With the much deserved success of the Netflix Daredevil series, yours truly thought it high time to revisit the Golden Age Daredevil, one of the most popular super-heroes of the era.
While comic-book historians (yes, there’s such a thing) have made much of Daredevil’s unique costume design, brief status as a mute super-hero, splashy first issue as a headliner and epic battle against The Claw, this time I’d like to take a minute to discuss the man who guided the character’s adventures for nine years: Charles Biro.
Without a doubt, Biro was one of the greatest comic-book writers/artists/editors to ever put paper to pen. Not only did he spearhead the original and (arguably) greatest crime comic of all (Crime Does Not Pay), but created/co-created such memorable and popular characters as Airboy, Iron Jaw, Crimebuster, the Little Wise Guys and Mr. Crime among many others.
He also had a special knack for self-promotion that undoubtedly taught a young Stanley Lieber a thing or two about the power of hyperbole. In today’s story alone, both the narrator and Daredevil take time out from the adventure at hand to pump up an upcoming issue’s storyline. The covers of Daredevil Comics, which were usually drawn by Biro, routinely sported the legend “The Greatest Name In Comics.”
And heck … who can disagree with Biro? Daredevil often enjoyed some of the more memorable adventures in Golden Age comics, a contention borne out by “The Human Beast.” The story originally appeared in Daredevil Comics #6 (Lev Gleason, December 1941). It was written and drawn by Biro.