Redhead Fangirl

Friday, December 8

#8 Daredevil

The redhead at #9 on the list is Matt Murdock, Daredevil, created in 1964.

Daredevil (Matthew Murdock) is a fictional character, a superhero in the Marvel Comics Universe. Created by writer Stan Lee and artist Bill Everett[1] in Daredevil Vol. 1, #1 (April 1964), he is notable as being among the few superheroes with a disability. Blinded during his youth, his other four senses developed to compensate, and he obtained a sonar-like ability to perceive objects.

Although Daredevil had been home to the work of many comic-book legends — Jack Kirby, Wally Wood, John Romita, Sr. and Gene Colan, among others — it was not until Frank Miller's entrance on the title in the late 1970s that Daredevil was regarded as either popular or influential.

Frank Miller revamped the story in 1979 and those elements still remain: Hell's Kitchen NY as it's own noir character, the introduction of Kingpin as nemesis, and organized crime. Daredevil has always been tied to the reality of the streets. This comes up in the latest Civil War series grouping Daredevil with other characters like Luke Cage who are not establishment, registration types. Of course, being close friends with Spider-man makes me like Daredevil even more.

The Joe Quesada drawn and Kevin Smith Daredevil of 1998 stands out in recent history as an important reboot, and the 4 year Bendis run has been acclaimed also.
Writer Ed Brubaker and artist Michael Lark became the new creative team with Daredevil #82 (Feb. 2006). I love Brubaker and must admit I have not read his popular take on the character.

Occasionally, Matt Murdock was shown as a blonde- boo!
And the debated Ben Affleck movie Daredevil in 2003. Somehow it seems much longer ago than 3 years!

"Sunlight hurts me" Tshirt

...another thing that hurts is Chris at 2 Guys Buying Comics is shutting down shop. Thanks for 2 years of great posts. It is a real commitment to run a blog, and post even every few days. There have been many times, when I've worked on a post and got no comments, or blogging has created more stress, that I've considered closing up too. So thanks boys for your unique and smart voice!


At 12:25 PM, Blogger running42k said...

Don't close up shop. I just came across your blog and find it quite entertaining.

the nun joke the other day made my day.

At 8:39 PM, Blogger H said...

Daredevil at #8. Does this mean Mike Murdock still has a chance at #1?

At 5:59 PM, Blogger Rich said...

"Daredevil has always been tied to the reality of the streets ..."

Roger MacKenzie started the revamp, Frank Miller took it further. Before that, DD was anything but tied to reality. He was kind of a Spider-Man knock-off, telling jokes, swinging around the city ... then he got the noir sensibility and became a tougher character.


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