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The Amazing Spider-Man #16 Cover

"Duel With Daredevil"

  • Writer: Stan Lee
  • Artist: Steve Ditko
  • Inker: Steve Ditko
  • Print Date: Sep, 1964


  • Clown
  • Great Gambonnos
  • Human Cannonball
  • Ringmaster
  • Daredevil
  • Betty Brant
  • Jonah Jameson
  • Aunt May
  • Notes:

    Spider-Man stops a robbery in the vicinity of one Matt Murdock, attorney-at-law. Using his enhanced sense, Murdock determines much about Spider-Man's age and physical characteristics. When he arrives in the office, his coworkers and friend Foggy and Karen invite him to attend the circus. But not just any circus, this is the Circus of Crime planning their next caper under the leadership of the Ringmaster. The Ringmaster advertises that Spider-Man is going to appear at the circus in order to draw in large crowds to hypnotize and rob. However, both Spider-Man and Daredevil hear about the promotion, and suspecting nothing, each individually decides to attend the show.

    Spider-Man appears at the circus, but is mesmerized by the Ringmaster. The Ringmaster then goes on to mesmerize the crowd as well, but due to his blindness, Daredevil remains unaffected. When Daredevil tries to stop the robbery, Ringmaster commands Spider-Man to stop him. Powerless to resist, Spider-Man attacks Daredevil until Daredevil manages to swipe the Ringmaster's hat and free Spider-Man from his control. Then, while Spider-Man battles the remaining members of the circus, Daredevil slips back into the crowd. Eventually, Spider-Man defeats Ringmaster and his Circus of Crime and releases the circus crowd from their spell.

    Another crossover. At least Daredevil and Spider-Man are both local to New York, so this makes some sense. They both had their reasons for going to the circus. This is the second appearance of the Circus of Crime in the Marvel Universe, and their first appearance in Spider-Man.

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