Real Name: Doris Urich

Identity/Class: Human

Occupation: Housewife

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Daredevil (Matt Murdock), Jessica Jones, Timmy Lange, Spider-Man (Peter Parker)

Enemies: Barry Farnum, Lois Franklin, Kruel (Victor Krueller), Mister Hyde (Calvin Zabo)

Known Relatives: Ben Urich (husband), Arnold Urich (brother-in-law), Mindy Urich (sister-in-law), Phil Urich (Green Goblin, nephew), Ken Urich (nephew), Aunt Edna

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: New York City, New York;
   formerly Idaho

First Appearance: Daredevil I#163 (March, 1980); (name revealed) Daredevil I#179 (February, 1982)

Powers/Abilities: Doris Urich is a patient and hardworking housewife who provides great moral and emotional support to her husband, famous author and reporter Ben Urich.

Height: 5'7" (by approximation)
Weight: 170 lbs. (by approximation)
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Black

(Daredevil I#231 (fb) - BTS) - Doris moved to New York City from Idaho. She was always quick to trust others.

(Daredevil I#192 (fb) - BTS) - While working at a concession stand at Coney Island, Doris met Ben Urich, a journalism major at NYU.

(Spider-Man: Legacy of Evil#1 (fb) - BTS) - While they were courting, Ben regularly took Doris out dancing.

(Daredevil I#192 (fb) - BTS) - They soon married.

(Daredevil I#192 (fb) - BTS) - Ben and Doris spent several happy years together, making a life in the city. Life was hard, but she grew accustomed to the rough living of city life, with loud noises and uncomfortable smells.

(Daredevil I#192 (fb) - BTS) - Ben and Doris took a trip together to Atlantic City. Later, Doris would feel this was their last happy time together before Ben started getting absorbed in his work. She grew accustomed to life by herself in the apartment, with Ben working late nights while she tried to get by alone. Occasionally, they went house-hunting for a nicer place.

(Daredevil I#163) - Doris asked Ben to come to bed, but he was busy with his expose on the origins and identity of Daredevil.

(Daredevil I#179 - BTS) - Although he'd promised to be home early, Ben called Doris to tell her he was running late and asked her to put the casserole she'd made in the fridge.

(Daredevil I#179) - Ben got out of the shower and flirted with Doris, who was worried about how much he was working lately. He promised to spend the evening with her, but moments later he took a call and rushed away, frustrating Doris.

(Daredevil I#192) - Doris watched Ben sleep, and she realized this was his only peaceful time, the time she watched him before he woke up. She went in the kitchen and screamed when she saw a nest of roaches, waking up Ben. Doris told him that she was proud of his name being in the paper, but confessed she was lonely and needed a nicer place to get by; he agreed to take the day off and take her house-hunting. Doris fell in love with a home they looked at with realtor Barry Farnum, and Ben agreed to consider making a down payment. The next day, in the apartment, Doris shrieked when Daredevil appeared at her window, and she told Ben it was for him. Barry Farnum called to say the bank had approved the sale, and Doris gave Ben a huge hug.

(Daredevil I#192 - BTS) - Doris spent days singing and happy, but she soon learned from Daredevil that Farnum was mob-connected; they were seeking to corrupt Ben. She drove for hours, looking for Ben.

(Daredevil I#192) - Doris found Ben at Coney Island and told him not to buy the house. She fell in love with his heart and conscience, she said, and didn't want him to change; Ben promised to find her another house.

(Daredevil I#203 (fb) - BTS) - In the middle of the night, Daredevil called Ben to meet him at the Bugle, frustrating Doris.

(Daredevil I#207 - BTS) - Ben reported to Daredevil that Doris was well.

(Daredevil I#230) - Ben came home with a broken hand after being assaulted, causing Doris to fret over him, worrying about his safety.

(Daredevil I#231) - Doris was cleaning the apartment as Ben planned to have a guest over, his assigned bodyguard Officer Hegerfors, for the evening. She called to tell him she was running behind when she heard a knock at the door, and she saw a burly nurse named Lois Franklin who told her Ben was in trouble. Doris let Lois in, and Lois attacked Doris and hanged her from the light in the bathroom. Ben got home just in time to cut her down as his friend, Matt Murdock, arrived. Ben embraced Doris, grateful she was alive.

(Daredevil I#231 - BTS) - Doris healed well and began wearing a scarf to cover her neck scars. She laughed when Ben teased her about her new raspy voice.

(Marvels: Eye of the Camera#6) - Ben and Doris were at the funeral of Phil Sheldon alongside many other members of the Daily Bugle staff.

(Daredevil Annual I#7/2) - Doris got word that her Aunt Edna had taken ill in Florida, so she packed for a visit. She wished Ben farewell, worrying about him while she was gone.

(Web of Spider-Man I#82) - Doris slept soundly as Spider-Man called Ben with a lead.

(Daredevil I#321 (fb) - BTS) - Doris enjoyed having Ben home for a few days while the Bugle was shut down.

(Daredevil I#321) - Doris was knitting on the couch when she got word that the Daily Bugle was opening back up. She invited Ben back to the bedroom to celebrate.

(Daredevil I#322) - Hearing an intruder in the middle of the night, Ben woke up Doris and grabbed a bat, hitting a filing cabinet, but the intruder was already gone.

(Daredevil I#339) - Out on a date with Ben, Doris was teasing him about not liking falafels when they were attacked by Kruel. Ben was hurt and screamed as Kruel slammed Doris's head into the ground.

(Daredevil I#339 - BTS) - They were both rushed to the hospital, where Doris fell into a coma with a cracked skull.

(Green Goblin I#1) - Ben told Doris how well Phil Urich, his nephew, was doing in his job at the Daily Bugle. Doris commented on how happy Arnold and Mindy, his brother and sister-in-law, must be, then Ben headed out to go to work.

(Amazing Spider-Man I#433) - At a Daily Bugle event with Doris, Ben was asked by Peter Parker about Dr. Calvin Zabo, and Ben helped him realize that Zabo was Mister Hyde. Soon, a masked man (Spider-Man in a hoodie) battled Mister Hyde at the party.

(Spider-Man: Made Men#1 (fb) - BTS) - Doris was frustrated when Ben went out to cover a story on Christmas morning.

(Spider-Man: Made Men#1) - Doris found Ben writing a book he would never publish, and invited him to bed.

(Amazing Spider-Man/Devil Dinosaur '98 - BTS) - Doris desperately wanted to see Devil Dinosaur at Ringmaster's circus, but the show was sold out for months in advance.

(Daredevil II#16) - Doris had dinner with Ben, but he was distracted by a story he was working on.

(Daredevil II#19) - Urich brought young Timmy Lange home to meet Doris.

(Daredevil II#57 (fb) - BTS) - When Matt Murdock was outed as Daredevil, and Doris learned that Ben had know the super hero's identity for years, she was baffled and frustrated at his decision to keep the news quiet when it would have made him famous.

(The Pulse#6) - Doris slept as Ben took a call from Jessica Jones.

(Civil War: Front Line#1) - Ben embraced Doris at home after a tough day at work.

(Civil War: Front Line#11/1) - Doris brought Ben a coffee while he put the finishing touches on the story he and Sally Floyd put together after an interview with Captain America.

(World War Hulk: Front Line#1) - When the Hulk attacked the city, Ben chose to stay and do reporting on events as Doris left to stay with her sister to stay safe.

(World War Hulk: Front Line#6) - In the aftermath of the Hulk's attack, Doris returned and found she and Ben's home destroyed. Ben called and discovered super hero battles were not included in their coverage, so they were on their own. Doris found their wedding photo in the wreckage and cried.

(Secret Invasion: Front Line#5 (fb) - BTS) - While Ben was out on assignment, Doris was killed during the Skrull invasion.

(Secret Invasion: Front Line#5) - Ben returned home and discovered that Doris was dead.

(Siege: Embedded#1 (fb) - BTS) - Ben confided in a friend that Doris had cancer before she died.

Comments: Created by Roger McKenzie (writer), Josef Rubinstein (penciler) and Klaus Janson (inker).

I hate that Doris died basically off-panel in a passing moment. Death can always be temporary in comics, but this was a pathetic way to go. As the wife of a reporter, she was rarely seen but savagely subjected to violence and injury, at the hands of Lois Franklin and Kurse, upping the stakes for Ben Urich in various storylines.

Thanks to Markus Raymond for adding a few missed appearences (Marvels: Eye of the Camera#6, Amazing Spider-Man/Devil Dinosaur '98, Civil War: Front Line#11).

Profile by Chadman.

Doris Urich should not be confused with:

Aunt Edna

(Daredevil Annual I#7/2 - BTS) - In Florida, Doris Urich's Aunt Edna fell ill and she needed Doris to come and visit. Ben Urich later learned that the Kingpin had been responsible for Edna's illness.

--[Daredevil Annual I#7/2]

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Daredevil I#231, p6, pan4 (main)
Daredevil Annual I#7/2, p34, pan6 (kissing Ben)
Daredevil I#192, p22, pan4 (in robe)
World War Hulk: Front Line#6, p12, pan5 (crying)

Daredevil I#163 (March, 1980) - Roger McKenzie (writer), Josef Rubinstein, Klaus Janson (inkers), Jo Duffy, Dennis O'Neil (editors)
Daredevil I#179 (February, 1982) - Frank Miller (writer/penciler), Klaus Janson (inker), Denny O'Neil (editor)
Daredevil I#192 (March, 1983) - Alan Brennert (writer), Klaus Janson (artist), Denny O'Neil (editor)
Daredevil I#230-231 (May-June, 1986) - Frank Miller (writer), David Mazzucchelli (artist), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Marvels: Eye of the Camera#6 (April, 2010) - Kurt Busiek & Roger Stern (writers), Jay Anacleto (artist), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Daredevil Annual I#7/2 (May, 1991) - Gregory Wright (writer), June Brigman (penciler), Roy Richardson (inker), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Web of Spider-Man I#82 (November, 1991) - Kurt Busiek (writer), Ron Wilson (penciler), Don Hudson (inker), Danny Fingeroth (editor)
Daredevil I#321 (October, 1993) - D.G. Chichester (writer), Scott McDaniel (penciler), Hector McDaniel (penciler), Hector Collazo (inker), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Daredevil I#322 (November, 1993) - D.G. Chichester (writer), Scott McDaniel (penciler), Hector Collazo, Rich Rankin (inkers), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Daredevil I#339 (April, 1995) - Alan Smithee (writer), Alexander Jubran (penciler), Ande Parks, Don Hudson, Bud LaRosa, Rodney Ramos (inkers), Marie Javins (editor)
Green Goblin I#1 (October, 1995) - Tom DeFalco (writer), Scott McDaniel (artist), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Amazing Spider-Man I#433 (April, 1998) - Tom DeFalco (writer), Tom Lyle (penciler), Bud LaRosa (inker), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Spider-Man: Made Men#1 (August, 1998) - Howard Mackie (writer), Norman Felchle (artist), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Amazing Spider-Man/Devil Dinosaur '98 (1998) - Tom DeFalco (writer), Tom Lyle (penciler), Robert Jones (inker), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Daredevil II#16 (May, 2001) - Brian Michael Bendis (writer), David Mack (artist), Mark Morales (inker), Nanci Dakesian & Stuart Moore (editors)
Daredevil II#19 (August, 2001) - Brian Michael Bendis (writer), David Mack (artist), Nanci Dakesian & Stuart Moore (editors)
Daredevil II#57 (April, 2004) - Brian Michael Bendis (writer), Alex Maleev (artist), Joe Quesada (editor)
The Pulse#6 (January, 2005) - Brian Michael Bendis (writer), Brent Anderson (artist), Andy Schmidt (editor)
Civil War: Front Line#1/1 (August, 2006) - Paul Jenkins (writer), Ramon Bachs (penciler), John Lucas (inker), Cory Sedmeier (editor)
Civil War: Front Line#11/1 (April, 2007) - Paul Jenkins (writer), Ramon Bachs (penciler), John Lucas (inker), Tom Brevoort (editor)
World War Hulk: Front Line#6 (December, 2007) - Paul Jenkins (writer), Ramon Bachs (artist), Stephen Wacker (editor)
Secret Invasion: Front Line#5 (January, 2009) - Brian Reed (writer), Marco Castiello (artist), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Siege: Embedded#1 (March, 2010) - Brian Reed (writer), Chris Samnee (artist), Lauren Sankovitch (editor)

First Posted: 11/25/2019
Last updated: 11/25/2019

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