Retroactive Special Edition: Daredevil Through The Decades

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Daredevil (2000’s)

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History
Daredevil 2000
Daredevil 2001
Daredevil 2002
Daredevil 2003
Daredevil 2004
Daredevil 2005
Daredevil 2006
Daredevil 2007
Daredevil 2008
Daredevil 2009

My Overall Pick

DD500

Daredevil #500Making it to 500 issues is quite an astounding feat and this cover is the perfect celebratory montage, a three page gatefold masterpiece. The images in the central section feature our hero through various phases of his life starting as a young boy, moving to his original yellow suit, and ending with both a shot of him in his current costume and a shot of Matt Murdock in his civilian identity gazing off to the left. What has grabbed his attention? Directly to the left are all the various women who have meant so much to our hero throughout his life including his mother, Dakota North, Milla Donovan, Black Widow, Karen Page, Echo, and Typhoid Mary. Not to be forgotten we have Elektra as well who is depicted in a seminal moment of the entire series when she is impaled by Bullseye with her own sai. Also managing to sneak an appearance on the left are the villainous Mr. Fear and on-again-off-again bad guy Gladiator. The left portion is rich with colours which is in stark contrast to the more monochromatic right side. On the right we have some allies of our hero including Iron Fist and Luke Cage while we also have a rather dramatic shot of Matthew’s father sitting in the corner of the ring, his death acting as a big turning point for the young boy. Rounding out the right are various villains that have plagued Daredevil’s career over the years including Bullseye who make his second appearance on the cover, Lady Bullseye, the Owl, Tombstone, some Hand ninjas, and the Kingpin. Both sides of the cover also possess complimentary backgrounds/objects including a tumultuous thunderstorm behind Typhoid Mary which speaks to her tumultuous inner battle, roses encircling some of Matt’s loves of his life, a graveyard to represent those he has lost over the time of his crusade, a shot of his home – the city of New York, and playing cards dripped in blood – a favourite weapon of his arch-nemesis. The way the artist has orchestrated all the various images to create a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts is nothing short of brilliant. The transitions, the colouring, the dynamic poses, it all equals the perfect way to mark this momentous occasion and dare I say one of the best Daredevil covers of all time.

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2 thoughts on “Retroactive Special Edition: Daredevil Through The Decades

  1. 60s: Daredevil # 51 (April 1969)
    70s: tie between Daredevil # 99 (May 1973) and Daredevil # 124 (August 1975)
    80s: Daredevil # 227 (February 1986)
    90s: Daredevil Vol. 2 # 9 (December 1999)
    00s: Daredevil Vol. 2 # 52 (November 2003)
    10s: tie between Daredevil Vol. 3 # 26 (July 2013) and Daredevil Vol. 4 # 3 (July 2014)

    The 90s were the decade that made my choice most difficult, because there were three other covers that could have won the overall gold medal:

    – the cover you chose;
    – Daredevil # 335 (December 1994);
    – Daredevil # 351 (April 1996).

    At the end I decided to pick Daredevil Vol. 2 # 9, because it’s the first Daredevil issue I’ve ever read. Sentimentality wins out! 🙂

    • I know how difficult that must have been for you to narrow down all these fantastic covers to just eight and I thank you for that.

      Just for fun, taking your Top 8 picks, here would be my Rankings:

      1. Daredevil Vol. 3 # 26
      2. Daredevil Vol. 2 # 9
      3. Daredevil Vol. 4 # 3
      4. Daredevil # 227
      5. Daredevil Vol. 2 # 52
      6. Daredevil # 51
      7. Daredevil # 124
      8. Daredevil # 99

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