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The Man Without Fear
Review by Amazing Spidey, Media by Jim Harvey

Episode #34 - The Man Without Fear
Original Airdate September 28th 1996

Spidey and Daredevil manage to recover the disk that can clear Peter Parker's name. However when Matt Murdock hands the disk over to the FBI, Det. Terry Lee discovers Agent Choi may not be working for the right side when she hands it over to Richard Fisk. After learning that Aunt May is in the hospital, Peter risks his life to go visit her, but he and Mary Jane are kidnapped when the Chameleon disguises himself as Anna Watson. With Peter and the disk in the hands of the Kingpin, Daredevil must stop the criminal mastermind and clear Peter's name.

Story By: John Semper and Mark Hoffmeier
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!