This page showcases various storylines that have been left dangling due to
factors... if you know of any more 'Untold Tales' of Daredevil, please let
Daredevil was Ronin
Originally, the mysterious Ronin who joined the New Avengers was supposed
to be Daredevil. After it was revealed that Ronin was Echo, Bendis denied
that a switch was made and Echo was always going to be Ronin.
Then, years later, Bendis finally admitted it in the introduction of the
New Avengers Omnibus.
Bendis had told a reporter this DD/Ronin information in confidence, but
the reporter revealed it in an article. Bendis then thought with Ed
Brubaker coming onto the title, DD as Ronin wouldn't work anyway, so Echo
"New York Underground" by Warren
Writer Warren Ellis was working on a novel featuring Daredevil entitled
"Daredevil: New York Underground" and was scheduled to come out in 2000.
Unfortunately, due to reasons that are still unknown, the book never was
Submitted and written by Sean W. Luck
The following information was taken from Daredevil vol. 1, issues 326-332,
After Matt Murdock's untimely "demise" Karen Page, still grieving from
loss, is approached by two movie producers, Jim and Artie O'Farell, from
porn star past wanting to draw her back in with the familiar promises of
money and fame. The bait the O'Farell brothers had on their hook this
was virtual porn. The power of interactive media meets the original sin.
The brothers handed Karen a CD-Rom. Disgusted, angered and ashamed of what
she was seeing she hit her computer throwing the disk askew and revealing
horrible sight: A young girl--too young, no more than 12 or 13-- and
adult, hands grasping and groping their way toward her. The scene is one
described as raw and ugly. She vows to find whoever -- whatever -- did
girl and make them pay.
The police are no help though. They have problems of their own and, unable
to repeat the glitch, there's no evidence of the child Karen saw.
willing or able to give up, Karen puts an ad in the paper for a private
investigator. The results are less than spectacular until...
John Garrett, rogue SHEILD cyborg, has a new lease on life thanks to the
Hand's magic and Nick Fury's willingness to disobey the orders for the
cyborg's termination. Unable to find any kind of work through normal
he turns to the newspapers' classifieds.
It's an odd match -- truly Beauty and the Beast -- and who knows what D.
Chichester had in mind for the duo. Would it be Karen and Garrett alone or
would they receive some behind-the-scenes help? Sadly readers will never
know what was intended for Karen, Matt, and New York's favorite psychotic
Ann Nocenti was supposed to return to writing DD with this annual. However, it quickly
became apparent that it wasn't going to come out. It was delayed and then ultimately
canceled due to low orders. At least that's the official reason. Check out my interview with Ann Nocenti
for more info on
Miller and Simonson on
After Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli completed their Born Again arc
in DD#227-233, Frank Miller was going to work with Walt Simonson on a
two-part story for issues #235-236. Dr. Strange was going to guest-star in
this story. Only
the first half was ever written. I
own a copy of this script (and for many reasons I cannot post it on my
site...). You can read my interview with Walt
where he discusses
this story and why it didn't happen.
Dan Chichester and Paul Ryan were planning to do a four issue limited series with
Daredevil in the
1800's called Original Sin. Due to some editorial changes at Marvel, the project was
and once again DD was never given any chance to shine. Check out my interview with Dan Chichester
Daredevil as a West Coast Avenger?
Steve Englehart was originally going
to take over writing Daredevil after Born Again, and he had plans on
moving Daredevil to San Fransisco and make him a member of the West Coast
Avengers. Due to editorial problems, Englehart did not become the regular
writer (this job went to Ann Nocenti) and DD stayed in New York. You can
read my interview with Steve Englehart
explains why he didn't take on the writing chores. Englehart ended up
writing one issue under the name John Harkness.
So what happened to Blackcrow?
Introduced during Denny O'Neil's run, Blackcrow was supposed to 'save'
Daredevil from some upcoming doom. This story didn't materialize, as Frank
Miller came back to the series for Born Again and O'Neil left.
Check out my interview with Denny O'Neil
more info on Blackcrow.
Matt Murdock, mayor of New York!
Karl Kesel had been waiting for approval on an idea to make Matt Murdock
mayor of New York. Eventually the idea was nixed by editorial, due to the
problems this would have across many of the Marvel titles.
Check out former editor James Felder's interview
where he talks about this.
Look! Up in the sky!
During Marv Wolfman's run, a mysterious figure appeared in the sky named
'Skywalker' who was observing DD's fight with Death-Stalker. It appeared
this character would become important later on. But he never showed up
again. You can check out my interview with
to find out why.
Daredevil and Iron Man, together in
the same magazine
Both of these comics were selling poorly, so there had been plans in the
70's to combine the two characters into a shared title. Thankfully this plan never
Daredevil and Lightning the Super Dog!
In the 80's, there was a proposal for a Daredevil cartoon, where DD would be helped in
fighting by his sidekick, Lightning the Super Dog! Check out my cartoon
page to see some scans of the cartoon.
So, where have they gone?
Nyla? Grotto? Fatboys? This list could go on...
If you have any 'Untold Tales' of Daredevil, please drop me a line and
I'll post them here.