Public Domain Super Heroes

Real Name

Bart Hill

First Appearance

Silver Streak Comics #6 (Sept. 1940)

Original Publisher

Lev Gleason

Created by

Jack Binder & Don Rico


In the character's first appearance, his origin was said to have been told to the artist of the story by someone named "Captain Cook..."

The story was that, as a child, Bart Hill was witness to his parents' brutal murder. The murderer also branded Bart with a hot iron, leaving a boomerang-shaped scar on the left side of his chest. This traumatic experience left the boy mute. He trained his entire life in the art of the boomerang, eventually becoming a master boomerang marksman. He then donned a costume and took to the streets as the vigilante crime-fighter known as Daredevil.


However... It appears Captain Cook lied, for Bart Hill/Daredevil's second appearance showed him able to speak and it was later revealed that his parents were killed while in Australia, with Bart then raised by a tribe of aborigines who taught him the art of using boomerangs. As an adult, he returned to the U.S. and fought crime as Daredevil.

Public Domain Appearances[]

  • Silver Streak Comics #6-17
  • Daredevil Battles Hitler
  • Daredevil Comics #2-69, 79-80
  • Boy Comics #5


  • In Silver Streak Comics #9, Daredevil has an unnamed brother who sacrificed his life by impersonating him in order to stop the Claw. This brother was never referred to in either origin, or subsequent story since.
  • Strangely enough, Silver Streak Comics was also the comic where Dynamo Hill, whose real name was also Bart Hill, first appeared.
  • The character, renamed Death Defying 'Devil, appears in Dynamite Entertainment's Project Superpowers.
  • Daredevil, renamed Daring Devil, is played by Matt Roeling in the Legacy of the Masque web series.
  • Bart Hill/Daredevil, renamed Doubledare, is played by Andre Givogue in the 2010 film, Avenging Force: The Scarab.
  • In 2014, artist Bob Pierre created a modern reinterpretation of the character dubbed "Devil May Dare", which was subsequently released into the public domain.

See Also[]

Daredevil Yellow

original costume