Marvel 75th Anniversary

Follow the History of Daredevil Pt. 6

Matt Murdock finds and loses love while battling a new Mr. Fear and other colorful foes!

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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” show on Netflix in 2015, we look back on the hero of Hell’s Kitchen’s remarkable history!

As the decade came to a close, Daredevil’s secret identity as Matt Murdock plagued him as never before, driving a wedge between him and what he believed to be his one chance for happiness: the love of Karen Page.

Daredevil (1963) #48

Daredevil (1963) #48 Cover
After saving his friend and partner Foggy Nelson from the Stilt-Man in DAREDEVIL #48, our hero witnessed Foggy’s ascension to the position of District Attorney, thanks to a landslide in the election. Though the two men had much to celebrate, their friendship fell apart within hours following the closing of the polls and they once again went their separate ways.

Daredevil attended the wedding of the Wasp and Yellowjacket in AVENGERS #60, but failed to shake the gloom that continued to dog him. When in DAREDEVIL #49, incarcerated criminal Biggie Benson hired scientist Starr Saxon to send his Plastoid robot after DD for revenge, the Man Without Fear collapsed under the weight of the assault. He managed to damage the robot in DAREDEVIL #50, gaining him a momentary reprieve, but soon found himself holding off the Plastoid’s charge when Saxon accidentally sent the construct after Benson in prison.

Daredevil (1963) #49

Daredevil (1963) #49 Cover
During Daredevil’s continuing battle against the scientist’s robot in DAREDEVIL #51, Saxon discovered the hero’s secret identity as attorney Matt Murdock. Later, after defeating the Plastoid robot, Matt tried to reconcile with both Foggy and Karen, but fell ill under apparent radiation poisoning. The Black Panther jumped into help in DAREDEVIL #52, and after administering an antidote to Matt, also recognized the lawyer’s double life.

Our hero reflected on his origins in DAREDEVIL #53, then decided that for Daredevil to continue, Matt Murdock needed to die.

With reports of Matt’s "death" in an alleged airplane crash circulating in DAREDEVIL #54, a new Mr. Fear began to make trouble for the Man Without Fear, calling him out for a public confrontation and laughing as the hero ran away from him.

Daredevil (1963) #52

Daredevil (1963) #52 Cover
Daredevil solved the mystery of his unreasonable fear in DAREDEVIL #55, but could not save his foe’s life when he stood revealed as Starr Saxon and leapt from a building to his death.

With Matt out of the way and desiring nothing more to marry the love of his life in DAREDEVIL #56, DD followed Karen to Virginia and her family’s estate, only to tumble into a battle with the villainous Death’s-Head. In DAREDEVIL #57, he learned that Karen’s father, Paxton Page, stood behind Death’s-Head’s campaign of terror, but that didn’t stop him from revealing his own identity and proposing marriage.

Back from the “dead” and as Special Assistant to the District Manager in DAREDEVIL #58, Matt Murdock’s newest challenge amounted to a decision forced upon him by his new fiancée, Karen Page.

Daredevil (1963) #53

Daredevil (1963) #53 Cover
After he resolved to please her and give up adventuring forever as Daredevil, an interruption by the motorcycle-riding Stunt-Master tore the couple apart again. In Karen’s wake, Matt looked toward a dark and uncertain future.

Throwing himself into helping his friend Willie Lincoln confront the Crime-Wave’s war on the city in DAREDEVIL #59, DD fought the assassin known as the Torpedo, all the while mourning the loss of Karen.

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