The Original Daredevil (Icons Writeup)

aka Bart Hill

Prowess 4
Coordination 5
Strength 4
Intellect 4
Awareness 5
Willpower 5

Stamina 9

*Razor-Edged Boomerangs 4

Athletics (Expert +2 bonus), Investigation (+1 bonus), Martial Arts (Expert +2 bonus), Weapons – Boomerangs (Master +3 bonus)

*Daring, Death-Defying ‘Devil
*Mentor to the Little Wise Guys
*A man of two lands – America and the Australian Outback


Bart Hill traveled with his parents to Australia and he quickly fell in love with the varied wildlife and landscapes. Witnessing his parent’s murder while on the trip, the young Hill uttered an oath that would define the rest of his life: “I swear to devote my time on Earth to make crime pay for the death of my mother and father.” He was adopted by a tribe of Aborigines, who taught him how to master the boomerang.

Eventually returning to the United States, Hill became famous as Daredevil, living up to his oath by facing down dozens of costumed foes – most notable amongst his enemies was The Claw. He somewhat begrudgingly became the caretaker for a group of youths known as the Little Wise Guys, splitting his time between helping the kids and trying to discourage them from following him on adventures. The character was eventually pushed out of his own book by the popularity of the Little Wise Guys!

I’ve always loved this character and even used him in a supporting role in my Broken Empire novel. Erik Larsen has brought him back in his Savage Dragon series and the character has also been revived by Dynamite Comics as part of their Project: Superpowers line. It’s worth mentioning that in his first appearance he was rendered mute by the shock of losing his parents but by his second appearance, this had been disregarded. If you could come up with a way for Daredevil to still be around in the modern-day or if you wanted to make a generational character, he’d make a great addition to a superhero campaign.

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