|First appearance||Daredevil #92 (October, 1972)|
|Alter ego||Itto Yamura|
Highly trained martial artist and mercenary|
Wears metal gauntlets that give his hands extra-power
Blue Talon aka Itto Yamura is a fictional character, and a supervillain appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. A highly trained martial artist and mercenary, he fought with Daredevil. He was created by Gerry Conway and Gene Colan.
Blue Talon aka Itto Yamura was introduced in October 1972. He was introduced in October 1972, in Daredevil Volume 1 #92.
Fictional character biography
His personal history is unknown but he was involved in some kind of accident and defeat, which left him with scars and damaged his hands. After the accident, he left Japan, toughened his hands again with metal gauntlets and became an assassin and a mercenary.
During his mercenary career millionaire Damon Dran hired him. When Dran had the Black Widow as his prisoner (a partner of Daredevil at the time), he sent Blue Talon to kill Daredevil. Dran had overheard a news report suggesting that Matt Murdock was really Daredevil, as both were reported in San Francisco at the time and had ties with the Black Widow. Murdock panicked when he saw the news report about Daredevil and Blue Talon fighting, and rushed to the scene.
At the home that Murdock shared with the Black Widow, Blue Talon fought with a man he thought was Daredevil, but who was really the Black Panther in disguise. Matt had secretly asked Black Panther to pose as him, so that the public would not learn that Murdock was Daredevil. During the fight between Blue Talon and Black Panther, he accidentally struck and damaged a gas pipe. While Black Panther survived the blast, the resulting explosion seemingly killed the Blue Talon.
Powers and abilities
The Blue Talon is a powerful martial artist. His best techniques were deadly open-hand strikes, such as karate chops. His strikes are made even more deadly by steel plates he wears over his hands. With those, he can easily demolish a reinforced door with a single blow, or penetrate several centimeters of concrete.
- "Blue Talon (Earth-616)". Marvel Database.
- Blue Talon at the Appendix to the Handbook of the Marvel Universe
- "Daredevil Issue #92 - Volume 1 - Daredevil: The Man Without Fear". manwithoutfear.com.