Appearing in "The Owl, Ominous Overlord of Crime!"
- The Owl (First appearance)
- "Ape" Horgon (Only appearance) (Thug)
- "Sad Sam" Simms (Only appearance)
- United States of America
Synopsis for "The Owl, Ominous Overlord of Crime!"
The crooked businessman named the Owl has just been taken to court over tax fraud, and so he hires Nelson & Murdock, chosen at random from the phone book, to represent him. When Foggy initially turns him down, Matt insists on taking the case, to learn more about him. However, when the Owl blows off his court hearing, Daredevil investigates to find out what his wayward client is up to. He searches all over the city, but fruitlessly, so he returns to work, sending Karen home for the night.
Meanwhile, the Owl has recruited two powerful (but not superhuman) thugs and nearly kills them to prove his own power (including low-level flight capability). The Owl decides to set Matt Murdock up to be his fall guy.
Later, leaving the office as Daredevil, Matt suddenly notices that there are people in the next office and realizes it’s the Owl and some of his thugs. Daredevil battles them until Karen shows up to retrieve her purse’ the Owl’s men grab Karen and hold her hostage. Surrendering, Daredevil and Karen are taken to the Owl’s aerie base, where Daredevil frees himself and Karen, and sends her away in a car, as he fights the Owl personally (the Owl’s henchmen have gone to contact other mob bosses whom the Owl hopes to impress by killing Daredevil). Daredevilis fed through a trap door into the river below, but then, chased out of his own base by the approaching police, the Owl tries to escape in a boat. Daredevil manages to upend it and knock him overboard, after which point he loses track of him.
Returning to shore, Daredevil switches to Matt Murdock and waits for the police to round up the crooks. Karen is surprised to see Matt there and suspects a similarity between the two men.
- In this issue, Daredevil develops a hood to store his civilian clothes in, when in costume. This hood is later discarded in Daredevil #4, only one issue after its debut.
- Judge Lewis is not named in this issue. He will reappear in Daredevil #20.
- Written with Raw Realism by: Stan Lee
- Illustrated with Daring Drama by: Joe Orlando
- Inked with Actual Artistry by: Vince Colletta
- Lettered with Perfect Precision by: S. Rosen