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Daredevil - the Key Issues
Although the Daredevil Movie was a bit of a letdown, Daredevil remains a very popular character in the Marvel universe. Created in 1964 by writer Stan Lee and artist Bill Everett, Daredevil is the alter ego of Matt Murdoch a lawyer blinded from an early age by some radioactive material that falls into his eyes from a passing lorry. After becoming blind, other senses in Mats body are heightened beyond normally human ability. Matt is raised by his father " Battling Jack Murdoch ", a boxer who after refusing to throw a fight is murdered by gangsters led by a character known as The Fixer, seeking revenge on the killers prompts Matt to become the superhero "Daredevil" a man without fear.
Daredevil # 1
The very first appearance and origin of Daredevil, this issue also introduces us to Foggy Nelson long time time friend and business partner of Matt Murdoch and also Karen Page secretary and future lover of Daredevil. " The name's Daredevil... remember it! You'll be hearing it again... I promise!" Notice how Daredevils suit is mainly yellow in these early issues and we also see for the first time Daredevils weapon of choice the billy club. Daredevil would patrol the area of New York known as Hells Kitchen.
Daredevil # 2
The Fantastic Four make a cameo in this issue, also this issue is only the second appearance of Spider-man villain Electro soon to be seen played by Jamie Foxx in the upcoming second Amazing Spider-man movie. It was a policy of Marvels at the time to feature more established characters with the launch of a new comic,the Fantastic Four who had been around since 1961 also feature in Amazing Spider-man # 1.
Daredevil # 3
First appearance and origin of super villain The Owl, a long running nemesis of Daredevil.
Daredevil # 7
Daredevil now wears a red costume for the first time and art duties are now taken over by Wallace Wood. The cover to this issue featuring Daredevil battling Namor the Sub Mariner has become a very collectable classic. I once found a copy of this issue in a collection myself, unfortunately someone had stabbed a hole right through the middle of the comic!
Daredevil # 16
This issue features a crossover with Spider-man with John Romita taking on the artwork duties on Spider-man for the first time.
Daredevil # 81
Begins the period where the comic also features the Black Widow character.
Daredevil # 131
Origin and first appearance of long running Daredevil nemesis Bullseye. Bullseye is a super villain who can turn everyday objects such as pens, pencils etc into lethal weapons by throwing them with unerring accuracy. Bullseye was played in the movie "Daredevil" with an Irish accent by Colin Farrell. Bullseye is under the employ of The Kingpin, perhaps better known for his villainous role in the Spider-man comics.
Daredevil # 158
A really important comic book as it marks the first time comic book writing super star Frank Miller begins to pencil the Daredevil stories eventually becoming artist and writer, drawing the series in a dark noir style. Under Millers tenure Daredevil stories became much darker and also increased in popularity during Millers run. Miller would go on to pen such graphic novel classics as The Dark Knight and Sin City as well as 300 the graphic novel based on the Battle of Thermopylae where 300 Spartans stand against the might of the Persian empire.
Daredevil # 168
Miller begins to write the scripts with this issue and this book also introduces the character of Elektra Natchios ,assassin and former classmate of Matt Murdoch.
Daredevil # 181
Elektra is killed in this issue after a brutal battle with Bullseye, needless to say like most characters in comic books she didn't stay dead for long and an excuse was soon made to bring her back from the dead and Elektra is still a major Marvel character today.
Daredevil # 254
The first appearance and origin of Typhoid Mary.
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