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!
The year 1968 kept the Man Without Fear more than busy, with a struggle against one of the Marvel Universe’s greatest tyrants, the return of a trio of terrors, and the arrival of a new adversary with a grand scheme to do away with Daredevil once and for all.
DAREDEVIL #36 to save Sue Storm, the Invisible Girl, from the Trapster’s bomb. Then, while chasing the baddie into the subway, he ran right into none other than Doctor Doom himself. Meanwhile, across town, Mat’s law firm partner Foggy Nelson decided to run for District Attorney.
Doom desired to use our hero to gain revenge against the Fantastic Four, and in DAREDEVIL #37 whisked him off to Latveria and into a devilish mind-transfer device. Now trapped in Doom’s body, DD escaped the far-off land to warn the FF in DAREDEVIL #38 and ultimately forced the villain to switch their minds back by threatening to plunge Latveria into war with its neighbors. But, in a last-ditch attempt to gain something from the debacle, Doom turned the tables on the hero.
FANTASTIC FOUR #73, and it took an all-out battle with ol’ Hornhead, Spider-Man, and the mighty Thor to clear the air and prove them wrong.
The Unholy Three escaped from prison in DAREDEVIL #39 to form an alliance with the Exterminator, who schemed to blackmail Foggy Nelson. Debbie Harris, recently released from incarceration, fell prey to the Exterminator’s T-Ray gun and found herself trapped in an otherworldly limbo from its energies. Heading out for a crime spree in DAREDEVIL #40, the Three also zapped Daredevil into the alternate plane, where he discovered Debbie and then watched in amazement as she and others trapped there returned to the real world—but not himself.
DAREDEVIL #41, but wound up captured by the mystery criminal instead. Daredevil managed to free himself from limbo, and when he tracked the Unholy Three to their lair, decided to “kill off” his “twin brother” Mike in an explosion there. While Matt and his friends mourned the death of Daredevil and Mike in DAREDEVIL #42, a new menace calling himself the Jester arrived on the scene to make his mark. Crooked politician Richard Raleigh targeted Foggy for a beat down, hiring the Jester to deliver it, and Matt let it slip to Foggy and Karen page that his late brother Mike trained a “new” Daredevil to take the place of the dead hero.
DAREDEVIL #43. Our hero, frustrated over Karen and his lack of a lead on the Jester, tore off to battle Captain America at Madison Square Gardens after being exposed to radium. In DAREDEVIL #44, the Jester, in his secret identity as Jonathan Powers, announced he’d reveal our Daredevil’s identity in public and lead him into a trap. Now accused of murdering Powers, DD avoided a police snare in DAREDEVIL #45, met the Jester for a fight on Liberty Island. There, a police officer injected him with a sedative and hauled Matt off to jail. In DAREDEVIL #46, Daredevil escaped, appeared on television as the Jester to lure the villain into a trap of his own, and then exposed him as Powers, clearing his name before an audience.
DAREDEVIL #47, the Man Without Fear met blind soldier Willie Lincoln and suggested the law offices of Nelson & Murdock to defend Lincoln from an unfair situation back in the States. Clearing the former cop’s name, Matt switched to his Daredevil guise to subsequently aid him against a few goons who felt wronged by the verdict.
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