Writer Roger McKenzie broke into the comic book industry in 1976 with a story called "Ground Round" in Vampirella #50, published by Warren Publishing. He worked for DC Comics, too, creating the western character Cinnamon. He and artist Frank Miller first worked together on a story for Marvel's Weird War Tales #68.
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Originally Published January 1, 1980
Writer: Michael Fleisher
Artist: Steve Ditko
- The Daredevil/Hulk story promised at the end of the previous issue wasn't ready in time. So, Fleisher and Ditko created a filler.
- In light of Frank Miller's recent debut with the series, it's especially interesting to see the art of Ditko, the most straight-laced of Marvel's old guard - back to the Joe Varsity aesthetic.
- Struck with amnesia, Matt Murdock stumbles into a boxing career with a shady promoter, Mr. Hyle. All goes great until Hyle orders Murdock to throw a fight and Murdock refuses to do so.
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- His memory clicks back in when Murdock remembers his father Jack was also a professional boxer. Jack's murder at the hands of gamblers in a similar situation prompted Matt to take on the Daredevil role in the first place.
March 1, 1980
Roger McKenzie/Frank Miller
- Murdock senses Hulk loose in the city and goes to confront him.
- Murdock talks him talk down to Bruce Banner calm but then the New York Subway commuters ramp him up to Hulk.
- Daredevil and Hulk brawl. Hulk wins but doesn't finish DD off.
- At issue's end, Daredevil lays motionless in the street.
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- My first encounter with Blake Tower, a friend of Murdock's, currently running for re-election as District Attorney.
May 1, 1980
- Daredevil is in the hospital, recovering from his battle with Hulk. Many superheroes pay him well-wishing visits.
- Journalist Ben Urich also stops by, telling DD that he is put the pieces together: Matt Murdock and Daredevil are one and the same.
- DD fesses up and tells Urich the whole story of his childhood, his father's boxing career and how his father's murder led him to become Daredevil.
- Urich is convinced not to publish the story.
July 1, 1980
- Daredevil battles Doc Ock.
- Believing (correctly) that Matt is still in love with Heather Glenn, Black Widow leaves both him and New York.
September 1, 1980
- It is the day of Deborah and Foggy's wedding. Matt Murdock is Best Man.
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- Of course, there's a complication: Gladiator (alias: Melvin Potter; a different Gladiator from the one we met in X-Men #107) has taken a group of children hostage in a museum. Can Daredevil rescue the children and still make it back in time for the nuptials? [Spoiler: yes]