Real Name: Matt Murdock

Identity/Class: Extradimensional/alternate reality (Earth-58914) human mutate

Occupation: Lawyer

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Lightning, Foggy Nelson, Karen Page

Enemies: None

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Manhattan, NYC

First Appearance: Comics Feature#33 (January-February 1985)

Powers/Abilities: Daredevil is blind but all his other senses are heightened to superhuman levels. He navigates via a radar sense, and is a world class acrobat and hand to hand fighter. He wielded a billy club.

Height: Unrevealed 
Hair: Black

Comics Feature#33) - Blind lawyer Matt Murdock was secretly the vigilante Daredevil, fighting crime alongside his guide dog, Lightning.

Comments: Created by Mark Evanier, based on the character created by Stan Lee and Bill Everett.

   "In the summer of 1980, Marvel Entertainment Group President James E. Galton and Marvel Comics Publisher Stan Lee,...traveled west from their New York corporate headquarters to establish an animation studio in Los Angeles. In conjunction with the Emmy and Oscar-award winning animator David H. Depatie and his longtime production associate Lee Gunther, Galton and Lee formed Marvel Productions, Ltd.... The primary reason why Lee and Galton wanted to start a production company was that they had been repeatedly disappointed with the ways in which other producers had portrayed the Marvel Comics characters in cartoons, live-action TV and feature films, and they felt they could do a more accurate job of bringing their characters to the large and small screen." - Robert Strauss, Comics Feature#33

   If the idea of Marvel setting up a Marvel studio to make movies around their characters so they could do a more better and (generally) more faithful versions of them sounds familiar, then it should, because that's basically the story of how we've ended up with the MCU. Naturally, Stan Lee had the idea decades earlier, though with far more mixed results, not least because while they developed ideas, they were then still trying to get other studios to buy them and pay to turn the ideas into finished products. They had numerous live-action movies in early stages of development - Captain America, Doctor Strange, Fantastic Four, Roger Corman's Spider-Man and X-Men are mentioned in Strauss' article in Comics Feature - but the only one mentioned that actually made it to the screen during the lifetime of Marvel Productions was...Howard the Duck. They also got ABC sold on a live-action Daredevil series to the point where a pilot script was completed, but it was in animation that they had the most success, both with Marvel characters (1981's Spider-Man, Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends, 1982's Incredible Hulk, and later Pryde of the X-Men) and developing cartoons on behalf of others (Dungeons and Dragons, G.I. Joe, Transformers, etc.). However, more successful doesn't mean completely successful, and there were still a lot of ideas that never made it beyond the development stage. There's not a ton of information available on most of these, but the article in Comics Feature#33 did at least provide concept art for a few, and snippets have emerged over the years from those who were involved in the development stage.

   Mark Evanier on the Daredevil cartoon:
   I wrote the bible and pilot and pilot for that Daredevil cartoon series...or rather, I should say I wrote a bible and pilot for it. Others had done several of each and ABC wasn't happy with any of the approaches. I was hired to take over and much of what I did involved throwing out concepts and alterations that others (including Stan Lee) had done to the basic premise. By that point, there were a lot of characters and gimmicks a lot less faithful to the premise than any superdog. I basically turned it back into the version of Daredevil drawn by Wally Wood. Matt Murdock did have the seeing-eye dog, which was not an illogical thing for a blind guy to have, and the dog sometimes aided him a la Lassie but wasn't any sort of superdog.

   ABC agreed to buy the series and it was even announced in the Hollywood trade papers...but then a gent who worked for Marvel said the wrong thing to a top exec at ABC who, I suspect, was looking for an excuse to not buy the show and to give the time slot to another project that he preferred. Whatever the reason, we woke up one morning to find that Daredevil was off the schedule, never to return. My agent and I had a brief argument with Marvel over a bonus I was to receive if the series was picked up...and they finally paid it to me because they had to admit the series was picked up. It was just dropped again.

    I think NBC later considered the show but networks generally don't like picking up things that their competitors have passed on.

Profile by Loki.

Daredevil is an alternate reality counterpart to :

but has no known connections to:

Foggy Nelson and Karen Page

Foggy Nelson and Karen Page were Matt Murdock's friends, but had no clue that he was secretly Daredevil.

Comments: I'm assuming from the artwork that these two are Foggy and Karen, but they aren't actually named. While I'm all but certain on Foggy's identification, there is a possibility that rather than Karen Page it might be one of the other women in Matt and Foggy's lives, such as Heather Glenn.


--Comics Feature#33

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Comics Feature#33, p49, pan1 (main image)
Comics Feature#33, p49, pan2 (Matt Murdock with Lightning by his feet)
Comics Feature#33, p49, pan2 (Foggy and Karen)

Comics Feature#33 (January-February 1985) - credits unknown

First Posted: 08/27/2021
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