As anyone who’s spent time reading Daredevil
knows, the shadow of Matt Murdock’s father, “Battlin’” Jack Murdock, former boxer and former mob enforcer still looms large in his son’s life. An June, Jack’s life becomes the subject of its own four issue miniseries, in Daredevil: Battlin' Jack Murdock
, co-written by Zeb Wells and Carmine Di Giandomenico, and illustrated by Di Giandomenico.
As a refresher, Jack Murdock was Matt’s single parent who raised the boy in Hell’s Kitchen. A rough man by nature and trade, it was Jack who pushed Matt toward a better life, one filled with books and education, rather than fists and bandages. Feeling that his life as a two-bit boxer was nothing to emulate, Jack forbade his son to undertake any kind of physical training.
After Matt’s accident which left him blind, but gave him super-powers, Jack’s career continued its spiral, pushing him towards work as a mob enforcer for the Fixer. In exchange for his work, the Fixer engineered a comeback for Jack, rigging fights to allow the aging fighter one last shot at glory. Ultimately, Jack’s pride gets the best of him, and, on the night of the title fight, he refuses to take a dive, and wins by a knockout. The victory was short-lived, as the Fixer had Jack killed for disobeying him.
Many creators who've worked on Daredevil
at Marvel have touched upon Jack, as well as his relationship with his son.
The miniseries will by the Italian artist's third American work with Marvel, following Vegas
(written by Karl Kesel) and What If? Captain America
in 2005, which re-cast Cap during the American Civil War.
is a story about the relationship between Jack Murdock, a failed boxer turned mob enforcer, and his son, Matthew Murdock, the boy who would one day become Daredevil,” said editor Warren Simons of the project.
“The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree however, and like Matt -- who grew up to become both a lawyer and
a vigilante -- Jack Murdock was a man of extraordinary contradictions. As a mob enforcer, Jack worked in a world where his fists were his only currency, but he saw a better life for his son through education, and he raised Matthew a bookworm, forbidding him from fighting under any circumstances.
“And from his work as a mob enforcer to the accident which blinded Matthew to his last fight, this story will be told from Jack’s point of view, illuminating this tragic and compelling figure in the Marvel Universe and the amazing legacy he left behind.”
Art shown below is from preliminary stages.