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Published February 28, 2024

All of Daredevil's Costumes (So Far)

As Matt Murdock dons a new costume in 'Daredevil' #6, revisit a few of the other iconic suits from his history as the Man Without Fear.

The Man Without Fear certainly isn't afraid to change up his costume from time to time. Throughout Daredevil's extensive comic book history, he has worn a number of iconic suits. Now, as he faces a bold new direction in DAREDEVIL (2023), the super hero has undergone another major costume change while trying to fight crime and maintain his sense of inner peace.

Here are all of the Daredevil costumes that Matt Murdock has worn throughout his crime-fighting career, as well as the reasons why he made these outfit changes and the unique features that each brought to the hero's ongoing legacy.

THE YELLOW AND RED DEBUT

When Daredevil first burst onto the scene in DAREDEVIL (1964) #1, he wore a form-fitting costume that featured a mix of yellow, red, and black elements, while armed with his signature crimson billy clubs. This original costume was made from his late father "Battling" Jack Murdock's old boxing robes to remind him why he became a super hero in the first place. Matt has returned to his original costume on rare occasions and in flashbacks to his early crime-fighting days, but the costume has largely stayed shelved since DAREDEVIL (1964) #6.

THE CLASSIC RED

As early as DAREDEVIL (1964) #7, Matt switched to his classic costume—a tight scarlet costume with a matching cowl—which became his defining super hero uniform for decades. Rather than having a single "D" insignia emblazoned across the chest like the original outfit, this new costume featured a stylized "DD" and eliminated the vest component altogether. The billy clubs also got their own holster on Daredevil's left thigh, making them easily accessible whenever he found himself in the thick of danger.

THE ARMORED AVENGER

Desperate times call for desperate measures, so when Daredevil's classic costume was destroyed, he decided to level up his outfit with a black armored variant in DAREDEVIL (1964) #321. The armored costume is predominantly black with red accents, including on Daredevil's chest, gloves, and eyes; it also sports large, metallic shoulder armor, with the billy clubs now mounted to Matt's wrists. Though the armored costume helped him confront especially lethal opponents like Venom, Daredevil felt the switch had a negative influence on his mental health and eventually returned to his classic red suit.

THE MAN WITHOUT FEAR

Starting with DAREDEVIL (1964) #168, Frank Miller got the chance to retell the super hero's origins, complete with its own distinct costume. The acclaimed miniseries DAREDEVIL: THE MAN WITHOUT FEAR (1993) depicted Matt's earliest crime-fighting days and star-crossed romance with Elektra. Before stepping out in his classic costume, Matt opted to wear an all-black costume resembling a ninja uniform. He occasionally revisits this design, albeit with a less DIY aesthetic.

THE STRANGE CASE OF LAURENT LEVASSEUR

Although Daredevil tends to stick to Hell's Kitchen, he has played a more active role across the Marvel Universe, including occasional adventures overseas. In DAREDEVIL (1964) #376, Matt found himself reprogrammed with a different identity for an undercover mission in Paris on behalf of S.H.I.E.L.D. There, Matt settled into the life of Laurent LeVasseur, who wore his own super hero costume. Predominantly black with red straps, gloves, boots, and a belt, Daredevil took on a number of familiar foes, including Kingpin, before regaining his identity and returning home with his usual threads.

THE SCARLET SAMURAI

Daredevil is no stranger to punching above his weight, but the fight in DAREDEVIL: FATHER (2004) ascended to a whole other level. As he defended Hell's Kitchen, a group of devious metahumans known as Santerians beat him within an inch of his life, forcing him to rethink his approach for an impending rematch. Wearing a twist on traditional kendo training armor, complete with his usual crimson color scheme, Daredevil was able to protect his bruised and battered body when he charged into battle to save the day with samurai swords and one mean motorcycle.

SHADOWLAND DIGS

After he took control of the Hand, Daredevil tried to make the best of his uncomfortable position, but he was ultimately corrupted by the ancient ninja cult's patron demon, the Beast, in the crossover SHADOWLAND (2010). As Daredevil led the Hand to more extreme crime-fighting methods, transforming Hell's Kitchen into his own mystical prison, the troubled hero switched to an all-black costume with a red logo and eyes. Daredevil ditched this sinister choice of fashion when the Beast was purged from his soul, ultimately returning to his usual costume after a journey of self-discovery.

DAREDEVIL SUITS UP

When Matt moved to San Francisco with his fellow lawyer and girlfriend Kirsten McDuffie, he did so in the wake of publicly revealing his identity as Daredevil. Embracing his new status quo, Matt began dressing in a red three-piece suit and black dress shirt in DAREDEVIL (2014) #14. Eschewing a mask completely, the tailored twist on Matt's usual Daredevil costume is certainly one of his boldest takes on his outfit. He eventually ditched it before returning to New York.

VENOMIZED DAREDEVIL

By this point, most Marvel heroes have experienced at least one harrowing encounter with a symbiote, and Daredevil is certainly no exception. Matt bonded to one during the crossover KING IN BLACK (2020), which found him at a particularly low point in his life. Willingly in prison after confessing to involuntary manslaughter, Daredevil practically welcomed the change of pace that came with bonding to one of Knull's symbiotes. This may be the most frightening look Daredevil has ever donned, with the symbiote taking Daredevil's horned look to gleefully over-the-top lengths. Matt freed himself from the symbiote in DAREDEVIL (2019) #27.

PURIFIED DAREDEVIL

After the intense bouts of self-guilt he endured as Daredevil, Matt underwent a complete change of pace in DAREDEVIL (2023) and started work as a priest. When it became clear the Marvel Universe needed a Daredevil again, Matt literally confronted his inner demons with the help of Doctor Strange in an effort to finally purify himself and gain a sense of inner peace in DAREDEVIL (2023) #6. Successful, Matt emerged with an all-white version of his classic costume, ready to fight crime on the streets of Hell's Kitchen once more.

See the Man Without Fear's new costume in DAREDEVIL #6, now on sale!

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