Sunday was Father’s Day in North America (and possibly elsewhere, though not in my neck of the woods). To commemorate this day, Newsarama listed the top ten dads in the world of comics. Our own Jack Murdock came in sixth. Here’s what they had to say about him:
“It’s true that his choices for his own life weren’t the wisest. But when it came to his son, Jack Murdock didn’t let being a single dad stop him from making sure young Matt was raised well. Despite being a boxer himself and going through some rough patches with Matt, he’s the one who encouraged his son to hit the books and instilled in the boy a respect for non-violence. And it was his father’s murder that inspired Matt to turn dad’s boxing robes into a vigilante costume and fight crime as Daredevil. Thanks, Dad.”
Among some of the people who left comments were a couple who questioned whether Jack belonged on this list, citing such things as abuse. I don’t know about you guys, but I never got the feeling that there was any physical violence on Jack Murdock’s part except for on one or two occasions which Matt vividly remembers, in part because such events were unusual. I actually think putting Jack Murdock on the list was a nice move. He’s one of those perfect examples of imperfect people (and parents) doing their very best to at least provide opportunities for their children. And there is no mistaking Matt’s own love and respect for his father in past and present canon. Also, he beat Reed Richards. Take that, Mr. Fantastic!