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August 2020


2020/08/13/Mark-Waid-Interview

08/13 - Mark Waid Interview

Former DAREDEVIL writer Mark Waid spoke with Word Balloon about his current work at Humonoids and more.

Waid talks about his DD stint, hinting at a story he is yet to tell, and also how he felt his run was going to be short because of how different it was than what had come before...

2020/08/05/Grey-Matter-Daredevil-16-Print

08/05 - Grey Matter Daredevil #16 Print

On sale this Thursday August 6th at 1PM ET!

Daredevil #16, (1966) by John Romita & Frank Giacoia
16" x 24" Hand-Numbered Fine Art Giclee (Hot Press Bright)
Edition of 100
Printed by Grey Matter Printing
$45

More information below:

Grey Matter Art

2020/08/03/Oversized-Hardcovers-Zdarsky-Checchetto

08/03 - Oversized Hardcovers coming in 2021

There hasn't been an omnibus or oversized hardcover for DAREDEVIL since the Waid/Samnee run, and today we have learned through Near Mint Condition, that starting next year, there will be oversized hardcovers of volume 6 of DAREDEVIL.

While not officially announced yet, the hardcover will most likely contain issues #1-10.

Hopefully if these sell well, omnibuses are also on the horizon.


July 2020


2020/07/31/Vincent-DOnofrio-Interview

07/31 - Vincent D'Onofrio Interview

ComicBook.com had a chance to speak with DAREDEVIL actor Vincent D'Onofrio about his career and lots about Kingpin, the DD show and more...

Here's the hour long interview:

2020/07/31/Marvel-Crisis-Protocol-Daredevil

07/31 - Marvel Crisis Protocol

The Marvel: Crisis Protocol tabletop miniatures game will adding some new characters to the game soon.

If you want to learn more about the game, check out this video below:

There is more information at the Atomic Mass Games site:

Atomic Mass Games

2020/07/27/DAREDEVIL-ANNUAL-Declan-Shalvey-Variant

07/27 - DAREDEVIL ANNUAL Declan Shalvey Variant

Coming in August is the DAREDEVIL ANNUAL, and there will be a variant cover by Declan Shalvey.

There are some Easter eggs in the pic, so have a look!

(W) Chip Zdarsky (A) Chris Mooneyham, Manuel Garcia (CA) Declan Shalvey
ONE MORE DAY!
Rated T+
In Shops: Aug 26, 2020
SRP: $4.99

The regular cover will be drawn by Chip Zdarsky.

2020/07/27/Chip-Zdarsky-Word-Balloon-Interview

07/27 - Word Balloon Chip Zdarsky Interview

DAREDEVIL writer Chip Zdarsky stopped by John Siuntres's Word Balloon show today for an interview.

Zdarsky talked about many of his projects, including some info about DAREDEVIL.

He is already on issue #26, and has plans for another year at a minimum.

Issue #25 will have a "major upheaval" for the title.

DAREDEVIL will also tie-in to the "King in Black" event for a couple of issues.

2020/07/26/Save-Daredevil-Con-Day-4

07/26 - Save Daredevil Con Day 4

Here are the highlights from the final day of the Save Daredevil Con!

Discussing Daredevil: A Daredevil Fandom Podcast

Featuring Kuljit (that's me!) from manwithoutfear.com, Christine from TOMP, Joshua from JandJDoDaredevil and Emma from Daresplaining!

A Look Inside Team SaveDaredevil

Check out @RenewDaredevil on Twitter, or @SaveDaredevil on Instagram for the latest highlights and more!

2020/07/25/Save-Daredevil-Con-Day-3

07/25 - Save Daredevil Con Day 3

Here are the highlights from the third day of the Save Daredevil Con!

A Conversation with Steven DeKnight and Erik Oleson

Livestream with Geoffrey Cantor, Peter Shinkoda and Tommy Walker

Check out @RenewDaredevil on Twitter, or @SaveDaredevil on Instagram for the latest highlights and more!

2020/07/25/DAREDEVIL-21-Poster-Cancelled

07/25 - DAREDEVIL #21 Poster Cancelled

Originally DAREDEVIL #21 was going to ship in May, and there was also going to be a poster available for order through Diamond of the cover by Marco Checchetto.

With COVID-19 changing the plans for everyone, comics were delayed and some were cancelled.

DAREDEVIL #21 finally came out this month in July, but there had been no word on the poster.

Unfortunately, the poster has now been cancelled with code "4", meaning Cancelled By Publisher.

And another unfortunate thing to come from this is the cancellation of the promo posters for stores to advertise the issue as well.

Right now, there are no plans to produce the poster... but if anything comes up, I'll let you know.

2020/07/24/Save-Daredevil-Con-Day-2

07/24 - Save Daredevil Con Day 2

Here are the highlights from the second day of the Save Daredevil Con!

Roundtable Conversation with the cast of Marvel's Daredevil

Livestream Daredevil Workout with Naqam Washington

Check out @RenewDaredevil on Twitter, or @SaveDaredevil on Instagram for the latest highlights and more!

2020/07/23/Save-Daredevil-Con-Day-1

07/23 - Save Daredevil Con Day 1

The Save Daredevil online convention has started, and here are some of the videos from the first day.

DEBORAH ANN WOLL and GEOFFREY CANTOR

CHRIS BREWSTER

Check out @RenewDaredevil on Twitter, or @SaveDaredevil on Instagram for the latest highlights and more!

2020/07/23/October-2020-Daredevil-Solicits

07/23 - DAREDEVIL October 2020 Solicits

Looks like "normal" shipping has returned, with the first new solicit since issue #22 that was supposed to come out in June.

There are two covers, including the Alex Ross cover shown earlier this week. The TRUE BELIEVERS WIDOW & DAREDEVIL is back on the schedule as well. The LAST RITES TPB is also back, shipping in November.

DAREDEVIL October 2020 Solicits

2020/07/20/DAREDEVIL-23-Variant-Alex-Ross

07/20 - Alex Ross DAREDEVIL 23 Variant Cover

Alex Ross will be producing a set of "Timeless Variant" covers starting in September. There will be about 28 covers, and in October, DAREDEVIL #23's variant will have the cover below!

2020/07/18/Elektra-White-SDCC-Statue

07/18 - Elektra White SDCC Statue

There won't be a San Diego Comic Con this year, but many companies are doing on online version.

Gentle Giant has a special exclusive of an Elektra White statue, designed by Paul Harding and based on Skottie Young artwork.

"Elektra celebrates the summer in her white outfit in this highly limited statue! Based on the variant cover artwork of Marvel Comics, Elektra Natchios jumps for joy, sais in hand, and stands approximately 5 inches tall. She comes packaged in a full-color box with a numbered certificate of authenticity. Limited to 250 pieces. A Gentle Giant Ltd. release!"

You can order the exclusive below for $49.99:

You can also order the original statue for $39.99:

2020/07/17/DAREDEVIL-21-Preview

07/17 - DAREDEVIL #21 Preview

CHIP ZDARSKY (W) • MARCO CHECCHETTO (A/C)
BACK IN RED! ”TRUTH/DARE” STARTS HERE!
THE BATTLE MAY BE OVER, but the WAR is far from finished! After the shocking events of DAREDEVIL #20, CHIP ZDARSKY reunites with MARCO CHECCHETTO to begin the next chapter of their definitive DAREDEVIL saga: HELL AND BACK.
For weeks, Hell’s Kitchen has been a lawless neighborhood thanks to the Stromwyn siblings, but as the police are finally able to resume their patrols, they’re quick to find that they aren’t the only ones interested in keeping the Kitchen safe.
Meanwhile, as Matt Murdock continues to struggle with how best to appease his sense of justice after the events of the past several weeks, a familiar enemy takes root in Hell’s Kitchen...
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

2020/07/15/Previously-in-DAREDEVIL

07/15 - Previously in DAREDEVIL

Marvel has released a few recap guide for many of their comics and it is available online and in stores.

Here's the DAREDEVIL page and the link to ComiXology for your convenience:

ComiXology

2020/07/14/Original-DAREDEVIL-43-Cover

07/14 - Original DAREDEVIL 43 Cover

The Jack Kirby cover for DAREDEVIL #43 is famous for is depicition of a fight between DD and Captain America.

But did you know there was a cover drawn by Gene Colan that wasn't used? The story goes like this... when this cover by Colan came into the Marvel office, Jack Kirby was visiting and had an issue with it. He said Cap shouldn't be shown losing that fight... so he drew his own cover, and Marvel ultimately used it.

The original pencils were owned by someone for 30 years, and then sold to a new owner. That new owner had the pencils inked by Josef Rubinstein. And here it is below:

2020/07/12/Ann-Nocenti-Interview

07/12 - Ann Nocenti Interview

Ed Piskor and Jim Rugg's Cartoonist Kayfabe interviewed former DAREDEVIL writer Ann Nocenti.

Learn some more about her time at Marvel and specifically her time on DAREDEVIL.

2020/07/03/Save-Daredevil-Con

07/03 - Save Daredevil Convention

The folks from SaveDaredevil are organizing a special DD-related event to help fans overcome the cancelled San Diego con.

Starting July 23, there will be special interviews and panels, and an artist alley to showcase some creations.

For more details, visit their site. (And get ready... I might be making an appearance on a panel)

SaveDaredevil.com


June 2020


2020/06/27/DAREDEVIL-So-Far

06/27 - DAREDEVIL So Far

Marvel.com has a quick catch-up for the current DAREDEVIL run before the next issue that comes out in July.

They go over all the arcs, the various characters that have appeared and there are also links to the issues mentioned. Have a read...

Marvel.com

2020/06/23/Defenders-Auction-Catalog

06/23 - Defenders Auction Catalog

The Marvel Television auction from Prop Store will be coming in July, and like the previous auctions, there will be a special catalog available with highlights of some of the items available.

The limited edition comic-sized catalog will be limited to 200 copies and will also come with a signed limited print by Joe Quesada.

The pre-order is now on for £13 / $15 (use the shipping quote, it might be cheaper to ship from England for you).

Prop Store

2020/06/23/Daredevil-Grey-Matter-Print-Paolo-Rivera

06/23 - Painted Works of the Marvel Universe by Paolo Rivera

More details soon... be on the lookout on Thursday!

2020/06/19/September-2020-Daredevil-Solicits

06/19 - DAREDEVIL September 2020 Solicits

Looks like we're finally caught up to the previous solicitations. What was once scheduled for June is now coming in September, as DAREDEVIL #22 is back on track.

There will also be the fourth collection of the series, with issues #16-20 in DD BY CHIP ZDARSKY V4 TPB.

DAREDEVIL September 2020 Solicits

2020/06/18/Is-Marvel-Casting-Echo

06/18 - Is Marvel Casting Echo?

On June 17th, a curious casting search description appeared on Twitter:

That description certainly sounds like a certain character that first made her appearance in the pages of DAREDEVIL. Is it Echo?

And if it is Echo, are they going to have her appear in Hawkeye (as a previous Ronin), or maybe Moon Knight?

Murphy's Multiverse goes into more detail with their theories...

Murphy's Multiverse

2020/06/12/Denny-ONeil-Dies-At-81

06/12 - Denny O'Neil Dies At 81

Comics Legend Dennis "Denny" O'Neil passed away today at age 81. He left his mark on so many titles for DC and Marvel as an editor and a writer.

In 1985, I was just starting my comics hobby, gravitating towards Daredevil. While I started collecting DAREDEVIL monthly with issue #219 (by Miller & Buscema), the issues I bought after were #220 and #218. I started collecting monthly and worked my way backwards. Those issues were written by Denny O'Neil.

While other creators seem to get mentioned for their runs on this book, Mr. O'Neil's run only seems to be fondly remembered by fans. But these were some amazing issues with David Mazzucchelli, William Johnson, and with characters like Micah Synn, the "crossover" with Matt Hawk, Glorianna O'Breen... yes, it's mostly nostalgia for me, but these were good comics.

One of the first interviews I ever did for the site was with Mr. O'Neil. We talked about taking over writing after Frank Miller. If you want to read the interview, it is here.

Mr. O'Neil edited the title when Miller & Janson were doing their thing. He also edited BATMAN YEAR ONE and DARK KNIGHT RETURNS. His association and importance with Batman cannot be understated. His work with Green Arrow, The Question, so many great runs. Rest in Peace.

Denny O'Neil worked on the following issues of DAREDEVIL (as writer):








Hey Marvel, get more of these issues collected please?

2020/06/10/Ann-Nocenti-Interview

06/10 - Ann Nocenti Interview

The folks behind Save Daredevil continued their "10 Questions" feature, this time with DD writer Chip Zdarsky asking questions to former DD writer Ann Nocenti!

Lots of interesting notes about her first stories on DD and her long run with John Romita, Jr.

2020/06/08/DAREDEVIL-20-Preview

06/08 - DAREDEVIL #20 Preview

CHIP ZDARSKY (W) • MARCO CHECCHETTO (A)
Cover by JULIAN TOTINO TEDESCO
MARVEL ZOMBIES VARIANT COVER BY WILL SLINEY
• The streets of Hell’s Kitchen are burning as all hell breaks loose.
• In the chaos, Matt must discover what it means to be DAREDEVIL.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

2020/06/07/Elsa-Sjunneson-Interview

06/07 - Elsa Sjunneson Interview

JESSICA JONES: PLAYING WITH FIRE is a new Serial Box production that started in late May. New episodes come out every week which you can either read or listen to.

One of the writers is Elsa Sjunneson, who will be writing a guest appearance by Matt Murdock in episode 5. She is the first blind writer to write Matt Murdock and she was very excited to get this chance to write our favourite character.

Please check out the interview and also please check out the series!

Elsa Sjunneson Interview

2020/06/04/DAREDEVIL-Eisner-Awards-Nominations

06/04 - 2020 Eisner Awards DAREDEVIL Nominations

The 2020 Eisner Awards nominations have been revealed today and DAREDEVIL came away with an impressive four nominations!

Best Continuing Series - DAREDEVIL by Zdarsky & Checchetto

Best Writer - Chip Zdarsky

Best Cover Artist - Julian Totino Tedesco

Best Lettering - Clayton Cowles

Several members of the DAREDEVIL team had some comments on Twitter:

2020 Eisner Awards Nominations

2020/06/03/Chip-Zdarsky-Interview

06/03 - Chip Zdarsky Interview

If you've read DAREDEVIL #19, there's been a delayed cliffhanger that will finally has its resolution on June 10th.

Newsarama spoke with DD writer Chip Zdarsky about the wait, and what's ahead for the title!

"It’s been surreal, hunkered down, worrying about the world and continuing to write beyond issue #20. I’m grateful we’ve been continuing along, but it’s been hard to focus on Matt and his story in the middle of everything. Recently that’s shifted in me, where I really relish getting to disappear into writing this world, and hopefully readers feel the same reading it."

Newsarama


May 2020


2020/05/28/JESSICA-JONES-SerialBox

05/28 - JESSICA JONES Serial Box

Starting today is the new Jessica Jones SerialBox titled "JESSICA JONES: PLAYING WITH FIRE".

The safe choice? Walk away. But when has Jessica Jones ever played it safe?

Jessica Jones has made an art of ignoring her particular brand of super-powered trauma. But these days, she’s giving the whole “self-care” thing a try. Seeing a therapist, finding healthier coping mechanisms (read: no business-hours drinking), working toward not wanting to punch things all the time. Maybe even taking the occasional case that won’t eat her alive. A simple missing persons case seems like just the ticket. But when a boy’s body turns up under an overpass in what looks like a cut-and-dried OD, Jessica can’t let it go and dives headlong into an obsessive search for answers.

Written by Lauren Beukes, Vita Ayala, Sam Beckbessinger, Zoe Quinn, and Elsa Sjunneson. Narrated by Fryda Wolff.

Art by Annie Wu.

The series features many Marvel guest-stars including Matt Murdock. You can order the whole season for $9.99, but there are several episodes available to try.

Look for an interview soon with one of the writers!

Jessica Jones SerialBox

2020/05/26/Chip-Zdarsky-Interview

05/26 - Chip Zdarsky Interview

Joe Quesada interviewed DAREDEVIL writer Chip Zdarsky and... it's a one of a kind interview.

The graphic of Matt in bed on the left kinda explains the interview.

Enjoy!

2020/05/25/DAREDEVIL-Shipping-Update

05/25 - Latest Shipping Update

Here's the latest update for Daredevil-related items. Lots of collections have new dates for Amazon as Diamond has started moving things around.

Also, a couple of variants have been cancelled which affects a few issues of DAREDEVIL. They were previously solicited but will now not ship at all.

Cancelled:

DAREDEVIL #21 Shaw Dark Marvel Variant
DAREDEVIL #22 Living Vampire Variant

Shipping:

DAREDEVIL #20

Diamond - June 10
Digital - June 10

DD BY ZDARSKY V3 TPB

Diamond - June 17
Digital - Now available
Amazon - June 30

DAREDEVIL #21

Diamond - July 22
Digital - July 22

DAREDEVIL #21 POSTER

Diamond - TBD

DAREDEVIL ANNUAL #1

Diamond - August 26
Digital - August 26

DAREDEVIL #22

Diamond - TBD
Digital - TBD

LOVE & WAR GALLERY ED

Diamond - September 2
Digital - None
Amazon - Now available

MAN WITHOUT FEAR SELECT

Diamond - October 21
Digital - None
Amazon - November 3

LAST RITES EPIC COLLECTION

Diamond - TBD
Digital - TBD
Amazon - December 1

I will update this listing at least once a week, so please check for updates here or on Twitter (@manwithoutfear)

2020/05/22/Marvel-Legends-Armored-Daredevil-Figure

05/22 - Marvel Legends Retro Line

Now available for pre-order is an Armored Daredevil figure that is part of the new Marvel Legends Retro line from Hasbro.

It is $19.99 US and is scheduled to ship in September. Check out the pics and link to pre-order below:

Hasbro

2020/05/22/Jack-DiFalco-Interview

05/22 - Jack DiFalco Interview

I interviewed actor Jack DiFalco and we talked about his role as Kevin Page in DAREDEVIL Season 3.

He really enjoyed his time working with Deborah Ann Woll, Will Stout and Lee Tergesen in the "Karen" episode. Many thanks to him and please enjoy the interview!

Jack DiFalco Interview

2020/05/21/August-2020-Daredevil-Solicits

05/21 - DAREDEVIL August 2020 Solicits

With all the delays due to the pandemic, lots of comics are moving around the calendar as shipping starts up again. DAREDEVIL #20 and #21 are coming in June and July respectively, and now the new Previews will feature August comics.

The DAREDEVIL ANNUAL #1 which was supposed to come out in May is now coming in August. Due to the delay, originally solicited artist Chris Sprouse is no longer drawing the annual.

Here is the new solicitation:

DAREDEVIL ANNUAL #1

Written by Chip Zdarsky

Art by Chris Mooneyham and Manuel Garcia

Cover by Chip Zdarsky

Colors by Rachelle Rosenberg

ONE MORE DAY!

In addition, Marvel put out a new video with some curious details about the issue:

DAREDEVIL August 2020 Solicits

2020/05/19/DAREDEVIL-Shipping-Update

05/19 - Latest Shipping Update

Marvel has sent out a press release today detailing comics shipping up until the end of July. August items will also be revealed this month in the new Previews. So here's the latest update. Check back here and on Twitter for more info.

DAREDEVIL #20

Diamond - June 10
Digital - June 10

DD BY ZDARSKY V3 TPB

Diamond - June 17
Digital - Now available
Amazon - June 16

DAREDEVIL #21

Diamond - July 22
Digital - July 22

DAREDEVIL #21 POSTER

Diamond - TBD

DAREDEVIL ANNUAL #1

Diamond - August 26
Digital - August 26

DAREDEVIL #22

Diamond - TBD
Digital - TBD

LOVE & WAR GALLERY ED

Diamond - TBD
Digital - None
Amazon - Now available

MAN WITHOUT FEAR SELECT

Diamond - TBD
Digital - None
Amazon - July 28

LAST RITES EPIC COLLECTION

Diamond - TBD
Digital - TBD (August 5 at earliest)
Amazon - Nov 17

I will update this listing at least once a week, so please check for updates here or on Twitter (@manwithoutfear)

2020/05/18/Cori-Dioquino-Interview

05/18 - Cori Dioquino Interview

I interviewed actress Cori Dioquino, who played crime lord Sophia Carter from DAREDEVIL Season 3.

We talked about her role, the audition, and what it was like to work with so many veteran actors on set. Many thanks to her!

Cori Dioquino Interview

2020/05/16/Chip-Zdarsky-Interviews

05/16 - Chip Zdarsky Interviews

DAREDEVIL writer Chip Zdarsky has been appearing on several podcasts and video interviews recently... if you've missed any, here are a few:

Be Our Heroes, Canada


Save Daredevil

Save Daredevil Instagram


Trade Waiters


Word Balloon


Talk Comics To Me


Collecting Tales


Comic Books Matter


Coffee & Heroes


Gem Mint Collectibles


The Multiverse And A Bag of Potato Chips


2020/05/15/DAREDEVIL-20-Interview

05/15 - DAREDEVIL #20 Interview

DAREDEVIL #20 was originally going to come out April 1, but of course has been delayed due to the pandemic.

With plans to ship DD#20 now on June 10th, Marvel has posted some preview pages and some words from Chip Zdarsky and Marco Checchetto about it.

Chip Zdarsky:

"I’m wildly excited people finally get to read DAREDEVIL #20! We put everything we’ve got into this epic conclusion to our first year on the title. Marco even made Stilt-Man look #@$#@% cool as hell!

"And, year two is going to get WILD."

Marco Checchetto:

"It was a very fun to draw these characters. I love all of them, and when Chip asked me to give them a military look I was very happy! 'Inferno' is the end of an entire year on DAREDEVIL and I’m not yet tired of drawing him and his world. Chip is doing something special here and I’m happy to be part of it!"

Marvel.com

2020/05/13/Marty-Pasko-Dies-At-Age-65

05/13 - Martin Pasko Dies At Age 65

Writer Martin Pasko has passed away at the age of 65. While well-known for his work with DC, Pasko worked on some Daredevil-related projects in his career.

Under his pseudonym Kyle Christopher, Pasko wrote a DD story in the MARVEL SUPERHEROES book edited by Len Wein and Marv Wolfman, and also drafted a proposal for a Daredevil animated show for Ruby-Spears that ultimately did not get picked up.

In 2013, I received an email from Pasko via my site, and he was wondering if I'd be interested in bidding on his animated proposal script. Guess who won that auction?

I asked Mr. Pasko if he'd like to do an interview about his story in the MARVEL SUPERHEROES book and the proposal and he said he could try to fit it in. So I sent him a question every few days... and unfortunately he became very busy and couldn't finish the interview.

I went looking through my old emails and found the questions and answers from 2013. Mr. Pasko had some really in-depth answers about Daredevil and I wanted to share.

From Jan/Feb 2013:

Kuljit Mithra: In interviews, current DAREDEVIL writer Mark Waid has constantly referred to your "Blind Justice" story in THE MARVEL SUPER-HEROES book as an influence for his writing on the title. He's even got a character named after you, Dr. Elliot Pasko. You focused quite a bit on DD's "super senses" in the story, and from reading your animation outline and script (which incidentally were written around the same time as that story), I can see DD's senses were an important aspect of the character that you wanted to explore. Is that THE thing about Daredevil that has always fascinated you?

Martin Pasko: Absolutely. In a sense, that was all that made DD genuinely unique when I first discovered the character -- remember, Elektra and all the martial arts grace notes that came later were, at that point, just a glimmer in Frank Miller's eye -- actually, I think Frank Miller was still a glimmer in someone's eye. But I digress.

Yeah, the super senses was not just "an import aspect" of the character; they were the character. The idea that -- as I think I put it in that novella -- everyone thinks that Matt Murdock is "less than" conventionally functional when he's so "much more than" was the conceit that made DD seem so cool to me when I was a little kid and an uncle who knew that I was into comics brought me this thing called Daredevil that I'd never heard of. Of course, the reason I read it immediately -- this was one of the first ten issues but I don't remember which, because I don't have it today; I reread it so many times, in those days before I started collecting and putting stuff in plastic -- that it fell apart! -- but I remember he was still in the yellow, black and red costume -- what got my attention immediately was that stunning Wally Wood art. I'd been reading MAD for a few years by then, and even though Woody was no longer contributing to the magazine at that point, I was blown away by his caricature and his ability to "spec" other cartoonist's styles, that I saw in the MAD paperback reprints. But I had no idea he could do straight heroic comics (this was a few years before the Tower T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents stuff), so I was, like, "Whoah."

Then, when I got into it, and saw that Matt Murdock was blind but all his other senses were heightened, I was hooked. Then, after Woody left, I gradually drifted away a bit -- Mom didn't like me reading too many comics during the school year, LOL -- till that Gene Colan sequence in '68 with The Jester and that photo collage cover with them battling it out atop the Statue of Liberty -- and then I was hooked all over again, and stayed with it through the rest of Colan's run and a bit longer. I think Rich Buckler was doing it when I finally decided I couldn't afford the cover price, and the only titles I read were the ones that by then I was getting for free as a writer for DC. But that was "my" Daredevil.

When Len Wein and Marv Wolfman, the editors of that paperback, offered me the chance to do the Daredevil novella, I jumped at it because of the formal challenge. It was a simple idea I had about how to approach it, but one that I had no idea would later turn out to be so well remembered so many years later. To do it differently from the other prose attempts at the character that I'd read, wherein the narrative voice stood outside the character, looking on -- what's known in prose as a third-person omniscient point of view -- I said to myself, to make this somewhat special, and set a helluva challenge for myself, I'll do it from a third-person limited point of view, which means you write as if it were in the first person, but just say "he" when you would otherwise say "I."

I decided to do it all from Murdock's point of view precisely because it wasn't a "view" at all. So every time I would imagine what he was seeing, I had to ask myself how he saw it -- and that led to intricate descriptions of how this man who could not see navigated the everyday world: how did he pick out his clothes? Well, could he feel the texture and color? How did he know when to get up to go to work if the alarm clock didn't go off and he couldn't see the sunlight? Well, with heightened senses he could feel the warmth...and on. And the further I worked through the draft, the more convinced I became that I was really "onto something": I realized that precisely because it wasn't a comic book -- precisely because I couldn't
express in visual terms what Matt saw-but-didn't-see-in-the-conventional-sense -- and couldn't afford to get lazy and just say, "Let the artist figure it out" -- I was able to suggest what it was like to be Matt Murdock in a way the comics couldn't.

It was an ironic creative discovery, too, in that I decided that it was actually the absence of visuals that made the character (for me, at least) more compelling in prose than in a visual medium. I remember years later, when I was working at Marvel Productions, I was given a copy of Stirling Silliphant's screenplay for the DD movie that was then in development at Warner Bros., and asked what I thought of it. And I remember telling them how much of a disappointment I thought it was -- this was, after all, Stirling Effin' Silliphant, the great screenwriter who'd written In The Heat Of The Night -- but he got so hung up in describing what the "radar" looked like in the POV shots that it was all visual gimmickry and very little of the human being -- it played kind of like an "organic" Six Million Dollar Man. All that was missing was the LED readout of co-ordinates and stuff super-ed on the bottom of the screen.

The other element of the character that, as a writer, I could really sink my teeth into, was the inner conflict, which I think Stan Lee meant to explore in his early scripts but some of the subsequent writers lost sight of. But not even Stan was that much into the super hero as a tragic figure -- he only "went there" when something majorly traumatic happened, like Peter Parker's grief when Uncle Ben died -- but it wasn't like Stan to write a character who was always fighting off being morose and depressed, because Stan was and is a firm believer in keeping it light in the name of fun, as if there were nothing entertaining in watching a character you admire process real, everyday emotional pain. For all the bombast about Marvel introducing angst to comics, quite frankly, I think it was left to other, later, more skillful writers than Stan to genuinely, honestly, and movingly bring that quality to the characters, like what Marc DeMatteis did with Spider-Man in the '90s.

But what Stan instinctively built into DD was a better twist on the as-Clark-Kent-he's-a-cowardly-wimp-but-as-Superman-he's-a-hero trope, because you genuinely felt sorry for Matt for the act he was forced to play, because -- again, as I think I put it in the novella -- he really was, in fact, blind. And what made his being trapped inside that act he had to play was that other people merely disdained and ridiculed Clark Kent, but other people -- his friends, confidantes, even his lovers -- pitied Murdock, which he hated, and for all their good intentions, that pity kept them irrevocably beyond human connection with him. So he was like Tantalus in Greek mythology -- always reaching out, but always stymied or rebuffed, denied that connection by the role he had to play, by the path he had chosen in order to win his father's approval.

One more comment: That novella was the first attempt at prose I'd made since Creative Writing 101 in college, and I was real insecure about it -- especially since my two best friends at the time had been to the Clarion Science Fiction Writers Workshop in Ann Arbor and had had guys like Harlan Ellison and Bob Silverberg critiquing their work, and, around that time, I'd let them read some of my clumsy, demented fiction fragments, and they were merciless in their savaging of them (but appropriately so). So, after I had a few pages, I timidly asked Denny O'Neil to take a read, because he was the only comics writer I knew and admired who was moving effortlessly back and forth between comics and prose. A day later, he handed it back to me and said only two sentences: "I know what you're doing, and you had to make that choice. Your instincts are good." I was on Cloud Nine for a week. I haven't been following Mark's remarks in interviews, but I'm deeply impressed by what I've seen of the book -- but, then, I'm an unabashed Waid fan. Here, I'm hearing about his mention of me for the first time -- though I couldn't miss "Elliot Pasko," of course -- and I must say, to hear that Mark is mentioning that novella in interviews is as big a rush as Denny's comment was lo those many years ago. And so...a special thank-you and shout-out to Mark, OK?

Mithra: My first Daredevil comics were those Wood stories you're talking about. It was a black and white reprint book which had Fellowship of Fear and then the Stilt-Man Cometh!
But I read those in 1984, not as they came out. I only started collecting monthly with issue #219, which happened to be Miller's sort-of return to the comic.

Pasko: Originally, I had ambitions to write serious, literary prose, and the world was a different place then in terms of acceptance of comics as a "legitimate" form. You have to remember, this was before anybody even knew the term "graphic novel," and the commonplace of established fiction writers dabbling in comics, as they have for years now for imprints like Vertigo, was still years away. When Len and Marv offered me the gig, I was running into Steve Englehart, who was telling every writer he knew this horror story about how he couldn't get fiction editors to even read his novel manuscript because he had a rep as a comic book writer. He said that one of them even told him -- and I'll remember this ver batim till the day I die: "I know how you comic book writers write -- very superficially."

So the last thing I wanted was for my first published piece of prose, that would be about a comic book character, to go out under my real name, so I used the pseudonym I'd been using when I was heavily rewritten on other stuff and wanted to repudiate it. The ironic thing was that I changed my mind after it started turning out well, and submitted it under my own name, as Len and Marv had urged me to do. But by then it wasn't up to us anymore: Stan Lee or Jim Shooter or someone at Marvel decided -- or so I was told -- that they didn't want the name of a writer so closely associated with DC to appear on the book, so I was stuck with "Kyle Christopher."

Thanks Mr. Pasko. His animated series proposal was great, it had a lot of the swashbuckler elements of the character. It is on my list for the LOST TALES section of my site. Hopefully I can write a summary of it soon.

2020/05/12/Will-Stout-Interview

05/12 - Will Stout Interview

I interviewed actor Will Stout, who played Todd Neiman in DAREDEVIL Season 3.

We talked about portraying Karen Page's boyfriend, working with Deborah Ann Woll & Jack DiFalco, and what it was like to film in a small town.

Hope you enjoy it and many thanks to him!

Will Stout Interview

2020/05/09/LOVE-AND-WAR-Gallery-Edition

05/09 - LOVE & WAR Gallery Edition

The new oversized DAREDEVIL/ELEKTRA: LOVE & WAR GALLERY EDITION hasn't shipping through Diamond yet, but it is currently available online through Amazon.

It contains the original graphic novel DAREDEVIL: LOVE & WAR by Miller and Sienkiewicz, and also the complete ELEKTRA: ASSASSIN series by the pair as well.

It has lots of extra pages at the back, with sketches, covers and interviews.

Written by FRANK MILLER
Penciled by BILL SIENKIEWICZ
Cover by BILL SIENKIEWICZ
Writer Frank Miller and artist Bill Sienkiewicz are two visionary creators — and when their talents combine, the results are spectacular! In the acclaimed Daredevil graphic novel LOVE AND WAR, Miller and Sienkiewicz take a unique look at the bitter rivalry between the Man Without Fear and the Kingpin of Crime — as all that Wilson Fisk holds dear is placed in grave danger! And in ELEKTRA: ASSASSIN, Miller’s deadly creation — the Hand’s greatest warrior, the former love of Matt Murdock — returns for a stunning tale of good and evil, life and death, triumph and tragedy! Featuring Sienkiewicz’s startling painted artwork on oversized pages, Daredevil and Elektra have never looked more incredible! Collecting MARVEL GRAPHIC NOVEL: DAREDEVIL — LOVE AND WAR GN and ELEKTRA: ASSASSIN #1-8.
376 PGS./Mature …$39.99
ISBN: 978-1-302-92332-7
Trim size: 9-1/4 x 13

2020/05/06/PUNISHER-DEFENDERS-Auction

05/06 - PUNISHER & DEFENDERS Auction

Prop Store will be continuing their auctions for the Netflix Marvel shows, this time with the remaining Defenders shows and Punisher in June.

Here's a quick preview video:

There is also a preview gallery and registration link:

Prop Store

2020/05/05/JESSICA-JONES-SerialBox

05/05 - JESSICA JONES Serial Box

A new Serial Box will be coming out May 28th featuring Jessica Jones in a new tale titled "JESSICA JONES: PLAYING WITH FIRE".

The safe choice? Walk away. But when has Jessica Jones ever played it safe?

Jessica Jones has made an art of ignoring her particular brand of super-powered trauma. But these days, she’s giving the whole “self-care” thing a try. Seeing a therapist, finding healthier coping mechanisms (read: no business-hours drinking), working toward not wanting to punch things all the time. Maybe even taking the occasional case that won’t eat her alive. A simple missing persons case seems like just the ticket. But when a boy’s body turns up under an overpass in what looks like a cut-and-dried OD, Jessica can’t let it go and dives headlong into an obsessive search for answers.

Written by Lauren Beukes, Vita Ayala, Sam Beckbessinger, Zoe Quinn, and Elsa Sjunneson. Narrated by Fryda Wolff.

Art by Annie Wu.

The series will also feature many Marvel guest-stars including Matt Murdock. You can pre-order the season for $9.99. Look for more details soon.

Jessica Jones SerialBox

2020/05/01/DAREDEVIL-Shipping-Update

04/27 - Latest Shipping Update

Marvel has sent out a press release today detailing plans to resume shipping on May 20. They have provided a listing up until July 8th. DAREDEVIL #20 will ship in June, however, and the third collection with come a week later. Of course, are any shops going to be open to sell these comics? Here's the latest update:

DAREDEVIL #20

Diamond - June 10
Digital - June 10

DAREDEVIL #21

Diamond - TBD (July 15 at the earliest)
Digital - TBD (July 15 at the earliest)

DAREDEVIL #22

Diamond - TBD (may appear in the August Previews)
Digital - TBD

DAREDEVIL ANNUAL #1

Diamond - TBD (July 15 at the earliest)
Digital - TBD (July 15 at the earliest)

DAREDEVIL #21 POSTER

Diamond - TBD

DD BY ZDARSKY V3 TPB

Diamond - June 17
Digital - Now available
Amazon - Nov 3

LOVE & WAR GALLERY ED

Diamond - TBD
Digital - None
Amazon - Now available

MAN WITHOUT FEAR SELECT

Diamond - TBD
Digital - None
Amazon - July 28

LAST RITES EPIC COLLECTION

Diamond - TBD
Digital - July 15
Amazon - Nov 17

I will update this listing at least once a week, so please check for updates here or on Twitter (@manwithoutfear)


April 2020


2020/04/30/Charlie-Cox-Interview

04/30 - Charlie Cox Interview

The Daredevil Quarantine Watch Party came and went, and please make sure to visit Twitter to read all the comments from the night.

Charlie Cox made an appearance:

ComicBook.com has posted the entire 30+ minute interview, where Cox talks about working on the show, what his future might be with the character, and a lot more.

2020/04/29/Charlie-Cox-Addresses-Spider-Man-Rumors

04/29 - Charlie Cox Addresses Spidey Rumors

Ever since SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME came out, several rumor sites have been speculating/wishing that Daredevil could be Peter Parker's lawyer, to help get him out of the situation at the end of that movie.

Of course, Netflix has the rights for Daredevil still, and according to some rumor sites, the rights return in November, or could have returned already.

Nothing is official.

ComicBook.com spoke with Charlie Cox today, in part to discuss tomorrow's quarantine party, and to also get his comments about this rumor...

Cox said if the rumors are true, "it's with another actor".

So, what's true in any of this?

Was the Spidey rumor just wishful thinking from these rumor sites? Are the rights still with Netflix until November, or does Marvel have them already? Could Marvel be working on something and Cox doesn't know about it yet? Is someone else going to be Daredevil? Are there way too many questions here? Yes. Go watch the video.

2020/04/28/DAREDEVIL-Quarantine-Watch-Party

04/28 - DAREDEVIL Quarantine Watch Party

This Thursday at 9PM ET/6PM PT, ComicBook.com will be doing another Quarantine Watch Party, this time with the cast and crew of DAREDEVIL!

They will be watching DDS3E4 - "Blindsided" and joining them will be:

Erik Oleson
Vincent D'Onofrio
Deborah Ann Woll
Wilson Bethel
Amy Rutberg
Jay Ali
Chris Brewster
And... some surprises are in store, so most likely Charlie Cox will make an appearance as well.

Follow along on Twitter on Thursday night with the #QuarantineWatchParty and #Daredevil hashtags.

See you online!

More details at:

ComicBook.com

2020/04/28/Chris-Tardio-Interview

04/28 - Chris Tardio Interview

I interviewed actor Chris Tardio this week. He played Detective Blake in the first season of DAREDEVIL, a cop on the wrong side of the law. We discussed his audition, some of his favorite scenes and more. Many thanks to him for this opportunity, and hope you guys enjoy the interview!

Chris Tardio Interview

2020/04/27/DAREDEVIL-Shipping-Update

04/27 - Latest Shipping Update

Here's the latest for DAREDEVIL-related items that were originally solicited for this year:

UPDATE: April 28th - Diamond has scheduled shipments starting on May 20th, and DAREDEVIL #20 is listed for May 27th. Once this is finalized, I will update this list in another news item.

DAREDEVIL #20

Diamond - TBD
Digital - May 6 (keeps getting pushed)

DAREDEVIL #21

Diamond - Jun 10
Digital - May 6 (will change)

DAREDEVIL #22

Diamond - Nov 25
Digital - Jun 3 (will change)

DAREDEVIL ANNUAL #1

Diamond - May 20 (will change, since #21 has moved)
Digital - May 20

DAREDEVIL #21 POSTER

Diamond - Jun 3

DD BY ZDARSKY V3 TPB

Diamond - TBD
Digital - Now available
Amazon - Nov 3

LOVE & WAR GALLERY ED

Diamond - TBD
Digital - None
Amazon - Now available

MAN WITHOUT FEAR SELECT

Diamond - TBD
Digital - None
Amazon - July 28

LAST RITES EPIC COLLECTION

Diamond - Nov 25
Digital - Jun 3
Amazon - Nov 17

I will update this listing at least once a week, so please check for updates here or on Twitter (@manwithoutfear)

2020/04/24/Jimmy-Palmiotti-Interview

04/24 - Jimmy Palmiotti Interview

Marvel's Joe Quesada continued his live streams today for his Mornin' Warm Up on YouTube, this time with special guest Jimmy Palmiotti.

The pair talked about many topics, including the formation of their company, Event Comics, the meetings that started Marvel Knights, and what it was like to work in the Marvel offices.

2020/04/22/Klaus-Janson-Interview

04/22 - Klaus Janson Interview

All the DAREDEVIL issues by Frank Miller and Klaus Janson are currently on sale on the Marvel App (until April 23 11PM), and Marvel.com caught up with Janson to discuss his legendary run on the title.

Some highlights:

"Before Frank came on, there were so many different pencillers assigned to the book because DAREDEVIL was bimonthly at that point and really on life support in a lot of ways. There were a lot of rotating pencillers and…my job was to keep the book looking consistent. And when Frank came on, nobody really expected him to stay on for as long as he did because the pencillers usually would do two issues or three issues and then hop off, but when Frank came on there was definitely a shift in terms of the level of commitment."

"There was a cohesiveness to DAREDEVIL that you could sense I think. There was a common vision, a cohesive vision... By the third year, it was just Frank and I. There was no other colorist, there was no other inker, penciller, writer. It was Frank and I and the letterer, Joe Rosen. Turning out monthly books with only two people is hard, it's not an everyday occurrence."
Marvel.com

2020/04/22/Kevin-Smith-Interview-Part-2

04/22 - Kevin Smith Interview Part 2

Kevin Smith returned to Joe Q's Mornin' Warm-Up to discuss all things Marvel Knights and Daredevil... it's a very in-depth discussion of how Guardian Devil came to be, the challenges along the way, and so much more.

And the pair do talk about potentially getting back together for another project (eventually)...

2020/04/20/Sideshow-Daredevil-Elektra-Print

04/20 - Sideshow Daredevil & Elektra Print

Sideshow has a new Daredevil & Elektra art print for sale, limited to 100 by Bill Sienkiewicz.

The artwork is taken from DAREDEVIL #6 (Vol. 5) and is signed by Sienkiewicz.

Unframed version is $100, framed is $325. It is 18 x 24.

More details at the link below:

Sideshow

2020/04/20/Kevin-Smith-Interview

04/20 - Kevin Smith Interview

Marvel's Joe Quesada continued his live streams today for his Mornin' Warm Up on YouTube, this time with special guest Kevin Smith.

The pair talked about many topics, including Stan Lee, Daredevil, and maybe if they would team up again for a Marvel comic...

2020/04/14/DAREDEVIL-Shipping-Update

04/14 - Latest Shipping Update

There is still no word on when print comics will be distributed by Diamond, and Marvel hasn't been releasing any comics on their app or on ComiXology as well.

There is, however, a chance that the third collection from the current run will appear this week on digital. I will update if anything changes with that release.

Here's the latest, with print, digital and online bookstores...

Print
TBD - (was 4/1) - DAREDEVIL #20
TBD - (was 4/8) - LOVE & WAR GALLERY ED
TBD - (was 4/15) - DD BY ZDARSKY V3 TP

Digital
TBD - (was 4/1) - DAREDEVIL #20
4/15 - DD BY ZDARSKY V3 TPB

Amazon
4/21 - LOVE & WAR GALLERY ED
5/12 - (was 4/28) - DD BY ZDARSKY V3 TP

2020/04/10/Happy-5th-DAREDEVIL-S1

04/10 - Happy 5th DAREDEVIL S1

Yes, it's been 5 years since the debut of DAREDEVIL Season 1.

Visit the gallery to check out the promo pictures and relive some of the moments from the first season.

Daredevil Season 1

Here was the teaser trailer:

And here was the hallway fight!

2020/04/09/Deborah-Ann-Woll-Interview

04/09 - Deborah Ann Woll Interview

Marvel's Joe Quesada had a live stream today for his Mornin' Warm Up on YouTube, with special guest Deborah Ann Woll.

The pair had a very frank discussion about what it's like to be an artist, Woll's roles on True Blood, Daredevil, Punisher, and Relics & Rarities.

2020/04/07/More-Delays

04/07 - More Delays

Marvel has announced that once again print and digital comics will not be released this week.

DAREDEVIL #20 continues to be delayed and other comics that were scheduled for this week have been pushed back as well.

Here is a quick look at what was scheduled and the latest ship dates. TPBs and HC collections *may* come out in bookstores or online, so I'll be sure to update all of you if that happens.

TBD - (was 04/01) - DAREDEVIL #20

TBD - (was 04/08) - TRUE BELIEVERS BLACK WIDOW

04/22 - (was 04/08) - LOVE & WAR GALLERY EDITION

04/22 - (was 04/15) - DD BY ZDARSKY V3 TPB

04/29 - ANIMATED ELEKTRA STATUE

05/06 - DAREDEVIL #21

05/06 - DAREDEVIL #21 POSTER

05/20 - DAREDEVIL ANNUAL #1

Check back here or on Twitter for updates.

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