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!
After literally going straight to Hell in 1990, the Man Without Fear found little room to complain about the other sundry problems that plagued him throughout the year.
DD kicked off his year still in direct opposition to the evil robot Ultron, who coveted the enhanced human Number Nine as his bride in DAREDEVIL #276. The relative calm of a case involving a psychologist and his wife in DAREDEVIL #277 proved to be the quiet before the storm when our hero faced far greater evil ahead of him.
Daredevil’s foe Bullseye faced off against a weakened Captain America in CAPTAIN AMERICA #374 while a drug war raged across the city. That conflagration sucked Daredevil into its tumult in CAPTAIN AMERICA #375 when he held off an erratic Sentinel of Liberty. Matt Murdock won the day long enough to turn Cap’s attentions to the greater war between The Kingpin and Red Skull over the new street drug Ice. Cap later helped Matt with an inventor who dreamed his inventions into reality in DAREDEVIL #283.
Mephisto’s son Blackheart sought a sly way to sow dissent among Matt and his compatriots, the Inhumans and Number Nine, in DAREDEVIL #278, but failing that brought about an earthquake in DAREDEVIL #279 that swallowed up not only DD and his allies, but the newly-discovered son of Black Bolt, Pope.
The dark crack in the earth led directly to Mephisto’s fiery realm, a situation in DAREDEVIL #280 that forced Murdock and company forward, not back, along a path that took them deeper into Hell in DAREDEVIL #281. Fortunately for them, The Silver Surfer, long an opponent of Mephisto, caught wind of a disturbance in the old devil’s domain and rushed in to help Hornhead at the heart of Hell in DAREDEVIL #282. This great show of teamwork helped tip the scales in Matt’s favor and he managed to bring his friends and Pope back to Earth.
Though he’d returned from Mephisto’s kingdom, the Man Without Fear found he’d lost his memory from the arduous journey in DAREDEVIL #284, prompting him to create the identity of “Jack Murdock.” Bullseye filled the gap of the loss of Daredevil by adopting the name and costume himself in DAREDEVIL #285 and then used them to commit crimes in DAREDEVIL #286, while “Jack” learned thievery and took up a career as a boxer.
The “new” Daredevil tried to walk the path of a hero in DAREDEVIL #287, not fully realizing that the true Daredevil fought in the boxing ring—a scenario that caught the attention of the Kingpin.