The agents of Black Spectre appeared by the first time in Daredevil#108, in which they hired the Beetle to steal certain government plates for them. Daredevil interfered in Beetle's scheme, only to see the plates taken anyway by Black Spectre's own agents, who actually just used the Beetle as a distraction.
Soon after, Daredevil's then girlfriend Black Widow was kidnapped by the organization and brainwashed to work for them. Trying to investigate Black Spectre's real goals, Daredevil discovered that their leader was Mandrill, a criminal mutant who was using his pheromones to control women and make them work for Black Spectre. Mandrill intended to use his group to overthrow the government of United States and start a reign of chaos.
Black Spectre as a group demonstrated to be a difficult challenge to Daredevil, even with the aid of Shanna the She-Devil and the Thing. Not only was Mandrill a skillfull fighter, but he also had the help of Nekra and Silver Samurai who were competent and dangerous opponents themselves.
The organisation Black Spectre were created by writer Steve Gerber and artist Bob Brown. They first appeared in the story "Cry Beetle!" in Daredevil #108 (Mar. 1974).
Major Story Arcs
Daredevil comes into possession of the Omega Drive, a devise that hold the financial information of Black Spectre, HYDRA, A.I.M., Secret Empire, and Agence Byzantine. All five Mega Crime organizations want it, but they all know they can't make a play for it with out the others finding out and causing an all out war. Black Spectre goes rouge and hires Black Cat to try to steal it. She double crosses the organization and informs Daredevil of there attempt. Daredevil in turns turns all the information on Black Spectre over to S.H.I.E.L.D., who in turn take down all of Black Spectre's operations. It is later rumored that Black Spectre has reformed, but this was a lie started by Daredevil to throw off the other Mega Crime Organiztions, and was later revealed to be the New Avengers in Black Spectre uniforms.