His suspicions were confirmed when both Matt Murdock and Daredevil moved back to San Francisco, and he convinced his partners at his law firm (Broderick, Sloan and Cranston) to hire Matt. When attacked at the firm, Matt unmasked Cranston, who leapt off the building to escape, forgetting his jets and seemingly falling to his death.
It would later be revealed that Cranston survived and secretly lived as a professor at Columbia Law School as Harold Cranstone. Using the fear gas to take silent revenge on his colleagues, he later kidnapped Foggy Nelson to ensnare Daredevil in a trap. He was defeated and escaped back into his alternate life as a professor, secretly sending agents to attack Daredevil.
- Fear Gas: Mister Fear uses compounds based on pheromones, chemicals produced by most animals, used to communicate a variety of simple messages over distances. The particular pheromone he uses is the flight-scent pheromone, which stimulates fear reactions in herd animals. This drug, tailored for human beings, whose reactions to pheromones are not completely understood, induces severe anxiety, fear, and panic in his victims, rendering them incapable of fighting or resisting his will. The drug is most commonly used in the form of gas pellets shot from a gun. The pellets rupture on contact, releasing the flight scent, which is inhaled by the victim. The dosage contained in one pellet is enough to incapacitate a normal adult male for about 15 minutes, or an exceptionally fit male, such as Daredevil, for about five minutes. The side effects of anxiety, edginess, and mild nausea can persist for several days.