Marvel 75th Anniversary

Follow the History of Daredevil Pt. 19

Matt Murdock's war against the Kingpin claims an unthinkable casualty!

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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” on Netflix in 2015, we look back on the hero of Hell’s Kitchen’s remarkable history!

What depths might a man descend to when consumed by grief? The year 1982 tested Matt Murdock to his limits when the floor dropped out from beneath him and not even friends and allies could assuage his pain.

Concerned over Matt’s involvement with the Kingpin, Foggy Nelson hired Power Man and Iron Fist as his bodyguards in DAREDEVIL #178, an act which complicated our hero’s plight to protect a young man named Sheldon who held evidence against mayoral candidate Cherryh. Daredevil solved his problems after clashing with the Heroes for Hire and helped them out in turn on a case in POWER MAN AND IRON FIST #77.

DD also aided the Defenders in their battle with the insane August Masters in DEFENDERS #106, even flying off with the non-team to Masters’ compound in Colorado to end his scheme to destroy Russia with World War III. Matt then attended the funerals of Nighthawk and Valkyrie in DEFENDERS #107, both casualties of Masters’ deviltry. Little did our hero realize that death lurked even closer to him…

The Kingpin warned reporter Ben Urich to stay away from Cherryh in DAREDEVIL #179, and sent his new employee Elektra to reinforce the warning. This put her in direct confrontation with Daredevil, and Ben directly in the path of the assassin’s weapons. In DAREDEVIL #180, Cherryh won the mayoral election, and the Kingpin ordered Elektra to kill Foggy for all his interference during the campaign.

DAREDEVIL #181 brought everything to a boiling point: an escaped Bullseye, crazed with a lust for revenge on Daredevil, discovered his secret identity and went for the jugular in the form of Matt’s great love, Elektra. In a fight with the assassin, Bullseye impaled Elektra on her own sai, killing her. Overcome with grief and inconsolable, Matt decided to dig up Elektra’s body from her grave in DAREDEVIL #182, only to find that someone had beaten him to it.

The Punisher escaped from prison to join Daredevil on the hunt for a vicious drug dealer in DAREDEVIL #183 after Matt proposed marriage to longtime girlfriend Heather Glenn. The team-up fell apart when the two men strongly disagreed on methods of dealing with criminals in DAREDEVIL #184, prompting Murdock to shoot the infamous vigilante with his own gun.

Foggy Nelson began investigating Heather’s company, much to the chagrin of the Kingpin, in DAREDEVIL #185, and the Man Without Fear, still reeling from Elektra’s death, found himself caught in a massive explosion which distorted his renowned radar sense. Later, Matt himself took on Glenn Industries despite his senses going haywire, and then pressured Heather into accepting his proposal in DAREDEVIL #186. Unsure of what to do and slowly going crazy, he sought out his old teacher Stick in DAREDEVIL #187 for help, while Matt’s old love the Black Widow fought the band of Ninjas known as the Hand.

Poisoned in her battle with the Hand, the Widow sought out Matt for a solution in DAREDEVIL #188, but he stood locked in an isolation chamber by Stick to achieve equilibrium once more for his heightened senses. The Black Widow died from the poison in DAREDEVIL #189, only to be resurrected by Stone of the Hand, which lead to a battle between a renewed Daredevil and the ninjas. In that clash’s aftermath, Stick died, Heather broke off her engagement to Matt and the horrible plan by Stone to resurrect Elektra became known.

Daredevil ended his landmark year by aiding Spider-Man in battling Solarr in MARVEL TEAM-UP #123.

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