In the near-silence, a tap of footsteps— in the near darkness, a blue blur of motion— and in the mist-filled evening air— a springing form— a form we recognize to be— the Black Widow! Natasha: If ever I believed in destiny— I have to believe in it now. What else would have brought me to the West Side— at just the right time— to allow me this one-shot chance to rescue Daredevil?
This was Natasha’s first appearance in Daredevil, and the first time she met Matt Murdock. At the time, Daredevil and Iron Man both had low sales, and editorial was thinking about merging the two books, into some kind of awkward partnership. But Conway decided he’d try adding another low-selling superhero to the Daredevil book— Black Widow. Last issue, Matt fell into the Hudson, unconscious, but by ~forces of destiny~ Natasha was driving by at the time, and she jumped into the river to rescue him.
It was a character introduction framed to say: this woman is anything but a damsel in distress. (However Conway et. al might have used her later.)
From Daredevil #81, by Gerry Conway and Gene Colan.