Daredevil will debut on Netflix April 10th

Photo: USA Today

Photo: USA Today

After last night’s smashing success of a debut for Agent Carter on ABC, Marvel television is running on a nice critical high-point. Its next big gamble will be quick to follow-up as Marvel and Netflix have announced that Daredevil will hit the online network on April 10th, just a little under a month before Avengers: Age of Ultron (which opens in theaters on May 1st).

There’s been much talk about the tone of Daredevil and how it looks to lean towards grittier, 70’s inspired material, and while we have a few promo shots that have made their way on-line, there’s still no sign of the actual Daredevil costume. Here’s hoping that appears fairly up-front in the series and isn’t held back until the final episode. Given the origin-heavy take, its possible the series may lean on Frank Miller’s Man Without Fear design for the duration of the first season. We’ll know soon enough.

The upcoming schedule for Marvel’s television offerings is looking rather robust, between the currently airing Agent Carter, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (returning on on March 3rd), Daredevil, and the possible debut of AKA Jessica Jones. At this point, Marvel television’s various pieces are on the verge of rivaling the sheer quantity of the ever growing line-up of its DC Comics-based brethren, and all within one shared universe too. An impressive feat, provided the quality continues to climb.

Here’s the official synopsis for Daredevil:

Blinded as a young boy but imbued with extraordinary senses, Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) fights against injustice by day as a lawyer, and by night as the Super Hero “Daredevil” in modern day Hell’s Kitchen, New York City. Produced by Marvel Television and ABC Studios, with executive producers Steven S. DeKnight (Spartacus), Jeph Loeb (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) and Drew Goddard (Cabin In The Woods), the series also stars Rosario Dawson, Vincent D’Onofrio, Deborah Ann Woll and Elden Henson.

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Throwback Saturday: The Golden Apple c 1987

Photo by Leonard Pederson

Via Leonard Pederson’s Facebook page here’s a photo of me interviewing Frank Miller and Bill Sienkiewicz about Elektra Assassin at the Golden Apple in LA c1987. I guess I could make a better guess to the time by looking at the books in the background. Void Indigo, Mage and The Far Side.  I think that’s Mikal Gilmore with his back to the camera.

One small note, the shirt I’m wearing was manufactured for, I think , the 86 or 86 San Diego Comic Con in support of Jack Kirby. I forget who made the shirts but I think it was a group including Miller and Marv Wolfman. At the time Kirby was engaged in a fight to get his artwork back from Marvel, a struggle you can read about here.  I’m sure I still have that shirt, probably in storage somewhere. Because I am a packrat.

BTW upon looking at old pictures like this, one is tempted to exclaim “But I was so young and cute and skinny!” but then you realize that being young cute and skinny did not prevent you from dressing in very very unfortunate styles.

Frank Miller speaks from the NY Times to Playboy, on sex, violence and masculinity


With Sin City 2 finally opening this weekend, creator and co-director Frank Miller is making the PR rounds, speaking out at length publicly for the first time since the mixed reception of Holy Terror and his incendiary Occupy comments. First up was a very nice front page of the Arts & Leisure piece in the Sinday Times — which is as close to anointment as a cultural figure as it gets. There was a polite Dave Itzkoff profile (ALERT: I am quoted in the piece):
Purveyor of a Stylish Brutality in which he talks about the reception of The Spirit for the first time:

“It tossed me back on my heels,” Mr. Miller said of the film’s failure. “And it made me smarter. There are a million things that can go wrong with a movie, and you’ve got to get them all right. I still approach the set with great confidence.”

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Frank Miller and Eric So team for HK-style Sin City Marv

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Frank Miller’s stylishly brutal Sin City is coming back with a new film this Summer, and so are the Sin City toys, as Dark Horse has announced an HK-styled Marv figure for September. The figure is designed by Erik So and will retail for $150.

The masters of two mediums come together with an all-new, limited-edition vinyl figure of Sin City’s beloved brute, Marv! This unique interpretation of Marv was created by Eric So, a master of modern design and a leader in the Hong Kong designer-toy movement. With the guidance of Frank Miller, So has sculpted a thirteen-inch vinyl figure that is unlike any that has come before it.
While best known for his groundbreaking toy designs, Eric So is also an accomplished designer in many other areas, such as men’s fashion and accessories. He is a legend in his native Hong Kong, and has made a name for himself worldwide.
In the same spirit as his previous collaboration with Dark Horse (a vinyl figure of Mike Mignola’s Hellboy) or his Nike-commissioned statue of Michael Jordan, So favors a humorous and cartoonish approach over realism. While Marv is depicted in his customary trench coat, he has been transformed through Eric So’s unique approach to angles and features. Still, the influence of Frank Miller’s signature style shines through.
Each figure is individually hand painted and comes with a pack of band-aid stickers, which collectors may affix to Marv as they like. Also included is a certificate of authenticity, signed by both Frank Miller and Eric So.
“Besides the figure itself, the packaqe is innovative and fun” noted Dark Horse vice president of product development, David Scroggy. “Eric has come up with a gray translucent plastic blister that is the flat front of the box. The Marv figure inside is visible in silhouette. The outer surface is over-printed in white, creating the illusion of a shadowy Marv walking in the snow. This was inspired by Miller’s classic Silent Night story. It is a striking package design.”
Frank Miller is widely acclaimed worldwide for his comic work and boasts multiple Hollywood successes, including two adaptations of his masterwork, Sin City. Marv is one of Sin City’s most memorable characters, in both comics and film.
This beautiful thirteen-inch piece will be produced in a limited run of 950 and will arrive just in time for the release of Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. Mark your calendars for September 10, when this figure goes on sale for $150.

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Sin City 2 trailer debuts, and Frank Miller hints Sin City 3

yesterday marked the release of the full trailer for Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, the film coming out on August 22nd and all, well many of your favorites are back in technicolor black & white: Mickey Rourke as Marv, Bruce Willis as Hartigan, Jessica Alba as Nancy, Rosari oDawson as Gail, Jaime King as Goldie.. But now on board: Joseph Gordon Levitt, Josh Brolin, Eva Green, Dennis Haysbert, Ray Liotta, Lady Gaga…you know, this is going to be great fun. When the first Sin City came out in 2005 is exploded like a visual bomb in Hollywood’s mind; although everyone rightly credits Blade, Spider-Man and Dark Knight as the films that embedded the graphic novel in Hollywood’s mind, it was Sn City that added he oomph and artistry, the never-seen-THAT-before. Repugnantly brutal, it was nonethelss one of the most influential comcis films of all times, and as a testament to that is just how much of the original’s visual lexicon has become regular fare.


BUT the trailer still looks VERY neat.

And to delebrate it, creaor and co-director Frank Miller did an AMA on REddit. It’s the first public interview he’s done in quite some time, and givan the often messy nature of some of his Holy Terror era statements, it was good to see Miller (or his assistant actually) typing smartly and answering all kinds of questions. (But not some of the more controversial ones.) IN one answer, he talks about just what he did on the long delayed Sin City 2:

Yes I do. I absolutely ADORE the job. It’s a perfect contrast to my cartooning. In my cartooning I work with absolute freedom, and am able to create things out of whole cloth that I can then develop and work until they become a complete entity. This opens up a world of possibilities how something can be filmed. It also closes out a world of mistakes that can be made. For 300, even though I had seen the original 20th Century Fox movie, I decided I would do the story myself when I was old and good enough. I waited until I was 40, and then decided it was time to stop talking bout it and start doing it. And re-interpreted it VASTLY, having no intention of it turning into a movie, it’s very funny that the things i have no idea of turning into a movie end up becoming that way. I was thrilled with the results. As a matter of fact, my involvement in Sin City 2 right now is mainly I’m working with Robert, I’m sort of ad libbing on the edit, I’m saying “let’s lose this scene, let’s keep this shot” but he’s such an expert editor he doesn’t need that much help. But I am able to help work on the characters a bit more, and make the entire thing feel very Sin City, because it has a very particular tone to it, a very particular intent. I don’t talk too much about what Sin City is because it’s really my secret. Meanwhile, the other thing I’m eager to do and I’ve got plans (in my head anyway) for Sin City 3 – that will of course be subject to me and Robert having countless lengthy and productive arguments.

Of course he says he’d like to make a third movie…or write Captain America again. No controversy there. And no mention of Xerxes, which was supposed to be the tie-in to 300: Rise of an Empire…which also starred Eva Green, come to think of it. I guess she’s the Frank Miller Go To Icon.

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Frank Miller and Geof Darrow are back with Big Guy and Rusty for DHP


A news byte from C2E2: Dark Horse Presents, the long running anthology, will be back in a slimmer format but with some added content heft, including a new “Big Guy & Rusty” story by Frank Miller and Geof Darrow. Previous issues of the long running anthology had been 80 pages but a new 48 page format will be a bit easier to put out, said Dark Horse publisher MIke Richardson.

Rusty and the Big Guy is a comics series from 1995 about a young boy with a giant robot, that classic set up. It was turned into a Saturday morning cartoon for Fox, and ran for a whole season. That’s right, THERE WAS A FRANK MILLER SATURDAY MORNING CARTOON SHOW IN THE 90S. ANd yuo wonder why the 90s were the apogee of the Golden Age of human civilization.

The new story is just a “simple thing” Darrow told Comic Book Resources, which Miller is dialoging.

Other stories that will run in DHP according to CBR:
• David Mack’s “Kabuki”
• New “Resident Alien” stories by Peter Hogan and Steve Parkhouse
• Brendan McCarthy’s “Dream Gang”
• Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray, and Andy Kuhn’s “Wrestling With Demons”
• More “Sabertooth Swordsman” by Damon Gentry and Aaron Conley
• Fred Van Lente and Ryan Dunlavey’s “Action Philosophers”
• Ricardo Delgado’s “Age of Reptiles”
• Horton and Dialynis’s “Amala’s Blade”
• Tyler Jenkins’ (Peter Panzerfaust) “The Chaining”
• Jerry Ordway and Alex DeCampi’s “Semiautomagic”
• Peter Tomasi and Keith Champagne’s “The Mighty” drawn by Leonard Kirk
• Ed Brisson’s “Murder Book” with Declan Shalvey, Michael Walsh, and more
• Shannon Wheeler’s “Too Much Coffee Man”

David Brothers: “I’ve got to keep banging the drum for more” [Interview]

David Brothers is one of the most accomplished writers-about-comics around, a blogger who recently moved into the industry himself as a member of the Image Comics staff. Having made a name for himself on websites like 4thLetter and Comics Alliance, his writing on (in particular) creator-owned comics, artwork, Manga and race have provided some of the more compelling and articulate dissections of the industry of the last few years.

He’s one of the best, basically, and a number of other bloggers – myself included – see him as the pacemaker for our own writing. After a brief – very brief! – meeting in New York, David kindly agreed to talk to The Beat about his new role at Image; his thoughts on comics, genre, diversity and ownership; as well as where he hopes the industry will progress to over the next few years.

His answers are extensive – and well worth reading.

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Okay so now that Frank Miller cover to Detective #27 is happening after all

Just the other day DC announced that it was canceling all orders for a variant cover for the extra big sized DETECTIVE #27 by Frank Miller. Since
Miller hasn’t been seen around too much lately this wasn’t too surprising, but since the book had already gone through FOC, it was a pain for retailers who had already ordered it:

In a new update on Detective Comics #27, DC Entertainment has announced that the Frank Miller Cover for this special issue has been reinstated as Cover B. (Chris Burnham cover shown here.)

This remains an open-to-buy cover under item code OCT138238; all previous orders have been restored. It is scheduled to arrive in stores on January 8.

Please Note: This will be a wraparound cover.

Feeling like detectives ourselves, we reached out to DC for any further explanation but they declined to comment.

Where there’s a will, there’s a way.

As mentioned, the above Miler-esque cover is by Chris Burnham.

Neither Frank Miller’s 300 sequel nor Detective #27 cover happening for the time being

300XerxesWhat ever happened to Frank Miller?

In its weekly retailer advisory, DC announced that hes variant cover for the jumbo size celebratory Detective Comics #27 has been cancelled.

ICv2 reports that his XERXES sequel won’t be out in time for next year’s 300: RISE OF HTE EMPIRE movie.

While two issues of XERXES have been completed, that’s all for now, although a few pages have been floating around and they look great. Miller is co-directing Sin City 2, now slated to be released next August, so one presumes that doing the movie thing has taken up all his time instead of drawing the comics.

ICv2’s informant says that Miller will get back to things once he has the time. Reportedly. Miller and Sin City co-director Robert Rodrigeuz are planning a Sin City TV series after the movie comes out.

Miller hasn’t tweeted or really been heard from publicly since Holy Terror came out about two years ago. Hopefully he’s too busy making movies and things.

Detective Comics #27 to Feature Frank Miller, Paul Dini, Neal Adams and more

Also announced today by DC is the news that issue #27 of Detective Comics will be a special anniversary edition, and will feature work from a number of creators including Frank Miller, Scott Snyder, Paul Dini, Neal Adams, Francesco Francavilla, Sean Murphy and more.

There will also be a story from the new creative team who’ll be taking over Detective Comics – Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato.

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REVIEW: Does ‘The Wolverine’ Redeem Ten Years of Awful X-Men Movies?

I have seen The Wolverine! And boy was he shirtless a lot. This movie was half superhero film and half ringing endorsement for babyoil products. Hugh Jackman has returned as Logan for another round, and this time he’s surrounded by ninjas and on the prowl in Japan. Was it a good movie, though? Or was it like every other X-Men film from the last decade?

Spoilers below the jump.

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Carrie Kelley Returns? DC Tease a New Robin

Here’s a curio! DC have revealed the second half of Batman & Robin’s gatefold cover, which features the first appearance of Carrie Kelley in the New 52 Universe. That’s right! The one from Dark Knight Returns. The company are teasing that she may well be the new Robin coming onto the title, to act as Batman’s partner from now on. The book does need a Robin now that the other one, ahem, got pushed out the nest.

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On the Scene: WonderCon 2013, Matt Kindt on MIND MGMT and Being Happy

You’d be forgiven if you think of Matt Kindt as a breakaway success, since the “slow and steady” approach that’s defined his career so far looks like a sprint to the finish line with the explosive success of MIND MGMT from Dark Horse. Educator and author Travis Langley (Batman and Psychology) sat down with Kindt in a marathon 90 minute interview panel with the enigmatic creator on March 30th as part of the Comic Arts Conference at WonderCon. This “Focus” series event revealed just how long a road it has been for Kindt to reach his current level of exposure and fandom with MIND MGMT, a comic series about the dark legacy of a government spy agency staffed by agents with psychic abilities.

mbrittany_kindt_panel_1Kindt, who says he’s probably been best know for his graphic novel SUPERSPY prior to MIND MGMT, had an unusual experience with comics at the age of 7 or 8 years old that left a big impression on him and still continues to influence his work. Reading Frank Miller’s DAREDEVIL, he ploughed through an entire issue where Daredevil visits Bullseye in the hospital, now paralyzed (following his murder of Elektra) and repeatedly pulls the trigger on his gun at the murderer. The issue itself consists of Daredevil speaking to the comatose Bullseye with almost no action at all, and as a kid Kindt thought “What kind of crazy superhero stuff is this?”. The heavy, odd dialogue and the “threat” of the unloaded gun, Kindt said, “made me love comics”. After a period in the 90’s when superhero books weren’t “capturing” Kindt’s attention anymore, he had another epiphany after discovering Daniel Clowes’ series EIGHTBALL at a con. He immediately felt, upon reading the issues, “This is the kind of comics I want to do” and an indie sensibility was born. Enter the years of hard work and learning just how to produce comics with his own particular voice.

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Former employee sues Frank Miller and his girlfriend

A former assistant is suing Frank Miller and his girlfriend, Kimberly Cox, for discrimination and mental anguish, the NY Post reports, although most of the complaint seems to be aimed at Cox.

Joanna Gallardo-Mills was hired as an executive coordinator in 2008, and claims Cox berated her for not speaking English and damaged her workplace by various strong means: including smearing it with feces, taking a hammer to a printer, and leaving a “used feminine hygiene pad by her desk.” Phone throwing was also involved, the suit alleges.

The Post gives no official comment from the Miller camp, but offers a quote from Cox:

Cox yesterday said she was “shocked” by the suit.

“We didn’t know this was going forward because she was offered a very heavy settlement and declined,” she said.

Cox is an actress with a cameo in THE SPIRIT, the film directed by Miller.

Miller and Cox have not been much in the public eye in the past year or so; Miller canceled some personal appearances due to health issues after last year’s HOLY TERROR was released. However that looked to be changing with production on SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR announced for this fall. Miller co-wrote the story and the script.

Coming Attractions: IDW's David Mazzucchelli's Daredevil Born Again: Artist's Edition


I discovered this while searching for something else, and knew that others would experience their own Stimpy Squeel (“Oh JOY!) upon seeing this!

These editions sell out very quickly, and IDW doesn’t reprint them (WHY NOT?), so sell some blood, dig into those couch cushions, or use that tax rebate you’re gonna get when you finally file your tax return for 2011!

Here’s the text from the IDW Store, which can be accessed by clicking…

David Mazzucchelli’s Daredevil Born Again: Artist’s Edition PRE-ORDER

Availability: In stock

Quick Overview

This item is available for PRE-ORDER ONLY. It will not ship until it becomes available in late June 2012.

IDW proudly presents DAVID MAZZUCCHELLI’S DAREDEVIL BORN AGAIN: ARTIST’S EDITION, collecting all seven issues of the Born Again saga in its entirety. Considered by many to be the definitive Daredevil story, written by Frank Miller and drawn by David Mazzucchelli, this epic tale represents two unparalleled creators at the peak of their story-telling powers.

Each page has been personally scanned by David Mazzucchelli from his own original art at the same size he drew it, and in color (to insure the best possible reproduction). This Artist’s Edition measures 12 x 17 inches and is an extra-long 200 pages. Each book is shipped in a custom cardboard box for maximum protection. Available in June,

Brought to you by the same team responsible for the Eisner Award-winning Dave Stevens’ The Rocketeer: The Artist’s Edition, as well as Wally Wood’s EC Stories: Artist’s Edition.



While appearing to be in black and white, each page was scanned in color to mimic as closely as possible the experience of viewing the actual original art—for instance, corrections, blue pencils, paste-overs, all the little nuances that make original art unique. Each page is printed the same size as drawn, and the paper selected is as close as possible to the original art board.

Product Description

HC • Black & White • 200 Pages • 12” x 17”

Creative Team

Writer Frank Miller
Cover Artist David Mazzucchelli
Collection Editor Scott Dunbier


30 comics that never were or may never be

Over the holiday Chris Arrant had a fantastic two part survey of what-ever-happened-to comics, including no-shows like such as All-Star Batgirl and All-Star Wonder Woman, and done-but-long-shelved books like Batman Europa and Daniel Way and Darick Robertson’s Deathlok: Detour, it-sounded-ike-a-good-idea-when-we-were-talking-about-it-in-the-bar projects like Ed Brubaker and Sean Philips’ vampire pirates book Black Sails (above) and something best not thought about too much called “Frank Miller‘s Jesus.”

There’s no rhyme or reason to the books that didn’t make it — although Warren Ellis does seem to figure prominently in the list — there’s no shame in changing your mind and some things are just not meant to be.

The piece drew some comments from creators, like Adam Hughes giving a succinct summation of the status of All-Star Wonder Woman:

“While not entirely dead, the project is in a coma on a high, dark shelf”

Among the no-shows are recent things, like MULTIVERSITY the Grant Morrison/Frank Quitely/Cameron Stewart saga that was supposed to tie together all of DC’s continuities, as only they could. Guess that’s not quite as timely anymore.