Real Name: Nigel Townes

Identity/Class: Human

Occupation: Cab driver; former criminal

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Daredevil (Matt Murdock)

Enemies: Braxton, Chance (Nicholas Powell), Freddy, Gromosky, Murphy, Robert Phalen

Known Relatives: Deedra Townes (wife), Nigel Townes Jr. (son)

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: New York City, New York

First Appearance: Daredevil I#246 (September, 1987)

Powers/Abilities: Nigel Townes is a former criminal with a history of robbery and drug-trafficking. He is experienced with driving a cab.

Height: 5'9" (by approximation)
Weight: 160 lbs. (by approximation)
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Black

(Daredevil I#246 (fb) - BTS) - Nigel Townes was a husband to Deedra and a father to Nigel Jr. when he went to jail for three years for burglary, armed robbery, and drug trafficking. After getting out of jail, he convinced his family to come home and he struggled to make ends meet, borrowing his friend Freddy's cab in the evenings so he could collect fares despite not being licensed.

(Daredevil I#246) - Nigel was having a night of low fares in the rain when he saw Daredevil and agreed to pick the hero up, though he threatened to hurt Daredevil if he tried anything. Getting more comfortable, Nigel babbled on about his family and history, then found himself following Daredevil's orders to catch up to a speeding car. Daredevil leapt from the window on top of the other car, where Robert Phalen was murdering Gromosky. Phalen fired on Nigel, who hit the brakes just in time. Against his better judgment, Nigel went to check on Daredevil and saw him battling a group of armed men. Nigel grabbed a metal bar to help fight, but Daredevil made short work of the men, though the last one misfired and riddled Freddy's cab with bullets. Nigel collapsed, realizing he now stood to lose everything. Nigel was arrested and detained by Murphy, who wanted him to testify before a grand jury about the things he had witnessed. Nigel was kept in a hotel overnight and wasn't allowed to call his family. Cops Braxton and Murphy watched over Nigel at a hotel room while he showered. The mercenary Chance (hired by Reynolds and others) attacked the room and Nigel, wearing only a towel, fled while Daredevil fought the man off. Nigel and Daredevil then had to fight back a group of men in a bar. The next morning, Nigel heard that Phalen had been killed (by Officer Greene) and he left Daredevil behind, determined to go home. When he got there, he found Chance sitting in his living room holding a note from Deedra, saying she had left with Nigel Jr. and didn't want to be found again. Nigel told Chance to go ahead and kill him, that he had nothing left to live for, but Chance was determined to let him live. Just then, Daredevil attacked and Chance decided to leave Nigel's fate up to the flip of a coin, heads for life and tails for death. Daredevil knocked the coin out of the air. Chance knocked Nigel down and fled, and Nigel soon realized that both sides of the coin had heads on it. Nigel testified for the grand jury, and then bid Daredevil farewell, determined to go off and find his family.

Comments: Created by Jim Owlsley, Tom Morgan, and Tony DeZuniga.

Profile by Chadman.

Nigel Townes should not be confused with:


(Daredevil I#246) - Cop Braxton sat with his partner Murphy to watch over state witness, Nigel Townes, in his hotel room. The cops were playing poker when the mercenary Chance attacked, and Daredevil had to fight him back.

--Daredevil I#246

Deedra & Nigel Townes Jr.

(Daredevil I#246 (fb) - BTS) - Deedra had a child with Nigel Townes and named the boy Nigel Jr. When Nigel went to jail for armed robbery, Deedra raised her son on her own. After Nigel got out of jail, he begged Deedra to come back to him, and she gave him another chance.

(Daredevil I#246) - After hearing that Nigel was in trouble with the law again, Deedra chased the media off her porch, then left a note behind for Nigel, saying she was leaving for good this time and asking him not to try to find her again.

--Daredevil I#246 ([Daredevil I#246 (fb)], 246


(Daredevil I#246 (fb) - BTS) - Freddy loaned his cab out in the evenings to his friend Nigel Townes.

--[Daredevil I#246 (fb)]

Officer Greene

(Daredevil I#246) - Corrupt cop Officer Greene was assigned by a drug organization to kill Robert Phalen.

--Daredevil I#246


(Daredevil I#246 (fb) - BTS) - A husband and father, Gromosky spent six years working on the City Planning Board while working with criminals in the drug trade as well, working with men like Robert Phalen, who had cops, judges, and city council members in his pocket. In over his head, Gromosky set a meeting with Phalen to ask for a way out.

(Daredevil I#246) - Gromosky got in the back of a car with Phalen to ask for a way out, but Phalen accused Gromosky of wanting to go public, then he choked him to death with a cord.

--Daredevil I#246 ([Dardevil I#246 (fb)], 246


(Daredevil I#246) - A cop on the job for ten years, Murphy detained Nigel Townes, an ex-con who had witnessed the murder of Gromosky by Robert Phalen. Murphy needed Townes' testimony to help take down a major criminal organization, so they found reason to hold him overnight until a Grand Jury could be convened. Later, Murphy and Braxton sat in the hotel to watch over Nigel, but the mercenary Chance attacked, blowing up the wall, and Daredevil had to fight him back.

--Daredevil I#246

Robert Phalen

(Daredevil I#246 (fb) - BTS) - Robert Phalen worked with a group of criminals dealing drugs across the city. They recruited cops, judges, and city council members to work with them. One city planner, Gromosky, worked with them for years, but he set a meeting with Robert to find a way out. Robert instead planned Gromosky's death.

(Daredevil I#246) - In the back of a car, Phalen choked Gromosky to death with a cord, then he opened fire on a cab in the next lane driven by Nigel Townes that had Daredevil in the back. Daredevil leapt on top of the car and began fighting the driver until the car stopped. Robert's squad of armed men arrived and the hero defeated them, leaving Gromosky's corpse in the back seat. The cops arrived and arrested Phalen, then brought Nigel in as a key witness. Phalen got an attorney and was bailed out, and he went to his criminal allies, including Reynolds, arguing that Nigel must be put to death. He contracted with Chance to commit the murder, and Chance impressed the group by blowing up the door to their room and defeating their bodyguards. They hired him to kill Townes. That night, Officer Greene showed up at Phalen's door and killed him, having been sent by Phalen's colleagues.

--Daredevil I#246 ([Daredevil I246 (fb)], 246


(Daredevil I#246) - A member of a group of corrupt drug dealers in New York, Reynolds was furious to hear his colleague Phalen had killed their former ally Gromosky, a crime witnessed by cab driver Nigel Townes. Reynolds blamed Phalen, who had hired the mercenary Chance to take care of things. Chance impressed the group by blowing up their door and defeating their bodyguards, but Reynolds and the others hired him. They later had Phalen put to death as well by Officer Greene. Townes lived and testified against the organization.

--Daredevil I#246

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Daredevil I#246, p11, pan2 (Reynolds)

Daredevil I#246 (September, 1987) - Jim Owlsley (writer), Tom Morgan (penciler), Tony DeZuniga (inker), Ralph Macchio (editor)

First Posted: 04/07/2019
Last updated: 04/07/2019

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