NYLA SKIN

Real Name: Unrevealed (possibly Nyla Skin)

Identity/Class: Human

Occupation: Thief, graffiti artist

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Jack Murdock (Matt Murdock, aka. Daredevil), Greg

Enemies: Bullseye, Kingpin (Wilson Fisk)

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: New York City, New York

First Appearance: Daredevil I#285 (October, 1990)

Powers/Abilities: Nyla Skin is a street-smart woman accustomed to hustling and living in New York City. A talented thief, she is also a graffiti artist.

Height: 5'7" (by approximation)
Weight: 115 lbs. (by approximation)
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Black

History:
(Daredevil I#285 (fb) - BTS) - Nyla Skin considered herself an empath artist, tapping into the neurosis of the city. She spray-painted shadows on walls, trying to capture the feeling of the city in art. She chose to squat in an abandoned tenement, living where no one else would dare. Refusing to go on welfare or get a minimum wage job, she chose to steal from the rich to survive.

(Daredevil I#285) - Nyla was spraying a wall when a man stepped into her light. She asked him to stay still and then she painted his shadow, adding horns as she saw them. The man confessed he was partially blind. He said his name was Jack, and she invited him to crash at her place that night.

(Daredevil I#286 (fb) - BTS) - Nyla heard about a rich man who was out of town who had no security system at his home.

(Daredevil I#286) - Nyla found Jack having a nightmare and she awakened him. He said he was beginning to remember who he was, and he may have been a thief of some kind. Nyla challenged Jack to come with her to commit the robbery, and when there, he impressed her by knowing how to scale a wall, apply leverage to a skylight and open it up, and by hearing the heartbeat of a security guard inside that he knocked unconscious. Nyla was then shocked to see Jack easily open the combination safe swiftly, and she rejoiced that they were about to be rich. Jack then closed the safe and said they couldn't commit this robbery, that no matter how Nyla justified it, it didn't make it okay. He then invited her to call the police to check on the security guard. Nyla was furious at how Jack justified crime without realizing the privilege and classism that exists in the system.

(Daredevil I#287 (fb) - BTS) - Nyla spent more time with Jack and their connection grew romantic. He spent a lot of time fighting at Fogwell's Gym.

(Daredevil I#287) - Nyla watched Jack fight and a crowd gathered, including Charlie, as his popularity increased. Jack kissed her, but she was frustrated when he just wanted to go home and sleep, afraid she was going to lose him if he remembered who he was. At the next fight, Nyla told Jack stories of a rogue Daredevil in the streets. When she said she'd be waving a red scarf at him during the fight, he reminded her that he had vision problems. As the fight began, she started crying, realizing that Jack didn't know she was black.

(Daredevil I#288) - Nyla watched Jack sleep for hours and listened to his screams. She found herself jealous of him somehow. Jack woke up 14 hours later, and Nyla confessed that she was jealous of his dreams as he muttered about dreaming about a woman he'd loved once. Jack slept again and woke up in positive spirits. He told Nyla he didn't care what color she was, and that he planned to win his next fight for her.

(Daredevil I#289) - Nyla tried visiting Jack's boxing match, but it was too crowded, so she slipped a note (one that said she loved him) for Jack to the security guard, Greg. Once she was alone, "Daredevil" (Bullseye) attacked her, taking her captive.

(Daredevil I#289 - BTS) - "Daredevil" delivered Nyla to the Kingpin, where she cowered against the wall in fear.

(Daredevil I#289) - Jack battled his way through Kingpin's men, including Max, before he broke into the Kingpin's office. His full memories restored, Murdock saved Nyla and vowed revenge on the Kingpin, who only stood there smiling. Outside, Murdock told a sad Nyla that he had to go away for a while so he could take Kingpin down.

Comments: Created by Ann Nocenti (writer), Lee Weeks (penciler) & Al Williamson (inker).

Profile by Chadman.

CLARIFICATIONS:
Nyla Skin has no known connections to:


Charlie

(Daredevil I#287) - At Fogwell's Gym, Charlie was in the crowd to watch the exciting new fighter, "Jack Murdock" (an amnesiac Daredevil) fight.

--Daredevil I#287


Greg

(Daredevil I#289) - A security guard working at a boxing match, Greg was excited to see the Blind Boxer, Jack Murdock (secretly an amnesiac Daredevil) in his big fight. Nyla Skin gave Greg a letter to deliver to Jack in the ring.

--Daredevil I#289


Max

(Daredevil I#289) - An agent of the Kingpin, Max and others were sent to watch boxer Jack Murdock (secretly an amnesiac Daredevil) throw a fight in the ring. When Murdock instead won the fight and then fought back, Max ran to report in to the Kingpin, not realizing that Murdock was on the top of his car. When warned, he hit the brakes, knocking Murdock into the water. Max and the others opened fire on Murdock, but he knocked many of them into the water, then Murdock stole a car, but they blew it up with gunfire.

--Daredevil I#289


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Daredevil I#286, p4, pan1 (main)
Daredevil I#286, p10, pan1 (face)
Daredevil I#287, p7, pan1 (Charlie)
Daredevil I#289, p2, pan1 (Greg)
Daredevil I#289, p16, pan1 (Max)


Appearances:
Daredevil I#285 (October, 1990) - Ann Nocenti (writer), Lee Weeks (penciler), Al Williamson (inker), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Daredevil I#286 (November, 1990) - Ann Nocenti (writer), Greg Capullo (penciler), Doug Hazlewood (inker), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Daredevil I#287-288 (December, 1990-January, 1991) - Ann Nocenti (writer), Lee Weeks (penciler), Al Williamson (inker), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Daredevil I#289 (February, 1991) - Ann Nocenti (writer), Kieron Dwyer (penciler), Al Williamson, Fred Fredericks (inkers), Ralph Macchio (editor)


First Posted: 05/27/2019
Last updated: 05/27/2019

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