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!
A big move to the West Coast in 1972 brought more drama, more danger, and more deviltry to Matt Murdock and his adventurous alter-ego, but also a new love in the form of the deadly and daring Black Widow.
Still under fire by the mysterious Mr. Klein and with the Black Widow accused of murder, the Man Without Fear convinced Natasha to turn herself into the authorities in DAREDEVIL #83. After a tussle with Mr. Hyde brought the ceiling down on the morgue, District Attorney Foggy Nelson dismissed the Widow’s case without a body as evidence of her alleged crime.
Klein left the country in DAREDEVIL #84, but when our hero and Natasha caught up with him in Switzerland, he stood revealed as not only a robot, but one from a future reeling from events brought about by the heroic dup in the present. With Klein destroyed by agents from the future, Matt and the Widow flew home in DAREDEVIL #85 to discover Foggy on the verge of resigning his office and Karen Page returned from Hollywood.
Reunited with Karen, Matt reveled in his renewed love, but in the aftermath of a rampage by the Ox in DAREDEVIL #86, lost her again to the shadow of Daredevil hanging over him. He and Natasha decided to move to San Francisco in DAREDEVIL #87, and found both Electro and a man from the Widow’s past named Danny French waiting for them.
Matt chose to represent Bruce Banner in INCREDIBLE HULK #152 after a recent rampage by the scientist as his monstrous alter-ego. During the trial, the Hulk escaped and Daredevil aided a league of other heroes to bring him back in INCREDIBLE HULK #153 to stand trial.
The Black Widow’s demeanor grew surlier in DAREDEVIL #88 as she contemplated Danny French and their joint-mission in the past to seize “Project Four.” Daredevil wanted to help, but he also needed to focus on the menace of the Purple Man, who in DAREDEVIL #89 teamed with Electro to defeat DD and Natasha. The Widow revealed the nature of Project Four to Matt in DAREDEVIL #90: a globe of incalculable power that Danny kept for himself after they found it.
Daredevil ran afoul of a new Mr. Fear in DAREDEVIL #91, as the Black Widow and Danny French set about completing their past mission, only to be waylaid by Damon Dran, their original benefactor, in DAREDEVIL #92. Dran desired the globe and sent the Blue Talon to retrieve it, while Matt struggled with a news report that suggested he spent many a day and night as Daredevil. With help from the Black Panther, he quickly dispelled the rumor and addressed the problem of a seemingly brainwashed Natasha.
Dran, fearful of a nuclear war on Earth, secured the globe from Danny in DAREDEVIL #93 and used its power to become the Indestructible Man. After a battle at his mansion with DD and the Widow, he went on a rampage in DAREDEVIL #94, but lost his power when Danny shattered the globe. Danny died in the process, a reminder to Daredevil and the Black Widow of the harsh path they both walked in life.