17Growing up with Battlin' Jack
Single parent households are fairly common, even in the comic book world, but Daredevil’s upbringing was especially tricky, since his father wasn’t exactly the best dad in the neighborhood.
Jack Murdock was a prize fighter who made his money when he brawled in the ring,
but also when he strong armed clients for bookies. He was a violent and volatile man, and Matt’s mother leaving him actually exacerbated his existing depression and led him to taking on jobs for the Fixer. With Battlin’ Jack not dealing with his emotions very well, Matt Murdock grew up very fast, taking care of his father more often than Jack took care of him, and watching his father slowly become an alcoholic.
The Murdock men had a complicated relationship, right up until Jack’s death.