MATADOR

Real Name: Manuel Eloganto

Identity/Class: Human, costumed criminal (Spanish)

Occupation: Currently unknown; former matador

Group Membership: Electro's Emissaries of Evil (Electro, Gladiator, Leap-Frog, Stilt-Man)

Affiliations: Former ally of Man-Bull; former pawn of Ringmaster, allied with Ilsa at the time;
    possibly Bova, a
Minotaur, and Toro Rojo

Enemies: Daredevil, Man-Bull, Scourge V (Priscilla Lyons); bulls in general;
    possibly Jester (Putt)

Known Relatives: Sister (unnamed), mother (unnamed, deceased), Miguelito (nephew) and his sibling

Aliases: El Supremo (see comments), The Masked Matador; Miguel Eloganto (maybe a play on the old Matt/Mike Murdoch deal?), Dr. Arnold Quaid

Base of Operations: Manhattan, New York; formerly Los Angeles; Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn; Spain

First Appearance: Daredevil I#5 (December, 1964)

 

 

Powers: None. The Matador used his red cape to distract his opponents, causing them to aim their attacks where it was, rather than where he was. He was swift and agile, and had excellent reflexes. He also carried a sword, and he had some skill in using it. He liked to taunt his opponents with "Ayyy, Toro! Ole!" He also possessed some safe-cracking and acrobatic skills.

Height: 6'
Weight: 219 lbs.
Eyes: Black
Hair: Black

History: (Daredevil I#5(fb)) - Manuel Eloganto was once the most famous, most controversial bull-fighter in all of Spain. His mastery of the bulls was unquestioned, but his cruelty, and his brutality towards the bulls made the crowds hate him. In fact, during his last public appearance, the audience was actually heard to cheer for the bull. This so infuriated the temperamental matador, that he turned to hurl an epithet back at the jeering crowd...and that bull got him good. He was rushed to a hospital where his life was saved. However, he blamed his injuries on his fellow man, and he vowed revenge upon all mankind. After his release, he mysteriously vanished.

(Daredevil I#5) - The Matador appeared suddenly in the path of an armored car. At the last second he hurled his cape over their windshield and leapt out of the way, causing them to swerve into a streetlight pole. Daredevil appeared on the scene to stop him, but had to leave to save a falling window washer, and the Matador made his escape.
That same night, the Matador appeared in full costume at a masquerade party, where he fit right in. Using his cape as cover, he picked the lock on the wall safe. Matt Murdoch was present, and he directed everyone's attention to the Matador. As the Matador easily avoided the assaults of the party-goers, Murdoch changed to Daredevil to confront him. However, the Matador's rustling cape "vibrates the air around him, fogging my radar sense", and between that and the confusion of the large crowd and its associated noise, the Matador got the better of DD, knocked him to the ground, and escaped again.
As the days went on, the Matador continued his daring crime spree, while Murdoch held his head in shame (as well he should have!). Murdoch made a public announcement that the Matador actually was Daredevil, using a body-double somewhere in order to throw off suspicion. As planned, this drew the Matador to confront Murdoch at his office, where Daredevil was waiting for him. Daredevil led the Matador out in the open, where, without the noise and distraction of a crowd, Daredevil made short work of the Matador. The police arrested the Matador.

(Daredevil Annual#1) - Electro recruited the Matador to be one of his Emissaries of Evil in a plot of revenge against Daredevil for previous defeats. Daredevil happened across their recruitment meeting and attempted to bring them in, but Electro managed to knock him out. The Matador suggested that they finish him then, while they had the chance, but Electro declined, because that would be too easy. Later, as part of Electro's plan, the Matador followed Daredevil and ambushed him, but DD easily overcame him. The Matador was knocked into the water by the docks and escaped. The Matador was with the rest of the Emissaries for one final, mass-assault on Daredevil. He managed to cover Daredevil with his cape and began pummeling him relentlessly, but when he uncovered the cape, he found that he actually had Leapfrog in it, and DD surprised him and dropped him with a single punch. Daredevil wrapped the whole group up in a lasso and left them for the cops.

(Daredevil I#129) - The Matador (now speaking with an OUTRAGEOUS ACCENT!) offered sanctuary to the on-the-run Man-Bull. The Matador offered to pay the Man-Bull's way out of the country if he would steal the Golden Bull of China for him. The Matador planned to betray the Man-Bull and kill him to prevent him from sharing in the money the Golden Bull would bring. However, the Man-Bull got in a fight with Daredevil, and became so enraged that he hurled the Golden Bull at him, shattering it against a wall. The Man-Bull escaped, and returned to the Matador, deciding to get rid of him. The Man-Bull tackled the Matador into the bay, where they both disappeared beneath the surface.

(Marvel Year-in-Review 1992) - Matador attended the Springdale branch of the Bar with no Name, enjoying the company of Bova, Man-Bull, Minotaur, and Toro Rojo. He was heckled as Daredevil's most ludicrous adversary by the Jester. The Matador rose and held out his cape, challenging the Jester, who placed his fingers on his head , mimicking the horns of a bull, and charged him. After a few steps, however, the Jester stopped, whipped out his yo-yo, and threw it at the Matador's forehead, knocking him out cold.

 

(USAgent I#1) - Priscilla Lyons, having just joined the Scourge organization, was sent to assassinate the Matador. She found him in Los Angeles, living in poverty, helping his sister care for her children. As Scourge, she prepared to blow him away, but he told her how he had retired long ago, and paid his debt to society. He refused to beg, but requested that she send the children out of the room so they wouldn't see him be killed. Lyons didn't have the heart to kill him, so she fled, and for her failure became a target of Scourge herself.

(Daredevil II#23) - Manuel Eloganto apparently returned to Manhattan, where he was seeing a therapist named Dr. Arnold Quaid. Quaid was actually the Ringmaster, and was testing his new powers of mesmerization sans hat that he had been recently granted. The Ringmaster had set Daredevil up in a frame for reckless destruction, for which he was being sued by Samuel Griggs, another client of Quaid's. Daredevil's investigations uncovered the involvement of Quaid, and the Ringmaster then used his powers to take control of Eloganto. The Ringmaster set Eloganto up as Quaid, so that it was he who was confronted by Daredevil. Eloganto revealed his own true identity and "confessed" to being the man behind Griggs. Eloganto summoned Ilsa to stop Daredevil, but he defeated her instead. Daredevil then brought Eloganto to Griggs' office, hoping to expose the deception. However, Griggs, of course, had never met Eloganto, and so Daredevil's plan fell apart. Instead, Griggs captured Daredevil's seemingly paranoid accusations and rantings on video tape, and they used it against him in the trial to undermine his credibility.
Daredevil was eventually cleared of charges in a convoluted series of events (it's a good story, go read it!), and the Ringmaster exposed himself as the head of the plot, but only to Daredevil (well, he didn't expose himself, but you know what I mean). Eloganto presumably went about his own life.

(Spider-Man's: Tangled Web#13) - The Matador, in full costume, appeared at one of those "Bar with No Name" joints where costumed super-villains hang out. He was enjoying a few beers and some casual conversation with Stilt-Man. Eloganto took offense when Stilt-Man questioned his masculinity based on his costume, but he let it drop when Stilt-Man offered to buy the next round.

Comments: Created by Stan "The Man" Lee and Wally Wood.

In my opinion, the Matador is the lamest character ever put out by Marvel. Daredevil had a tough time getting a real rogue's gallery. I'm not saying there aren't tons of "blah" characters. But read Daredevil I#5...
How exactly is a two-dimensional red cape distracting to a blind guy with radar abilities? At one point, the Matador covered DD's head with his cape, which rendered DD completely helpless??? Another time, the Matador did the same thing, and it didn't affect DD in the least.
I am very happy that they have stopped trying to use the Matador as a serious threat, and I'm even more happy that they've gotten good use of his character since his retirement. I'll count on seeing him again in 2011!

"Arnold Quaid" was the name the Ringmaster used while altering the memories and controlling others in his plot against Daredevil. The name was an homage to "Total Recall," which featured Arnold Swartzenegger as Douglas(?) Quaid.

The Golden Bull of China is the same artifact seen previously in Thor I#146.

Matador has an entry in Marvel Legacy: The 1970's Handbook.

In Marvel Atlas#1 it was revealed that Matador was the former El Supremo.

Clarifications: Electro's Emissaries of Evil should be differentiated from:


Ilsa was most likely an agent of the Ringmaster, and she was used to battle Daredevil after he confronted Eloganto, presumably to add credence to his claims of being the one behind Griggs' memory alterations. She may well have been a "normal", civilian athlete, forced into costume and action by the Ringmaster. Daredevil side-stepped her into a wall, knocking her out. She was tough and fast, but had no special abilites or weapons.
--Daredevil II#23

 

 

 

 



images: (without ads)
Daredevil I#5, Cover (Matador main image)
(Matador head shot)
(Matador and a bull)
US Agent I#1, p3, pan6 (Matador VS Scourge)
Daredevil II#23, p16, pan4 (Miguel Eloganto)
  p17, pan3 (Ilsa)


Appearances:
Daredevil I#5 (December, 1964) - Stan Lee (writer/editor), Wally Wood (artist)
Daredevil Annual#1 (1967) - Stan Lee (writer), Gene Colan (pencils), John Tartaglione (inks), Stan Lee (editor)
Dareevil I#129 (January, 1976) - Marv Wolfman (writer), Bob Brown (pencils), Klaus Janson (inks), Marv Wolfman (editor)
Marvel Year-in-Review '92 (1992) - Peter Sanderson
US Agent I#1 (June, 1993) - Mark Gruenwald (writer), M.C. Wyman (pencils), Keith Williams (inks), Nel Yomtov (editor)
Daredevil II#23 (November, 2001) - Bob Gale (writer), David Ross & Mark Pennington (pencils), James Hodgkins (inks), Stuart Moore (editor)


Last updated: 05/10/11

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