Daredevil made his debut in issue #6 of Silver Streak, published by Lev Gleason Publications, in September 1940. This character should not be confused with Marvel Comics' Daredevil who appeared much later in 1964.

Daredevil was created by Jack Binder, but the person who is most associated with the character, is the comic book great Charles Biro.

In the first issue Daredevil's alter-ego is Bart Hill, who as a child witnessed the murder of his father during which he was branded with an iron. This experience left him mute. When he grew up he was an expert shot with a boomerang, a weapon the same shape as the scar on his chest, from the earlier branding incident. In later issues Hill was no longer mute.

In July 1941 Daredevil was given his own title, issue #1 was titled 'Daredevil Battles Hitler'. This issue was written and partially drawn by Charles Biro. In issue #18 Biro altered the origins of Bart Hill and placed his childhood as being spent in the Australian Outback living with aborigines.

Charles Biro would make the character his own for the next 16 years. His work on Daredevil is considered one of the high points of the Golden Age of Comic Books.


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