ERIC SLAUGHTER

Real Name: Eric Slaughter

Identity/Class: Human

Occupation: Head of criminal organization

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Turk Barrett, Bilge, Bullseye, Henry Callinan, Charles, Elektra, Fiver, Floyd, Grotto, Kingpin (Wilson Fisk), Leach, Mickey, Sam North, Agent Purcell, Agent Rollins, Smitty, Stilly, Sweaty Tex, Alarich Wallanquist

Enemies: Big Ben Donovan, Black Widow (Natasha Romanoff), Daredevil (Matt Murdock), Little Ben Donovan, Franklin "Foggy" Nelson (aka Guts Nelson), Dakota North

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: New York City, New York

First Appearance: Daredevil I#159 (July, 1979)

Powers/Abilities: Eric Slaughter is a well-connected criminal organization head with a lot of influence, focusing on arranging hits and running guns for much of his career. He has access to guns, armed men, and political influence, as well as vast amounts of information.

Height: 5'6" (by approximation)
Weight: 140 lbs. (by approximation)
Eyes: Blue
Hair: White

History:
(Daredevil: The Man Without Fear#4) - When Daredevil got involved on one of Kingpin's operations, Kingpin ordered Slaughter to gather his men and fight back. The hero ultimately defeated them all.

(Daredevil I#159 (fb) - BTS) - Crime boss Eric Slaughter spent years in retirement.

(Daredevil I#159) - Bullseye, using the alias Mr. Poindexter, offered Eric Slaughter and his men a half million dollars to bring him the corpse of Daredevil, and he showed footage of Bullseye's past battles with Daredevil as examples. Slaughter's men, including Leach, tracked down Matt Murdock and Foggy Nelson, and they threatened the attorneys, demanding they get information to Daredevil or they would be back to hurt them. That night, they set a trap for Daredevil on the pier, with many armed men, including Fiver, Smitty, Stilly, Turk Barrett, and Leach, but the hero systematically took them all out.

(Daredevil I#161) - Slaughter assembled his men at Coney Island at the instruction of Bullseye. Turk Barrett led Daredevil there, and the hero fought the armed men and Bullseye before rushing off, realizing the Black Widow, who had been kidnapped by Bullseye, wasn't there. Later, Daredevil had Bullseye cornered, and Bullseye demanded that Slaughter and his men kill the hero. Slaughter refused, beginning to realize that Bullseye was destined to lose and likely unable to even pay what he owed Slaughter. Soon, the hero carried Bullseye away, defeated.

(Daredevil I#168 (fb) - BTS) - After Turk's previous failures, Slaughter would only allow him to go on stakeouts. Slaughter was hired to protect international thief Alarich Wallenquist. Afraid Turk would rat out Wallenquist's location, Slaughter had his man Bilge keep an eye out on him.

(Daredevil I#168) - Slaughter grew frustrated with the whiny Wallenquist as a storm raged outside. After getting a call from Bilge that everything was going fine and that the sea-plane set to take Wallenquist away was on schedule, Slaughter realized Bilge had been compromised when Bilge gave a pre-arranged code-word. He sent Mickey out for cigars, then took Wallenquist to the sea-plane anyway, with armed men, knowing a mercenary was going to be after them. Elektra attacked them in the storm and easily defeated Slaughter's men, including Grotto. Slaughter offered Elektra a job, but she refused, so he had his man Charles hit her with a tranquilizer dart, then he ordered her thrown in the river and drowned, but just then Daredevil attacked, crashing the sea plane into the dock. Slaughter escaped as Daredevil defeated the men, saved Elektra, and captured Wallenquist.

(Daredevil I#170 (fb) - BTS) - Slaughter fired Turk.

(Daredevil I#181 (fb) - BTS) - Slaughter continued running his "freelance assassination operation", but only at the behest of the Kingpin, who controlled the entire underworld.

(Daredevil I#181) - Slaughter heard that Bullseye had broken out of jail and he ordered his men, including Sweaty Tex, to go after him. Bullseye attacked just then; Slaughter ordered him killed. After Bullseye knocked several men down, Slaughter saved his own life by telling Bullseye that Kingpin's new assassin, Elektra, had been sent to kill Foggy Nelson. Slaughter loaned a few of his men to Bullseye for the day.

(Daredevil I#185) - Slaughter refused to give Turk his job back, even when Turk begged. An unconscious Foggy Nelson, who was using the alias Guts Nelson, was brought to Slaughter. When "Guts" asked questions about bomb-making, Slaughter ordered him killed, but the lights went out and "Guts" fought back against Slaughter's men, without realizing that Daredevil was helping him in the dark. Slaughter told Turk he'd hire him if he killed "Guts", but Turk chose to work for "Guts" instead.

(Daredevil II#109 (fb) - BTS) - After the Twin Towers fell, Slaughter saw an opportunity to take over the docks area of town. He put the word out that he was retired, and he seemed to form a legitimate business and began profiting.

(Daredevil II#110 (fb) - BTS) - Slaughter formed a contract with the government, the Joint Task Force specifically, agreeing to receive contraband shipments from overseas, including Madripoor, the Middle East, and Latveria. His main contact was Agent Purcell, who agreed to protect Slaughter in return, with the government focused on stopping terrorism at all costs. When Slaughter's employee and righthand man Floyd killed dock worker Henry Callinan and decapitated his three children to send a message, the government was concerned that Slaughter's organization would be exposed. Needing to keep their relationship quiet, they instead convinced Big Ben Donovan to take the fall for the murder, threatening his son Little Ben Donovan if he spoke the truth.

(Daredevil II#108) - Daredevil began investigating the murders, not believing Donovan was guilty. He beat up thugs in a bar, looking for intel on Callinan, and one man called Floyd, who warned Slaughter what was happening.

(Daredevil II#109) - Agent Rollins spied on Murdock and his team, and told Slaughter they were planning to look for Callinan. Slaughter held a meeting with Floyd and others when Daredevil broke in and defeated all of his men. Slaughter claimed to know nothing about Callinan, then he smiled smugly, knowing he had arranged for Dakota North to be shot. A gunsight landed on Daredevil's chest.

(Daredevil II#110) - Daredevil lost track of Slaughter as helicopters and soldiers closed in on the building, but Daredevil escaped and soon exposed the truth. Agent Sam North explained to Slaughter that Floyd had been arrested, Purcell had been transferred, and Slaughter would only be allowed to keep the legitimate parts of his business going. Slaughter desperately wanted Floyd back, but agreed to convince Donovan to stay quiet.

Comments: Created by Roger McKenzie, Frank Miller, and Klaus Janson.

Profile by Chadman.

CLARIFICATIONS:
Eric Slaughter has no known connection to:


CHARLES

(Daredevil I#168) - Charles, working for Eric Slaughter, fired a tranquilizer dart at Elektra when she attacked Slaughter and his men in a rainstorm, where they were protecting asset Alarich Wallenquist. Slaughter ordered Elektra to be drowned, but then the hero Daredevil attacked, crashing a sea plane, and he easily knocked out Charles and the others.

--Daredevil I#168


FIVER

(Daredevil I#159) - Eric Slaughter employed many men, including Fiver, to set a trap for Daredevil on the pier. That evening, the hero took them all down systematically.

--Daredevil I#159


LEACH

(Daredevil I#159) - Eric Slaughter sent Leach to track down Matt Murdock and Foggy Nelson, and they threatened the attorneys, demanding they get information to Daredevil or they would be back to hurt them. That night, Leach and many other armed men waited on the pier for Daredevil, but the hero systemically defeated them, including Leach, who he threw in the water.

--Daredevil I#159


MICKEY

(Daredevil I#168) - A hit man working for Eric Slaughter, Mickey was helping watch over asset Alarich Wallanquist when Slaughter sent Mickey out to buy cigars. Mickey was frustrated at how he was being treated, but then Daredevil attacked him and dangled him from a roof until he revealed where Alarich was being held.

--Daredevil I#168


SMITTY

(Daredevil I#159) - Eric Slaughter employed man men, including Smitty, to set a trap for Daredevil on the pier. That evening, the hero took them all down systematically, defeating Smitty by wrapping his billy club wire around his neck.

--Daredevil I#159


STILLY

(Daredevil I#159) - Eric Slaughter employed man men, including Smitty, to set a trap for Daredevil on the pier. That evening, the hero took them all down systematically, defeating Stilly with a punch to the jaw.

--Daredevil I#159


SWEATY TEX

(Daredevil Ii#181 (fb) - BTS) - An employee of Eric Slaughter, Sweaty Tex had a wife and family, and another woman he considered his wife on the side.

(Daredevil I#181) - When Slaughter ordered Tex and others to go after Bullseye, hoping it would gain them favor with the Kingpin, Tex was upset. Suddenly Bullseye grabbed Tex's cigarette from behind, then kicked Tex in the face, knocking him down.

--Daredevil I#181 (181 (fb) - BTS, 181


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Daredevil II#110, p21, pan2 (main)
Daredevil I#168, p15, pan2 (face)
Daredevil I#168, p19, pan2 (Charles)
Daredevil I#159, p9, pan3 (Fiver)
Daredevil I#159, p6, pan1 (Leach)
Daredevil I#168, p16, pan1 (Mickey)
Daredevil I#159, p12, pan2 (Smitty)
Daredevil I#159, p13, pan3 (Stilly)
Daredevil I#181, p13, pan2 (Sweaty Tex)


Appearances:
Daredevil I#159 (July, 1979) - Roger McKenzie (writer), Frank Miller (penciler), Klaus Janson (inker), Mary Jo Duffy, Al Milgrom (editors)
Daredevil I#161 (November, 1979) - Roger McKenzie (writer), Frank Miller (penciler), Klaus Janson (inker), Mary Jo Duffy, Al Milgrom (editors)
Daredevil I#168 (February, 1981) - Frank Miller (writer/artist), Klaus Janson (inker), Denny O'Neil (editor)
Daredevil I#170 (May, 1981) - Frank Miller (writer/artist), Klaus Janson (inker), Denny O'Neil (editor)
Daredevil I#181 (April, 1982) - Frank Miller (writer/artist), Klaus Janson (inker), Denny O'Neil (editor)
Daredevil I#185 (August, 1982) - Frank Miller (writer), Klaus Janson (artist), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Daredevil: the Man Without Fear I#4 (January, 1994) - Frank Miller (writer), John Romita Jr (penciler), Al Williamson (inker), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Daredevil II#108-110 (August-October, 2008) - Ed Brubaker, Greg Rucka (writers), Michael Lark (penciler), Stefano Gaudiano (inker), Warren Simons (editor)


First Posted: 04/22/2019
Last updated: 04/22/2019

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