Review by Amazing Spidey, Media by Jim Harvey
Episode #34 - The Man Without Fear
Written By: Sean Catherine Derek
Music Composed By: Shuki Levy and Kussa Mahchi
Animation Services By: Toyko Movie Shinsha (TMS)
Guest Starring: Christopher Daniel Barnes as Spider-Man/Peter Parker, Ed Albert as Matt Murdock/Daredevil, Nick Jameson as Richard Fisk and Roscoe Lee Brown as The Kingpin
Review:This episode was a turning point in the series, as one of the main focus points of the show, the fact that Wilson Fisk is really The Kingpin, was finally revealed to Spider-Man. As cool as it was to finally see Spider-Man learn that Fisk was a criminal, none of The Kingpin that followed lived up to the previous ones. With his identity known, The Kingpin just wasn't as much fun anymore. Not to say he was a bad character, he was just a shade below his usual self after this.
As with part one, this episode was an excellent offering. Featuring nice animation and some very good music, the episode kicked the arc into high gear, and teased the fans by showing The Kingpin apprehended. I remember being shocked watching it when I was a kid, and then being surprised it was actually The Chameleon. One of the weirder things I find about this show was that Kingpin never actually got caught. True, he was apprehended in the final episode, but that wasn't our Kingpin, that was the Armoured Spider-Man's Kingpin. In an ironic twist, that version was actually a lawyer!
There was something about Daredevilís presentation in the show that stood above all the other guest appearances. Maybe someone was trying to push for a Daredevil spin off, but it is obvious more effort went into Daredevil than The Punisher, Dr. Strange and Blade. It may have been the fact Daredevil fit into Spider-Manís world easier than the aforementioned, and was easier to get by the censors. egardless, truly a fantastic episode, and Iím deeply disappointed the proposed spin off never appeared. Hopefully, one day, we'll get to see Daredevil animated again!