“The Golden Age Daredevil, as discussed in other posts, was a very different character from Matt Murdock. One of the big differences is that he rapidly acquired not just one, but an entire gang of kid sidekicks, known as the Little Wise Guys. More remarkably, the series made a nod to realism by actually having one of the Little Wise Guys die, and be replaced by a new kid.
As the superhero fad died out, the Little Wise Guys became more prominent in the stories, and Daredevil eventually left to deal with events elsewhere while the kids became the headline feature. Their stories were pretty gritty, dealing with juvenile delinquency, drug addiction, parental abuse and other realistic issues.
Today’s story, however, comes from the tail end of the run, when the Comics Code had come in and the harder themes were disallowed, so the stories became more “meddling kids”.”