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About the Author

Miller exploded on the comics scene in the late 1970s. He devotes time and energy to fight censorship wherever it arises.

Over his 30-year career, Klaus Janson has brought to life such characters as Batman, Punisher, Daredevil, and Spawn. This book is the culmination of theories learned and applied while teaching at the famed School of Visual Arts for the last 11 years. Janson lives in New York City.
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  • Grade Level: 8 and up
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel; First Edition edition (November 19, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785134735
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785134732
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.6 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,974 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Sean Curley on March 19, 2009
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Stan Lee and his various Silver Age co-creators produced a raft of classic characters, and did great work with them. To this day, people still look to Lee and co.'s work when talking about the defining periods of Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, and other characters. However, some of their creations did not flourish in the Silver Age, and owe more to later creators; the two most prominent examples would be the X-Men (virtually remade by Chris Claremont in the 1970s and 1980s) and Daredevil. This, the first of a series of three paperbacks collecting Frank Miller's initial work on the character, allows the reader to see what it was that transformed Daredevil from a B-level Spider-Man into his most popular incarnation.

Despite being labelled "Daredevil by Frank Miller", a majority of this volume isn't written by him, instead collecting his early work as a Daredevil artist in the leadup to taking over writing chores; these issues, mostly written by Roger McKenzie (one by David Michelinie) are an invaluable bridge to Miller's written work, particularly in regard to the character Bullseye (there's a priceless moment where he vows to "break [Daredevil's] woman" before breaking him; the 'woman' in question is Black Widow, and we know that Bullseye will under Miller make good on his pledge (multiple times, in fact), though not with Natasha). There's an early stab at social relevance here that somewhat awkwardly marries superhero action to age discrimination.
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Great pick up for any first time Daredevil reader. I think if you're new to the actual Daredevil comic realm after coming off the incredible and gritty Netflix series you might be thrown off by how lighthearted the actual stories are here, but you have to keep in mind that the comics collected here were written in 1979-1980, so don't expect to be getting Frank Miller Dark Knight Returns, modern Daredevil, etc.
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This volume actually starts off with a couple of issues from Spider-Man, which seems to be a theme throughout the early run on this title by Frank Miller. He borrows heavily from other titles to move other characters through Daredevil's world, including Hulk, Dr. Octopus, Black Widow and the Kingpin, many of whom would become closely associated with Daredevil over the years.

It works well here though, as one of the things I appreciate most about this run of Daredevil is that the crazy things keep passing through his life as a super-hero, while his private life still remains separate in many ways. Murdock has his circle of close friends, and Daredevil has his. They do intertwine at times, but at least we never see Foggy Nelson get super powers or put on a costume.

One of my favorite aspects of the Miller run (an element which continued long after he left the title) was the existence of Turk, a low-level street thug who always seemed to have the info Daredevil was looking for, and was always quick to give it up when confronted. I'll never understand why anyone told him anything, but I always got a kick out of seeing him pop up all the time just to get knocked around by Daredevil again.

This is also a great look at the rivalry between Daredevil and Bullseye, and includes the first appearance of Elektra, two of the most impactful relationships of Daredevil's life.
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Much like the X-Men in the 1960s, Daredevil wasn't as popular as he was today. However, that all changed when a young artist named Frank Miller began penciling him for Roger Mckenzie in 1979. Most of Mckenzie's stories are good, but when Miller starts writing the stories they're even better. No disrespect to Mckenzie, I respect him as a writer I just prefer Miller's style of storytelling. Roger wrote the stories from issues 158-166, and David Michilienie's stand-alone story issue 167 which I also enjoyed. Then we get the classic Miller stories from there, starting with Elektra's first appearance, to establishing Kingpin as a primary antagonist to Daredevil, and last but not least some classic fights with Bullseye. Overall, I believe any Daredevil fan should own Miller's run on the character it's dark, gritty, and at times realistic. Miller did a great job on revitalizing the character; despite not seeing himself as the series savior. From this whole volume my favorite story has to be issue 169, I'm not going to spoil it just read it. This is the beginning definitive run on Daredevil, so what are you waiting for buy it already.
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Miller's artwork and writing are such a great fit for Daredevil, and I have no complaints regarding the stories here told. The only complaint I do have is that the collection isn't quite big enough. It introduces Elektra but doesn't include any of her stories with DD.
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Great collection. Frank Miller's writing and artwork definitely still holds up today. Only complaint is that the issues that predate Miller's tenure as writer do seem dated and sometimes ridiculous. (Daredevil shouldn't be in a public hospital with a bandage wrapped around his mask.) There not all bad though, and Miller's issues alone makes this a must have for any daredevil fan.
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