Type: Divergent Earth
Usual means of access: Presumably vibrational attunement
Dominant Life Form: Humans
Significant Inhabitants: Elektra, the Fixer (Roscoe Sweeney), the Kingpin, "Battlin' Jack" Murdock, Matt Murdock, Hugo Natchios, Foggy Nelson, "K.O." Rigolletto
Significant Locations: Columbia Law School; Hell's Kitchen, New York
First Appearance: What If? II#102 (November, 1997)
History: (What If? II#102 (fb)) - When Matt Murdock was picked on as a child, he took the kids' insults of "Daredevil" and secretly trained himself to fight at night.
(What If? II#102) - One day, Matt noticed a blind man walk out into the street and into the path of an oncoming truck. Matt rushed out and pushed him out of the way, causing the truck to swerve and drop a barrel of toxic waste. The waste splattered across Matt's eyes, leaving him blind, but raising his other senses to superhuman levels.
While Matt continued his schooling, his father, "Battlin' Jack" Murdock signed a boxing contract with the Fixer, where he began to make a comeback. After six victories in a row, the Fixer ordered Jack to take a fall during the next match or he warned that Matt make take one instead. Jack did as he was told and earned a huge sum of money, which he used to send Matt to Columbia Law School. While there, Matt befriended Foggy Nelson and fell in love with the daughter of a Greek ambassador, Elektra Natchios. Eventually, Elektra and her father were taken hostage by terrorists. Disguising himself, Matt Murdock took to using his powers to stop the terrorists. Unfortunately, the cops outside tried to get a clear shot at the terrorists, but shot Elektra's father instead. Matt chose that time to drop out of law school to be with own father, who had taken too many punches for the Fixer, landing him in a coma.
In order to pay for his father's medical bills, Matt took up his father's profession of boxing. As Matt first took the ring, Wilson Fisk visited K.O.'s ring and demanded protection money. K.O. explained that he had no money, but Fisk said that Matt Murdock would be his payment. Fisk then offered money to Matt, who took it, knowing that Fisk was bad news. Using his powers, Matt became a top boxer, earning the nickname the "Devil of Hell's Kitchen."
After a string of victories, Fisk asked Matt to take a fall during his next fight. When the fight came around, Matt began to fall but then thought about his father. Realizing that he was not his father, Matt fought his way back into the fight, defeating his opponent. In retaliation for Matt's insubordination, Fisk had Jack Murdock killed. When Matt visited the grave, he was visited himself by his old flame, Elektra. Elektra explained that the past few years, she had been taught how to channel her hatred and anger over her father's death and that she wanted to show Matt how to do the same. Matt declined, but weeks later, he visited Fisk, now called the Kingpin of Crime, and presented him with evidence that would prove his dealings unless Fisk turned himself in to the police. The Kingpin announced that he was businessman and attacked Matt. Before Matt could continue, he was knocked to the ground, where he noticed the scent of Elektra. When he looked up, the Kingpin had been killed by two sais to the chest. In order to save Elektra, Matt used his own hands to remove the sais from Kingpin, leaving his fingerprints on the sais.
After his arrest, Matt spoke with reporter Ben Urich, who refused to believe that Matt had actually killed the Kingpin. Urich explained that he could get Matt out of this situation, but Matt replied that Urich knew he couldn't. Urich called him stubborn and Matt responded that he was his father's son.
Comments: Created by Bill Rosemann, Hector Collazo, and Ian Akin.
This Earth diverged from the events seen in Daredevil I#1 (April, 1964).
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As Wilson Fisk rose through the ranks of the criminal underworld, he accepted Matt Murdock as his payment for protection from K. O. Rigolletto. After a string of victories, Fisk ordered Matt to take a fall during his next boxing match, but Matt didn't. In retaliation, the Kingpin killed Matt's father. Weeks later, Matt sought vengeance against the Kingpin, but was stopped by Elektra, who killed the Kingpin herself.
--What If? II#102 (#102d,
"BATTLIN' JACK" MURDOCK
"Jack" Murdock was the father of Matt Murdock, determined to give his son the life he never had. He eventually took to working for the criminal Fixer until he took so many falls that he was knocked into a coma. While he was in the hospital, Matt took up boxing for the Kingpin to pay for the medical bills. When Matt refused to take a fall for the Kingpin, Fisk had Jack killed.
--What If? II#102 (#102d,
As a child, Matt was hit in the eyes by toxic waste and given superhuman senses. As he grew up, his father paid for Matt's college by working for the criminal Fixer. When Jack Murdock was beaten into a coma, Matt quit law school and took up boxing to paid for the medical bills, using his superhuman senses to gain easy victories as the "Devil from Hell's Kitchen." Eventually, the Kingpin ordered Matt to take a fall, but Matt refused, leading to his father being killed by the Kingpin. Matt tried to get revenge, but was stopped by his old love, Elektra, who impaled the Kingpin on her sais. In order to spare Elektra the life of a criminal, Matt grabbed the sais, leaving his fingerprints on them. He was soon arrested, where he spoke to Ben Urich about the crime.
--What If? II#102
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What If? II#102, front cover (Jack holding Matt's body, main pic)
p6, pan1 ("Battlin' Jack" Murdock)
p16, pan4 (Kingpin)
p20, pan4 (Matt Murdock)
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Last Updated: 07/11/05
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