Marvel Two-in-One #38: Thing Behind Prison Bars!

Co-Plotters: Marv Wolfman, Roger Slifer
Scripter: Roger Slifer
Penciller: Ron Wilson
Inker: Jim Mooney
Letterer: John Costanza
Colorist: Jan Cohen
Editor: Marv Wolfman

The Guest Star:

The Villain:
      the Thinker, a small army of androids

Guest Shots:
      Foggy Nelson

The Set Up:
      After the less than succesful start of the trial in last issue, Ben sits in his cell reading the Bugle, which, of course, has "Thing Behind Prison Bars" as its cover story. Meanwhile, Matt Murdock and Foggy Nelson are desperately trying to postpone the trial and protect Ben, to no avail. Matt suits up as Daredevil, and goes to check out the mysterious shop-owner who had demanded Ben's arrest and was the leading witness against him. The back of the shop turns out to have a stolen car ring, and the shop-owner/witness turns out to be darn close to superhuman, and beats Daredevil unconscious and dumps him in the river in a car trunk. Daredevil drowns. Okay, no, he comes to and escapes, and shortly thereafter changes back to Matt Murdock and heads for the jail cell to tell Ben what has been learned. Evidence that he's been framed is enough for Ben, who smashes his way out of the jail and goes off to look into it himself. At least one other detainee makes a break for it as well, and Murdock slips away to change into his Daredevil costume and try to help Ben...

Clobberin' Time?:
      Pg 23, panel 2. As an android comes at Ben from the floor: "But ya know what really bother me is that ya ain't polite ta yer guests! Dont'cha unnerstand that when I get riled-- It's Clobberin' Time!"

Petunia's Patch:
      Pg 23, panel 1. As that abut to be clobbered android appears from the floor: "Fella, you got a case of the uglies that makes me look like Robert Redford! An' on top'a that, yer diposition reminds me of my Aunt Petunia!"

Things of Interest:
      Hmm. I suspect that may be the only time that we get Aunt Petunia and Clobberin' Time in back-to-back panels, but I suppose it could happen later in the series. Its certainly the first time to date in MTIO!
     I don't know what's changed, but the covers for MTIO, starting with about issue 34, have just gotten _drastically_ better than they previously were. Something seems to have changed in Ron Wilson's art right in here...
     This is the second part of a three part storyline.