Matt Murdock was the son of a second-rate prize fighter named
"Battlin’ Jack" Murdock. But although his own life was spent in physical combat,
Jack Murdock insisted that Matt avoid fighting, and concentrate instead on his
studies. It wasn’t easy. The neighborhood kids called him a coward and even
nicknamed him "Daredevil" to poke fun at him.
Then fate intervened in the form of a truck laden with
radioactive cargo, headed for an unsuspecting man. Matt ran into the street to
save the man, but was hit by the truck himself. Blinded by the accident, he
found his other senses growing far more acute. He even developed a radar sense
that let him "see" objects in the world around him.
When his father was killed for refusing to throw a fight, Matt
decided that he could hold back no longer. He became
Daredevil, "the Man Without Fear"—one of Marvel’s darkest characters,
and certainly one of the best.