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 living in San Fransisco, Daredevil continued his up-and-down relationship with the Black Widow in 1973, all the while fending off attacks from some of the biggest baddies of his career.
Wounded by the Man-Bull, Matt Murdock ended up in the hospital in DAREDEVIL #96, while his partner the Black Widow went up against the mighty monster solo. Our hero finally crawled out of his sick bed to take care of business, but his adversary sank beneath the waves when he got all wrapped up in an anchor’s chain at the waterfront.
Street performer Mordacai Jones became the Dark Messiah in DAREDEVIL #97, thanks to a shadowy mystery figure, and gathered his Disciples of Doom from a gang of prisoners. DD forced Jones to accept the truth of his real self in DAREDEVIL #98, causing a massive backlash of power from the Dark Messiah which seemed to immolate him and his followers.
The battling bowman Hawkeye showed up in DAREDEVIL #99 to reclaim Black Widow, but a jealous Daredevil interrupted his amorous advances. The Avengers arrived soon after to request the Man Without Fear’s aid against Magneto and the subjugated X-Men in AVENGERS #111, a challenge which Daredevil accepted and handily completed.
Suffering strange hallucinations of his rogues gallery during a magazine interview in DAREDEVIL #100, the blind crusader battled Angar the Screamer and fell beneath the criminal’s “mindstorm” powers. Later, with help from the Black Widow, Daredevil held off another attack by Angar in DAREDEVIL #101. Later, while searching for the Screamer in DAREDEVIL #102, our hero stumbled on a new plot by the Stilt-Man and heroically rescued the daughter of the inventor of the towering criminal’s equipment.
Spider-Man swung into San Francisco in DAREDEVIL #103 to interview both the hero and his partner, then ended up lending a hand to them to fight Ramrod, the hireling of the city’s mystery crime boss. That same master criminal hired Spidey’s enemy Kraven the Hunter in DAREDEVIL #104 to take Daredevil out of the equation, and using the Widow as bait, that’s just what he managed to do.
The Man Without Fear disappeared into thin air after being thrown off a cliff by Kraven in DAREDEVIL #105, only to find himself in the spaceship of Moondragon from the moon of Titan. Endowed with incredible psychic powers, Moondragon explained that she hunted the mad god Thanos in San Francisco and that she believed Daredevil and the entire city to be under his thumb.
In truth, she’d been tricked by Matt Murdock’s shadowy law partner Kerwin J. Broderick, who revealed himself in DAREDEVIL #106 as not only Moondragon’s secret benefactor, the creator of Angar, Ramrod, and the Dark Messiah, but also the crime lord that bedeviled Daredevil all year long. Then, thanks to the Titaness’ technology, he unleashed his greatest creation yet: the unstoppable force called Terrex.