I think by default, as soon as Daredevil returned to New York City, his natural habitat, the John Romita run improved a hundredfold. Even so, his first story back, fighting Steve Ditko's minor baddie The Ox (previously the "muscle" of both The Enforcers and The Fellowship Of Fear) was nothing to brag about. One wonders if things might have gotten off to a better start if Wally Wood, on his departure, hadn't gone out of his way to break up the partnership of Matt Murdock & Foggy Nelson, neccessitating Jack Kirby having to "waste" 3 whole issues getting the two of them back together?
I guess this one can be considered Romita's 1st real "solo" work on the book.
(If you don't count his editor.)
DAREDEVIL 15 /
art by John Romita, Frank Giacoia & Mike Esposito (April 1966)
DAREDEVIL 16 / art by John Romita & Frank Giacoia (May 1966)
DAREDEVIL 17 / art by John Romita & Frank Giacoia (June 1966)
DAREDEVIL 18 / art by John Romita & Frank Giacoia (July 1966)
And now, just for fun...
DAREDEVIL 17 / tribute by Gene Colan & Bob McLeod (2000)
Read about the Golden Age Daredevil at Wikipedia
Read the John Romita page at Wikipedia
Visit Al Bigley's "Big Glee" blog for tons of fun stuff!
Artwork Copyright (C) Marvel Comics
Raw scan of DAREDEVIL #15, 17 & 18 from Heritage Auctions
Raw scan of DAREDEVIL #16 from John Glorioso's site
Raw scan of DAREDEVIL #17 tribute from Al Bigley's "Big Glee" blog
Restorations by Henry Kujawa