The Daredevil Project: Tragedy Panel

As with most comic superheroes, there are tragic elements in Matt Murdock’s life. Poor fellow is unlucky at life, unlucky at love. This panel examines some of the most iconic art representing the low points.

John Romita, Jr. gives us the scene of Matt in the hospital after the accident with Jack Murdock. Matt literally finds himself on a ledge in David Mazzucchelli’s work during the Frank Miller period. Matt holds the shredded costume in the classic “Born Again” storyline after the Kingpin destroys his brownstone, and his entire world. Joe Quesada gives us the beaten and bloodied Daredevil clinging to the steeple of a church, and the horror of Daredevil holding a murdered Karen Page. I took the artistic license to remove the protruding billy club from her as I intended to be able to use these in settings where that might be a bit much for younger children.

This panel also has an audio as well as a visual and tactile element. The fringe at the bottom uses plastic “leaf” beads that make a sound much like that of a rain stick. I thought that appropriate for Daredevil.

Various tragic scenes from the comics.

Matt Murdock’s life is one tragedy after another.

Jack Murdock sits beside his son Matt, whose eyes are bandaged after the accident that blinded him.

Jack Murdock sits beside his injured son in the hospital

Matt, in his Daredevil costume, but without mask, sits on a ledge in the rain.

Matt sits dejectedly on a ledge in the rain.

Matt Murdock sits in the ruins of his burned out brownstone, holding the tattered remains of his costume.

Matt Murdock sits in the ruins of his burned out brownstone, holding the tattered remains of his costume.

Daredevil hangs from the cross atop the steeple of a church.

Iconic art by Joe Quesada

 A grieving Daredevil holds a dying Karen Page after she is struck by Bullseye  with DD's own billyclub.

A grieving Daredevil holds a dying Karen Page after she is struck by Bullseye with DD’s own billyclub.

Colorful and auditory fringe on the lower edge of the Tragedy panel makes the sound of falling rain.

A hand beaded fringe of plastic and metallic beads makes the sound of falling rain like a rain stick