Wednesday, January 4, 2017
DAREDEVIL BY FRANK MILLER
Now here we are. Frank Miller's DAREDEVIL is another one of those classic late seventies/early eighties runs I missed as a kid and eventually checked out much later. Its legend was built for me over the years by publications like WIZARD, to the point that I felt I had to read it. My first exposure to the issues came via Marvel's DAREDEVIL VISIONARIES: FRANK MILLER trade paperbacks published somewhere around 2001 or so. I devoured the run then and I believe I've re-read it maybe two times in the ensuing decade and a half (which should make this my fourth go-round with this material).
Marvel released a DAREDEVIL BY FRANK MILLER AND KLAUS JANSON OMNIBUS a few years after the Visionaries trades, but I was on a much tighter budget back then and didn't want to upgrade -- plus Omnibuses were a brand new thing at the time and I didn't really know what to make of them. Eventually the Omnibus went back into print years later in 2013, and this time I sold off the VISIONARIES books to subsidize its purchase. Though I believe the contents and reproduction should be identical to the trades, I'm excited to read Miller's run in the oversize format.
One last thing: both the Visionaries books and Omnibus featured new, modern-style coloring from Steve Buccellato -- a practice of which I thoroughly approve and wish Marvel would engage in more often, as long as it's done well (I wrote a little article on the subject some time back). From what I can see, it looks like the issues on Marvel Unlimited, from which I'll be pulling my screenshots, use this same modern coloring. So be aware that, as far as color goes -- which I don't really ever bring up much anyway -- I'm not looking at the original hues (though I believe Buccellato has said he used the original colors, mostly by Glynis Wein and Klaus Janson, as a guideline for his work).
By my count, at a rate of one issue every Monday, this project should take us close to the end of August. So get ready, because beginning on Monday -- here comes Daredevil, the Man Without Fear!