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Abandoned Love: Daredevil is Matt Murdock! No, He Isn’t! Wait, Yes He Is! No, Wait, No He Isn’t!

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Abandoned Love: Daredevil is Matt Murdock! No, He Isn’t! Wait, Yes He Is! No, Wait, No He Isn’t!

Every installment of Abandoned Love we will be examining comic book stories, plots and ideas that were abandoned by a later writer without explaining that the previous story was retconned away. Click here for an archive of all the previous editions of Abandoned Love. Feel free to e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com if you have any suggestions for future editions of this feature.

Today, we take a look at the roller coaster ride that is Daredevil’s secret identity!

Few characters have had quite the same ups and downs when it comes to their secret identity as Matt Murdock, the man without fear known as Daredevil.

The first time Matt’s secret identity was exposed was when Spider-Man figured it out when they fought in an early issue of Daredevil, then Spidey wrote a letter to Matt telling him he was pretty sure he was Daredevil. However, Karen Page and Foggy Nelson opened up the letter and confront Matt about this issue. This leads to Matt coming up with the most logical solution to the problem possible, as we see in Daredevil #25, by Stan Lee, Gene Colan and Frank Giacoia), when he decides to pretend to have a twin brother who is Daredevil….

Having now written himself into an absurd corner, Matt has to continue this ridiculous fiction, but luckily for him, Foggy and Karen are two of the most gullible people alive, so we get the following…

I covered this whole bizarre (but awesome) period in Daredevil’s life here. It’s bonkers – but in a good way.

Okay, “Mike Murdock” is eventually killed off.

Now decades later, Ben Urich, who had figured out Daredevil’s secret identity (which he has kept secret), has his computer files stolen by his slimy former assistant, who leaks the information to a slimy newspaper and Daredevil’s secret identity is out (this is during the Fall From Grace storyline by D.G. Chichester, Scott McDaniel and Hector Collazo…I featured the whole thing in an old Remember to Forget)…

However, when she tries to get the cops to Matt’s apartment to prove he’s Daredevil, he’s ready for her, and she now looks like a fool.

Ben then furthers his revenge by getting her arrested because she broke into his computer files to get his notes. She ends the story in jail.

Even though his identity is secret once again, Matt still decides to use a handy doppelganger (from the then-recent Infinity War crossover) to fake his death…

So yep, Matt uses this as an excuse to fake his death…

and take up the new secret identity of Jack Batlin, a play on his father’s Battling Jack nickname. He worked as a sort of “good” con man…

He returned as Matt after a couple of years (this is when Foggy learned his secret identity).

Okay, we haven’t even gotten to the first REALLY big reveal yet! Go to the next page to see how Brian Michael Bendi and Alex Maleev “outed” Daredevil…

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