Daredevil’s versatile billy club

Those Daredevil fans who are also familiar with the early issues, will know that there was a time when Daredevil’s billy club wasn’t just a cane turned bludgeoning tool. Alongside whatever you need to shove in there to get it to fire a wire attached to a grappling hook, it would feature smoke screen pellets, a plastic sheet, and a snoopscope. And that doesn’t even begin to cover it. Daredevil reminisces about the old days in this very funny page from Daredevil #119, by Tony Isabella and Bob Brown, where we learn that he hasn’t completely given up on finding new purposes for it. Here, it’s used to hold subway tokens!

Daredevil keeps subway tokens in his billy club, from Daredevil #119 by Tony Isabella and Bob Brown

This page is actually funny for more than one reason. For starters, that top right corner could have easily qualified it for the “Seeing things” series, in my opinion. It would (probably) count as an artist’s goof rather than a logical error in the writing, but am I alone in noticing that Daredevil definitely seems to be looking at that subway sign? Didn’t think so. 😉

Christine Hanefalk

Christine Hanefalk

Based in Stockholm, Sweden, Christine is a die-hard Daredevil fan who launched The Other Murdock Papers in 2007 to share her passion for Matt Murdock and his friends with other fans.


  1. This kind of thing always makes me smile. Reminds me of an old Robin comic from years ago where a cop asked him what he kept in his utility belt. The answer? “Library card. Subway tokens. You never know what you’re going to need.”

    Good to see DD also goes prepared …

  2. I love Daredevil’s billyclub so much. Subway tokens, pills, and a recorder, could all fit in a cane (or come close). Now, the ability jam 30-45 feet of aircraft control cable, and the mechanisms to shoot a grapple into something that’s basically a chair leg, that is a real trick.

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