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Drawing Crazy Patterns – Daredevil’s Dead Girlfriends

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Drawing Crazy Patterns – Daredevil’s Dead Girlfriends

In this feature, I spotlight five scenes/moments from within comic book stories that fit under a specific theme (basically, stuff that happens frequently in comics). Here is an archive of all the patterns we’ve spotlighted so far.

This week, in honor of Daredevil’s new TV series, let’s take a look at Matt (Daredevil) Murdock’s dead girlfriends!

One of the most dangerous things to do in the Marvel Universe is date Matt Murdock. We’ll take a look at all of his dead girlfriends, beginning with their first appearances, then when they started dating, then when they broke up and finally when they met their sad fate. I’ll go in chronological order from their first appearance.

1. Karen Page

“The love of Matt Murdock’s life” is a tough battle between Karen Page and Elektra. I personally lean towards Karen. She debuted in the first issue of Daredevil (written by Stan Lee and Bill Everett, with art by Everett and Steve Ditko).

Matt and Karen’s courtship was weeeeeird. They were not even really dating when Matt first decides he’s going to marry her…

He never actually gets around to proposing to her, but she reveals (via inner monologues) that she DOES love him. Which is fair enough, except she apparently has already given him photos SAYING it (which is a bit of an odd thing to give a blind guy, but whatever)!

They keep breaking up over dumb reasons…

Until finally, in Daredevil #57, Karen learns his secret identity…

They get engaged the next issue…

But when he doesn’t quit being Daredevil, she just snubs him. Total silent treatment. it is kind of insane. No one actually acts like this…

She eventually goes to Los Angeles and pursues an acting career. She returns one last time and she and Matt get engaged again, but in Daredevil #86, she leaves (seemingly for good), as writer Gerry Conway just wanted the path clear for Matt and Black Widow to hook up…

So Karen is out of the book (except for one short appearance 70 issues or so later) until she shows up in Born Again, having sold Matt’s secret identity for drugs. They reunite in Daredevil #231…

And they remain an on again/off again couple throughout the rest of Volume 1. In Volume 2 (by Kevin Smith, Joe Quesada and Jimmy Palmiotti), she is tricked into believing she is HIV positive. Then, in Daredevil Vol.2 #5, she is murdered by Bullseye using Daredevil’s own billy club…

2. Heather Glenn

Heather Glenn debuted in Daredevil #126 (written by Marv Wolfman and drawn by Bob Brown and Klaus Janson)

She pursued Matt, and eventually he relents…

They eventually just became a normal, ordinary couple…

Until she learns his secret identity when he gets involved in her father seemingly being framed as a bad guy. Her father kills himself (Karen ALSO learned Matt’s identity in a case involving her father. Weird) and she blames Matt…

She gets over it, though, and she is Matt’s girlfriend throughout Frank Miller’s first run on Daredevil, until Foggy and Black Widow actually TRICK THEM into breaking off their engagement because Foggy knows that they are bad for each other (specifically Matt is sort of blackmailing Heather into marrying him)…

Denny O’Neil later had Heather descend into alcoholism. He used her as a drunk friend to Tony Stark. Anyhow, in Daredevil #220, she approaches Matt….

And later in the issue, she kills herself…

3. Elektra Natchios

Elektra first showed up in Frank Miller’s first issue of Daredevil as the writer, #168 (pencils by Miller, inks by Janson)…

We flashback and see how Matt and Elektra fell in love in college and why they broke up….

In Daredevil #181, Elektra is murdered by Bullseye…

She is later brought back from the dead a couple of times.

Go to the next page for the last two (including probably the worst death of all of Matt’s girlfriends)!

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