Vote 2020 graphic
Everything you need to know about and expect during
the most important election of our lifetimes

The Worst Superhero Cartoon You've Never Seen

Illustration for article titled The Worst Superhero Cartoon Youve Never Seen

Click to viewFrom Roger Ramjet to Super Friends, it seems that as long as there have been superheroes, there have been bad superhero cartoons. But little do you know just how bad some of the cartoons could have been... until now. Marvel editor Tom Brevoort pulled back the curtain to reveal the plans for a luckily-abandoned Marvel cartoon from the '80s that may have offended the blind and the circus cannonballmen alike.Writing about the near-miss that was the planned Daredevil cartoon from the early '80s, Brevoort explained the problem:

As in the comics, Matt Murdock is a blind lawyer who is secretly Daredevil. (Unlike the comics, he has dark black hair, at least if the presentation drawing is anything to go by.) By day, he pals around with his teenaged niece and his seeing-eye-dog. But when evil strikes, he becomes Daredevil, his dog becomes Lightning, the Super Dog ( I love teh way, in teh production drawing, Lightning affects a pose of mild-manneredness in his civilian guise as Matt's seeing-eye dog...), and the three of them take to the streets in Daredevil's specially-equipped van. Now, stop and think about this for a minute: who's driving the van? Is it the blind guy, the underage girl, or the seeing-eye dog? Anyway, once they find a crime in progress among the rooftops-which is where most of the crime in New York City typically takes place-Matt moves to the back of the van to the giant cannon, which unfolds from the top. And then, his niece launches him skyward…like a Daredevil…


Stunningly, the project wasn't killed by common sense, but instead by Frank Miller's classic Daredevil cover where the character is pointing a gun at the reader. Because, you know, being fired out of a cannonball by your teenage niece is one thing, but a blind man with a gun? That's just dangerous... Like a Daredevil... []

Share This Story

Get our newsletter


You see in the promo image that Lightning's name was bigger that DD's?

Bet if it had happened, Lightning would have ended up as another Hanna Barbera Scooby Doo clone.