You know what they say about lies. You need a good memory to keep your story in check. Matt could have used that, and more, during the height of the Mike Murdock madness. Below is a scene from Daredevil #35, by Stan Lee and Gene Colan, which sees Matt caught in his own web of lies. Not only does his story raise more questions than it answers, he comes across as uncaring and indifferent to his “brother’s” safety.

Matt douses Foggy in aceton and dodges questions, from Daredevil #35
Matt douses Foggy in aceton and dodges questions, from Daredevil #35

What has happened here is that the Trapster, a villain in possession of a strange sticky gum rifle, has descended on the law office, immobilizing Foggy and Karen. Matt, being blind, isn’t considered a threat and is spared the sticky gum treatment. While it’s not vital to what happens next, I should add that the reason the Trapster went to all this trouble was to obtain legal advice. Yeah.

Anyway, after the Trapster escapes through a window, Matt douses his co-workers in nail polish remover – it seems like Karen keeps quite a supply – and is urged to warn his brother Mike that the Trapster is after him. Right, I guess I forgot to mention that part. The legal advice the Trapster was seeking was whether you can be convicted of killing someone if the body is never found. He then goes on to say that the person he would like to see dead is Daredevil. Which begs the question of whether attorney-client privileges still hold even though no such has agreement has been entered into and the would-be client is basically holding the would-be lawyers at gun point. But, let’s return to Matt squirming like a worm on a hook when Foggy asks for Mike’s phone number…

Matt comes across as an unfeeling bastard in Daredevil #35
Matt comes across as an unfeeling bastard in Daredevil #35

So, Matt is trying to pull the “my brother is so secretive” routine again, claiming not to know Mike’s phone number or address. Karen claims to know that Matt has in fact been to his brother’s place so his excuses are starting to sound a little thin. A question I’d like to ask is why Matt doesn’t just fake call his brother and pretend to warn him.

Foggy and Karen leave an unfeeling Matt in Daredevil #35
Foggy and Karen leave an unfeeling Matt in Daredevil #35

Instead, due to being an idiot, Matt comes across as a complete jerk, and Karen and Foggy storm out. It is clear that Matt can’t handle two assumed identities. Moments like these, you’re surprised he can handle one. And I thought lawyers were supposed to be good liars. 😉

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.

3 comments

  1. “I never dreamed [pretending to be my own sighted, super-secretive, twin brother (whose first name is my middle name) who I also pretend is Daredevil] would lead to such embarrassing complications!” Yes, Matt, who could have predicted that would be trouble?

    And, no, attorney-client confidentiality does not require Foggy and Matt to be silent when they reasonably believe information from a client will prevent serious bodily injury or death. 🙂 (Given that this information was released to Foggy and Matt in the course of legal advice, it would almost certainly establish a limited attorney-client relationship though.)

  2. Hey! I just discovered this blog, and I wanted to thank you for putting it together. I’ve been going through looking at the TPBs, and the silver age insanity, and I’m amazed at how much research and care go into all of this. (I wish I had found that sooner. I eventually went on a spree, hunting down the single issues, because the omnibi were so confusing.) I don’t collect a lot of comics, but DD is pretty close to my heart. It’s nice to see someone else with so much passion for the character.

  3. Thanks for commenting guys! And thanks Garrett for your kind words. I do spend a lot of time on this blog and it’s always a joy to hear that people are enjoying it. Too bad it still ranks below utter garbage on Google. 😉

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