Daredevil/Elektra/Punisher – The Depressing Life of Matt Murdock

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This is a massive Character Corner episode. We cover 3 characters: Daredevil, Elektra and Punisher. This was a really great episode that allows us to dig into the depressing life of Matt Murdock. What makes Daredevil such a great character is how much Matt Murdock matters to understanding the character. We cover the major moments in Matt's life and how it all continues to spiral downhill. From crazy ninja ex-girlfriends, to dead girlfriends to murderous villains like Bullseye and Kingpin. We then talk a little bit about Elektra and then dig into the craziness that is Frank Castle, aka The Punisher. We end with a discussion on how Punisher and Daredevil really work well as competing narratives of the same end goal. You're not going to want to miss this.

There are some spoilers here for Daredevil Season 2 on Netflix

Daredevil:

  • Daredevil #1 - First Appearance
  • Daredevil : The Man Without Fear - Best to read First
  • Daredevil #131 - First Appearance of Bullseye
  • Daredevil #181 - Bullseye thinks Matt Murdock is Daredevil. Also he kills Elektra
  • Daredevil Volume 1 #227 - 231 - Born Again. Karen sells out Matt's secret identity
  • Daredevil Volume 2 #5 - Bullseye kills Karen
  • Daredevil Volume 2 #26 - 81 - Bendis' run. Matt's secret identity goes public
  • Daredevil Volume 2 #82 -119 - Brubaker's run

Elektra:

  • Daredevil #168 - First appearance
  • Elektra (2001-2004) - Bendis run

Punisher:

  • Amazing Spider-Man #129 - First appearance
  • Punisher vol 4 #1-12 Welcome Back Frank - Garth Ennis
    • #3 - Punisher gives Daredevil an impossible choice
  • Punisher Max vol 3 - Mother Russia * Not on Marvel Unlimited
    • Frank takes a mission for Nick Fury
  • Punisher War Journal (1988)
  • Punisher War Zone 2012 -Frank vs the Avengers
  • Daredevil vol 1 #257 - Daredevil vs Punisher

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    Rozlynn Harris 29 March, 2016 at 19:05 Reply

    I’ve often described Matt Murdock/Daredevil to people unfamiliar with him as the Charlie Brown of the Marvel comic universe. He is the personification of the sad Hulk music and The Price Is Right loser horn LOL

    This was a great character corner guys. I could listen to the two of you talk comics all day. Your podcast is THE best when it comes to comic books. It’s so refreshing to hear people talk about comics love with passion and enthusiasm instead of above-it-all distain like a lot of other comic book podcasts do.

    Keep up the great work!

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