Jack Murdock (comics)

Jack Murdock
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance Daredevil #1 (April 1964)
Created by Stan Lee (writer)
Bill Everett (artist)
In-story information
Full name Jonathan Murdock
Species Human
Place of origin Earth
Partnerships Maggie Murdock
Notable aliases Jack Murdock, Battlin Jack, The Devil, Kid Murdock,
  • Trained athlete
  • Professional boxer
  • Stamina

Jack Murdock is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. He is the father of Matt Murdock known as the superhero Daredevil and the ex-husband of Maggie Murdock.

Publication history

Jack Murdock first appeared in Daredevil #1 and was created by Stan Lee and Bill Everett

Fictional character biography

Born Jonathan Murdock, he went by Jack for short, and lived an average life in New York. He eventually met and fell in love with a woman named Maggie Grace, which led to the birth of a son, Matt. Although their life was good together, Maggie eventually divorced him, and went on to join a convent, becoming a nun.

Jack didn't want Matt growing up hating his mother for leaving them and decided to tell him she died when he was little, from then on Jack raised Matt as a single parent by becoming a boxer and doing the best he could to support him.[1][2][3][4]

As time went by Jack found it hard to support his son on boxing alone and ended up going to a local mobster named Roscoe Sweeney, known as the "Fixer" because he fixed boxing matches to make money off of them. Jack made an agreement with him, Jack would be one of his enforcers' and in return Sweeney would fix his fights so that Jack would win and make more money.[5][6][7][8][9][10][11]

While roughing up someone for money to give to the Fixer, Matt accidentally saw Jack and fled from the scene' being shocked from what he saw. At the same time' Matt got into a car accident, when he saved an old blind man from getting hit by a truck carrying radioactive chemicals.

Matt became blind by the chemicals himself and developed superhuman-senses. Heartbroken by what he put his son through, Jack vowed to never work for the Fixer again and helped Matt adjust to his blindness unaware of his powers.

Matt soon entered college and law school, studying to become a lawyer, while Jack continued to be a boxer. Unfortunately Jack soon became involved with Roscoe Sweeney again when he returned into town; Sweeney revealed that Jack actually still worked for him' by showing him that all the fights he won over the years were the result of Sweeney fixing his matches so that Jack would win and he could make more money off him in return.[12][13][14][15][16][17]

But this time was different, Sweeney wanted Jack to take the fall this time so that they could both benefit from it offering to pay him in exchange. Jack reluctantly accepted the deal, but as soon as the fight started' Jack saw Matt in the crowd cheering him on. Knowing he couldn't disappoint his son, Jack rebelled against the Fixer's order's and won the fight with all his might in Matt's honor.[18][19]

Unfortunately Sweeney became angered by this' and in retaliation he had Slade and the rest of his men ambush Jack outside the gym when he tried to leave later that night, killing Jack in the process as revenge for refusing to do as the Fixer told him. After which his son Matt Murdock put his powers and training to use as the crime-fighter Daredevil and brought his father's killers to justice.[20][21][22]

Since then Jack Murdock has appeared in flashbacks throughout Matt's life as Daredevil.

Alternate Versions


Jack Murdock maintains the same role in the Ultimate Comics as he does in the 616 continuity.

Powers and abilities

Jack Murdock had no superhuman abilities, but he was a trained athlete and professional boxer with good stamina which he continued to maintain even as he grew older.

In other media






  1. Daredevil Vol 2 #-1
  2. Daredevil Vol 1 #1
  3. Daredevil Vol 1 #53
  4. Daredevil Vol 1 #156
  5. Daredevil Vol 1 #164
  6. Daredevil Vol 1 #177
  7. Daredevil Vol 1 #191
  8. Daredevil Vol 1 #200
  9. Daredevil Vol 1 #235
  10. Daredevil Vol 1 #260
  11. Daredevil Vol 1 #362
  12. Daredevil Vol 2 #0.5
  13. Daredevil Vol 2 #7
  14. Daredevil Vol 2 #58
  15. Daredevil Vol 2 #83
  16. Daredevil Vol 2 #91
  17. Daredevil Vol 2 #500
  18. Daredevil Vol 3 #17
  19. Daredevil Vol 3 #28
  20. Daredevil Vol 4 #1.50
  21. Daredevil Vol 4 #6
  22. Daredevil Vol 4 #7

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