is a fictional character, an American comic book superhero that starred
in popular comics from Lev Gleason Publications during the 1930s–1940s
period historians and fans call the Golden Age of comic books.
The character is a separate and unrelated
entity from Marvel Comics' Daredevil. Although the original Daredevil
ceased to appear in original stories by the end of the decade, the character
nonetheless had an enduring impact on generations of comics creators
influenced by the gritty, anything-goes storytelling of its most prominent
writer-artist, Charles Biro.
This original Daredevil was created
by Jack Binder for an eight-page backup feature in Lev Gleason Publications'
Silver Streak #6 (Sept. 1940). Editor Jack Cole, who would create the
classic Plastic Man a year later, revamped the character in the next
issue and pitted him against Silver Streak's lead character, the villainous
Claw, for a five-issue battle that made Daredevil a star. The final
installment was written by Don Rico, who would write the character through
Silver Streak #17 (Dec. 1941).