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But, as I said, he was still an interesting hero to me. As a child, Matt Murdock was blinded by radioactive gunk that fell from a truck. It's always something radioactive, isn't it? Anyway, his remaining senses are heightened to a point where they are beyond the normal limits of we humans. Hearing, touch and a type of radar echolocation. And with these powers comes preternatural strength, agility and accuracy. A little martial training and...BAM! He's a superhero. But those strengths also have their inherent weaknesses as he has become extra sensitive to loud noises, odors and other physical experiences. So a dark hero with flaws. Yeah, that was pretty cool to a young Earl.
Daredevil #131 in March of 1976 introduced audiences to what would become one of Daredevil's greatest arch-enemies in Bullseye. Bullseye was a psychotic killer who's main "talent" was his extraordinary aim. Combined with peak physical training, it allowed him to use virtually any item as an instrument of death. Even an ordinary playing card. He became the Omega to Daredevil's Alpha. A complete moral opposite. Someone that Matt Murdock could have become with his heightened abilities if he had no scruples or ethical need to help the helpless. Several years after his introduction, he would become one of the central figures in one of the best-written comic-book storylines of all time. A storyline that was bastardized in that awful Ben Affleck movie from a few years back. Ugh.
I didn't keep any of the comic-books I had when I was a kid. They were either thrown out or given away as Middle School turned into High School. But when I started reading and collecting again in my mid-20's, Daredevil #131 was one of the first back issues I hunted down. I went through a "first appearance" phase soon afterward, even finding the first (and only) appearance of another Marvel assassin named Bullseye in Nick Fury, Agent of SHIELD #15, originally published in November of 1969. But that wasn't the same character. He was just a guy with a gun in a silly suit.
And he didn't offer the flip-side perspective to Daredevil that the real (hehe) Bullseye offered. And Marvel, especially during the Silver Age and into the 1970's, loved their little morality plays. So did their fans.
I certainly did.