September 23, 2017

Daredevil 131Real Name: Lester (No known last name)

First Appearance: Daredevil #131

Powers: No real powers. Possesses the ability to use anything as a deadly projectile.

Affiliation: Dark Avengers, Thunderbolts, Kingpin’s criminal organization

Enemies: Daredevil, Elektra

Did You Know: Bullseye was portrayed by Colin Farrell in 2003’s Daredevil; the 20th Century Fox movie that everyone is trying to forget.

A Little History

Have you ever heard of Randy Johnson?

Nolan Ryan?

Sandy Koufax?

Cy Young?

Lester last name unknown?

You have probably heard of the first four and not the last one. That is because the last one might very well have been the best pitcher to never play a game in the Majors.

This guy could very well have been the “Wildthing” Rick Vaughn.

This guy was so accurate and deadly with his throwing that he took up the moniker of Bullseye.

Bullseye was a pitcher that found himself too bored to pitch.  Quite frankly, if you are like me, you can understand that.  Sorry to anyone that loves Baseball, but it is BORING.

During a game in which he was pitching, he grew so tired of pitching no-hitters that he threw the ball at the batter, instantly killing him.

It was shortly after this that he found work as an operative of the United States National Security Agency and eventually, a freelance assassin.

BullseyeEarly in the career of Bullseye, he was hired to kill the lawyer, Matt Murdoch (Daredevil). Naturally, Daredevil saved himself and thwarted the plan.  Having never tasted true defeat until this point, Bullseye made it his mandate in life to defeat Daredevil.

Now, I don’t know about you, but when my plans are continually thwarted by my arch nemesis, I grow a brain tumor, forcing me to see everyone as my enemy and begin to kill them all.

Thankfully, I am not alone. So, does Bullseye.

Again, though, he was defeated by Daredevil.

Without a doubt, the most well know Bullseye story (and the one you need to know) happens in Daredevil #181 (April, 1982). I referred to this story in the write up on Elektra and Daredevil.

In Daredevil #181 (which you should read) Elektra is hired by the Kingpin to dispose of Foggy Nelson (Matt Murdoch’s best friend). Bullseye, watching and seeing that Elektra is unable to go through with it, sees his chance to intervene. During the ensuing skirmish, he plunges one of her sais through her stomach, instantly killing her.

Daredevil, unable to cope with this, begins his onslaught on Bullseye, ending with Bullseye falling over the edge of a building.

Now, I imagine you are thinking what we are all thinking…

Bullseye 2Bullseye dies.

Well, in this instance, you would be wrong.

He does not die, but rather he becomes paralyzed. With the help of a crime lord, he is brought back from paralyzation by having his bones fused with Adamantium (the same stuff in Wolverine’s bones) which makes him virtually indestructible.

Last thing you may or may not want to know about Bullseye…

His forehead has a f@cking target carved into it courtesy of Daredevil.

Scott’s Notes:

  1. Former, would-be MLB pitchers
  2. Rivaled Randy Johnson, Nolan Ryan, Sandy Koufax and Cy Young
  3. Oh and let’s not forget Rick Vaughn
  4. Decides, like most of us, that baseball is boring and quits
  5. Picks a fight with an enemy he can’t beat in Daredevil
  6. Begins to hallucinate
  7. Kills Elektra
  8. Steps on a crack and breaks his own back
  9. Bones are laced with Adamantium
  10. Has a f@kcing bullseye carved into his forehead

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