|DAREDEVIL #500 variant cover by Alex Ross|
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.
Today we’re taking a look at two pin-ups from DAREDEVIL #500, which goes on sale this week. The first is by legendary Marvel artist John Romita Sr. The second is a double-page spread by the brilliant artist Geof Darrow.
John Romita Pin-Up
Daredevil pin-up by John Romita
From his remarkable run on AMAZING SPIDER-MAN to his position as Art Director, John Romita Sr.’s work at Marvel has made him an icon in our industry. Many lifetimes ago, when I was the assistant editor on AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #500, I had the opportunity to first work with John, and I can honestly tell you that he is one of the nicest guys in the business. John contributed a lovely cover to DAREDEVIL #94 a few years back—a beautiful homage to his '60s romance comics—and whenever I have the opportunity to work with him it’s always a tremendously rewarding experience.
I really love the feel of this pin-up. It’s a classic super hero shot, one which shows DD poised over Hell’s Kitchen, ready to protect this corner of the city. Ed Brubaker has a wonderful line in DD 500 about Daredevil being “born out of rage,” and you get the sense that in this shot we see a Daredevil whose life hasn’t suffered the extraordinary tragedies that have defined it for the past few decades. This piece was colored by Matt Hollingsworth, who also colors the monthly DAREDEVIL title.
John continues to do beautiful work for Marvel and The Hero Initiative, which is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping comic book veterans.
I had the opportunity to meet Geof Darrow at the San Diego Comic-Con a few years ago. Like John Sr., Geof is an extraordinarily accomplished artist who also happens to be a world-class good guy. The print of the Shaolin Cowboy that I picked up that day now sits above the desk in my office, but it wasn't for a few years after that encounter that Geof had enough time in his schedule to complete a Daredevil cover for me.
I saved the cover for a special occasion, and felt DD 500 was the perfect place for it. When we were discussing the pin-up for this issue, I told him he had carte blanche, but that it might be cool to see DD fighting "100 ninjas" or something. I don't think he got to 100, but he came close. I can look—and talk about—Geof's art all day, but I think this piece speaks for itself. Colors by the great Justin Ponsor.
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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