Tuesday, April 5, 2016

D: Daredevil



Here's my latest entry in this year's A-Z Blogging Challenge. My oh-so-specific theme: Golden Age Comic Book Characters with the Same Name As Modern-Day Characters.

I'm betting you've heard of this post's modern-day character even if you're not a comic book fan. In other words, first up today is Daredevil, whose premiere appearance was in Silver Streak #6, 1940. The original DD was Bart Hill, an orphan who'd been tortured by the criminals who killed his father, leaving Bart with a boomerang-shaped tattoo on his chest. Like Batman, he raised himself to be a superb athlete and began fighting crooks. Eventually, he got a kid gang to join in his exploits, a group called The Little Wise Guys. They eventually took over the title.

Marvel Comics' Daredevil is Matt Murdock, Attorney-at-Law, as revealed in Daredevil #1, 1964. When Matt was a boy, he pushed an elderly blind man out of the way of an oncoming truck. A radioactive canister fell off of the truck and struck young Matt in the face, causing him to lose his sight. In true comic book fashion, however, the radioactive cylinder gave Matt highly-developed hearing, sense of smell, sense of taste, sensitivity to touch, and something else described as a "radar sense!" Whew!
 


By the way, I should mention that several of the Golden Age characters I've described and/or will be describing in my A-Z Challenge were culled from a terrific website called The Golden Age Heroes Directory! Check it out!

And thanks for your time.

24 comments:

  1. I could do with some of those special senses - especially Radar Sense!

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  2. I don't know this character at all. But like Susan, I could use an enhanced sense or two.

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  3. Wow, never knew there was another version of him. Anything is better than that Affleck movie though.

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  4. I guess Daredevil is a really fitting name for superheroes :) I do love the new Netflix show, and I also loved the Mark Waid run of Daredevil.

    @TarkabarkaHolgy from
    The Multicolored Diary
    MopDog

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    1. I've seen a few episodes of the new show, and enjoyed it.

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  5. I've heard that people who have one weakened sense can develop their other senses over time. That's what I thought about while reading about Marvel's Daredevil here.

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    1. That's exactly what they based DD's heightened senses on, plus they added the "radar sense."

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  6. Daredevil in on Netflix but, I haven't sat down to watch an episode yet. Maybe, this will motivate me.

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    1. As I said earlier in the comments, I've enjoyed the episodes I've seen.

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  7. You are right! I have heard of Daredevil! His radar sense made me think of Radar Love by Golden Ear Ring My mind jumps around like that.
    Revisit the Tender Years with me during the #AtoZChallenge at Life & Faith in Caneyhead!

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    1. Radar Love. Great song from my teenage years.

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  8. I'm not sure if my post..posted:) So Daredevil is blind and a lawyer? This is the Tv show Longstreet played by James Franciscus. Obviously without the superhero edge

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  9. Whoa, I thought Daredevil was a fairly recent addition to the superhero lineup.

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    1. No, he's been around for fifty years. :)

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  10. I could do with some Radar sense for sure..

    Best,
    Nilanjana
    Madly-in-Verse

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    1. That seems to be the consensus around here.

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  11. And, of course Daredevil used to be yellow.

    Excellent post, sir.

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  12. Yellow! That's right! I think I'll add a picture of the cover of DD #1!

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  13. And of course from this we also gained TMNT.

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  14. Yup. TMNT was an homage to Frank Miller, so even though he didn't create DD, he was writing and drawing it at the time and so they used that origin.

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