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!
In 1988, Daredevil continued to clash with the Kingpin, met a deadly new femme fatale, and witnessed the birth of one of the most energetic young heroes ever to bounce through the Marvel Universe.
As the proprietor of a street-level legal free clinic, Matt Murdock found himself involved in a dispute between a group of eco-advocates, the Kenco chemical firm, and a fiery new foe called Bullet in DAREDEVIL #250. Bullet managed to frame that group in DAREDEVIL #251 with backing by none other than the Kingpin. Of course, DD took a hand in it and things escalated quickly.
The “Fall of the Mutants” brought a blackout to New York City in DAREDEVIL #252, and our hero clashed with a gang leader known as Ammo to stop him from raiding a U.S. armory. The fight spilled over into Christmas in DAREDEVIL #253, robbing both Kingpin and Daredevil of any holiday cheer.
With a new scheme in mind, Kingpin hired a schizophrenic woman called Typhoid Mary, who tried to steal from him in DAREDEVIL #254, to seduce Matt Murdock. While Matt began to fall in love with the gentle Mary, he confronted the evil Typhoid in DAREDEVIL #255, all the while working on the legal case against Kenco. After a brief battle with Hogun the Grim in THOR #392–393, Daredevil continued with his clashes with Typhoid, but hid his new affair with Mary from Karen Page in DAREDEVIL #256.
Putting a disagreement with the Punisher over a murderer putting poison in aspirin in DAREDEVIL #257 behind him, Matt helped a Vietnam veteran escape from an attack by a Vietnamese vigilante who styled himself as the Bengal in DAREDEVIL #258. He also attended the funeral of Doctor Strange in DOCTOR STRANGE, SORCERER SUPREME #1, watched as the new hero Speedball bounced onto the scene in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL #22, and once more butted heads with the Punisher in PUNISHER WAR JOURNAL #2.
Finally, Kingpin ordered Typhoid Mary to spring her ultimate trap for the Man Without Fear in DAREDEVIL #259, and she organized a loose-knit team out of Bullet, Ammo, the Wild Boys, and Bushwhacker to help take him down. The group beat DD nearly senseless in DAREDEVIL #260 and then Mary dropped him off a bridge.
In DAREDEVIL #261, the Fantastic Four’s Human Torch helped Karen Page search for Matt, hoping against hope that he still lived…