I admit, I’m a big fan of Daredevil’s costume. It’s simple and bold at the same time, and it gives our hero a distinctly sophisticated look. Even out of costume, Matt Murdock is a good dresser. He wears the kind of fancy suits you would expect of a New York lawyer, and only looks less than polished when he goes nuts over some random tragedy and forgets to shave.

The scene below, from Daredevil #41, by Stan Lee and Gene Colan, sees Matt obviously distressed at the tears in his costume (the result of literally dragging himself out some kind of time shift) and complaining about what this might do to his image. Very metrosexual about forty years early. And, very much in character. Keep up the look, Matt! You’re still rocking it…

Matt inspects his costume, Daredevil #41Matt swings away to change, Daredevil #41

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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. “and only looks less than polished when he goes nuts over some random tragedy and forgets to shave”
    Harsh, harsh but fair. They do like to let the ginger beard tell a story all its own. Great little post, it’s these little things about old comics that always crack me up.

  2. look, one of Colan’s trademarks: “DD swinging with legs joined and extended”, recognizable by the lenght of his feet exceeding a meter.

  3. One of the joys of the Lee/Colan Daredevil was that DD didn’t take himself too seriously. He took doing the JOB seriously, but not himself. This take on the character disappeared over time, and we wouldn’t see it again until Karl Kesel took over the monthly book decades later. But of all the Silver Age Marvel heroes, DD was the one who thought that being a superhero was a BLAST. It was like, “Yeah, yeah, Standard origin, father murdered by criminals, swear vengence, track down and punish them….okay, now that we’re through that, let’s have some FUN!!”

    One of DD’s more endearing traits during this time was a sort of self-deprecating, almost self-parodic humor. He wasn’t afraid to laugh at himself. Thus in this scene my take on it is that he’s not really hugely embarrassed by the torn costume. But it bothers him a just a bit. He’s vain. So he laughs at himself about it.

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