MIGHTY MARVEL MAY #3: DAREDEVIL

Blinded when saving a blind old man from being hit by a truck, young Matt Murdock was himself struck blind by one of the radioactive isotopes the truck carried. But the radiation did more than blind young Matt; it enhanced his remaining four senses and introduced a new one, a kind of radar-sense by which he could “see” all around him. He became a lawyer by day and a crimefighter at night: Daredevil.

Introduced in 1964’s DAREDEVIL #1 by Stan Lee and Bill Everett, Daredevil, a dark, pointy-headed hero who fights a gritty urban underworld, is often called Marvel’s answer to Batman. I don’t think this is really accurate. While Daredevil’s stories are often dark (and the groundbreaking and career-making work done by Frank Miller are often pitch black), there’s something much more affable about DD. He’s more like a friendly cop on the beat, swinging his signature billy-club and leaning comfortably against a building, albeit one twenty stories up. The current Daredevil comics by Mark Waid, Paolo Rivera and Marcos Martin is much more upbeat than the book has been for years.

Although I grew up reading Miller’s wonderful Daredevil comics, I chose to depict him with the broad, smiling Irish face depicted by the legendary Gene Colan.

More trivia: Miller’s DAREDEVIL comics, many of which involved a ninja clan called The Hand led by Daredevil’s old sensei Stick, were parodied by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird, creators of the TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES (Hand= Foot; Stick=Splinter, etc.). In fact, in their origin issue the turtles were mutated by the same radioactive isotope that blinded Matt Murdock.

I hope you’ll join me tomorrow for the next installment of MIGHTY MARVEL MAY when I present a villain who’s really under my skin.

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Dark Knight Animated-Style Maquette

I’m posting an older piece until some of the (exciting!) new work is ready to display.

Frank Miller’s version of Batman by way of animator Bruce Timm. Created as a companion piece to the Warner Bros. Studio Store Batman: The Animated Series maquette, this version of the character appeared on the episode Legends of the Dark Knight. Turnaround designs were in Paul Dini and Chip Kidd’s great book Batman Animated.

More (newer!) work will be posted very soon.