A guy is reading and posting a review of each and every issue of Daredevil.

The Matt Murdock Chronicles

His reviews focus on the writing, but he does comment on the art and artists as well.  He always includes some great scans of panels from every issue.   I decided I’d start at the beginning of his blog and “read along” the entire run of the Daredevil series.

A Gene Colan/Tony DeZuniga stunner from Daredevil #153

What has really struck me is how much Gene Colan REALLY contributed to this series.  Obviously I know Daredevil is one of the titles he’s best known for.  I myself being a Daredevil nut have always enjoyed Gene’s work, but it really wasn’t until I could see an entire run of issues like this blog provides how obvious it was that Gene’s artwork was leaps and bounds above his contemporaries back then.   It really wasn’t until Frank Miller came aboard the book that anyone else came even close to the dynamic storytelling that Gene provided the title.

The more I see Gene’s work the more I love it.  He’s truly one of a kind.

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  1. I agree wholeheartedly! I never read them as a kid; only a handful of issues here and there. (The whole “blind” thing bugged me and/or didn’t make sense at the time.)

    Wally Wood is one of the greats of the biz, but his DD just didn’t have the dynamism of Gene’s. I did like John Romita’s very much, but I prefer his Spidey and Cap. Gene just seemed MADE for DD. (And sorry, I just never saw the appeal of Miller’s. Emperor without clothes to me. But I obviously recognize his impact.)

    Testimony to Gene’s influence of DD is that it’s easy to forget he didn’t create or design the character. (Bill Everett only lasted a few issues.) It’s very rare when the follow-up artist–let alone the FOURTH artist–surpasses the contribution and identification of the creator!

    Thanks,
    Mike

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