It may be horrifying news for fans of Daredevil, but now both of the original artists attached to the series have decided to amicably part ways with Marvel, in order to pursue their own creator-owned work. In a post made to his blog today, Paolo Rivera states that he is going to step down from his 10-year exclusive contract with the company. In this, he joins fellow artist Marcos Martin as creators look outwards to the greater world of comics, interested to create their own legacies and stories in order to keep their futures secure.
What I create in the next decade needs to pay dividends when my vision gets blurry and my hands start to shake (and who knows what else). Now is the time to make that choice, while I’m still young, possess “great power,” but have few responsibilities.
Noting that he isn’t leaving the company entirely, and may well still contribute covers to Mark Waid’s acclaimed relaunch of Matt Murdock’s life, Rivera has nothing but compliments for his employers, and wishes them the best.
The reason you’re reading this now — the reason I have a career — is that I have played a privileged part in stories and characters that predated my birth and will long outlast my life. As an artist, my reputation — my fame, in blunt terms — is what makes this a profession, and not a hobby.
His attention now rolls over to some personal work – not forgetting the other exclusive contract he’s attached to (congratulations!) – as well as his commissions list, which is understandably rather large. It’s a fond farewell from Rivera, and well worth reading in entirety.