Free Universe Characters


Golden Age Daredevil


Alias: Bart Hill
Occupation:  Crime Fighter, Media Mogul, Air Force Pilot, Spy
Group Affiliation:  The New Furies
Base of Operations:  New York
Height: 6’0”
Weight: 195 lbs.
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Blond
First Appearance: Silver Streak Comics #6 (Lev Gleason, September, 1940)
Known Creators:  Jack Binder & Jack Cole


Bart's father was a wealthy inventor and captain of industry in the United States.  During a trip to Australia, thugs, working for Bart's greedy uncle, killed his parents, in front of his eyes.  Traumatized, Bart wandered off into the outback.  There he was found by aborigines, who took him in and cared for him.  Bart spent many years with the aborigines, learning their ways and becoming a master of the boomerang.  As a teen, Bart returned to the United States, and entered high school.  He decided that in order to avenge his parents, he would become Daredevil, a fearless champion of the innocent, who would battle violent crime and corruption, starting with his uncle.

Daredevil gained celebrity for battling crime and for assisting the Allies in World War II.  He met Tonia Saunders, the love of his life, but after being targeted by several of Daredevil's enemies, and seeing her hero on the brink of death, she refused to marry him until he gave up his life as Daredevil.  He also took a group of kids known as The Little Wise Guys, under his protective wing.  Eventually, Daredevil's identity was exposed by a snoopy reporter named Kilroy.  After this, Daredevil briefly gave up his crime fighting identity to publish an idealistic newspaper called "Daredevil Press."  However, Bart eventually realized that he was still needed as Daredevil, whether his identity was known or not.

Daredevil's most persistent foe was The Claw, who Daredevil appeared to kill on more than one occasion.  Daredevil also teamed up with a number of other heroes including Silver Streak and Lance Hale.


Continuing the Story:   
The Daredevil who fought in World War II would likely have needed to retire by the 60's if he didn't settle down with Tonia before then.  One of the Little Wise Guys might have picked up the Daredevil Legacy after that, but even Pee Wee, the youngest of the group, would have needed to retire by the early 90's.


Bart's story is fairly timeless and not in need of much revision.


Equipment and Abilities:  
Daredevil was an extremely athletic and agile hero, and an extraordinary martial artist.  He carried a steel boomerang, which was powerful enough to shatter rock from 20 meters away.  Daredevil could throw the boomerang with amazing precision and usually used it to knock out or disarm opponents.  He also used it to knock things down onto opponents.  Daredevil's greatest weapon was his fearless spirit and determination.

Daredevil was also an ace fighter pilot, and during his time as a spy, demonstrated the ability to speak fluent German.  He is likely familiar with a number of other languages.

One of Daredevil's favorite tricks, was to recruit other people to wear an identical Daredevil costume, to confuse his opponents and make it appear as if he were in more than one place at a time.  Unfortunately, most of the people he recruited ended up in serious trouble.


During a climactic battle with The Claw,  it was suggested that Daredevil possessed superhuman strength and speed, though this was likely just an exaggeration intended to underscore the intensity of the battle.


Tonia Saunders
Tonia was a brave young woman who worked as an air hostess for Pacific Coast Lines. She developed a relationship with Daredevil after he literally saved her from the train tracks, when the villain known as The Bolt tried to kidnap her.   Her association with Bart led to her being kidnapped by several of his enemies, including The Claw.  This, combined with the fact that Daredevil nearly died in her arms, led Tonia to refuse any marriage proposal until Bart was willing to give up his life as Daredevil.
First Appearance:
Silver Streak Comics #7
Jock, Pee Wee, Scarecrow and Curly were a young gang of kids, mostly orphans, who Daredevil protected.  The kids knew Bart's secret, and followed him around, helping him on many of his adventures.  Bart helped to train each of them, and supplied them with boomerangs much like his own.
First Appearance:
Daredevil Comics #13
William's was Hill's butler.  He knew Daredevil's secret identity and acted as a guardian to his manner.  He may have been the same man who once served as Jock's chauffer.
Kilroy was a tenacious reporter who exposed Hill's secret, forcing him to retire as Daredevil for a short time.  Afterwards, Hill choose to forgive Kilroy and decided to use Kilroy's conviction for exposing the truth by hiring him on his new media venture, Daredevil Press, which would be dedicated to exposing crime and corruption.
First Appearance: Daredevil Comics #42
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Notes:  The name Daredevil has a well established association with the Marvel comics character of the same name who has a number of similarities to Bart Hill, including the fact that he is an agile human crime fighter in a red suit, who has a throwing weapon.  Marvel would certainly guard the trademark to that name.  The Bart Hill character has also been used by a number of other publishers using new trademarked names including, Red Devil, Double Dare, Death-Defying Devil, and a few others.  You may not use any of these names without permission.


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