Real Name: Johnny Squarejohn

Identity/Class: Human

Occupation: Criminal

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Battlin' Jack Murdock, Bill, Daredevil (Matt Murdock), Kingpin (Wilson Fisk), Larry

Enemies: Elizabeth Dawes Sterling's robots

Known Relatives: Fran Squarejohn (wife), children (names unrevealed), father (name unrevealed)

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: New York City, New York

First Appearance: Daredevil I#209 (August, 1984)

Powers/Abilities: Johnny Squarejohn is a swindler, with basic street-fighting and hustling skills.

Height: 5'10" (by approximation)
Weight: 175 lbs. (by approximation)
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Brown

(Daredevil I#209 (fb) ) - Johnny Squarejohn grew up in Hell's Kitchen, where his father was a boxer. While his dad trained with Battlin' Jack Murdock, Johnny would play with young Matt Murdock, goofing off in the streets.

(Daredevil I#209 (fb) - BTS) - As Johnny and Matt grew up, they grew apart. In time, Johnny joined a gang, and was declared a baron.

(Daredevil I#209 (fb) ) - When the gang beat up Matt, calling him Daredevil, Matt called out to Johnny for help, but Johnny refused.

(Daredevil I#209 (fb) ) - After Matt went blind, he came across the gang beating up Squarejohn on the street, as Squarejohn owed them money. Matt used his cane to beat the three men back, shocking Squarejohn.

(Daredevil I#209 (fb) - BTS) - Johnny married and had two kids. Fran grew impatient with Johnny's frequent criminal dealings and kicked him out. Johnny accepted arson assignments from the Kingpin in the interim.

(Daredevil I#209) - Daredevil caught Johnny setting a fire and knocked him unconscious. The next day at the courthouse, Johnny passed Matt Murdock and tried to avoid him, but Murdock saw Johnny and greeted him, ending his conversation with Bill to do so. Johnny asked Murdock if he might be his attorney as Johnny wanted to get his life together. Johnny claimed he was innocent. Matt said he couldn't represent Johnny, but he convinced Johnny's attorney, Larry, to help Johnny turn state's evidence on bigger fish. Johnny tried going home to Fran, but she kicked him out again, then he discovered Kingpin wouldn't allow him in the bars until he cleared his name. Frustrated, he went to ask Matt for advice but saw Daredevil, then he followed the hero, watching him fight explosive robots and muggers. Johnny suddenly realized Daredevil and Matt Murdock were the same, and kept following him. He saw Daredevil destroy many of the robots all at once, but when one of them attacked, Johnny leapt in its way to save his old friend, and he was badly wounded in the explosion. As he died, he admitted he knew Daredevil's real identity, and asked Matt to watch out for his wife and kids.

Comments: Created by Arthur Byron Cover, David Mazzucchelli, and Danny Bulanadi.

Profile by Chadman.

Johnny Squarejohn has no known connections to:


(Daredevil I#209) - Matt Murdock promised Bill, opposing council, that his client would enter a treatment program to work on his alcohol problems.

--Daredevil I#209


(Daredevil I#209) - Larry was assigned as the public defender for Johnny Squarejohn, an accused arsonist. Matt Murdock convinced Larry that Squarejohn might be willing to turn state's evidence on bigger fish.

--Daredevil I#209

Fran Squarejohn

(Daredevil I#209 (fb) - BTS) - Johnny Squarejohn married Fran and had two kids, but she kicked him out when he got in trouble too many times.

(Daredevil I#209) - Johnny showed up at home to see Fran and the kids, but she kicked him right back out again. (He was later killed in an explosion).

--Daredevil I#209 ([Daredevil I#209 (fb)], 209

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Daredevil I#209, p12, pan1 (main)
Daredevil I#209, p5, pan5 (face)
Daredevil I#209, p4, pan4 (growing up with Matt Murdock)
Daredevil I#209, p5, pan1 (Bill)
Daredevil I#209, p5, pan7 (Larry)
Daredevil I#209, p12, pan2 (Fran Squarejohn)

Daredevil I#209 (August, 1984) - Arthur Byron Cover (writer), David Mazzucchelli (penciler), Danny Bulanadi (inker), Bob Budiansky (editor)

First Posted: 02/10/2019
Last updated: 02/10/2019

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