Real Name: Maxwell Glenn

Identity/Class: Human

Occupation: CEO of Glenn Industries, business owner, industrialist

Group Membership: Glenn Industries

Affiliations: Daredevil (Matt Murdock), Bernard Harris, Debbie Harris, Mrs. Gilhardt, Franklin "Foggy" Nelson, Blake Tower;
formerly Stone

Enemies: Purple Man, Stone

Known Relatives: Heather Glenn (daughter)

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: New York City, New York

First Appearance: (Mentioned) Daredevil I#131 (March, 1976); (seen) Daredevil I#134 (June, 1976)

Powers/Abilities: Maxwell Glenn is a well-respected businessman and industrialist, who has created multiple patents. After his death, Glenn left his company and estate to his daughter, Heather.

Height: 5'7" (by approximation)
Weight: 165 lbs. (by approximation)
Eyes: Brown
Hair: White

(Daredevil I#132 (fb) - BTS) - When his daughter Heather was a child, Maxwell Glenn participated in marches for civil rights.

(Daredevil I#147 (fb) - BTS) - Maxwell Glenn was a thriving businessman in New York City, running his company Glenn Industries.

(Daredevil I#143 (fb) - BTS) - Maxwell's personal assistant, Stone, handled many of his affairs.

(Daredevil I#141 (fb) - BTS) - As an adult, Heather was hospitalized for seven months, and during that time, Maxwell stayed at her side, calling in every specialist he knew to make sure she was okay. In time, she made a full recovery.

(Daredevil I#176 (fb) - BTS) - Maxwell gave Heather a gun and trained her how to use it.

(Daredevil I#147 (fb) - BTS) - Purple Man took over the board of directors of Glenn Industries, using his pheromone powers to subvert the others to his will. He forced Maxwell to begin participating in illegal practices, such as tenement slums and tax fraud. When board member Bernard Harris was reluctant to participate, Purple Man ordered his daughter, Debbie Harris (fiancée of Foggy Nelson) to be kidnapped.

(Daredevil I#143 (fb) - BTS) - Working with Purple Man, Stone slowly asserted control over Glenn's paperwork, embezzling funds and corrupting practices, including apartment complexes, which quickly became tenements.

(Daredevil I#131 - BTS) - When Mrs. Gilhardt complained to the Storefront, a legal clinic run by Matt Murdock, Foggy Nelson, and Heather Glenn, about her dirty tenement, Murdock investigated and found out Glenn Industries, run by Maxwell Glenn, was behind it.

(Daredevil I#134) - Foggy Nelson visited the offices of Maxwell Glenn, but he was turned away by Mr. Stone. Nelson vowed to return with a court order. Stone told Maxwell nothing about Nelson's visit, then went off for a personal meeting.

(Daredevil I#135 - BTS) - Foggy discovered that the records he needed in Maxwell's case had been mysteriously destroyed in a fire. He began to think Stone was behind it, wondering if Maxwell was guilty.

(Daredevil I#136) - Maxwell said goodbye to Stone, who was leaving for the day.

(Daredevil I#141) - Heather brought Matt Murdock and Foggy Nelson into Maxwell's office and informed him that his employee, Stone, had been behind the kidnapping of Debbie Harris (who was still missing) and a recent assassination attempt on Foggy. Stone had been killed in an altercation with Daredevil. Maxwell was abjectly shocked and promised to provide the attorneys with access to his financial and personnel records so they could determine if the business was at all behind things. Heather lauded how great her father was.

(Daredevil I#143 (fb) - BTS) - Stone's criminal activities were discovered in Glenn's paperwork. The police stated Glenn was innocent.

(Daredevil I#143) - Glenn dropped by the Storefront to see Heather, and Matt and Foggy stated they were still a bit suspicious of him. Matt (Daredevil) could tell Glenn was either under tremendous pressure or lying by listening to his heartbeat.

(Daredevil I#146 - BTS) - Purple Man forced Bullseye to battle Daredevil and drop hints about Maxwell Glenn's guilt.

(Daredevil I#147) - Daredevil confronted Maxwell, who was fully under the influence of Purple Man now, and the hero struck him, saying he knew the truth about his criminal activities. Maxwell admitted full culpability in all of the crimes. Daredevil ordered Maxwell to turn himself into the police, then left. Purple Man revealed himself and told Maxwell he would be going to jail, leaving Glenn Industries completely in his control. Later, Maxwell went to turn himself in to the police, and Heather was there with Foggy Nelson and the rescued Debbie Harris. She openly sobbed, unable to believe that her father was behind all of this, and Maxwell couldn't remember having confessed to his crimes. Daredevil soon exposed Purple Man and chased him out of Glenn Industries.

(Daredevil I#148 (fb) - BTS) - Glenn provided a full confession to district attorney Blake Tower.

(Daredevil I#149 (fb) - BTS) - Maxwell denied the option of bail.

(Daredevil I#150 - BTS) - When Matt Murdock didn't show up for Maxwell Glenn's trial, Foggy Nelson had to ask the judge for a postponement.

(Daredevil I#150) - Heather visited Maxwell in jail, trying to be silly to cheer him up, but he gave her the cold shoulder, unwilling to speak. When he finally did, he told her he was guilty and undeserving of her kindness. As she left, Maxwell wanted to reach out to her, but his guilt prevented him from doing so.

(Daredevil I#220 (fb) - BTS) - Maxwell left Heather the company in his will, as well as several stocks and bonds, and some patents he held.

(Daredevil I#150 - BTS) - After Heather left, Maxwell committed suicide.

(Daredevil I#160 - BTS) - Matt took Heather to visit Maxwell's grave for the first time.

Comments: Created by Marv Wolfman, Bob Brown, and Klaus Janson.

Maxwell Glenn's story is a shocking one for comic books, and ultimately a story where the villain won. He was compelled through mind control to take his own life, so a strange form of murder, and a twisted tale of the Purple Man long before Bendis made him even creepier. Maxwell's death had devastating consequences for his daughter, Heather, resulting in Daredevil recognizing his own failures and inspiring him to reveal his true identity to Heather. Shockingly, a few years later, writers had Heather take her own life as well. :/

Profile by Chadman.

Maxwell Glenn has no known connection to:

Mrs. Gilhardt

(Daredevil I#131) - When her tenement had major issues, like rats and cockroaches, Mrs. Gilhardt represented her fellow renters in seeking legal help. She went to the Storefront and consulted with Matt Murdock, Foggy Nelson, and Heather Glenn in opening her case up.

--Daredevil I#131

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Daredevil I#141, p10, pan6 (main)
Daredevil I#141, p10, pan3 (Maxwell at desk)
Daredevil I#131, p4, pan3 (Mrs. Gilhardt)

Daredevil I#131-132 (March-April, 1976) - Marv Wolfman (writer/editor), Bob Brown (penciler), Klaus Janson (editor)
Daredevil I#134-135 (June-July, 1976) - Marv Wolfman (writer/editor), Bob Brown (penciler), Klaus Janson (inker)
Daredevil I#136 (August, 1976) - Marv Wolfman (writer/editor), John Buscema (penciler), Jim Mooney (inker)
Daredevil I#138 (October, 1976) - Marv Wolfman (writer/editor), John Byrne (penciler), Jim Mooney (inker)
Daredevil I#141 (January, 1977) - Marv Wolfman, Jim Shooter (writers), Gil Kane, Bob Brown (pencilers), Jim Mooney (inker), Archie Goodwin (editor)
Daredevil I#143 (March, 1977) - Marv Wolfman (writer/editor), Bob Brown (penciler), Keith Pollard (inker)
Daredevil I#146 (June, 1977) - Jim Shooter (writer/editor), Gil Kane (penciler), Jim Mooney (inker)
Daredevil I#147-148 (July-August, 1977) - Jim Shooter (writer/editor), Gil Kane (penciler), Klaus Janson (inker)
Daredevil I#149 (September, 1977) - Jim Shooter (writer), Carmine Infantino (penciler), Klaus Janson (inker), Archie Goodwin (editor)
Daredevil I#150, 152 (January, March, 1978) - Jim Shooter (writer), Carmine Infantino (penciler), Klaus Janson (inker), Archie Goodwin (editor)
Daredevil I#160 (September, 1979) - Roger McKenzie (writer), Frank Miller (penciler), Klaus Janson (inker), Mary Jo Duffy, Al Milgrom (editors)
Daredevil I#176 (November, 1981) - Frank Miller (writer/penciler), Klaus Janson (inker), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Daredevil I#220 (July, 1985) - Denny O'Neil (writer), David Mazzucchelli (artist), Ralph Macchio (editor)

First Posted: 02/14/2019
Last updated: 02/14/2019

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