Episode 170: What is the Truth? (Fantastic Four #34 + Daredevil #5 Part 2) -- December 1964
In this episode:
Mike and Ed discuss the decision of Gregory Gideon (the richest man in the world) to donate all of his assets and holdings to charity. In a “normal” world, we would expect his heirs to question the decision and ask if he was being manipulated or going senile. In this new world of superpowers that we live in, shouldn’t someone be asking if he is being mind-controlled? Also: Reed Richards was mistaken for a Skrull and the Matador is NOT Daredevil. Who can we trust? What is the truth? Who decides?
In these issues:
Fantastic Four #34
Gregory Gideon, one of the richest man in the world, decides to take defeat the Fantastic Four, as he appears to be bored with every other challenge. He sets up complicated scheme to turn the Fantastic Four against each other. While his plan is in motion, we are introduced to his son Thomas, whom he appears to actually love. In any event, Gideon manipulates the team to the point that they knock each other out. His son Thomas overhears the rest of his father’s plan to destroy the Fantastic Four, causing him to race over to warn them of the final stroke of the plan. Thomas is caught in the crossfire, which causes Gideon to realize the error of his ways. In penance, he renounces his fortune, turning over all of his wealth over to charity.
Daredevil #5 Part 2
The criminal Matador embarks on a crime spree in New York City. Daredevil takes it upon himself to track down the criminal. They fight, and the Matador comes out on top. The public venerates the Matador over Daredevil, even though he is clearly a criminal. In an attempt to bring him down, Matt Murdock, who is secretly Daredevil, announces that he is in fact the Matador. This leads to the Matador tracking down Matt, and meeting up with Daredevil. They fight, and Daredevil comes out on top.
Assumed before the next issues:
The public is questioning the business decisions of corporate titans, wondering who may be pulling their strings.
This episode takes place:
After Gideon announces that he is donating all of his money to charity, and just before he meets the consequences of his monumental decision.