Occupation: Crime Fighter, Media Mogul, Air Force Pilot, Spy
Group Affiliation: The New Furies
Base of Operations: New York
Weight: 195 lbs.
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
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 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
THE LITTLE WISE GUYS
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
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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