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Essential Series Vol 1 Daredevil 3
Published
August, 2005


Appearing in "Daredevil Drops Out"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Daredevil #49.

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Synopsis for "Daredevil Drops Out"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Daredevil #49.

Returning home, Matt Murdock decides that he is sick of being Daredevil and decides to quit his costumed adventuring because it's cost him his best friend and the girl that he loves. However, this is easier said than done when Daredevil is attacked by a robot created by Starr Saxon and hired out by Biggie Benson. Benson wants revenge against Daredevil for his involvement in his arrest following the clearing of Willie Lincoln's name.

Matt is easily overpowered by the robot, which can adapt to combat its opponent, however the robot leaves the unconscious Matt behind when it hears the tapping of Willie Lincoln's cane and flees in pre-programed self preservation. Willie takes Matt back to his home and administers first aid.

Meanwhile, Starr Saxon sends his robot after Daredevil once more after making some more adjustments. When Matt returns home dressed as Daredevil, he soon finds himself battling the robot once more which manages to once again overpower him and wrap him up in a crash-mat in his own secret gym.

Appearing in "If in Battle I Fail ---"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Daredevil #50.

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Synopsis for "If in Battle I Fail ---"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Daredevil #50.

While Daredevil continues to battle the robot created by Starr Saxon and sent to destroy him by Biggie Benson, Karen Page tries to call Matt Murdock but to no avail. As the battle rages from Murdock's apartment to the city street, Foggy begins to realize how working for the first time without Matt Murdock is a lonely experience.

DD manages to knock the robot hard enough to disable its programming making it return to Saxon for more instructions, allowing Daredevil to follow it to its master's lair. Revealing himself to Saxon, the two get into a fight until the robot is accidentally programmed to kill Biggie Benson.

Daredevil tries to stop the robot, but continues to be overpowered, rushing to the prison where Benson is being held prisoner, DD exhausted fighting his way into Benson's cell, passes out just as the robot busts through the wall.

Appearing in "Run, Murdock, Run!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Daredevil #51.

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Synopsis for "Run, Murdock, Run!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Daredevil #51.

Blacked out trying to reach the cell of Biggie Benson, who is the current target of a robot built by Starr Saxon, Daredevil is unable to stop the robot from killing Benson. After Benson is terminated, the robot shuts down waiting for new instructions from Saxon. After getting some medical treatment, on a hunch, DD waits for Saxon to try and reactivate the robot remotely. Hitting its chest plate just as the robot is coming to life causes its mechanisms to break disabling the robot.

Realizing what Daredevil may have done, the enraged Saxon Starr decides to investigate where his robot first attacked Daredevil and soon learns that DD is really Matt Murdock. Starr leaves Murdock's home coming up with a plan to get revenge on the Man Without Fear.

Returning home, Matt gets a phone call from Karen Page, and the two set up a date, however a combination of the medical treatment in reacting with radioactive particles in his blood, and the constant harassment of Starr Saxon, Matt begins to hallucinate and have blackouts. When Saxon interrupts Matt's date with Karen, it pushes him too far causing the hallucinating Matt to flee in terror. Saxon then claims to be Matt's friend, and escorts Karen away, insisting that she bring Matt's Cane. Elsewhere the doctor who treated him at the prison receives a memo that warns him if Daredevil doesn't seek medical aid immediately, he will die.

Appearing in "Night of the Panther"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Daredevil #52.

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Synopsis for "Night of the Panther"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Daredevil #52.
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While patrolling the city, Black Panther is stopped by the police and D.A. Foggy Nelson, who mistake his silhouette for that of Daredevil. They then ask the hero for his assistance in administering an antidote to Daredevil who is at the risk of death due to a medical treatment reacting badly with the radioactive particles in his blood.

Finding the hero, Black Panther manages to administer it, but also learns Daredevil's secret identity. The two then break into Starr Saxon's place to rescue Karen Page from him, and capture Starr in the process. However, while being administered first aid (during which Karen begins to suspect Matt Murdock is Daredevil), Saxon escapes and the two heroes pursue him. Daredevil wants to fight Saxon alone, and so Black Panther leaves with the knowledge that Daredevil will be an ally in the future and that he will keep the hero's identity safe. Facing Saxon alone, Daredevil defeats Saxon, however unable to kill him and wanting to keep his identity secret Daredevil is forced to let Saxon go free.

Appearing in "As It Was In the Beginning"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Daredevil #53.

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Synopsis for "As It Was In the Beginning"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Daredevil #53.

Dwelling on the dilemma that the criminal known as Starr Saxon knows that Matt Murdock is really Daredevil, DD reflects back on the events that led him to become Daredevil. What follows is an extended recounting of the events first presented in Daredevil #1 how he grew up as a child, how he became blind, got his powers, how his father was murdered by the Fixer, and how -- as Daredevil -- Matt got revenge on those who were responsible by rounding them up and turning them over to the police, however the Fixer died of a heart attack.

Finishing his recollection, he realizes his problem isn't being Daredevil -- it's being Matt Murdock, and in order to live his life Matt Murdock must die.

Appearing in "Call Him... Fear!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Daredevil #54.

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Synopsis for "Call Him... Fear!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Daredevil #54.

Faking his own death in a plane crash of his own making, Matt Murdock has decided to live only under the identity of Daredevil. Showing up at the D.A.'s Office to find his walking stick, he finds a grieving Karen Page, who wants to keep it as a keep-sake. DD then follows her home, and sneaks in at night while she is asleep and steals it back.

After a brief fight with some common thieves and giving a brief assist to Spider-Man, Daredevil soon hears about a challenge being posed by his foe Mr. Fear. He eventually accepts Fear's challenge and the two get into a fight, however during the course of the combat, DD suddenly becomes a coward and runs away.

Appearing in "Cry Coward!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Daredevil #55.

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  • NYPD
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Synopsis for "Cry Coward!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Daredevil #55.

In semi-hiding, Daredevil recovers from his battle against Mr. Fear, Daredevil stops an attempted mugging. During the fight he has a sudden bout of debilitating fear, and the muggers gain the upper hand until the police break things up. DD is balked by all the spectators who label him a coward, all influenced by the negative press labeling Him as a chicken.

Wondering how he could defeat Mr. Fear, DD visits the District Attorney's office and asks Foggy Nelson for a favor and has the warden read him the file on Zoltan Drago (The identity of the original Mr. Fear). When Mr. Fear attempts to rob an armored car, DD is there to stop him. During the fight, Daredevil informs Mr. Fear that he knows that he isn't Zoltan Drago - the original - because the original Mr. Fear had a fear of heights and would never use a flying device, like the one they are fighting on.

During the course of the fight, DD unmasks Mr. Fear, revealing him to be Starr Saxon. His plot foiled, Starr jumps off the floating platform to his apparent death. DD then reveals that Starr placed fear capsules in the billy club while he was in possession of it, and that they were the cause of his bouts of cowardice.

Appearing in "... And Death Came Riding!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Daredevil #56.

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Synopsis for "... And Death Came Riding!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Daredevil #56.

With Starr Saxon dead and his secret identity secure, DD plans on proposing to Karen Page, however when he arrives at the District Attorney's office, Foggy informs him that Karen returned home to grieve over the loss of Matt Murdock (whom she believes is dead after DD faked it.)
When Karen arrives home, she is briefly attacked by a glowing skeletal creature calling itself Death's Head. The creature warns her to leave before it's too late before disappearing. Arriving at her parent's house, Karen's mother informs her that her father has been kidnapped by Death's Head over a Cobalt weapon he was developing.

Arriving to find Karen, DD gets into his own clash with Death's Head, who issues DD with the same warning before disappearing once more. Arriving at the Page house, Daredevil promises to save them from the threat of Death's Head. Battling the creature once more Daredevil is easily bested by the creature who dresses him up in its own costume and puts him on his horse. When the police arrive on the scene, Death's Head sends DD (dressed up as Death's Head) towards the police who begin shooting.

Appearing in "In the Midst of Life...!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Daredevil #57.

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Synopsis for "In the Midst of Life...!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Daredevil #57.

Being shot at by police because they think he's Death's Head, Daredevil manages to work Death's Head steed to veer out of the path of the oncoming bullets and make it throw him from its back. The police realize that they were really shooting at Daredevil when they have a chance to pull off the Death's Head mask.

While Karen receives a call from Foggy telling her that he and Willie Lincoln are working together to shut down a criminal named Crime Wave. Karen and DD continue their search for her father, which leads them to his laboratory where Death's Head and the Page butler attack. During the battle it's revealed that the butler Garth was hired by the US Government to pose as a butler to insure that Karen's father did not betray his country with his secrets using Cobalt.

During the confrontation, Karen's life is put in jeopardy, and Death's Head sacrifices his life to save Karen's. DD removes the Death's Head Mask, to reveal that he is really Paxton Page, Karen's father. Afterwards, Daredevil reveals to Karen that he is really Matt Murdock.

Appearing in "Spin-Out on Fifth Avenue!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Daredevil #58.

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Synopsis for "Spin-Out on Fifth Avenue!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Daredevil #58.

Matt Murdock has just finished making his closing argument in a court case against one of the minions of the crime boss known as Crime Wave, his first job as special assistant to the district attorney. After the jury goes to deliberate the verdict, Matt reflects back to the events that led to this turn of events.

Flashing back to the night he revealed his identity to Karen Page, he proposed to her and she accepted. Returning to New York, Matt revealed that he "survived" the plane crash that apparently took his life (making up a fake story for the press) and being appointed special assistant to the D.A.

Matt promises to Karen that after making an appearance at the United Fund Parade, he would be retiring his identity of Daredevil for good so that Karen wouldn't fear for his safety. However, before DD can announce his retirement the parade is interrupted when it's attacked by the Stunt-Master -- A washed up stunt motorcyclist who is hired by Crime Wave to take out Daredevil.

After quickly defeating Stunt-Master, when asked what his special announcement was by Foggy, Daredevil says it was nothing, which upset Karen to the point that she walked away from the scene. Returning to the present the jury finds the crook working for Crime Wave guilty. Although it's a victory for Matt, Karen is still mad at him for not retiring his DD identity as he promised.

Appearing in "The Torpedo Will Get You If You Don't Watch Out!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Daredevil #59.

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Synopsis for "The Torpedo Will Get You If You Don't Watch Out!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Daredevil #59.

Stopping a protection shakedown, Daredevil finds that the store (like many people in the city) are so afraid of Crime-Wave that they suddenly "forget" that they were being roughed up when the police arrive. Returning back to the D.A.'s office as Matt Murdock, he joins Foggy, Willie, and Karen in their continued quest to bust Crime-Wave. Karen is still mad at Matt for not retiring his Daredevil identity.

Willie reveals that he earlier traveled to a local bar where he had previously heard of Crime-Wave. While there, he accidentally stumbled upon the secret base of Crime-Wave, and managed to get out by pretending to be a blind homeless man, who would not be a threat to thier security. When the story hits the paper, that Willie was a cop willing to testify, and news reaches Crime-Wave, he sends his costumed assassin the Torpedo to kill Lincoln.

Daredevil interrupts the assassination attempt and the two costumed beings fight each other through the Hotel building being used for witness protection. Their fight taking them to the roof, Daredevil is knocked over the edge and is holding on for dear life. Willie is forced to push Torpedo off the building to his death in order to save Daredevil's life.

Appearing in "Showdown at Sea!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Daredevil #60.

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Synopsis for "Showdown at Sea!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Daredevil #60.

After Deborah cancels her engagement with Foggy after the fact that she is an ex-convict comes up once more. Matt learns that Crime-Wave is operating on an illegal gambling boat that is anchored just past international waters. Taking out some of Crime-Wave's thugs, DD travels to the ship disguised as one of said thugs.

When on board the ship, DD notices Deborah is gambling there and watches as she goes from a lucky streak to losing all her gains (due in part to manipulations of the roulette wheel by Crime-Wave) Deborah is then taken down to meet Crime-Wave. Daredevil intervenes before Crime-Wave has a chance to eliminate Deborah, and easily defeats the criminal mastermind and his goons. When Foggy and the authorities arrive, Crime-Wave is unmasked and revealed to be Foggy's own assistant Hollis.

Appearing in "Trapped -- by the Trio of Doom!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Daredevil #61.

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Synopsis for "Trapped -- by the Trio of Doom!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Daredevil #61.

When reports that Mr. Hyde and the Cobra are on the loose and causing crimes all over the city, Matt has to cancel in the middle of a date with Karen to go looking for them, which causes Karen to storm off once more upset that Matt cannot give up his identity as Daredevil. However, his search yields nothing.

The next day Matt meets up with the owner of an old amusement park who tells Matt that it had been taken over by Mr. Hyde, the Cobra and the Jester. Matt then tells the former owner that he will make arrangements to have Daredevil check it out. Naturally the situation turns out to be a trap, the owner working with the three criminals who try to kill Daredevil using gimmick amusement park rides. Daredevil manages to defeat all the crooks just as Karen arrives with the police.

Daredevil thanks Karen for her help, however she blows him off informing him that he went out fighting super-villains and totally forgetting about their date, which was to celebrate her birthday.

Appearing in "Quoth the Nighthawk, "Nevermore!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Daredevil #62.

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Synopsis for "Quoth the Nighthawk, "Nevermore!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Daredevil #62.

When trying to stop two crooks from robbing the box office of a movie theater, Daredevil runs into Nighthawk, who captures the crook and takes all the credit. Afterwards, Nighthawk returns to his home, a large mansion where he recounts how a formula gave him his powers and how he was once recruited by the Grandmaster to fight the Avengers.

This starts a series of episodes where Daredevil is upstaged by Nighthawk, which discredits DD in the public eye and gives Karen more ammunition to pressure Matt into giving up his Daredevil identity. However, realizing something fishy is up, DD tricks Nighthawk into boasting how he's been staging the crimes to discredit DD and also reap benefits from crime at the same time into a recorder which broadcasts his words to the people on the street.

This leads to a fight between DD and Nighthawk which takes them to the New York subway, where Nighthawk manages to escape by jumping between an oncoming subway train to make his escape, vowing to one day get revenge on Daredevil.

Appearing in "The Girl -- or the Gladiator?"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Daredevil #63.

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Synopsis for "The Girl -- or the Gladiator?"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Daredevil #63.

After Karen Page decides to quit and leave town, unable to deal with Matt's continued costumed adventuring as Daredevil, Matt accompanies Foggy to the prison where Melvin Potter (aka the Gladiator) is being held. Potter is claiming insanity and to try to get out of his prison sentence and Nelson and Murdock have come to try to determine if Potter is lying or not.

While the two are interviewing Potter, Karen prepares to leave New York City. When allowing Potter to wear his old Gladiator costume and hold his old weapons, he then reveals that he was faking the whole episode and attempts to break out of the prison. However he is attacked by Daredevil, and during the battle the Gladiators saw blades suddenly dissolve. Making quick work of Gladiator, DD explains that expecting a trick Nelson and Murdock had treated the saw blades with a chemical that would make them dissolve after a certain period of use.

After defeating Gladiator, DD tries to call Karen, but finds that she is not answering her phone, unaware that she has already left the city.

Appearing in "Suddenly... The Stunt-Master!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Daredevil #64.

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Synopsis for "Suddenly... The Stunt-Master!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Daredevil #64.

Taking a vacation, Matt Murdock travels to Hollywood, California in order to try and track down Karen Page, whom he believes has gone there knowing that she has social ties in the area. During his search for Karen, DD ends up clashing with the Stunt-Master once more who, having trouble finding steady work as a stunt man, goes back to crime and is hired to steal a rare and valuable movie print. During the fight, Stunt-Master's lot in life comes up, and feeling sorry for Stunt-Master, DD decides to help him out. The two end up busting up the crooks orchestrating the plot and the subsequent publicity gets Stunt-Master a job for a television series.

Appearing in "The Killing of Brother Brimstone"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Daredevil #65.

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Synopsis for "The Killing of Brother Brimstone"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Daredevil #65.

Karen Page has settled into regular acting jobs in Hollywood, her most recent one working on the soap opera "Strange Secrets", a series that is popular because of its mysterious villain known as Brother Brimstone. However, moods on the set are tense especially from the actor who portrays Brother Brimstone, Ross Archer.

However, when someone dressed as Brother Brimstone begins attacking the cast and crew of the show, Daredevil (who has finally tracked down Karen to talk her into taking him back) begins watching over the set.

After battling Brother Brimstone, the situation becomes a regular who-done-it, with many of the cast and crew becoming suspect. When Brother Brimstone attacks again, this time with a lifeless body, Daredevil fights the powerhouse off. When they check to see who Brimstone's latest victim is, they realize that it's Ross Archer.

Appearing in "... And One Cried Murder!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Daredevil #66.

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Synopsis for "... And One Cried Murder!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Daredevil #66.

Following the funeral of Ross Archer, Daredevil begins trying to figure out who is the one posing as Brother Brimstone and trying to murder the cast and crew of Karen's recent acting gig for the soap-opera "Strange Secrets."
Finding the blue prints to an exoskeleton, Daredevil is attacked once more by Brother Brimstone. Meanwhile, Karen goes to the La Brea Tar Pits to meet Lester Leroy who has some clues as to who the killer is. DD finding Lester's note, fearing that Karen is walking into a trap, goes after her.

At the tar pits Karen is attacked by Brother Brimstone, and is saved by the timely arrival of Daredevil. Their fight taking them right into the tar pits, DD attempts to save Brimstone. Pulling off his mask while trying to grab him and pull him to safety, Brother Brimstone is revealed to be Vince Sterling. However, while struggling to pull them out of the tar, Vince ends up sinking down into the tar due to the weight of his own exoskeleton. DD informs Karen that Vince's intention was murdering Karen and then framing Lance for all the murders because both had seen the blueprints to his exoskeleton.

Appearing in "Stilt-Man Stalks the Soundstage"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Daredevil #67.

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Synopsis for "Stilt-Man Stalks the Soundstage"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Daredevil #67.

Karen has been offered a role on the new Stunt-Master television series, and has been asked to try and get Daredevil to agree to appear in the pilot episode. When she asks Matt if he'd be interested, he agrees.

While on the set of the show, the Stunt-Master is ambushed in his trailer by Stilt-Man, who uses make-up effects to disguise himself as the Stunt-Master in order to get close enough to Daredevil. The plan works and Stilt-Man pretends to wipe out to draw DD close enough to change into his costume and attack.

Once again, DD makes short work of his foe wrapping him up in the chord of his billy-club and making him fall over. After the battle, DD tells Karen that he has to go back to New York. Karen declines to go with him having found she enjoys her career as an actress. DD then leaves, telling her to make a choice between him or her career, and that he won't be waiting forever.

Appearing in "Phoenix and the Fighter!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Daredevil #68.

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Synopsis for "Phoenix and the Fighter!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Daredevil #68.

Returning to New York, Daredevil makes a visit to the D.A.'s office just as Foggy is being accosted by sports syndicate boss Kragg (who is part of an extremist group called Phoenix) who has come to tell Foggy to keep away from them. Daredevil intervenes and Foggy informs him that Kragg is behind the sports rackets.

Learning from the papers that they had purchased a mystery heavy weight Kid Gawaine, who is being trained by his father's old coach Pop Fenton, DD decides to pay a visit as Matt Murdock. Visiting Kid Gawaine, Matt is attacked by the Kragg and his Phoenix goons, who also attack Fenton, but are fought off by Gawaine.

Before the big fight, Gawaine is attacked by a bunch of hoods, but fought off by Daredevil. Sensing fowl play, Matt knocks out the Kid just before the big fight and uses make-up to disguise himself as the Kid to fight in the match. The Phoenix uses a weapon to cause blindness to try and make the "Kid" lose the fight, but naturally it has no effect on Daredevil.

Knocking out the opponent boxer (who is in league with the Phoenix), Matt races up to stop Kragg changing into Daredevil to find that Kid Gawaine is already confronting them. During the fight the Kid is shot by Kragg, but DD manages to defeat him. After the battle is over, and Kragg turned over to the police, DD checks on the Kid and informs Pop Fenton that he'll be all right.

Appearing in "A Life on the Line"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Daredevil #69.

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Synopsis for "A Life on the Line"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Daredevil #69.

While crashing in on a minor theft, the driver of the getaway truck crashes while trying to escape Daredevil, looking inside DD is shocked to find that the driver is a boy no older than 15. Running into the Black Panther, the two rush the boy to the hospital.

Black Panther explains that he was investigating the criminal activities of a local gang of African-American youths known as the Thunderbolts. The Thunderbolts, Panther explains have been recruiting members from the kids that he teaches in his civilian guise of Lucas Charles (during the conversation DD and Black Panther confirm each other's civilian identities). The group itself, is anti-establishment and is under the belief that the "white man" is the cause of their ills, and believes that violence and theft is the only way to get out from under the perception of oppression. (Tell it like it is!) DD also learns that the boy he saved (Lonnie) has an older brother Billy who has infiltrated the group.

Daredevil teams up with Black Panther to break up the group, and with the help of Billy, they break it up and turn them over to police. Billy then goes to check on his brother at the hospital and Daredevil and Black Panther decide to treat themselves to a Coke for a job well done.

Appearing in "The Tribune"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Daredevil #70.

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Synopsis for "The Tribune"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Daredevil #70.

Far right motion picture star Buck Ralston has made an appearance on Hollywood Boulevard to speak to a crowd about his perceived lack of patriotism in America. After engaging Karen Page in a debate on Patriotism to the level of extremism, Buck Ralston leaves to plot how to get back at the "pinkos" he perceives are ruining American society.

While in New York, DD becomes involved in controlling a riot which has broken out at the New York Hilton between the police and protesters during the Vice President's visit to the city. While back on the west coast, we learn that Ralston is taking the law into his own hands as the costumed judge, jury and executioner known as the Tribune and has his goons round up hippies that he finds treasonous and executes them with his energy blasting gavel.

Tribune has some of his men plant explosives at the Hilton in New York in hopes that hippies will be blamed, hoping it will "wake up" America, however this plan is made complicated with the involvement of Daredevil. While DD fails to stop the bomb from detonating, he prevents it from hurting anyone, even though one of the protesters checking on DD gets arrested.

The young men arrested on a bum wrap (dubbed the "New York Three") regarding the explosion, get the attention of Tribune who plans to go to New York to execute them, while Foggy and Matt prepare to (begrudgingly) represent the city in court and prove their guilt, even though both feel that the New York Three are innocent.

Appearing in "If an Eye Offend Thee...!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Daredevil #71.

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Synopsis for "If an Eye Offend Thee...!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Daredevil #71.

While patrolling the streets by night, Daredevil tries to break up a fist fight, but it turns out it had been faked in order to serve him a summons to court, to testify in the case against the New York Three. Matt Murdock also helps Foggy Nelson during the day with the same court case. As they prepare for the trial, Buck Ralston travels to New York in order to personally execute the Three in his costumed identity of Tribune, believing them to be all guilty of Anti-Americanism.

On the day of the big trial, Matt fakes a headache so he can have an excuse not to attend the trial, thus allowing him to attend as Daredevil. Meanwhile, Tribune incapacitates the judge that will be presiding over the case and then takes control of the court room. At first, Daredevil is helpless to do anything, since the Tribune's men are surrounding the courtroom, and he doesn't want to get innocent people hurt. While on the witness stand, he hears "an almost infinitesimal hum-- coming from the Tribune's belt!" He leaps to action, and smashes the belt, releasing the Tribune's men from the hypnotic control they were under. The Tribune leaves a bomb, and tries to get away in a helicopter, but Daredevil throws the bomb at the escaping villain. It explodes and Tribune seemingly perishes.

Days later, in the D.A.'s office, Foggy is relieved that he's actually lost a court case for once in his career, as the case of the New York Three is dismissed, after the discovery of the Tribune's plan to frame them. Catching a televised soap box of Buck Ralston on TV, Matt being weary of hearing people rabble-rousing, turns off the TV, little knowing that Ralston was the villain he fought and believed dead weeks earlier.

Appearing in "Lo! The Lord of the Leopards!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Daredevil #72.

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Synopsis for "Lo! The Lord of the Leopards!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Daredevil #72.

After a series of strange sightings of a Leopard skin-dressed man and a leopard running loose in New York City, Daredevil investigates and ends up befriending the being, known as Tagak, who came to our dimension through a magical mirror and is in pursuit of a criminal from his home world. DD helps Tagak capture the thief and return him to Tagak's reality to face punishment for his crimes, although Tagak's leopard (who facilitated his ability to see) was killed during the episode by police bullets.

Appearing in "Behold... The Brotherhood!"

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Daredevil #73.

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Synopsis for "Behold... The Brotherhood!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Daredevil #73.

This story is continued from the comic Iron Man #35

While in the clutches of members of the Zodiac cartel, Nick Fury finds himself drawn to the Zodiac Key. Activating it, he transports all present to the realm of the Ahnk, and put before the Priest of the Ahnk. The Priest explains to them that he comes from an order that worships the balance between order and chaos, and that they had created the Zodiac Key for that purpose.

He then has all present fight each other, and soon Daredevil is battling Capricorn, Iron Man battles Spymaster, Madame Masque battles Aquarius, and Nick Fury battles Sagittarius. However, the members of the priesthood begin to notice that Daredevil's heart is not in the battle, and so the Priest uses the Zodiac Key to send them all back to Earth. This story is continued in the comic Iron Man #36

Appearing in "In the Country of the Blind!"

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Daredevil #74.

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Synopsis for "In the Country of the Blind!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Daredevil #74.

When the entire city is struck blind, Daredevil begins trying to learn the truth behind the strange phenomenon. With the help of a group of people who were blind prior to the incident, Daredevil stops a group of thugs who have drugged the water supply to cause the city to go blind and did so in order to loot the city at their leisure. DD and his blind friends beat the thugs into submission, the drug wears off, and everyone blinded by it has their vision restored.

Appearing in "Revenge!"

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Iron Man #35.

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Synopsis for "Revenge!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Iron Man #35.

With Jasper Sitwell seriously wounded by the Spymaster, Iron Man vows revenge on the spy, though he blames himself for Jasper's situation. Reading about Jasper's situation in the newspaper, Madam Masque realizes her true feelings for the SHIELD agent.

Meanwhile, Iron Man interrogates Spymasters captured accomplices, with Stark Industries lawyer Matt Murdock in comapny. Murdock stops Iron Man from getting violent with the crooks, frustrated Iron Man walks off resolving to find Spymaster on his own. All the while Spymaster meets with his employer Capricorn of the Zodiac crime cartel, who is furious that Spymaster failed on his last mission. However Capricorn sends him off on his next mission: to hunt down Daredevil.

While at SHIELD headquarters, Iron Man meets with Nick Fury, who asks Iron Man to take the Zodiac Key back to Stark Industries for examination, while handing over the key it briefly influences Fury with it's power before Iron Man takes it away. While elsewhere in the city, Madame Masque runs into Daredevil and before formal introductions can be made, both are captured by Spymaster.

While Iron Man and Kevin O'Brien are examining the Zodiac Key, they are attacked by Capricorn his goons, soon they along with Nick Fury are captured and placed in holding with Daredevil and Madame Masque. However, once in captivity, the Zodiac Key influences Nick Fury to take it into his possession. This story is continued in Daredevil #73.

Appearing in "... Among Men Stalks the Ramrod!"

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Iron Man #36.

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Synopsis for "... Among Men Stalks the Ramrod!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Iron Man #36.

Returned to the Earth dimension by the Priest of the Ahnk, Iron Man, Daredevil, Madame Masque and Nick Fury all continue their battle against Capricorn, Sagittarius, Aquarius, and Spymaster. However, Spymaster manages to elude Iron Man, and the members of Zodiac manage to bargain for their freedom by threatening to kill Madame Masque. Afterwards, Masque confides in Iron Man about how she feels towards Jasper Sitwell and that she feels that she should end things with Tony Stark, totally unaware that Iron Man is Stark himself. Back at Stark Industries, Tony is upset that Madame Masque is going to end things with him. Feeling that he needs a vacation, he leaves the plant in the care of Kevin O'Brian. Tony then organizes a date with Marianne Rodgers, however their date is interupted by the arrival of an android named Ramrod, who was sent out by a group it refers to as the "Changers" to prepare for their arrival. Leaving Marianne, Tony changes into Iron Man and battles the android. However, it proves too powerful and Iron Man overworks himself causing strain on his heart that takes him out of the battle and to the brink of death.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks



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