Marvel 75th Anniversary

Follow the History of Daredevil Pt. 8

The Man Without Fear teams with Iron Man and Spider-Man, plus has his first encounter with the Black Widow!

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

Still hurting in 1971 from his messy break with girlfriend Karen Page, Matt Murdock threw himself into his work to forget his troubles—but troubles continued to dog his heels at every step, including incredible new menaces, a mystery villain, and conflicting signals from the deadly Black Widow.

      Tagak the Leopard Man came calling from his other-dimensional world in DAREDEVIL #72, just in time to kick off our hero’s year. After the Man Without Fear helped Tagak capture a fleeing thief, he turned his attention to a little matter of Madame Masque and Spymaster’s newest gambit in IRON MAN #35.

      Captured by Zodiac member Capricorn and hurled into the Realm of the Ahnk in DAREDEVIL #73, Matt faced off against the costumed crook, only to be teleported back to Earth when the keepers of the realm decided the battle left much to be desired. That fracas continued, though, in IRON MAN #36 until Capricorn and his chums made their big getaway.

      DD called on the help of a group of sightless citizens in DAREDEVIL #74 when a gang of thugs tainted New York’s water supply and made everyone go blind. Later, during a trip with partner Foggy Nelson to far-off Delvadia in DAREDEVIL #75, Matt changed into his masked persona to confront bandit El Condor and try to aid a United States Representative. The ensuing fight broke out into DAREDEVIL #76, but El Condor seemingly died in a rockslide caused by a freak bolt of lightning.

          Your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man, in grief over the death of Gwen Stacy, figured Daredevil had it easy and breezy in DAREDEVIL #77, but still got in a tussle with ol’ Hornhead over some aliens who sought out Namor the Sub-Mariner. Meanwhile, Karen Page returned to New York, looking for Matt Murdock.

          A series of misunderstandings dogged Karen’s hopes of seeing Matt in DAREDEVIL #78, but Foggy found himself deep in his own troubles when the mysterious Mr. Klein extorted him for money. Klein forced the issue by bringing about the creation of the Man-Bull to keep Daredevil busy in DAREDEVIL #79, a situation which led to the mutated creature’s downfall and eventual incarceration.

          Klein hired the Owl in DAREDEVIL #80 to do his twisted bidding, but the villain worked out his own flight path and battled our hero right up and into a fiery helicopter crash. Karen saw the destruction live on a news channel and assumed Matt to be dead. In fact, Daredevil’s luck held out in the form of a rescue in New York harbor by the Black Widow in DAREDEVIL #81 and he lived to clip the Owl’s feathers once again.

          Daredevil (1963) #81

          DAREDEVIL #81 COVER

          Angered by the Owl’s ad libbing, Mr. Klein put the Scorpion on his payroll in DAREDEVIL #82 and commanded the armored criminal to capture the Black Widow. Daredevil caught wind of the heroine’s unfortunate circumstances and swung off to her rescue, only to reel back in confusion as the Widow stood accused of killing the Scorpion during a climactic battle. Across town, Klein dug his tentacles even deeper into Foggy Nelson.

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