Introduced in April 1964 Daredevil was the creation of veteran
Marvel editor Stan Lee (real name Stanley Lieberman). From the early
1960's Lee had regenerated a flagging Marvel Comics by creating
a new brand of angst ridden heroes including Spider-Man,
Matt Murdock was the son of an ex-boxer now turned muscleman for
the mob. One day young Matt sees his father strong-arming a man
on the docks, and is so emotionally overcome that he does not notice
that the cans into which he bumps contain radiation. The radiation
blinds him, but also heightens his remaining senses. From that moment
on he is Daredevil: the man without fear.
Matt grows up to be a lawyer, but finds that in the court system
many guilty people go free: the law is served, but justice is not.
Hence he becomes a lawyer by day, and a vigilante by night.
Between 1979 and 1982 Frank Miller (texts) and Klaus Janson (artwork)
helped to transform the Daredevil strip into one
of the most exciting and influential titles of the era, turning
Daredevil into a deeply tortured soul. The main
feature of the Miller/Janson period was violence: graphic, ripping,
tearing violence that still managed to pass the comics code.