In 1964, Marvel premiered one of its enduring and exciting super heroes, Daredevil. Whether in his secret identity as blind lawyer Matt Murdock or using his enhanced radar senses, DD stood out from the crowd as an unrelenting crusader for justice.
To celebrate 75 years of Marvel, 50 years of the Man Without Fear and the upcoming debut of “Marvel’s Daredevil” on Netflix in 2015, we look back on the hero of Hell’s Kitchen’s remarkable history!
Dominated by a multitude of strange cases, Daredevil took on the year 1987 with his usual style and stamina, though it often meant stress and strife between him and other heroes.
After the so-called “Mutant Massacre,” DD clashed with Sabretooth in DAREDEVIL #238 over the ferocious mutant’s attempt to take over the Morlocks’ underground tunnels. Then, a Ripper-style murderer known as Rotgut took center stage in DAREDEVIL #239 and #240 when he challenged our hero over the poisoning of entire apartment building on the squalid side of town.
Matt Murdock got in the middle of a gang war in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #287 and #288, even going toe-to-toe with Spidey himself over the comings and goings of the Kingpin and his crime rival, the Rose. After an odd meeting with a new villain called Trixter in DAREDEVIL #241, Matt solved a strange case involving a modern-day Robin Hood known as the “caviar killer” in DAREDEVIL #242.
When a drug dealer dabbled in voodoo in DAREDEVIL #243 and managed to attract a real supernatural entity, the Man Without Fear rushed in to save the day in DAREDEVIL #244. The weird occurrences kept on coming when in DAREDEVIL #245 the visiting Black Panther disagreed with Hornhead over how best to handle a Wakandan subject’s poor choices in the heart of the big city.
In DAREDEVIL #246, DD fought Chance the super-mercenary, and the Black Widow joined with her former love once again in DAREDEVIL #247 to investigate yet another off-the-rails government super-soldier. After the shocking revelation of the Hobgoblin’s true identity, Matt stood in surprise with Spider-Man in WEB OF SPIDER-MAN #30 over the information.
Karen Page urged Matt to find a way to practice law again in DAREDEVIL #248, but a toxic spill managed to distract him as did the mutant killer Bushwacker’s wife seeking his legal help to protect her against Wolverine. This led, of course, to Daredevil being at odds with Wolverine in DAREDEVIL #249.