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Essential Series Vol 1 Daredevil 1
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October, 2002
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Appearing in "The Origin of Daredevil"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Daredevil #1.

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  • Fixer (Only appearance; dies)[1] (Main story and flashback)
  • Porky (Main story and flashback)
  • Sam (Main story and flashback)
  • Slade (Main story and flashback)

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Synopsis for "The Origin of Daredevil"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Daredevil #1.

One night at Fogwell's gym, a number of the bruisers that work there are enjoying a game of cards, when they're interrupted by the arrival of Daredevil, who has come looking for their boss, the Fixer. Fighting them, Daredevil reflects back to his past, and the events that led to his becoming this new costumed hero:

Daredevil is Matthew Murdock, son of "Battling" Jack Murdock, a prize fighter past his prime, who wants his son to get a real education instead of fighting. While his father tries to find honest work, his son is taunted by his peers and so begins training in secret.

One day, while Jack has no choice but to sign up with the Fixer, a shady fight organizer, Matt saves a blind old man from being run over in the street, but gets run over himself. The chemical truck spills its radioactive waste on Matt, blinding him. Matt soon realizes that all of his other senses have been heightened from this accident and continues his training.

Meanwhile, "Battling" Jack is experiencing a comeback that restores his self-esteem. Matt goes to law school and befriends Foggy Nelson. One night, the Fixer orders Jack to throw a fight, but when he refuses and instead wins the match, the Fixer has Jack killed.

After his father's funeral, Matt graduates from law school and opens his own law firm with Foggy, and they hire a secretary named Karen Page. Meanwhile, Matt decides to avenge his father by taking up the identity of Daredevil, creating a costume and converting his walking stick into a billy club weapon to fight crime.

Returning to the present, Daredevil continues to fight the Fixer's men, while across the city, Foggy goes to find Matt to help him to work, but he doesn't find him either at home or at the office. When he asks Karen, she shows tender sympathy for Matt's condition.

Back where the action is, Daredevil finds the Fixer and tracks him down to the subway with his keen senses. Switching back to his Daredevil guise, he chases the Fixer down the subway terminal until the Fixer suffers a severe heart attack. After the police round up the rest of his crew, Daredevil returns to his civilian guise and shows up for work, his co-workers worried about his well-being.

Appearing in "The Evil Menace of Electro!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Daredevil #2.

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Synopsis for "The Evil Menace of Electro!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Daredevil #2.

When the Fantastic Four need a lawyer for the renewal of their headquarter's lease, they send the Thing to Nelson & Murdock's law office. Murdock takes the case and Karen loans her photograph of him for programming the electronic alarm devices to admit him into their guarded base. Fantastic Four leave for Washington D.C. to be awarded with an another decoration.

Meanwhile, as Daredevil, Matt Murdock busts up Electro's car theft ring. The villain decides to steal Reed Richards' scientific secrets and sell them to a hostile nation. With his electrical skills, Electro easily breaks into the Baxter Building but at the same time, Matt Murdock is coming to examine Fantastic Four's headquarters. With a warning from his super-sharp senses, he changes into Daredevil and battle ensues. Electro gets his revenge by beating the crime-fighter and sending him into space tied aboard the Fantastic Four's rocket. Daredevil, however, gets control of the ship and by "hearing the slight movement of the astro-compass" lands it safely in Central Park. To escape the police, he steals a horse.

Wanting to surprise Electro, Daredevil catches the underside of a sightseeing helicopter with his cane's handle and drops to the Baxter Building from the air. Electro flees with Richards' scientific notes via elevator shaft and attaches himself to atop a passing car with electric magnetism. However, Daredevil is able to follow him, guided by the electric emanations from Electro's body. They battle inside a movie theatre and the man without fear wins the fight by dropping a curtain on the electric villain. Police short-circuit Electro with water from the fire hoses, rendering his electric powers useless.

Daredevil returns Richards' notes to his vault and later, back in his identity of attorney Matt Murdock, is visited again by the F.F., who have come to ask about the report about their lease. Hearing that Murdock hasn't done it yet, they decide to hire another lawyer.

Appearing in "The Owl, Ominous Overlord of Crime!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Daredevil #3.

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Synopsis for "The Owl, Ominous Overlord of Crime!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Daredevil #3.

The crooked businessman named the Owl has just been taken to court over tax fraud, and so he hires Nelson & Murdock, chosen at random from the phone book, to represent him. When Foggy initially turns him down, Matt insists on taking the case, to learn more about him. However, when the Owl blows off his court hearing, Daredevil investigates to find out what his wayward client is up to. He searches all over the city, but fruitlessly, so he returns to work, sending Karen home for the night.

Meanwhile, the Owl has recruited two powerful (but not superhuman) thugs and nearly kills them to prove his own power (including low-level flight capability). The Owl decides to set Matt Murdock up to be his fall guy.

Later, leaving the office as Daredevil, Matt suddenly notices that there are people in the next office and realizes it’s the Owl and some of his thugs. Daredevil battles them until Karen shows up to retrieve her purse’ the Owl’s men grab Karen and hold her hostage. Surrendering, Daredevil and Karen are taken to the Owl’s aerie base, where Daredevil frees himself and Karen, and sends her away in a car, as he fights the Owl personally (the Owl’s henchmen have gone to contact other mob bosses whom the Owl hopes to impress by killing Daredevil). Daredevilis fed through a trap door into the river below, but then, chased out of his own base by the approaching police, the Owl tries to escape in a boat. Daredevil manages to upend it and knock him overboard, after which point he loses track of him.

Returning to shore, Daredevil switches to Matt Murdock and waits for the police to round up the crooks. Karen is surprised to see Matt there and suspects a similarity between the two men.

Appearing in "Killgrave, the Unbelievable Purple Man!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Daredevil #4.

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Synopsis for "Killgrave, the Unbelievable Purple Man!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Daredevil #4.

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.

Appearing in "The Mysterious Masked Matador!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Daredevil #5.

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Synopsis for "The Mysterious Masked Matador!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Daredevil #5.

Elaganto is a talented former Spanish Matador that was so cruel to the bulls that the audience began to despise and boo him. During his final bullfight, the crowd distracted him and he was gored horribly by the bull. After recovery, he turned to being an evil thief by using his bull fighting skills and sword. In their first public encounter, the Matador defeats Daredevil, whose super senses are confused by fighting among a crowd of people in an enclosed room. In a rematch, Daredevil handily defeats Elaganto with his superior skill and strength. The Matador flees during the second battle and is exposed as a coward. Daredevil knocks him out and hands him over to the police.

Appearing in "Trapped by... the Fellowship of Fear!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Daredevil #6.

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Synopsis for "Trapped by... the Fellowship of Fear!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Daredevil #6.

Witnessing a break-in of a bank, by Ox and the Eel being filmed by a movie crew, Daredevil's senses tell him that it's really a cover for a real robbery. When DD gets into a fight with both the Ox and the Eel he is shot at by their employer: Mr. Fear, who's fear pellets cause Daredevil to experience pure fear and is compelled to flee the fight.

As Daredevil resumes his civilian guise and news spreads around town about the event, we meet Mr. Fear's true identity, Zoltan Drago, who's hideout is in a wax museum. He recounts the events that led him to discover his fear gas and the invention of his costumed identity of Mr. Fear, and how he recruited the Eel and the Ox to become members in his Fellowship of Fear. Returning to the present, Mr. Fear gathers his cohorts together to figure out how they will destroy Daredevil.

Opening the wax museum with a new display, showcasing Daredevil, Matt, Foggy and Karen go to check out the display. During the viewing, both Foggy and Matt notice the presence of the Ox in the museum. While Matt returns as Daredevil, Foggy arrives for his own investigation and walks in on Daredevil fighting the Eel and the Ox. Foggy is injured during the fight, and DD is forced to flee again to bring Foggy to a hospital. There he alerts Karen to the accident and meets her at the hospital as Matt Murdock.

Changing back into his guise of Daredevil to watch over Foggy, he stops the Fellowship from attacking Foggy in the hospital forcing them to flee. The Fellowship returns to the wax museum where Daredevil is waiting for them, pretending to be his own wax statue, and fights all three Fellowship members, and defeating them all and turning them over to the police. As Matt Murdock, DD returns to the hospital to see that Foggy is all right and later Foggy is discharged from the hospital.

Appearing in "In Mortal Combat with... Sub-Mariner!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Daredevil #7.

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Synopsis for "In Mortal Combat with... Sub-Mariner!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Daredevil #7.

The Sub-Mariner, in order to deal with his restless people (and the goading of Warlord Krang), appears on the surface world and forces his way into the law office of Nelson and Murdock in order to seek the audience of a lawyer. Namor seeks to sue the surface world for its exploitation of the sea, however when Murdock explains how ridiculous the notion is, Namor goes on a rampage across the city.

Namor McKenzie (Earth-616), Dorma (Earth-616), and Krang (Eath-616) from Daredevil Vol 1 7 0001

Donning his brand new Daredevil costume, Matt goes after and battles Namor in order to convince him to turn himself over to the authorities to answer for the damage that he's done. Although Namor wins the fight, he admires Daredevil's courage in facing the monarch of the deep, and so Namor turns himself over to the authorities.

However, as the court case starts, Lady Dorma arrives to inform Namor that Warlord Krang has started an uprising in Atlantis, however, when Namor tries to leave the authorities to try to keep him from getting away. Murdock manages to talk Namor out of fighting and to follow the law, Namor decides to comply for 24 hours. However, when the wheels of justice are unable to turn fast enough for Namor, he breaks out of jail and in spite of Daredevil's attempt to stop him manages to escape into the sea in order to deal with the uprising in his native land.

Appearing in "The Stiltman Cometh!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Daredevil #8.

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Synopsis for "The Stiltman Cometh!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Daredevil #8.

Daredevil saves a woman from an out of control car, however when he hops aboard the speeding vehicle to stop it his radar sense warns him that there is a bomb on board the vehicle. As this is happening, a helicopter carrying a payroll is robbed by a new criminal called Stilt Man. While this is happening, Daredevil manages to drive the car with the explosives into the pier before it can harm anybody else. He soon spots the Stilt Man but is unable to stop him before he can get away.

Later, back in his civilian guise of Matt Murdock, DD is told about Dr. Van Eyck, a doctor from Boston who might be able to restore Matt's lost eyesight by his secretary Karen.

However, before Matt can respond to Karen about if he will seek the treatment, they are interrupted by the entrance of Foggy with Matt's next client Wilbur Day, a former employee of Kaxton Laboratories, where he invented hydraulic lifts which his boss Carl Kaxton had stolen the patents. Murdock then calls Kaxton to tell him that his former employee intends to sue him, a threat which Kaxton encourages them to follow through on.

Later in his Daredevil guise, DD unsuccessfully battles Stilt-Man, who manages to get away once again. Later, when meeting with Wilbur again, Kaxton arrives at the office to contest the lawsuit. While the two argue over who owns the rights to the hydraulic device, Matt notices that one of them is lying due to an irregular heartbeat, but can't figure out which one is the liar because they are too close together.

Following Kaxton as Daredevil, he's quickly shaken off by Kaxton who realizes he's being followed. DD cannot resume his tailing because of reports that Stilt-Man is causing havoc again. He again fails to stop Stilt Man. Returning to Day, the two go to confront Kaxton directly. There they find the hydraulic lifts, which turn out to be Stilt Man's stilts.

Attacked by Kaxton with a gun, Day manages to knock Kaxton out, and then reveals to Murdock that he's really Stilt-Man, and that he came to steal a shrinking device from Kaxton before knocking Murdock out. Taking the device and making a run for it in his stilts, Day is followed by Daredevil and in the battle, the shrinking ray is turned on Day who shrinks so small that he disappears from sight.

Returning to the Nelson and Murdock law office, Matt is confronted by Kaxton, but Murdock tells him that Day has dropped the lawsuit and they decide to let the whole thing go. After, when Karen presses the subject of Matt seeing Dr. Van Eyck to restore his lost vision, Matt tells her that it's too much of a risk causing her to storm out of the room calling Matt a coward.

Appearing in "That He May See!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Daredevil #9.

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Synopsis for "That He May See!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Daredevil #9.

After busting up some crooks that are trying to make an escape through New York harbor, Daredevil gets shot in the arm for all his trouble. Patching up his wound and resuming his civilian guise, Matt Murdock reports for work at his office where Karen informs him that Dr. Van Eych, the doctor who could possibly restore Matt's sight has recently moved to the country of Lichtenbad. They meet with Foggy who is "preparing" for the arrival of a former exchange student/classmate from their post-secondary days named Klaus Kruger who is the Duke of Lichtenbad who is coming to visit. When Klaus arrives, Matt asks him about Van Eych's treatment for the blind, Klaus verifies the claims, and Matt asks to go along because he senses that Klaus is lying about something.

Flying to Lichtenbad, Matt witnesses a botched assassination attempt on the Duke, and all day his radar sense picks up evidence that the Duke runs a dictatorship of oppression over his people. Helping the resistance movement in his Daredevil guise, DD gets into a direct conflict with the Duke and his knights. After freeing the prisoners in the Duke's castle, DD resumes his civilian guise and sees the doctor about his treatment.

While back in the States, Karen's obvious affection for Matt visibly angers Foggy who reacts jealously. Back in Lichtenbad, Matt's treatments are interrupted when Von Eych's treasonous remarks are heard and the knights take him away. Changing back to Daredevil, Matt helps the people of Litchenbad fight off the Duke's men and in a battle with the Duke. The Duke informs him that he will release a Cobalt Cloud to kill everyone, this is overheard by Van Eycht who sacrifices his life to stop this from happening. During the fight with Daredevil, the ends up falling to his death. Daredevil soon realizes that the Dr. sacrificed himself to save everyone.

Back in New York, Karen receives a memo from Matt explaining that the surgery wasn't done, leaving Foggy to jealously assume that Matt chickened out at the last moment.

Appearing in "While the City Sleeps!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Daredevil #10.

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Synopsis for "While the City Sleeps!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Daredevil #10.

A mysterious cowled figure has recruited four criminals to dawn animal themed costumes and act as his criminal agents and begin a crime wave.

Meanwhile, Foggy Nelson is in the running to become the next District Attorney of New York City, much to the excitement of their friends. While attending a gala aboard a private yacht being thrown by Abner Jonas, they are introduced to Bernard Harris, and Foggy is reunited with his junior high sweetheart Deborah Harris. Spotting the Frog-Man swimming towards the boat, Matt pretends to fall overboard to stop him from blowing up the ship with a grenade, before the Frog-Man can escape.

Next, Daredevil tries to stop the Bird-Man from robbing a place and is later tricked into cracking a safe for the Organizer's men, which implicates him for the crime.

The Organizer's men next attack a party at the Harris penthouse, where Daredevil battles them again. However the crooks manage to kidnap Deborah Harris, but not without Daredevil knocking out the Cat-Man and turning him over to the police for interrogation.

Tracking down Gorilla-Man, Daredevil fights him but is easily shrugged off, however, Daredevil follows them to their hideout where he overhears that Deborah is really in league with the Organizer. But as he overhears their plans to blackmail Foggy Nelson to do their bidding, Daredevil fails to notice that he's been spotted by Bird-Man who is swooping in for the attack... This story is continued next issue.

Appearing in "A Time to Unmask!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Daredevil #11.

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Synopsis for "A Time to Unmask!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Daredevil #11.

Continued from last issue... While an important vote is due across New York which could place Foggy Nelson as the new D.A. of the city, Foggy's high school sweetheart Deborah Harris has been kidnaped by the animal-themed criminals of the Organizer. Daredevil has come to rescue the girl but soon realizes that she is actually working with the Organizer's men.

DD is discovered by the Bird-Man and attacked, forcing him to flee the scene. However he comes back as the Animal Men tie up Deborah and Daredevil frees her playing dumb to the fact that he knows she's working with the Organizer in hopes that she will lead him to the masked criminal.

As the captured Cat-Man explains to the police that the Organizer hopes to use the Reform Party for his own ends. Following Deborah to the Organizer's lair, Daredevil knocks out and takes the costume of the Frog-Man and attempts to attack them head on, however he's easily defeated and the Organizers men attack a Reform Party rally. Returning to his own costume, Daredevil attacks and defeats all the Ani-Men, during the course of the fight, the Organizer is revealed to be Abner Jonas. With Jonas and his minions turned over the police they confess to the whole thing.

With Foggy assigned the D.A. job, Matt decides that he needs to get away from Karen and Foggy to reconcile his feelings and forget how he feels about Karen, and decides that without Foggy, to close up Nelson and Murdock and travel.

Appearing in "Sightless, in a Savage Land!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Daredevil #12.

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Synopsis for "Sightless, in a Savage Land!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Daredevil #12.

After Foggy Nelson won the role of New York's next D.A., Matt Murdock has decided to close up Nelson & Murdock in order to travel. While taking a cruise, the Plunderer, an infamous pirate, attacks. Changing into Daredevil, Matt battles the Plunderer's men.

Meanwhile in the Savage Land, Ka-Zar and Zabu become aware of an attacking party of Swamp Men that are seeking out the jungle lord in order to destroy him. When the Swamp Men attack Skull Island, Ka-Zar and Zabu go to stop them.

Back aboard the ship, Daredevil gets the upper-hand over Plunderer's men, however, he is forced to stop when the Plunderer threatens to throw the crew overboard if he doesn't surrender. Being taken aboard the Plunderer's ship, Daredevil also finds that it is a submarine and that the Plunderer intends to take Daredevil to Skull Island.

Their arrival on the island lands them in a fight against Ka-Zar and Daredevil is forced to attack the jungle king, who easily defeats the man without fear, and somehow knocks out his powers. Being forced into retreat, Plunderer leaves Daredevil behind. Ka-Zar decides to take DD in and seek out the powerful Ju-Ju Berries to heal DD.

As Zebu leaves Daredevil's side to save Ka-Zar from a man eating plant, Daredevil's unconscious body is left alone and at the mercy of the arriving Maa-Gor last survivor of the Ape-Men.... This story is continued next issue.

Appearing in "The Secret of Ka-Zar's Origin!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Daredevil #13.

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Synopsis for "The Secret of Ka-Zar's Origin!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Daredevil #13.

Continued from last issue...

Daredevil is unconscious and at the mercy of Maa-Gor, following a fight against Ka-Zar. However, even though his powers are lost, Daredevil manages to fight off the beast, while Ka-Zar and Zabu collect the powerful Ju-Ju Barries to restore Daredevil's powers. Just as Ka-Zar manages to defeat the man-eating plant, Daredevil is saved by the Plunderer who explains to him that Ka-Zar is his brother.

Back in the States, Karen is worried about Matt, and so she visits Foggy at the D.A.'s office to find out if he's heard anything, they receive a call saying Matt has been lost at sea. Back in the Savage Land, Ka-Zar returns to his cave, where the Plunderer shows part of a medallion, which Ka-Zar has the other half. When Ka-Zar refuses to give it over, his is caged and he and Daredevil are forced to go to Britain. The Plunderer drugs his crew but keeps Daredevil conscious because he believes he is the only one that can convince Ka-Zar to give up his part of the medallion.

Plunderer explains that he and Ka-Zar were the children of Lord Plunder who discovered a powerful ore which destroyed all other metal and so made the medallion and split it two, when the two halves were joined the Plunder children would be allowed the family inheritance.

However, when Plunderer sends Daredevil down to get the other half of the medallion, DD and Ka-Zar fight, although DD tries to convince Ka-Zar that they are friends. When Ka-Zar busts out of the cage they are attacked by Plunderer's minion Feepers who tries to get the medallion for himself as well. However, Ka-Zar escapes and DD follows. Feepers then calls in the Scotland Yard to come to capture DD and Ka-Zar, and use a missile to stop them..

This story is continued next issue...

Appearing in "If This Be Justice...!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Daredevil #14.

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Synopsis for "If This Be Justice...!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Daredevil #14.

Continued from last issue... Daredevil and Ka-Zar have been brought to England by the Plunderer who seeks to use his brother's half of a medallion of metal destroying ore to gain access to the family inheritance. During the struggle, Feepers, one of the Plunderers men -- secretly wanting the medallion for himself -- has called out asking for help in getting the devil, the police arrive and fire upon Daredevil and Ka-Zar.

Through much struggle, Daredevil is forced to retreat, Ka-Zar is accused of Feeper's murder and the Plunderer gets his brothers half of the medallion and uses it to free his prize: a chunk of metal destroying ore which he dubs the Plunderer's Stone. The Plunderer then creates a powerful weapon from the ore and creates a new costume. Meanwhile, in the States, Karen and Foggy get a letter from Matt informing them that he's alive and asks them for help in proving Ka-Zar's innocence, they then plan to book a flight to England to meet him.

Back in England, the Plunderer has gathered a new army of costumed crooks to help him in his criminal deeds, Daredevil incapacitates one and steals his costume and secretly boards the Plunderer's submarine. They attack an early-warning missile base in hopes of taking over it, however, Daredevil reveals himself and attacks the Plunderer. Meanwhile, Ka-Zar is brought to court for murder charges, and as Foggy and Karen watch, Ka-Zar goes crazy and attacks the courtroom and is subdued.

Daredevil defeats the Plunderer and turns him over to the military, who then help out Daredevil by writing a letter to the judge of Ka-Zar's murder trial which helps clear Ka-Zar of all charges. Additionally, the doctor says that he's going to be in normal health after having to be gassed to be controlled. Matt meets up with Foggy and Karen who are happy to see him, although Matt has to sympathize for poor Ka-Zar and wonders what will happen to the jungle lord now.

Appearing in "--And Men Shall Call Him... Ox!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Daredevil #15.

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Synopsis for "--And Men Shall Call Him... Ox!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Daredevil #15.

Having returned to New York following his adventure with Ka-Zar in England, Daredevil returns to his apartment and resumes his guise as Matt Murdock, just as Foggy and Karen have arrived. Foggy almost faints, a remission to the injuries he sustained from Ox many months ago.[1]

Meanwhile, in the state prison, the Ox himself has teamed with his cell mate Karl Stragg, who offers to use his scientific know-how to give Ox the intelligence he's always wanted in exchange for busting them out of prison. However, when they break out of prison and escape to Stragg's lab, the device Stragg uses instead switches their body -- Stragg's plot all along -- and the now super-strong Stragg goes on a rampage.

It's during this rampage that Stragg is spotted by Karen Page, who recognizes him as the Ox, when Daredevil happens to swing by and see the behemoth. Daredevil battles him, but Ox easily defeats the masked hero and places an extra Ox costume on Daredevil so that when the police arrive they think that Daredevil is masquerading as the Ox to get away with crime and lock him up.

Meanwhile, Stragg takes Karen back to his lab where the original Ox (now in Stragg's body) knocks Stragg out and helps Karen escape. Stragg then goes on another rampage, leading the police to realize they have the wrong person and set Daredevil free to deal with the menace. Their fight takes them to the top of a building where the fighting-mad Stragg in Ox's body accidentally runs off the edge of the building and plummets to his death.

After the battle, Daredevil returns to his civilian guise and meets with Karen and Foggy. He find that Foggy will be okay while Karen wonders what happened to the man who saved her from the Ox. The story closes with the original Ox, feeling better and a little smarter in his new body, as he decides to return to prison to finish his sentence.

Appearing in "Enter...Spider-Man"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Daredevil #16.

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Synopsis for "Enter...Spider-Man"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Daredevil #16.

As Foggy, Matt and Karen watch news footage of Spider-Man's battle against the Masked Marauder, the discussion turns to where Daredevil has been and each person's opinion of the masked hero. Meanwhile, the Masked Marauder is organizing his next plot, having his men dress up in Daredevil costumes hoping to have them trick Spider-Man into attacking the real Daredevil while they plan their next heist.

The trick works and while Spider-Man is occupied fighting Daredevil, the Masked Marauder, and his men steal the plans for the XB-390 engine. As they make their getaway, Daredevil manages to subdue Spider-Man and make an escape of his own. The next day when Spider-Man, as Peter Parker, reports at the Daily Bugle he learns of the robbery and so goes out as Spider-Man thinking that Daredevil was still involved in the heist.

Web-swinging across the city, Spider-Man's spider-sense detects Daredevil in the vicinity, when he looks in a window he sees Foggy, Karen, and Matt and deduces that only Foggy Nelson could possibly be Daredevil and so he busts and grabs Foggy demanding answers... This story is continued next issue.

Appearing in "None are So Blind..!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Daredevil #17.

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Synopsis for "None are So Blind..!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Daredevil #17.

Continued from last issue... After the Masked Marauder tricked Spider-Man and Daredevil into fighting, Spider-Man has picked up Daredevil via his spider sense and crashes in on the law office of Nelson and Murdock and attacks Foggy Nelson figuring that he's Daredevil.

Matt and Karen convince Spider-Man that Foggy couldn't be Daredevil, and Spider-Man then flees the scene realizing that he made a mistake. However, afterwards, Foggy plays up the situation by not denying that he's Daredevil to hopefully win over Karen and soon leaves the office. When Matt is left alone, he changes into Daredevil and swings over to the makers of the XB-390 plans that the Marauder stole. Overhearing them he learns that without the formula, the plans for the XB-390 are useless.

Getting an idea, Daredevil then travels to the Daily Bugle and convinces J. Jonah Jameson to help him with a news report, playing up Jameson's natural hatred of Spider-Man. When the Bugle reports this on national television, the Marauder, and Spider-Man (in his civilian guise of Peter Parker) learn the truth and both head towards the location to get to the formula, the Marauder to steal it, Spider-Man to stop him.

Daredevil intercepts Spider-Man along the way, and after a brief battle, the two decide to work together to stop the Marauder. When the Marauder attacks the location of the formula, the two heroes work together to stop the Marauder and their men and destroy the Marauder's blimp.

Afterwards, Karen shows up on the scene to find Foggy on site, who once again doesn't deny that he's not Daredevil. However, he is unaware that somebody who is planning revenge on Daredevil overheard him. While the real Daredevil, with his mission accomplished, returns to the office and resumes his Matt Murdock identity, and loses himself in reflection of his battle with the Marauder, adventure with Spider-Man, and Foggy's current attempt to win Karen's affections.

Appearing in "There Shall Come a Gladiator!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Daredevil #18.

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Synopsis for "There Shall Come a Gladiator!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Daredevil #18.

In order to continue tricking Karen Page into thinking that he is Daredevil (and win her affections), Foggy Nelson has shown up at the costume shop, when he meets its temperamental owner, he asks the man to make him a Daredevil costume in his size. Taking Foggy's measurements, the costume maker sends Foggy out, to come back for the costume later. After Foggy leaves, we learn that the man hates costumed-heroes because they are "swaggering braggarts!" Thinking that anybody can be a hero or villain, the costume maker now feels ready to prove his theory.

Meanwhile, after some exercise at home, Matt Murdock shows up for work to find that Foggy is still pretending to be Daredevil, which worries him. That night, Foggy picks up his costume, and the costume maker -- picking up on Foggy wanting to impress a woman -- offers to help him put on a mock battle in his Daredevil costume as a new costumed villain. Foggy eagerly agrees and then tries on his new costume at home, not knowing that the real Daredevil has been watching him the whole time.

As Foggy takes Karen out on a date (little knowing they're being followed by Daredevil) the costume maker has made his own costume in an attempt to be a real villain, dubbing himself the Gladiator, he goes out to the designated meeting place for their battle. When Foggy puts on his Daredevil costume and fights the Gladiator, he soon realizes that the Gladiator is playing for keeps. Realizing that Foggy was faking the whole time Karen flees to get help just as the real Daredevil arrives to fight off the Gladiator.

When Karen gets to their office, she faints in front of their landlord and is rushed to a hospital. While back at the pier, Daredevil leaves the scene after the foe is defeated, leaving Foggy to explain the situation to the police. When Foggy realizes that Karen isn't there, he realizes that maybe she figured out his whole story was a lie. Meanwhile, Matt finds out that Karen has been taken to a hospital where he goes to find that she's being treated for exhaustion.

Appearing in "Alone -- Against the Underworld!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Daredevil #19.

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Synopsis for "Alone -- Against the Underworld!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Daredevil #19.

After saving a window washer from a fatal fall, Daredevil pops in on Foggy Nelson and shows him that the Daily Bugle is featuring a cover story about the Gladiator revealing Daredevil's identity to be that of Foggy Nelson. Realizing his lie has gotten him locked in the sights of Daredevil's enemies.

Meanwhile, the Gladiator's court case is interrupted by an attack by a group of gangsters who free him and bring him back to their master: The Masked Marauder. As the two criminals come to blows, Daredevil searches the Gladiator's costume shop for clues to his location but comes up with nothing.

As Gladiator and Marauder continue to fight, the Marauder's thugs have come to the Nelson and Murdock law office to kill Foggy, but they are single-handedly defeated by Daredevil. After the battle, one of the crooks makes it back to the Marauder's base to tell them that Daredevil isn't Foggy Nelson. The two criminals then decide to put aside their grievances and work together to stop Daredevil.

Back at the Nelson and Murdock law office, Matt finds that Foggy and Karen are still together, even though Karen now knows that Foggy isn't Daredevil.

Appearing in "The Verdict Is: Death!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Daredevil #20.

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Synopsis for "The Verdict Is: Death!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Daredevil #20.

Daredevil crashes in on some crooks that are snooping around inside the Nelson and Murdock law office and fights them off. Wondering why they're looking for his alter ego, Daredevil follows them to his home, and quickly sneaks in and allows them to capture him so he can find out what's going on. A short while later, Foggy and Karen find out that Matt is missing.

Matt is taken to the Owl's Airie, where the criminal Owl has resurfaced and is making Matt represent Judge Lewis, the judge that tried to convict the Owl for previous criminal offenses. Putting on a mock trial (even though it's obvious that the Owl will sentence Lewis to death), Matt calls upon a witness. When they all humor Murdock when he says the witness is waiting outside, it gives him a chance to leave the room to change into Daredevil and attack the Owl and his men.

However during the battle, the Owl manages to spring a trap and trap DD in a cage. This story is continued next issue...

Appearing in "The Trap Is Sprung"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Daredevil #21.

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Synopsis for "The Trap Is Sprung"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Daredevil #21.

Continued from last issue... As a prisoner of the Owl following his interruption of the mock trail against Judge Lewis, Daredevil is about to be dropped down a long chasm in the Owl's base, however Daredevil manages to escape and fight off the Owl's men.

When a nearby volcano on the island threatens to destroy the Owl's Airie, his goons flee, however, the Owl unleashes his giant owl robot against Daredevil. However, during the battle the danger of the volcano becomes ever-present, and the Owl flees, thinking Daredevil defeated. However, Daredevil manages to grab control of the robotic owl and use it to save Judge Lewis before trying to figure out how to fly them back to the mainland.

Appearing in "The Tri-Man Lives!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Daredevil #22.

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Synopsis for "The Tri-Man Lives!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Daredevil #22.

Surviving the Owl's final attempt to kill them, Daredevil saves Judge Lewis' life and brings them back to safety. Shortly afterwards, Matt, Karen and Foggy attend a boxing match, unaware that the Masked Marauder and the Gladiator had taken their three best men and converted their best characteristics into an android known as the Tri-Man.

Ordering the Tri-Man to interrupt the boxing match in an attempt to lure out Daredevil, DD comes out and attacks the Tri-Man, however during the battle, the Marauder and Gladiator manage to capture Foggy Nelson and Karen Page and threaten their lives... This story is continued next issue.

Appearing in "DD Goes Wild!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Daredevil #23.

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Synopsis for "DD Goes Wild!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Daredevil #23.

Continued from last issue... Daredevil was forced to fight the Masked Marauder and Gladiator's Tri-Man (in order to secure leadership in the Maggia), however, Daredevil managed to defeat their creation and follow its teleporter back to their base. There, Daredevil fights alone against the three men who's abilities were templated for the Tri-Man (The Mangler, The Brain, and The Dancer) and the Gladiator.

While this battle is going on, the Masked Marauder broadcasts video from the battle to the Maggia so that they can see the Marauder's triumph over Daredevil, in hopes that DD's defeat will secure his role as the crime cartel's leader. However, Daredevil manages to defeat all attackers, including a lion that is turned upon him and escapes. In the aftermath, the Masked Marauder's membership bid is denied and the Maggia, liking the Gladiator's style, take him into their group.

Appearing in "The Mystery of the Midnight Stalker!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Daredevil #24.

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Synopsis for "The Mystery of the Midnight Stalker!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Daredevil #24.

Continued from last issue... Being transported to a Maggia base in a hostile European country last issue, Daredevil has to fight a bunch of armed thugs in order to steal an airplane and fly to England. There, before he can arrange a trip back to the States, he reads a news item about Ka-Zar becoming savage again, and is being accused of being the "midnight stalker" who has been terrorizing London. Traveling to Castle Plunder, Daredevil offers his aid to Ka-Zar however, there is a misunderstanding and the two end up fighting. The fight lands them both in the castle's moat, where they find a secret hatch. Both curious, the two adventurers enter it and find Ka-Zar's brother, the Plunderer hiding out in there. They soon learn that the Plunderer is really the "midnight stalker", and the two heroes defeat him and turn him over to the authorities, clearing Ka-Zar's name. Daredevil then arranges to get a trip back home to the States. While back home, a letter from Spider-Man has been sent to Nelson & Murdock's law office, Karen reads it to Foggy, where it states that Spider-Man has deduced that Murdock is Daredevil and that his secret is safe with him.

Appearing in "Enter: The Leap-Frog!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Daredevil #25.

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Synopsis for "Enter: The Leap-Frog!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Daredevil #25.

The story begins at an airport, where Matt Murdock is exiting an airplane. This follows a brief interlude in England. Right from the start there is trouble. A man in civilian clothes, a handkerchief mask, and special spring-loaded shoes appears leaping next to the plane. The man is pursued by police officers, who note that his leaping is preventing all airplanes from taking off. They describe the man as a "human frog". Matthew would like to intervene, but can not, because he is in not wearing the Daredevil's Suit.

The man introduces himself as the Leap-Frog, and claims that his intentions are not harmful. He is merely testing his new power. Matthew finds the name "Leap-Frog" to be corny, but his radar sense can estimate the height of the man's leaps. He believes that the man is not harmless. A police officer has his handgun drawn and is able to shoot the Leap-Frog. But decides against it, as the man has not committed any serious crimes yet. Other police officers note that the man is approaching a "blind guy" (Matthew Murdock), and try to warn the fellow.

The Leap-Frog takes Matthew Murdock hostage, trying to convince his pursuers to give him a little breather. He has Matthew on a choke hold. The blind man can sense that the Leap-Frog is a strong man. He contemplates that the Daredevil has faces strong men before, but he can not actually fight the man before a crowd of spectators. They might realize that a sightless lawyer fights with the skill of Daredevil. An old woman is enraged that Leap-Frog is picking on a poor, helpless young man and threatens the villain with her umbrella.

Having rested for a bit, the Leap-Frog releases Matthew and escapes. He is convinced that the test of his powers has been successful, and that nothing can stop him. Matthew allows the villain to escape, figuring that the Leap-Frog is not one of his concerns. He has a much larger problem at his hands. He has to return to the Nelson and Murdock Law Office and try to explain his absence to his colleagues.

The scene shifts to the Office, where Foggy Nelson and Karen Page are conversing. The two have recently opened a letter addressed to Matt Murdock. The letter was supposedly written by Spider-Man and reports that Spidey knowns that Matt is Daredevil. They have trouble believing it. Foggy believes Matthew to be "totally blind", which would make it impossible for him to be Daredevil. He believes that the Wall-crawler was wrong about this. They also have no idea about Spider-Man's motive for writing that letter.

Meanwhile Matthew is still missing. Karen knows that Daredevil is alive, because the newspaper reported his presence in England and an adventure with Ka-Zar. But she does not know if Matthew is alive. Foggy finds Daredevil's adventures abroad to be evidence that he is not Matthew. They know that Matthew has not left United States of America. After saying this, Foggy realizes that they are not certain Matthew has not left the country. Karen is very worried. She fears that they will never hear from Matthew again, and will never know what happened to him. She can not bear the thought that he is gone forever.

At this moment, Matthew is standing outside the door of the office. He has overheard the tail-end of the conversation. His sense of hearing identifies something on Karen's voice; that she is on the verge of tears. On his way from the airport, Matthew has created a cover story for his disappearance. He fears it is a very weak excuse of an explanation, but hopes that his colleagues will believe it. He uses his keys to open the door and pretends that he does not know who is standing before him. As expected, Karen and Foggy are glad to see him safe and sound.

Karen then starts asking Matthew about his absence. Matthew claims that he had spend the last few days resting at the seashore, since he was feeling tired following his adventure at the arena. He claims that he had send Karen and Foggy a note explaining this, but the man entrusted with the note must have been unable to find them. He starts explaining what happened at the arena, and a false flashback begins.

In the flashback, Matthew is impersonating Daredevil and wearing a version Daredevil's Suit. Then the real Daredevil arrives to fight. Matthew leaves unnoticed, before anyone was able to realize they were two Daredevils present. He strippes off the suit in a back alley. The flashback ends. Matthew claims that he then wrote and send the note, before heading for a vacation. He expects Karen to believe him. But he listens to her pulse and realizes that she is suspicious about his story. Karen explains to him about Spider-Man's letter and the claims that Matthew is the real Daredevil. Karen believes that Spider-Man is trust-worthy.

Matthew is frustrated, because Spider-Man is the only person who knows about his secret identity. He decides to create a new lie and serve it to Karen and Foggy. He claims that he has a look-alike, twin brother, called Mike Murdock. He never told them about him, because Mike had asked him not to do so. Mike is a loner, a lifelong adventurer, and very secretive. He is also wild and sort of the black sheep in the family. Mike wanted his existence to stay secret, and Matthew kept that secret for years.

The entire story is met with disbelief by Foggy. He reminds Matthew that they used to be roommates throughout their college years. They were buddies and used to confide everything to each other. And Matthew never mentioned having any brothers. He finds Matthew's story too thin to belief. Matthew argues that it is more believable than the theory that Daredevil is secretly a blind man. Foggy insists on meeting Mike Murdock in person. Matthew promises to arrange a meeting, while secretly worried that his lie about a non-existing brother may get him in trouble with Foggy.

Matthew then claims that he wants to work in the office alone, to catch up with the office cases. Karen and Foggy tell him that they were about to leave anyway, and Foggy offers to escort Karen to her home. Karen informs Matthew that she has prepared braille copies of the office cases for him. Then she and Foggy exit the office. As soon as they leave, Matthew berates himself for having no idea how to further handle the story about his brother.

Matthew has no intention to actually work at the office. He quickly starts wearing Daredevil's Suit. He comments that he felt himself suffocating in his business suit. He considers Daredevil's Suit to be his actual working clothes. He starts realizing that Daredevil is a larger part of his identity. As if Daredevil was the real identity and Matthew Murdock just an acting role. He spends some time examining Daredevil's Billy Club and practicing with it. He wants to make sure that his weapon is in perfect condition. Daredevil is now ready for action, but lacks an opponent. He starts listening to radio news, hoping that they will provide him with information on the Leap-Frog.

The scene shifts to the laboratory of the Leap-Frog, who is not wearing his mask. He gloats that he is ready for the big time. He intends to make the Leap-Frog become the most famous name in the annals of crime. He is an inventor by trade, and has spent most of his life inventing novelty items for toy companies. He now invented something for himself, the super-springs that can make him invincible. He wants to reinvent himself as a master criminal, but needs a costume to match his abilities. He has secretly worked on one for weeks. He changes from his civilian clothes to the original version of the Leap-Frog's Suit. It includes a battery pack which provides his springs with electrical energy. The Leap-Frog is now ready for his first foray into crime.

It is nighttime, and the Leap-Frog bounces his way through New York City. He decides to rob the first jewelry store that appears in his path. He easily opens the locked door of the store, and starts stealing jewels. However, this action activates the store's alarm. By coincidence, a patrolling Daredevil was standing three blocks away from the jewelry store and decided to respond to the alarm.

The Leap-Frog manages to silence the alarm, but Daredevil enters the store. He attacks the Leap-Frog, but the villain effortlessly evades the attack. He is very fast when moving, and Daredevil realizes that the Leap-Frog is faster than his previous opponents. The villain also evades the next attack of Daredevil. The hero realizes that the Leap-Frog acts defensively, but has yet to make any offensive move. The Leap-Frog then starts ricocheting from wall to wall, while increasing his speed. Daredevil is too slow to grab or touch him. The Leap-Frog then breaks through a window and escapes into the night, while taunting the Daredevil.

The story skips ahead to the following morning. Foggy and Karen enter the Office to find an apparent look-alike of Matthew Murdock there. The man (Matthew in disguise) is wearing sunglasses, unusually colorful clothes, and uses fashionable language. He introduces himself as Mike Murdock, then starts mentioning his love for rock'n'roll music. Karen falls for the act immediately, while Foggy seems skeptical. Opening the radio to listen to some music, "Mike" overhears a news report: The Leap-Frog reportedly robbed a bank at 8:30 AM. Matthew/Mike wants to intervene. He claims that he just listened to his theme song and prepares to leave the Office. He briefly flirts with Karen before exiting. Karen and Foggy are now convinced that Mike Murdock is the real Daredevil. Karen finds him charming, but Foggy has taken an instant dislike to him. Foggy describes Mike as "a swaggering, swell-headed, loud-mouthed clown" and a "hip hyena".

The scene shifts to the Leap-Frog, who is escaping with his loot. He is amazed at how easy it was to rob the bank, and thinks of ways to challenge himself. Meanwhile, Daredevil has tracked him down and prepares to ambush him. He jumps "Froggy" and gets his hands around the surprised villain. Leap-Frog struggles to escape, and uses the loot as a club on Daredevil's head. A dazed Daredevil lets go of his opponent. The villain is leaping all around him and mocks him. Daredevil recovers and uses the cable from his Billy Club to ensnare the Leap-Frog. He brings the villain crashing to the ground and starts pulling him.

With the Leap-Frog immobilized, Daredevil starts repeatedly punching him in the face. The villain feigns surrender, but is actually playing possum. He kicks Daredevil's face. Daredevil starts punching him again. The Leap-Frog tries to escape by leaping away, but Daredevil kicks one of his legs and prevents him from doing so. Daredevil then delivers a knock-out punch and sends Leap-Frog flying into a nearby pool of water. Shortly after, Daredevil delivers the defeated villain to the police.

The scene shifts to the Office. Foggy and Matthew have received a written message from the Leap-Frog, asking them to defend him in court. Foggy seems against the idea, as he wants nothing to do with costumed super-villains. However, Matthew wants to take the case, claiming that he finds super-villains intriguing. The story ends.

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