July 21, 2017

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Real Name: Matt Murdock

First Appearance: Daredevil #1 (April, 1964).

Powers: Enhanced sense of Smell, Touch, Taste and Hearing. Heightened strength, speed and agility. Martial Artist. Sees the world through radar-like perception.

Affiliation: Defenders, Marvel Knights and like just about every hero in the Marvel Universe, Avengers

Enemies: Kingpin, Bullseye, The Hand, Owl

Love Interests: Black Widow, Elektra, Karen Page, Heather Glenn

Did You Know: Daredevil’s costume was originally yellow and black. It stayed that way until issue #7. The yellow and black version also sported only one ‘D’ on the front. The well-known red suit sports twin ‘D’s’.

A Little History

Have you ever been to a sporting event and cheered for the underdog just because?

Have you ever wanted the guy that has no chance at winning, to win?

That, my friends, is Daredevil.  He is a blind superhero who fights villains in the courtroom and villains on the streets.

Yep, you read that right…blind!

Matt Murdock wasn’t always blind. In fact, he kind of fell into it.  You see, he decided that it would be in his best interest to push an unsuspecting man out of the way of an oncoming truck.

The catch?

The truck was filled with radioactive chemicals (what else could it possibly be filled with?).  The chemicals would fall onto poor Matt, causing him to go blind, all the while, enhancing his other senses.  His senses became so enhanced that he could know how many bullets were in a gun just by the weight or how many pieces of salt are on a pretzel just by tasting it.

At this time, he also gained a radar-type sense.  He could “see” the world much like dolphin bouncing radar off objects to see what was in front of them.  The “bounce” would return to him detailing his surroundings.

Where is young Matt’s mother?

While in the hospital recovering, he would be visited by a nun and as Matt would find out later in life, the nun was…wait for it…his mother!

At this point, I have not mentioned his father, Jack Murdock.

You see, ol’ Jack was a boxer, not a very good one albeit, but a boxer nonetheless.  There was a fight that he was asked to throw by a criminal called The Fixer…yeah…the Fixer.  Jack, being a standup guy, said he would do it, but when the time came, refused. This cost the Fixer a lot of money and he had Jack killed.

Matt, now blind, became aware of what had happened and vowed justice for his dad (kind of like one of those scenes you visualize where someone pumps their fists in the air, screaming about the revenge they will get).

Matt believes in the three ‘R’s’: Recycle, Reduce, and Reuse.  Now, at no point was this ever questioned, but to further prove it, Matt made his Yellow and Black costume out of the robe that his dad would wear when entering the boxing ring.

Yep…a real man of the environment.

Matt eventually found the Fixer and his gang.  When confronted by Matt, the Fixer pulled out a gun and took aim at him but just before he could pull the trigger…

He had a heart attack and died.

Yes, you read that right…a heart attack.

Matt would go on to be trained by a guy named Stick (and no, not the band) in the ways of Martial Arts.  He would learn to use his newfound form of sight so that he may be able to ‘see’ the world around him.

Daredevil 2

Daredevil has had more than his share of villains, the most notori0us being Bullseye.

In Daredevil issue 131, we would meet Bullseye.  As far as Bullseye goes, the only thing you need to remember is that he rarely (if ever) misses his target.  While, only an average issue in terms of its read, Bullseye would go on to become one of Daredevil’s most feared adversaries.

He would even go on to star alongside Ben Affleck in what is the most brutal of all Marvel movies, Daredevil.  When I say brutal, I mean that I have watched most of the Marvel Movies 5-6 times but I have never finished Daredevil once.

Daredevil is a pretty good-looking guy and as such, has been romantically linked to Elektra.

Elektra first appeared in Daredevil #168 (March, 1976) in the epic run by Frank Miller. Within this run, we would meet Elektra and (spoiler alert) she would die.

Remember, though, no one stays dead in the comics.

Elektra was sent by the Kingpin to kill Foggy Nelson (Matt’s best friend). Being somewhat human, she decides not to do it. Seeing his opportunity to become Kingpin’s number one, Bullseye jumps in to do the job.

This leads to a showdown between the two, which may conjure up images of the Wild West.

Ultimately, Bullseye kills her in one of the most famous comic book frames in history.

Scott’s Notes:

  1. Underdog turned good guy
  2. Chemical bath heightened senses but at the cost of his sight
  3. Uses radar-like sense to “see”
  4. Father was a boxer who died after failing to throw a match
  5. Heart attack killed father’s killer
  6. Avid recycler, re-user and reducer
  7. Trained in martial arts by Styx
  8. Dates Elektra
  9. Elektra is killed by Bullseye

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