Posted Friday, February 5th, 2021 by Barry

Daredevil (1964) 168

It’s no accident National Wear Red Day is celebrated in February. American Heart Month goes all 28 days – 29 when an election is brewing – and Feb. 14 is Valentine’s Day; maybe most associated with the heart – and red.

National Wear Red Day is celebrated the first Friday in February. Wearing of the scarlet color is to bring attention to heart disease awareness as the leading cause of death for Americans.

Rather than Jeff or I donning some embarrassing adult diapers with curly wigs, we’ll recall a bittersweet romance rekindled and snuffed by revenge.

As evidenced from the comic book cover today, Daredevil and Elektra are our sweethearts.

Daredevil (1964) 168

Stan Lee, Bill Everett and, to some extent, Jack Kirby, created the Man Without Fear. He debuted in his own title cover dated April 1964. Alter ego Matt Murdock would continue to star in his own book, but the character never advanced beyond minor status in the Marvel Universe.

That is until up and coming writer/artist Frank Miller, already penciling the book, settled into the driver’s seat.

For the first time in existence, Daredevil was cool. He was sleek and sexy.

To compliment the hero, Miller gave him a mate. Not just any woman, but a former lover from Murdock’s college days: Elektra Natchios.

The ill-fated romance died on the vine when she and her father, Hugo Kostas Natchios, were kidnapped by terrorists. Hugo was killed in a botched attempt to rescue both.

Elektra left shortly after.

When Matt is reunited with her in issue 168, she has become an assassin for the Kingpin. Her weapon of choice is a pair of sai. She and Daredevil become lovers – again – only to die on the ends of her own weapons at the hands of Bullseye in issue 181.

Elektra proved a fan favorite and was soon brought back – to life. Since then, she has starred and guest starred throughout the Marvel U. In 2005 Jennifer Garner portrayed her in a self-titled movie as a sequel to the Daredevil movie from 2003. A decade later, Elektra played a major role in Netflix’s season two of Daredevil.

Miller’s muse for the Greek national is based on myths by Sophocles and Euripides. The character’s vengeful soul mirrors Miller’s creation. All live on in their own tragedies of others makings.

Don’t let this day go by without doing something to remember the tragedies that can become our own without proper care. Work the red; be a symbol of prevention rather than a statistic.

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