beneath New York's streets.
Rank #20: Dave's Daredevil Podcast 35- A Bat in Hell's Kitchen
It takes a special occasion to break format, but a crossover between The Man Without Fear, and the Dark Knight merits special circumstances. This week, two crossover tales, years in the making as Dave brings you a triple-length episode. Hear the tales of The Batman, as Dave also brings you the first Batman story, and his favorite Bat-story of all time.