Daredevil #500: Behind the Scenes, Day 1

Celebrate the upcoming release of DAREDEVIL #500 with us!

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DAREDEVIL #500 cover by Marko Djurdjevic
Hey there, True Believer!  Warren Simons here. I'm the editor of DAREDEVIL, INVINCIBLE IRON MAN and THOR, and next week sees the release of the massive-sized DAREDEVIL #500. This is the second gigantic, wonderful monstrosity of an anniversary issue I've been lucky enough to edit with my cohort Alejandro Arbona, and if you like comics, I think you'll really dig this one. We've got a 40-page story by Ed Brubaker and Michael Lark (the final issue of their run!), a preview of DARK REIGN: THE LIST - DAREDEVIL by Andy Diggle and Billy Tan and a terrific backup story by acclaimed DD writer Ann Nocenti and all-around genius David Aja. Additionally, we've got an extremely cool cover gallery featuring all 500 issues of DAREDEVIL, as well as some brand new pin-ups we commissioned just for the occasion of this lovely anniversary issue.

Starting today, Marvel.com will be previewing some of these pin-ups—from both new and legendary DD creators alike—as well as some art from the issue, which I will be yammering on and on about.

We start the preview with two pin-ups: one by Rafael Grampá and one by Stefano Guadiano.

Daredevil pin-up by Rafael Grampá
Rafael Grampá Pin-Up
Rafael is the creator behind the brilliant Mesmo Delivery. When I first saw Mesmo at the San Diego Comic-Con [last year], I was just absolutely blown away by the extraordinary detail and personality in his work. From the attached pin-up, you can see why this is Daredevil as only Rafael Grampá could envision him.

From the exposed neck—I mean, his costume does not really fit him—to his Billy clubs, which look like they were assembled at a kitchen table in a Hell's Kitchen walkup, this is the costume of a very violent man who built an outfit from goods seemingly harvested at a sporting goods store. The thing I love about this piece is that this version of DD appears to come from our New York City, far from a world where spandex and unstable molecules exist. This is a super hero outfit built from boxing gear, one created to tackle the grit and strange violence of Hell's Kitchen. Also note Rafael's fantastic take on DD's radar sense. These aren't clean, concentric circles filling the night sky from a hero blessed with extraordinary gifts. These are strange, uneven lines, something primal, like an animal's sense of smell. Rafael's work here is terrific—this is one of my favorite pin-ups—so if you dig it, check out the issue, and check out Grampá's other fantastic work.

Daredevil pin-up by Stefano Gaudiano
Stefano Gaudiano Pin-Up

Stefano Gaudiano is my editorial office's secret weapon. He's provided extraordinarily beautiful inks over the Michael Lark's brilliant pencils on the DAREDEVIL ongoing title for the last few years. As any penciler who's had the pleasure of working with Stefano will tell you, he is an artist's artist. While he has a very recognizable style, it's one that he has deftly applied to probably 15 or 25 different artists over the past few years. Stefano, as you can tell from the attached pin-up, is a highly skilled draftsman as well as an inker extraordinaire.

For this composition, we discussed taking a look at a Matt Murdock who had returned home after a long, violent night. I think Stefano did a wonderful job with it.  For more of Stefano's pencils, check out IMMORTAL WEAPONS # 1, which is also out now.

Pick up DAREDEVIL #500, on sale August 19 and come back over the next few days for more pin-ups, pages and perspective from the landmark issue.

 

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RazorLight
RazorLight

[quote@SPIDEYISMYCLONE Wow. The Djurdjevic cover looks amazing. That alone is worth the price. Although, I'm not sure about Andy Diggle. I think that all I've read from him is the Thunderbolts issues with Deadpool. He could be okay for all I know, but after Kevin Smith, David Mack, Brian Bendis, and Ed Brubaker, (I don't even count that story arc where DD got sued) it'll a tough act to follow.[/quote] The TB/DP crossover was the usual irrelevant action crossover with fill-in art for TB to boot. Read the Diggle/De La Torre Thunderbolts issues (#126-129. 132) and you will have no doubt that this new creative team is perfect for Daredevil. Unfortunately, they were perfect for Thunderbolts.

johnnysword
johnnysword

[quote@squirrel without question, this will be the best gigantor some hundredth issue to be released this year. Forget the Hulk, Spidey, Cap and Thor, DD is going to be actual quality and not filler. ...I just hope that Andy Diggle can carry the baton as well as the rest of the spectacular canon of talent we've had on the last DD series.[/quote] I agree 100%

SPIDEYISMYCLONE
SPIDEYISMYCLONE

Wow. The Djurdjevic cover looks amazing. That alone is worth the price. Although, I'm not sure about Andy Diggle. I think that all I've read from him is the Thunderbolts issues with Deadpool. He could be okay for all I know, but after Kevin Smith, David Mack, Brian Bendis, and Ed Brubaker, (I don't even count that story arc where DD got sued) it'll a tough act to follow.

notapotatoe
notapotatoe

Please, let Grampa do a DD serie from this era !

squirrel
squirrel

without question, this will be the best gigantor some hundredth issue to be released this year. Forget the Hulk, Spidey, Cap and Thor, DD is going to be actual quality and not filler. The last issue of Brubaker's run, and he gets 40 deep, wrapped up in another supreme Djurdjevic spread cover. And the Grampa cover looks like a roughneck upstart DD with something to prove. Righteous. I just hope that Andy Diggle can carry the baton as well as the rest of the spectacular canon of talent we've had on the last DD series.