Matt Murdock or more commonly known by his super-hero secret identity, Daredevil is known as “the man without fear.” Created by part of the dynamic duo, Stan Lee and artist Bill Everett, it has been revealed that there was an “unspecified” amount of input from Jack Kirby. While several artists worked on the title, Daredevil was largely a small character until the work of Frank Miller put him on the map in Marvel Titles. This character has inspired generations since his first appearance in April 1964. Since the release of Daredevil number one, this savior of Hell’s Kitchen, a crime riddled neighborhood in New York City, has been a fan favorite due to his inclusion of a blind character in the Marvel Universe. In the comics, Matt Murdock is blinded as a young boy by a radioactive substance that is knocked off an incoming vehicle, the radioactivity leading to his heightened senses. This gives him a type of sonar through which he can see then the sound waves bounce off objects around him. His father supports him as a child through this disability, until he is killed by a group of rival fighters after refusing to throw a fight and keep his integrity. Murdock, now under the guise of Daredevil seeks out his fathers murders and exacts his own kind of justice. Namely, setting them up so he can prosecute then in his day job, a lawyer. As the story with any extraordinary individual goes, when justice becomes stronger so does the opposing crime. In the comics Daredevil’s two top enemies include Bullseye, a man with deadly aim and accuracy, and the crime boss of Hell’s Kitchen, Kingpin.
Two live-action adaptations have been made for the Daredevil character. The first was a movie premiering in 2003 with Ben Affleck playing the red leather clad lead. Then, more recently Netflix has produced their own TV series of the child Matt Murdock played by Charlie Cox, detailing his journey to become the red masked devil himself.
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