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Information-silkReal NameBen Urich [1]
Information-silkAliasesUncle Ben
Information-silkRelativesunnamed father;

Arnold Urich (brother);
Mindy Urich (sister-in-law);
Doris Urich (wife, deceased);
Ken Urich (nephew);

Phil Urich (nephew);
Information-silkAffiliationDaily Bugle (formerly Front Line); formerly Daily Bugle
Information-silkBase Of OperationsFront Line Newsroom, New York City
Status
Information-silkAlignmentGood
Information-silkIdentityNo Dual Identity
Information-silkCitizenshipAmerican
Information-silkMarital StatusWidowed
Information-silkOccupationPublisher of Front Line, investigative journalist
Information-silkEducationNew York University degree in journalism
Characteristics
Information-silkGenderMale
Information-silkHeight5' 9"
Information-silkWeight140 lbs (64 kg)
Information-silkEyesBrown
Information-silkHairBrown
Information-silkUnusual FeaturesHair was previously Brown
Origin
Information-silkOriginUrich is a chain-smoking, tough-as-nails investigative journalist for the New York newspaper The Daily Bugle. Urich deduced the secret identity of Daredevil and has used him as a source of information and vice versa. To a lesser extent, he has a similar relationship with Spider-Man, whose alter ego Peter Parker is a photographer for the Bugle.
Information-silkUniverseEarth-616
Information-silkCreatorsRoger McKenzie, Gene Colan
First Appearance
Daredevil #153
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HistoryEdit

Quote1 My name is Ben Urich. I'm a reporter. I used to be a husband. A father figure. Now... all I am is a reporter. Quote2
-- Ben Urich src 

Ben Urich is a chain-smoking, tough-as-nails investigative journalist for the New York City newspaper The Daily Bugle.

Urich has determined that Matt Murdock is the sightless adventurer Daredevil. When Urich confronts Murdock, Matt recounts his childhood, the accident which gave him his powers, the later death of his father at the hands of the Fixer, and why he became and continues to be Daredevil. After recounting his story, Matt tells Ben that if he publishes his story, he can no longer be Daredevil. After some reflection, Ben burns his papers. Matt Murdock's secret identity will remain so.[2]

Urich investigated Wilson Fisk, a businessman who was secretly the Kingpin, the head of the New York mafia. Urich was warned by the Kingpin's enforcer, Elektra to stop his investigation. When Urich continued on, she impaled the reporter and left him for dead. [3]

Later, Urich was also responsible for outing Norman Osborn as the Green Goblin in a book titled Legacy of Evil, although after Osborn's presumed death. When Norman returned from the dead (or rather, Europe) he was able to discredit Urich and the book, going through great effort to clear his name.

During the period where Daredevil's identity was exposed in print, Ben refused to confirm it to J. Jonah Jameson on the principle of protecting his sources and his status at work suffered for it. However, Jameson was able to move beyond that argument when he assigned Ben to the new supplement, The Pulse.

Ben Urich turned out to be right when he originally exposed the Green Goblin, as Daily Bugle research would show, and conclusively when the Green Goblin was unmasked before a public and sent to jail. Although the Green Goblin is currently at large again, he can no longer walk around free like he was before.

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He aided Kat Farrell in her investigation of the The Judge (Michael Hart) by giving her the first push to to the case, albeit without her knowledge it was him. He did this because he felt he saw a little of himself when he had just started in her and he felt the guy who had been given the assignment, Paul Swanson, wouldn't have been able to do it. He was proud of her for not publishing the story because of wanting to protect someone, just the same way he had done with Daredevil. [4] [5]

Later, Ben was approached by the Kingpin to act as journalist covering the Kingpin brokering a deal with the FBI for release and reinstatement of his wealth, in exchange for proof that Daredevil is in fact Matt Murdock. To Ben's horror, he was the one that was forced to lead the FBI to Daredevil's location.

Matt Murdock was recovering at the Night Nurse's clinic, of which Ben Urich knew the location (he had written an article on her), and he was forced to give that information to the FBI, thanks to the manipulation of the Kingpin.

Civil War

Ben covered Iron Man's side as an embedded journalist during the Civil War and discovered some shocking revelations.

World War Hulk

During the events of World War Hulk, Ben and journalist Sally Floyd, in their capacity as the new editorial staff of Front Line, were two of the few reporters who covered the alien invasion in close proximity. During the course of those events, Sally Floyd learned that Daily Bugle editor Jonah Jameson was the mysterious financial backer of the publication, a fact which they agreed to hide from Urich, lest it kill his spirit.[6]

Secret Invasion

When the Skrulls invaded Earth, Ben was covering a story in a local hospital, only to be trapped inside during the Skrull attacks. He survived, though a new-found nurse friend and all the others inside were killed by rampaging Skrulls. Ben and many other human refugees made their way to Stark Tower, though few were aware a human-hunting Skrull with a large body count hidden within. The Skrull perished via human trickery and Ben and one of the survivors wandered the city. The duo witnessed the climatic battle against the Skrulls in Central Park.

After the end of the the invasion, Urich learned that his wife had died, and hit both an incredible depression and writer's block. Later, Urich got word of Norman Osborn's rise to power, and confronted Osborn at the press conference where he announcing the control of the Thunderbolts Initiative over SHIELD and the Avengers. Urich confronted Obsorn about his past, only to get brushed off by Osborn. The crowd cheered for Osborn. This ultimately broke Urich's writers block, prompting him to write his return article: "Dark Reign: Norman Osborn Takes Control".[7][8][9][10][11]

Siege

Later on when Osborn was about to Invade Asgard, Urich decided to travel to Oklahoma with his old friend Will Stern and Volstagg.

Shadowland

Urich was forced by gang members to write about Bullseye's funeral. He manages to leave his notebook in Essex County Morgue. Daredevil finds it and leads a rescue mission. The funeral service is interrupted by Daredevil and the Hand, as a massive fight breaks out, almost killing Urich.[12] Urich later gets involved with the return of the Punisher. After attempting to write an article on the Punisher's recent string of killings, Norah Winters meets with Ben Urich in the Lion's Head Pub hoping to get some advice. Three hours earlier, Norah drives the Punisher to his safehouse Queens, despite her insistence that he go to a hospital. After bringing him there, he orders her to leave. When she recounts her story, she does not tell Urich who it was about but says that there is a big story in it. He says her that not every story needs to be told and tells her about a similar instance when he learned a secret about a superhero (possibly talking about Iron Man's plans during the Civil War). Had he written about it he would have been famous. Instead, he kept it a secret, thinking it would only help himself..[13] [14]

Powers and AbilitiesEdit

Powers

Power Grid [15]
Intelligence
 2
Strength
 2
Speed
 2
Durability
 2
Energy Projection
 1
Fighting Skills
 2

NotesEdit

  • Urich was featured in the series The Pulse, about a titular weekly insert.
  • Nevertheless Ben Urich is also very human, and this is a big part of his charm. A rather romantic scene with his wife Doris Urich [3] is generally regarded as possibly "the most jarringly human in Marvel's history" (Sean Howe Marvel Comics: The Untold Story Harper/Collins 2012). Ben and Doris' househunting expedition in Westchester is truly charming and slightly surreal[16]

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