Occupation: Leader of an order of masters of martial
arts, sensei, pool hustler
Identity: The general populace is unaware
of Stick's unusual abilities and his skills as a warrior
Other Aliases: Master
Place of Birth: Unrevealed
Place of Death: New York City
Marital Status: Unrevealed
Known Relatives: None
Group Affiliation: An unnamed order
of masters of martial arts
Base of Operations: New York City, also
atop a mountain in an undisclosed location
First Appearance: DAREDEVIL
Final Appearance: DAREDEVIL # 190
History: Very little has been revealed about the
past of the man known as Stick. He was blind but developed
the acuteness of his other senses to levels far beyond
those experienced by most human beings. These heightened
senses, including his so-called "proximity sense,"
compensated for his inability to see.
Stick became the master of an elite order of warriors
who made their base atop a mountain in an unidentified
location. Stick himself was a brilliant master of martial
arts and took his name from the long stick that he utilized
in combat. The order's members also developed mental abilities
of either a psionic or mystical nature, such as the power
to communicate telepathically. It was required of the
members of the order that they rid themselves of destructive
emotions, such as hatred. For years Stick's order of warriors
battled against the Hand, a Japanese-based criminal organization
of ninjas who acted as mercenaries and assassins and who
served the demonic entity known as the Beast (II).
A number of years ago in New York City, Matthew Murdock,
who was then not yet an adult, was accidentally bombarded
by radiation from a canister of radioactive waste materials.
This unknown radiation blinded him but also mutagenically
heightened his other senses. Sometime after young Murdock
was released from the hospital to which he was brought
after the accident, he was found by Stick. It was Stick
who taught Murdock how to control his newly heightened
senses and who guided him in mastering his so-called "radar
sense," which resembled Stick's own "proximity
sense." Stick also trained Murdock in methods of
Later, while attending Columbia University, Murdock met
and fell in love with his fellow student Elektra Natchios.
Murdock revealed to her that he had superhumanly heightened
senses that compensated for his blindness. It is not known
whether or not Murdock told Elektra about Stick. After
Elektra's father, a Greek ambassador, was killed by terrorists,
the anguished young woman broke off her relationship with
Murdock and left Columbia.
Elektra had already had training in the martial arts
before she came to Columbia. After her father's death
she went to Japan to study the martial arts at a school
headed by a sensei who had been cast out of Stick's order
years before for being unworthy of membership in it. Under
this unnamed sensei's guidance, Elektra achieved great
prowess in the martial arts. However, she was filled with
hatred towards the world for the death of her father.
The sensei told her about Stick's order in the hope that
Stick could teach her how to achieve the peace of mind
and spirit that had been attained by all the members of
Stick accepted Elektra as a pupil, and he trained her
for a year. During this time she improved her combat skills
even further and also began learning to develop and use
the same mental powers possessed by the members of the
order. Finally, though, Stick expelled her, since she
was unable to rid herself of the destructive emotions
that had filled her since the murder of her father. Stick
realized that Elektra might join the Hand as a result,
as indeed she did. Still later, Elektra left the Hand
and became an independent mercenary assassin.
As for Matthew Murdock, he became the costumed crimefighter
known as Daredevil. Eventually he encountered Elektra
once more in her new role as an assassin.
Shortly afterwards, the concussive force of an exploding
bomb caused Daredevil to lose his radar sense temporarily.
Daredevil found Stick, who was operating as a pool in
New York City. Under Stick's guidance, Daredevil developed
his radar sense once again.
Sometime thereafter, the Hand finally began to try to
eliminate their foes, the members of Stick's order, once
and for all. At this time the order consisted of seven
members, including Stick himself. After successfully thwarting
an attempt by four members of the Hand to assassinate
him, Stick summoned the other members of his order to
meet with him in New York City. Only three members, known
as Claw, Shaft, and Stone, met with Stick; it is presumed
that the Hand slew the other three members. Together Stick
and his three followers battled and defeated Kirigi, who
was perhaps the Hand's deadliest warrior.
Later, over forty ninja warriors belonging to the Hand
attacked Stick, Claw, Shaft, Stone, and their allies Daredevil
and the Black Widow in Matt Murdock's townhouse. Claw
was killed in the course of the battle. Stick realized
that he and his allies could not possibly survive against
such great odds using conventional means of combat. Therefore,
to defeat the Hand's warriors and to save the lives of
Daredevil and the Black Widow, Stick resorted to a stratagem
that he knew meant sacrificing his own life. Stick and
Shaft linked hands and, presumably through mystical or
psionic means, began draining the life forces of their
enemies into their own bodies. Once deprived of his life
force, the body of each member of the Hand who was present
dissolved. Stone asked to join his master in performing
this ritual, but Stick instead had Stone take Daredevil
and the Black Widow to safety. Finally, their bodies filled
with more human life forces than they could contain, the
bodies of Stick and Shaft seemingly exploded. Thus Stick
and Shaft each met a heroic demise.
Height: 5 ft. 9 in.
Weight: 135 lbs.
Strength Level: Stick possessed the normal human
strength of a man of his age, height, and build who engaged
in intensive regular exercise.
Known Superhuman Powers: Stick possessed a "proximity
sense" that enabled him to perceive the shapes and
locations of objects in his vicinity despite his blindness.
The limits of his "proximity sense" are unknown,
but it was more acute, even than Daredevil's "radar
sense." According to Stick, any human being is capable
of developing a "proximity sense" through training.
Possibly this sense is psionic in nature. It is also possible
that Stick's proximity sense resembled sonar and functioned
like the similar senses of bats and dolphins. According
to this theory, Stick heard the faint echoes that sounds,
even those created by his body in otherwise near-total
silence, created as they "bounced" off the objects
Stick's senses of hearing, taste, touch, and smell were
also more acute than those of ordinary human beings. It
is not clear whether these senses were inferior, equal,
or superior to those of Daredevil in acuteness. Stick
claimed that he developed his senses to their heightened
levels through training and practice.
Stick possessed various mental powers that were of either
psionic or mystical nature. He could communicate with
others through telepathy. He could mentally drain life
energy from another person into his own body, thereby
killing that person, causing the victim's body to dissolve.
It is not known what other mental powers Stick possessed.
His pupil Stone, however, was able to restore a dead person
to life under certain circumstances.
Other Abilities: Stick was a master of various
Oriental martial arts. Despite his blindness, he was an
extraordinary hand-to-hand combatant.
Weapons: Stick used a long wooden stick as a weapon
Limitations: Stick was blind, but his proximity
sense and other highly acute senses compensated for his
inability to see.