Marvel 75th Anniversary

Follow the History of Daredevil Pt. 7

Matt Murdock loses his first love, but soldiers on as the hero of two cities!

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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!

A new decade kicked off with a 1970 that spelled more than just crime and punishment for Matt Murdock; it also came laced with a thread of overwhelming heartache. The love of Daredevil’s life, Karen Page, flew away that year, leaving our hero wondering how he’d ever survive.

      DAREDEVIL #60 continued the Man Without Fear’s crusade against Crime-Wave, this time on an illegal gambling ship in New York Harbor. Having sunk the ship and exposed the villain as his partner Foggy Nelson’s assistant, Hollis, Daredevil turned his attention to even greater worries.

      Major troublemakers Mr. Hyde and Cobra joined with the Jester in DAREDEVIL #61 to take over an old amusement park and turn it into a deathtrap for DD, but Daredevil soldiered on, despite Karen’s growing anger over his continuing career as a costumed champion. After applying more pressure than ever before in DAREDEVIL #62, Karen blew a gasket when Matt insisted on taking down Nighthawk as his number one rival for crime busting in the big city.

      Matt’s troubles came to a head in DAREDEVIL #63, when Karen finally decided she’d had enough and left town for sunny California. Unfortunately, Daredevil’s focus centered on a ruse by the incarcerated Gladiator to claim insanity, and he stood helpless during the fateful departure. Tracking Karen down in Hollywood in DAREDEVIL #64, Matt once again ran afoul of the Stunt-Master, but managed to convince the down-on-his-luck trick rider to go straight.

          In the meantime, Karen landed a role on TV’s most popular spooky soap opera in DAREDEVIL #65, but the set burned with intrigue under the attacks of “Brother Brimstone,” a character on the show. Changing to Daredevil to investigate, Matt exposed the murderer as another actor on the series, one who utilized an experimental exo-skeleton to commit his grisly crimes, in DAREDEVIL #66.

          Her acting career on the rise, Karen scored a spot on Stunt-Master’s new show in DAREDEVIL #67, and her new boss persuaded her to rope in the Man Without Fear as his guest-star. Daredevil found other more important matters to settle, though, when the Stilt-Man came calling to settle a few scores. After defeating the tall tyrant, Matt begged Karen to return to New York with him, but her strong will to stay and build a new life won out and she refused his pleas.

          Heartbroken and despondent, Matt flew back home in DAREDEVIL #68 to help bring a crooked sports racketeer called Kragg to justice. Later, he also aided the Black Panther in DAREDEVIL #69 to break up the Thunderbolts, a street gang with a mission of mayhem.

              In DAREDEVIL #70, Hollywood star Buck Ralston took notice of unrest in New York, and as the Tribune, he directed his minions to plant a bomb at the Hilton Hotel. Three protestors ended up in jail after the explosion, which prompted the law team of Nelson and Murdock to lead their trial in DAREDEVIL #71, bringing Ralston to the city and into direct confrontation with Daredevil. Three guess on who won.

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