The Man Without Fear has been known for his iconic look for almost 60 years. Matt Murdock’s signature red costume and horned cowl first debuted in Daredevil #7, designed by Wally Wood during his short tenure with Stan Lee as an artist. This traditional appearance of Daredevil is definitive.
However, this is far from the only Daredevil costume in Marvel Comics. Matt Murdock (or whoever holds the mantle of Daredevil at the time) has been behind the creation of multiple Daredevil costumes, each with its signature looks and utilities. Some iterations are state of the art and possess cutting-edge technology, while others are as bare bones as it gets. Overall, Daredevil owns some impressive getups.
10 His Yellow Costume Is Fundamental To The Character
This classic costume debuted in Daredevil #1 in April 1964, drawn by Bill Everett and written by Stan Lee. This original look is pivotal in Daredevil’s origin story and first appearance. A grieving Matt sows together old clothing to create his first Daredevil suit in his first outing as a superhero.
Daredevil: Yellow by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale paid homage to this moment when Matt pieces together his late father’s boxing robe, a reminder of his mission as Daredevil, which is such an awesome character detail. This costume will appear in the upcoming She-Hulk: Attorney at Law series.
9 Daredevil In Feudal Japan Is A Great Reinterpretation
This Daredevil variant was introduced in What If? Featuring Daredevil #1 (2006,) written by Rick Veitch with art by Tommy Lee Edwards. Masahiro, the son of a ronin samurai, loses his vision as an infant when his father faces Owl, a samurai enforcer of the Giant Shogun. Masahiro becomes a great warrior (“The Devil Who Dares”) and hopes to defeat the Giant Shogun. Thus, returning honor to his father.
Masahiro is dressed in a traditional gi with a men-yoroi, a samurai mask depicting a devil’s face, which strikes fear into the hearts of his opponents. The inclusion of Japanese culture and imagery is commonplace in decades of Daredevil canon, and the motifs in this What If? storyare incredible.
8 Samuel Fisk’s Daredevil Is A Technological Wonder In The Year 2099
Robert Kirkman and Steve Epting’s Daredevil 2099 #1 (2004) introduced Daredevil from the year 2099 in an alternate Marvel universe designated as Earth-2992. This version of the character is Samuel Fisk, the grandson of Wilson Fisk. Fisk is disturbed by his grandfather’s eventual triumph and murder of his longtime nemesis Daredevil. He hopes becoming a new Daredevil will bring redemption to his family’s name.
This Daredevil lacks any superhuman abilities. Instead, he relies on a high-tech suit that grants him advanced strength, speed, and durability. This allows him to destory a Sentinel with his bare hands. He also uses twin handguns that fire non-lethal rounds instead of Daredevil’s traditional billy clubs. Together, Fisk keeps Hell’s Kitchen safer with all those wonderful toys.
7 Marvel 1602’s Matt Murdoch Was A Swashbuckling Hero For A Different Era
Neil Gaiman, Andy Kubert, and Richard Isanove presented the Marvel Universe in an Elizabethan reality with Marvel 1602 in 2003. This version of Matt Murdock (or Matthew Murdoch) is also sight-impaired and possesses the same abilities as his mainstream counterpart. However, this Matt operates as a balladeer and mercenary instead of a lawyer, working for spy master Nicholas Fury in secret.
1602’s Matthew Murdoch is dressed in plain red attire for the time, a blindfold, and a lute. His outfit is impressive due to his unassuming appearance. This “wolf in sheep’s clothing” approach is proof of Matt’s cunning, no matter which century he exists.
6 His Armored Costume Was ’90s Battle Chic
Character and costume designs from the 1990s were truly larger than life. Characters traditionally clad in spandex were fitted with armor, pouches, and so many pockets. Daredevil was not immune to this trend. A darker and armored costume debuted in Daredevil #321 by D.G. Chichester and Scott McDaniel. Matt’s previous encounter with Silver Sable and the Wild Pack had left his red costume in tatters.
This became Daredevil’s standard look through Daredevil #341 by J.M. DeMatteis and Ron Wagner. This protective suit proved helpful against Infinity War doppelganger Hellspawn, impressively withstanding attacks from Daredevil’s supernatural counterpart. Matt switched back to his red costume once this armored one was destroyed in battle.
5 A Truly Noir Daredevil Is Just As Cool As It Sounds
Introduced in 2009, Marvel Noir placed the Marvel Universe in the gritty settings of 1930s pulp. Daredevil Noir, by Alexander Irving and Tomm Coker, was an easy transition considering the hard-boiled nature of Daredevil. This Matt Murdock grew up on streets of Hell’s Kitchen as a street performer. He now serves as the meek assistant to private investigator Foggy Nelson, an ironic twist on the dynamic between the two.
This Daredevil costume is consistent with stage apparel of vaudeville performers of the time, a nod to his experiences as a performer himself. A mask with exaggerated devil horns strikes fear in the killers he brings to justice, complete with theatrical eyebrow expressions that are really cool.
4 Daredevil: Father Showcased Matt Murdock’s Determination
Daredevil: Father, written and drawn by Joe Quesada, pits Daredevil head-to-head against metahumans known as The Santerians while a serial killer known as Johnny Sockets terrorizes Hell’s Kitchen. Matt is badly beaten and injured by The Santerians in their first encounter. However, beatings have never stopped him before.
The second time Matt faces The Santerians, he’s dressed in traditional samurai training equipment known as a bogu in kendo. This extra protection helps his freshly broken ribs in the conflict. Matt still struggles to fight The Santerians, but his tenacity earns their favor. This is impressive because it exhibits Matt’s ingenuity when faced with brutal adversity, a staple of the character. The fans love to root for an underdog.
3 Daredevil In The Avengers Of The Undead Is Actually From Hell
The Avengers of the Undead first appeared in Secret Avengers #33 (2012) and reside in the alternate universe Earth-666. The team consists of a mummified Thor, Frankencastle, Werewolf Captain America, and a Daredevil that seemed to be a literal devil. This version of Earth is only inhabited by the undead.
While not technically a costume, this was a very creative way to depict Daredevil. This version of Daredevil is more reminiscent of Hellboy than the more sinister appearing Hellspawn doppelganger. However, it’s spectacular as imagery and surely warrants more of a backstory. Fans would surely love to see more of this Daredevil in action
2 His The Hand Outfit Reflected His Evil Betrayal Of Doctor Strange
Doctor Strange has taken many forms. What If? #83 (1996) by Mike Baron and Rafael Kayanan changes Doctor Strange’s origin story and Daredevil’s. Doctor Stephen Strange trains with The Chaste after his debilitating injury instead of The Ancient One, eventually taking on young Matt Murdock as a pupil. Matt then joins The Hand, betraying Doctor Strange.
This version of Matt’s costume is an amalgam of traditional The Hand garb with the signature horns fixed on the mask, giving it a spectacular appearance. The questionable morality of this Matt Murdock gives the character a sinister look more tied to Shredder from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles than Daredevil. Matt can totally pull off an antagonistic costume.
1 His Costume In Shadowland Showcased Matt’s Dark Side
In Shadowland, by Andy Diggle, Antony Johnston, and Marco Checchetto, Daredevil has found himself the leader of his assassin adversaries The Hand. Matt sees this as an opportunity to use their forces for good and for the protection of Hell’s Kitchen, so he sets their base there. His peers and allies begin questioning his intentions when Matt becomes more violent, beginning with the murder of his arch nemesis Bullseye.
This version of his costume reflects the darkness that is beginning to take over Matt Murdock. Its black appearance camouflages Daredevil with the shadows, also representing his corrupted soul. He fights using sharp blades on his wrists, conveying this Daredevil is deadlier and more badass than ever.