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!
Another year marked by tragedy and turmoil, 1978 broke Matt Murdock’s heart and forced him into fights with friends and foes alike.
The thug that kidnapped Matt Murdock’s girlfriend Heather Glenn hired the mercenary Paladin in DAREDEVIL #150 to track down the source of all his woes: the hypnotic Purple Man. Unfortunately, this placed Paladin in Daredevil’s path, but the two adventurers worked out their differences and parted on good terms.
Back at Heather’s apartment, Matt decided to reveal his secret identity in DAREDEVIL #151, but news of her father’s suicide over guilt he felt from the Purple Man’s influence sent Heather over the edge. Blaming Matt for everything, she stormed out and subsequently disappeared.
Matt took on the Thing’s property damage case in MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE #37, but circumstances turned on him and the court sentenced Ben Grimm to prison. Seeking proof of his client’s innocence, Matt stood at Ben’s side as Daredevil in MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE #38 to track down the real culprits, only to wind up as the Mad Thinker’s prisoners. Captured, DD agreed to the Thinker’s terms: bring him the synthezoid Vision and the Thing would live. Grimm and Hornhead brought in the Vision in MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE #39, but then turned the tables on the villain with the aid of clever ruse involving Yellowjacket and a few thousand ants.
Burying his sorrows over Heather by trying to reunite Foggy Nelson and his girlfriend Debbie in DAREDEVIL #152, Matt once again clashed with Paladin while on the trail of the Purple Man. Then, rushing to Heather’s apartment believing he could save her, Daredevil fell under the combined onslaught of Mr. Hyde and Cobra in DAREDEVIL #153. With his billy club destroyed by Hyde, our hero faced off against an arena of enemies, including the Gladiator, the Jester, Mr. Hyde, and Cobra, all under the Purple Man’s staggering influence in DAREDEVIL #154.
Once the dust cleared from the melee, Matt met a young man seeking legal counsel for his ailing aunt in MARVEL TEAM-UP #73. Interrupted by an attack from the Owl, Daredevil pondered the villain’s return from the dead while Peter Parker changed into Spider-Man to clash with some goons. Once the two heroes tracked him to his lair, the Owl ultimately shorted out the neurological device that enabled his consciousness in a blaze of overloading fury.
Back on his own in DAREDEVIL #155, a series of strange headaches sent Daredevil reeling, but that didn’t stop him from swinging over to Avengers Mansion to confront a visiting Black Widow and throw down with a few of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes for good measure.