Last week I posted a public question, asking everyone to name superheroes who were specifically from New York City. Peter Parker (Spider-Man) was a popular choice, and many people pointed out that the Avengers HQ is in New York City as well, but there was another character that many people brought up…
He doesn’t see too well…
…but that doesn’t stop him from kicking ass and taking names.
Thanks to several helpful followers on facebook and twitter, I was informed that Daredevil is also a native New Yorker! From Hell’s Kitchen, to be exact. Which I learned is NOT a place where Gordon Ramsay shouts expletives at poor aspiring chefs. Huh. Learn something new every day. Otherwise, quick story time!
When I was in college, I had the privilege of seeing Stan Lee speak at our student events center. During the Q&A, a blind kid went up to the mike and thanked Stan Lee for creating Daredevil, saying that it was a character that he really enjoyed because it was the only superhero that he really had something in common with, and asked if he consulted with any blind people to research into the experience of being blind. Stan admitted that he didn’t speak with any members of the blind community when he was creating Daredevil, but told us that he was initially concerned that people would be offended by the idea of a blind superhero. But then the letters started rolling in from members of the blind community with an overwhelming amount of support, saying that they love the character and really relate to him, and to this day he’s really been touched by how a character that he created has been able to reach out to people in this way. It’s amazing how a fictional character can bring so much to someone’s life, both on the reader’s end and at the creator’s end. I like to think it’s a big reason why Stan Lee is still so involved with the business. 🙂
And that’s another little New Yorker in the books! I’ve got a few more that I’m working on, then it’s time to scatter them around the big apple! 🙂
If you want to join my hunt for crocheted critters at New York Comic Con this year, follow me on either twitter or facebook to track my drops! I just ask for two things if you find a critter: 1) Send me a photo of your new friend! 2) Let me know where the little buddy’s new home will be! Good luck, and happy hunting!