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Purple Man

Appearing in "Killgrave, the Unbelievable Purple Man!"

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Synopsis for "Killgrave, the Unbelievable Purple Man!"

A strange man by the name of Killgrave, with purple skin, walks into a bank and demands a large sum of money, and surprisingly, the bank clerk offers it without question. After Killgrave leaves, the teller believes he has been robbed. Quickly arrested by police, the "Purple Man" is brought before a judge. where he refuses to be represented by a lawyer. The judge assigns him one anyway: Matt Murdock.

When Murdock visits Killgrave in his jail cell, Killgrave tells Murdock that he doesn't need a lawyer. He demonstrates by asking the guard to let him go, then asking Karen Page to accompany him. The both comply. Although Matt isn't affected, he waits until everyone else snaps out of Killgrave's control, then follows him in his guise of Daredevil. Killgrave orders bystanders to attack Daredevil, forcing him to retreat.

Killgrave amasses a small army of strong men from a local gym and takes over the Ritz Plaza hotel. Meanwhile, Daredevil prepares his miniature tape recorder and other gadgets built into his billy club.

Later, Daredevil chases Killgrave up to the hotel roof, where the Purple Man orders Karen to stand on the ledge of the building and forces Daredevil to comply by holding him at gunpoint. Killgrave explains how he got his uncanny powers. While spying on a lab for a communist country, he was accidentally doused with a chemical. When he was caught by the plant guards, he found that he was able to bend their will, and soon decided it would be best to become a criminal.

Daredevil jumps off the side of the building with Karen and swings her to safety, then returns to fight Killgrave. He subdues the villain with the special cape that he built into his billy club to retard his abilities. He then turns the Purple Man over to the police with a tape of Killgrave's confessions.

After removing his costume, he returns to the Nelson & Murdock law offices, where he finds that Karen is okay; however, they both keep their feelings for each other to themselves.


  • credits:
    • Sensational Story by: Stan Lee
    • Awe-Inspiring Art by: Joe Orlando
    • Infallible Inking by: Vince Colletta
    • Lots of Lettering by: S. Rosen
  • references: Daredevil #1

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