DAREDEVIL #173

DAREDEVIL #173

Human moments with non-super-heroes like this are what distinguished Miller’s Daredevil from what came earlier.  Daredevil was always a little different from other books in that it really focused on the intersection between super- and secret-identity.  Spider-Man focused on Peter Parker, and his need to keep a secret.  Batman focused pretty much exclusively on Batman–Bruce was just a thing that filled space between Batventures.  Clark Kent was pretty much the same.   The Fantastic Four didn’t have secret IDs.  Bruce Banner, like Parker, was tormented by his super-ID.

But Daredevil really folded the two personae, even right from the start.  There were those awkward times when Matt “died” and “Mike Murdock” was created, but even those stories showed a real need for Murdock to be “public.”  He reveals his identity to every chick he dates.  He’s clearly a publicity whore.

It’s a real cool concept, and Miller begins to exploit it thoroughly.  Brian Michael Bendis would tell the definitive tale about it, but he couldn’t have done it without Miller’s foundation.

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