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Published December 27, 2018

Didja Know... Daredevil's Strangest Stories

Get some downright delightful details from across the merry Marvel Multiverse!

Didja Know digs into the fun facts, strange stories, and divine details that helped build the hallowed halls of the House of Ideas!

The all-new MAN WITHOUT FEAR five-issue limited series kicks off with those worrisome words no one wanted to hear: Daredevil’s dead!

Man Without Fear #1

Okay, settle down, kids; we didn’t mean to scare you. Who knows where this journey will take the hero? We’re not sure, but until the answers arrive in our hot little hands, maybe a quick quest of a few of our hero’s strangest stories might take the edge off our tension in the meantime. Dig? Great…let’s get level with Daredevil, then!

Didja Know… Daredevil once fought Namor the Sub-Mariner?

Now, we love ol’ Hornhead—who doesn’t?—but when you get right down to brass tacks, he’s as mortal as the rest of us, right? And Namor...well, he’s Namor, for Irving Forbush’s sake! So, somehow, Daredevil went toe-to-toe with the Sub-Mariner and not only survived, but had a whale of a tale to tell afterward.

Way back in DAREDEVIL #7 not only did attorney Matt Murdock gain a brand-new all-red costume, but an all-new client: Namor the Sub-Mariner. Seems the authorities had a few questions for the monarch of Atlantis, but true to his nutty nature, Namor sneered and jeered them as he left to launch himself back into the big briny. Who tried to stop him, you ask? None other than Daredevil, and over the course of the story, he tried everything to halt Subby’s march to the sea, but in the end collapsed after trying to light the king up with a zillion jolts of electricity!

Daredevil (1964) #7

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Here’s the best part of the tale: Namor looked upon his fallen foe and acknowledged the Man Without Fear’s courage and conviction for attempting to arrest his royal self. How’s that for a Marvel Age ending, eh, True Believers?

Didja Know… Daredevil invented a brother he never had?

Sit right down there, oh, Frantic Ones, and listen as we slip you a story of siblings…that never were!

Once upon a time, Spider-Man—you remember him, don’t ya?—sent Daredevil a letter in DAREDEVIL #25 that accidentally fell into the wrong hands...namely Matt Murdock’s partner Foggy Nelson and their secretary Karen Page. Matt’s secret identity as Daredevil was on the line, so he did what you or any other reasonable person would do: he said his brother Mike was moonlighting as the hero in question, not him!

Daredevil (1964) #25

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What’s wrong with that, you say? Well, Mike Murdock didn’t exist. Yep: Matt told a whopper that day and had to actually pose as his non-existent brother to prove it all to Foggy and Karen. This went on a while until the day in DAREDEVIL #156 that Hornhead came back from a furious fight with the Exterminator and the Unholy Three and decided his brother must die—and die he did. Mike kicked off and Matt explained that he’d found someone else to be Daredevil, and things were quiet for a while on the ol’ secret identity front…

Hey, do us a favor, friend, and remember the name “Exterminator,” would ya? Thanks!

Didja Know… Daredevil fought Death itself to the…death?

Let’s flash-forward a few years to DAREDEVIL #156 and introduce you to—the Death-Stalker!

Matt Murdock had been having headaches and came down with a coma that sort-of slid him into a strange state of near-death. Got that? Hovering over him stood the evil entity called Death-Stalker, a guy who began in the biz as a nutjob named the Exterminator—and you thought we’d forgotten, huh? Anyway, to crawl back up out of the coma, Daredevil duked it out with an actual pesky personification of Death until he won the round and returned to the waking world, hale and hearty.

Daredevil (1964) #158

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And Death-Stalker? Glad you asked. See, he was never quite the same after a few allies of ol’ Hornhead’s called the Avengers got done with him around that same time. And that, Mighty Marvelites, is the rest of the story!

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