Daredevil #133, May 1976

Marvel used to trumpet the Human Fly as an amazing super-hero because he was “real”. Eighteen months before the debut of the masked stunt man, the House of Ideas had a tryout with another real life super-hero: Uri Geller! Yep, the ace spoon-bender had a co-starring role here alongside the Man Without Fear.

Apparently Stan Lee was something of a fan, and asked writer-editor Marv Wolfman to arrange a guest-appearance in a Marvel comic. As Wolfman was scripting Daredevil at the time, it seemed easiest to slip the psychic in there rather than offer the challenge to another writer. Geller himself later visited the Marvel offices and amazed the previously skeptical Wolfman with a display of key bending and psychic drawing. In the letters column article, Wolfman claimed that he’d become a believer.

In the story itself Geller is presented as having genuine super-powers, and uses his abilities to aid ol’ hornhead dispatch the dastardly Mindwave and his Think Tank, when the latter attempts a daring bank raid. The District Attorney himself calls in Geller when he believes that Daredevil doesn’t have what it takes to bring in Mindwave. While Daredevil swings through the Manhattan skyline, Geller takes a cab — Black Widow he ain’t. In the end, though, Geller’s amazing powers save the day when he ties up the bad guy with steel bars using just the power of his mind!

Perhaps not surprisingly, issue #137’s letter column featured a major rebuttal from Geller-skeptic James Randi.

Cover art by Gil Kane.

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