Daredevil Collectables – movies, games and figures. To celebrate his return in the new Netflix series, we take a look back at memorabilia from previous incarnations. Daredevil is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. It was created by writer-editor Stan Lee and artist Bill Everett, with an unspecified amount of input from Jack Kirby. The character first appeared in Daredevil #1 (April 1964).
His origin story relates that while living in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood of New York City, Matt Murdock is blinded by a radioactive substance that falls from an oncoming vehicle while pushing a man to safety from the oncoming truck. While he no longer can see, the radioactive exposure heightens his remaining senses beyond normal human ability and gives him a “radar sense”. His father, a boxer named Jack Murdock, supports him as he grows up, though Jack is later killed by gangsters after refusing to throw a fight. After donning a yellow and dark red costume (later all dark red), Matt seeks out revenge against his father’s killers as the superhero Dare devil, fighting against his many enemies, including Bullseye and Kingpin. He also becomes a lawyer. Daredevil is also commonly known by such epithets as the Man Without Fear and the Devil of Hell’s Kitchen.
Frank Miller’s influential tenure on the title in the early 1980s cemented the character as a popular and influential part of the Marvel Universe. He has since appeared in various forms of media including several animated series, video games and merchandise, and the 2003 feature-length film Daredevil, where he was portrayed by Ben Affleck. Charlie Cox portrays Daredevil in Marvel’s Daredevil, a live-action television series on Netflix that premiered on April 10, 2015, and is set to reprise his role in The Defenders, as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
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Throughout the core Daredevil series, many characters have had an influence in Matt Murdock’s life. His father, “Battlin’ Jack” Murdock instills in Matt the importance of education and nonviolence with the aim of seeing his son become a better man than himself. He always encouraged Matt to study, rather than fight like him. Jack forbade his son from undertaking any kind of physical training. It is his father’s murder that prompts the super-powered character to become a superhero, fighting gangsters. He was trained by an old blind ninja master named Stick following his childhood accident.
Matt Murdock’s closest friend is Franklin “Foggy” Nelson, his college roommate, sidekick, and law partner. Their relationship in the early years of the series was fraught with tension due to Nelson’s sense of inferiority to Murdock as a lawyer and as a target for the affections of their secretary, Karen Page. They frequently argued over Murdock’s preference for defending supervillains, as Nelson’s enthusiasm is for corporate law. The pudgy and fallible Nelson has often been used by writers for lightheartedness and even comic relief. As a superhero, one of Daredevil’s best friends is the hero Spider-Man; with his enhanced senses, Murdock was able to physically identify Spider-Man on their first meeting, and Spider-Man in turn learned his secret identity some time after. Due to the events of the “One More Day” storyline, Murdock no longer knows Spider-Man’s secret identity, and since then refused to relearn it due to the potential danger involved. Iron Fist would later become one of his greatest friends, and at one point took on the role of Daredevil himself. Jessica Jones, a former superhero turned private investigator acts as a bodyguard for Matt Murdock in his civilian life. Her husband, Luke Cage, is a friend of Daredevil as well. Maya Lopez, a deaf woman and skilled martial artist, is a friend of Daredevil after he fought her and convinced her that he did not murder her father, because she was being manipulated by the Kingpin, who was responsible. Ben Urich, a reporter for the Daily Bugle discovered Daredevil’s identity and eventually becomes his friend as well, though during his identity dispute Daredevil decided to end his “secret professional relationship” with Urich to avoid getting Urich mixed up in his problems and being used against him. The Punisher, anti-hero Frank Castle, is one of Daredevil’s reluctant allies, as well as his antagonist due to their different philosophies in crime fighting.
Daredevil has a convoluted and often tortured love life. One of his more notable love interests is Elektra, an assassin who would later be killed. In the 2000s, Murdock marries a woman named Milla Donovan, although one of Daredevil’s enemies drives her to insanity.