Matt Murdock’s first move to San Francisco

Dec 5, 2013

Matt Murdock’s first move to San Francisco

Dec 5, 2013

Hello all! It’s been a little over a week now since we found out that Daredevil will be relaunched under the Marvel NOW! banner in March, still in the capable hands of Mark Waid, Chris Samnee, Javier Rodríguez, and Joe Caramagna. We also learned that the new title would see the main character move to San Francisco. Due to reasons that should reveal themselves as we head into the home stretch of the current run (which ends with February’s Daredevil #36), Matt will presumably have no other choice than to uproot his life in the Big Apple and head west.

Since the news first broke, Mark Waid and Chris Samnee have given several interviews that I suspect many of you have read already (I’ve personally posted links to all of them on the TOMP Facebook page), but I will also link to them here. As you may recall, the news broke November 25 with an interview by The next day, there were no fewer than four follow-up interviews in various places, such as CBR, Newsarama, IGN, and, of course, The interview is interesting in that Mark Waid just comes out and tell us what he’s thinking in terms of which cast member(s) will make the trip with Matt to San Francisco. So, if you don’t want to know, don’t read it! Although it may just be a massive misdirection. 😉

Anyway, for this post, I really just wanted to share with you the first pages from Daredevil’s previous move to San Francisco which took place in Daredevil #87 (volume 1), by Gerry Conway and Gene Colan, published in the spring of 1972.

To anyone who might shrug off this move with a “meh, he’s already lived in San Francisco, it’s repetitive” I’ll have you note that most readers (including yours truly) were not even born the last time he lived there. Sure, many Daredevil readers will have read these issues before, but I’d be willing to bet that the vast majority of the current readership have not. However, the fact that Matt does have some previous experience with the city will hopefully make its way into the stories in interesting ways. Heck, the current creative team even had us relive Matt’s lecture on aliens at Carter College, so I’m sure they’ll have tons of fun with this one, digging up worthwhile things from the past and making excellent use of continuity.

A couple of interesting things to note about he pages below: The second page features a rare instance of Matt actively generating a sound to get a better sense of his surroundings. Also, the fact that Matt and Natasha moved in together without being married was actually kind of a big deal at the time. Conway makes sure to point out that the two will not be sharing a room, or even the same floor!

Matt and Natasha pull up to their new house, from Daredevil #87 by Gerry Conway and Gene Colan
Matt and Natasha explore the house, from Daredevil #87 by Gerry Conway and Gene Colan
Daredevil atop the Golden Gate bridge, from Daredevil #87 by Gerry Conway and Gene Colan


  1. WK Nolen

    you’re absolutely right about that. I was born less than six months later, but, I hadn’t ever read it. and I’ve been a longstanding DD fan since I was a teenager. So, this move, to me, is interesting and fresh, whilst retaining a bit of nostalgia.
    I like that fact that you mention the flashback to the lecture – I absolutely *love* that Waid and Samnee are putting in continuity like that. It’s really nice to have a sense of DD not being “Miller’s DD” or “Waid’s DD”, but rather a character that’s got a long string of experiences that all tie in together to make him who he is.

    One thing I’ve been wondering, though – having spent time in San Francisco (where I study for a Master’s of Illustration at AAU), I can’t help but wonder how Matt is going to deal with the notorious San Francisco fog! Especially when I saw the shot of him high atop the bridge … the Bay is sometimes swathed with a blanket so thick one can’t see 100 feet! That’s *gotta* deaden sound, right?
    Thanks for a great article!

  2. Isaac

    It would be a great opportunity for Foggy and Matt to come out of the closet. Come on, I don’t remember Foggy going out with any girl after his divorce. I hope Mark Waid is bold enough! 🙂

  3. Matt

    So nice to have a Daredevil series that doesn’t revel in destroying Matt Murdock or imitating Frank Miller. As a fan of pre-Miller Daredevil, the new tone is a dream come true. And the art is top-notch.

  4. Isaac

    And nevertheless, there are hardcore Waid haters. And also Samnee haters. Too cartony, bla, bla, bla. And the funny thing is that I haven’t seen anyone so capable in a Eineresque way to really tell a story in drawings since Miller. I’m not meaning only the drawings or the story, but the size of the panels, the way they are distributed, and things like that. It’s quite unusual. Samnee is extraordinary.

  5. Roger

    I’ve never read the San Francisco’s old issues (I started Daredevil with Miller’s ones), but the first word that came to my mind after reading about Murdock going West was: WIdow. After all the series was called then Daredevil and the Black WIdow. For my Mrs Romanova is as important for Murdock as Elektra or Karen Page, so I hope we will see her around soon.


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