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Daredevil by Frank Miller & Klaus Janson, Vol. 1

(Daredevil (1964) #158-161, 163-172)

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A classic Marvel hero defined by one of comics' greatest visionaries! A Marvel Comics mainstay since 1964, Daredevil got a new lease on life in a landmark 1979-1983 run by writer-penciler Frank Miller and inker-penciler Klaus Janson, whose daring reinvention of the character quickly made Miller one of the biggest and most influential stars in the comic-book industry. ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published November 19th 2008 by Marvel (first published July 22nd 2004)
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Dan Schwent
Jan 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, 2019-comics
Daredevil by Frank Miller & Klaus Janson volume 1 contains Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #27-#28, and Daredevil #158-#161 and #163-#172.

For a lot of his life before this volume, Daredevil was strictly a b-lister, a poor man's Spider-Man. In this volume, even before Frank Miller takes the writing reins as well as the art, begins the shift toward something more.

Quite a bit of what would later wind up on the Netflix show is introduced or refined here. Ben Urich deduces Daredevil's
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C.T. Phipps
Sep 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, daredevil
Frank Miller's Daredevil is one of the main contributing factors to the creation of the Dark Age of Comics which, hyperbole aside, was an attempt to bottle the lightning created by Miller and Alan Moore across multiple series. Frank Miller, however, took a character who was always just shy of a second-rate Spiderman and turned him into a character who has had a movie as well as television series with multiple spin offs. As a comic book historian as well, it also generated a much more successful ...more
Giota
Nov 13, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
I think that Daredevil is the first impaired superhero. There were other characters who had vision problems but they were restored in one way or another. Daredevil is the first superhero that while blind continues to be active, able and effective. He rises above his imperilment and learns to live with it and compensate. Actually, not just compensate but turn it into an advantage.

With the exception of Batman, Daredevil is one of the loneliest superheroes. It isn’t just that he hides his identity
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Adam
Mar 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
If you know anything about Daredevil, you know that he really came into his own as a character when Frank Miller took over writing the series.

I've read every issue of Daredevil leading up to this volume, and everything that makes him work as a character was already in place before Miller started penciling the series. There were good issues and bad issues before Miller got involved, but the formula was getting stale. Basically, there would always be a soap-opera subplot going on with blind lawyer
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Ryan Stewart
Feb 27, 2015 rated it liked it
It's pretty well documented that Frank Miller serves as just the artist for a good chunk of this volume. I was shocked at just HOW much of it... it takes a long time to get to the good stuff. Some of the writing in the first 3/4 of the volume was so painful it made me wish I was blind, too, just so I wouldn't be able to continue. But alas, once you power through, Frank takes over in style and with authority. He creates Elektra in his very first issue for crying out loud... and it keeps getting ...more
PATRICK
Mar 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
It's my first time to finish a Marvel volume. Found this copy from the library and unfortunately the only Daredevil one. I'll probably buy the next when I get a decent job or something.

Daredevil is a masterpiece. The villains are awesome. The backstories are my favorite parts than the fighting sequences which were cool too. I have so many things I want to learn about these comic books. One of the things I learned is that several people can revive an old character and run it. This Daredevil by
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Fluffyroundabout
Jun 08, 2016 rated it it was ok
Well this was a disappointment. I paid money to read frank millers daredevil but frank only writes the last four issues or so. Sure he does the art for all of it but he is known for his writing. I had to force myself to read this, I kept telling myself it'll be ok I'm sure frank takes over soon....he didn't. For 3/4 of the book a guy called roger Mckenzie does the writing and what he writes isn't awful, just really boring.


Even though frank only writes a few issues in this book those few issues
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Becky
DNF-ing about 2/3rds of the way in. I love the Daredevil television show on Netflix, so I wanted to read the "must read, essential" Daredevil comics by Frank Miller. I just don't think this has aged well. There's a lack of depth to the stories, the characters feel cliched, and I'm just not interested in continuing on with this book, and I definitely don't want to read the other two volumes of this.
Jared
May 10, 2014 rated it liked it
1st half is rough, as miller was not at the helm for the writing. After he took over...brilliant and dark.
Andrew
Jul 11, 2018 rated it liked it
The majority of this volume is scripted by Roger Mckenzie, David Michelinie, and Bill Mantlo, with pencils by Miller and inks (mostly) by Janson. These issues are solid-but-unspectacular Bronze Age superhero comics with stock plots wherein super-powered villains give silly speeches and kidnap Daredevil's girlfriend. The primary appeal is seeing the evolution of Miller's art. Here, he's heavily indebted to Will Eisner and Steve Ditko, but rapidly developing his own style.

Once Miller takes over
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Bridgettearlee
Mar 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great stories

Miller's artwork and writing are such a great fit for Daredevil, and I have no complaints regarding the stories here told. The only complaint I do have is that the collection isn't quite big enough. It introduces Elektra but doesn't include any of her stories with DD.
Jelena
If you ask me, it’s hard to even conceive a better superhero than Daredevil. He’s got it all, and just in the right amount: Supernatural skills that essentially fall short compared to the set of skills he’s acquired through hard work and discipline, yet enough hot-headedness to screw up said hard work and discipline, a childhood trauma on top of another childhood trauma, plenty of brooding to last him five lifetimes and enough moral ambiguousness to save him from being disgustingly good. So much ...more
Adam Spanos
Jun 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
If you want a look into Frank Miller's Career and his beginnings at Marvel and working on Daredevil, then this is a fantastic collection.... I guess. For me, it was enjoyable, readable, had its moments, but was disjointed enough to not always allow me to connect with the character. Here's the thing, this isn't a full sequential collection of Daredevil meaning, it doesn't include ALL the comics in a story arc. It's a collection of daredevil comics... and in that sense, connecting with it was a ...more
JD Estrada
Jul 09, 2017 rated it liked it
If you want a look into Frank Miller's Career and his beginnings at Marvel and working on Daredevil, then this is a fantastic collection.... I guess. For me, it was enjoyable, readable, had its moments, but was disjointed enough to not always allow me to connect with the character. Here's the thing, this isn't a full sequential collection of Daredevil meaning, it doesn't include ALL the comics in a story arc. It's a collection of daredevil comics... and in that sense, connecting with it was a ...more
Aggelos
May 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Marvel knows how to empty your pocket on stories you don't want.

Despite the credits Miller's and Janson's legendary run doesn't start when they first team-up for the art but when Miller takes on double duty as writer/artist and I bet that's what anyone who bought this book actually wanted. So when I see that two-thirds of the book is actually NOT written by Miller, the whole experience leaves a salty, bitter aftertaste, even though the book ends with good, even sometimes great material (best is
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thea
you know that it breaks my heart to do this, it really does.

i love daredevil with all my being and imagine my surprise when i simply could not get into this story at all. i ended up DNFing the book but i still wanted to give this a star. i believe it was a bad move starting with a spider-man comic because honestly i could not careless about the storyline. the issue after that felt lacking with no seen development, sure, this was from ages ago but man things like this are supposed to be timeless,
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Travis
Sep 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: crime, comics
Look, Miller's artwork might be a game changer and watching it develop is certainly interesting, but the writing has certainly aged badly.
Jason
The difference between when Miller takes over in this volume and what comes before is pretty dramatic. I can't wait to dig into the next volume. I had my doubts initially, but I'm glad Marvel included the issues Miller only illustrated. Not only is his art fantastic, it's worth seeing the difference in the writing styles. The other stuff's not bad-the one shot he co-wrote with Micheline was pretty good-but Miller definitely takes it to the next level.
Jordan Lahn
The back half of the collection is much stronger than the first. The quality definitely improves when Frank Miller takes over the writing. I still have difficulty connecting with the 80s art style, and the constant narration and overly drawn out dialogue. That being said, I enjoyed the last couple of stories enough to motivate me to read the next collection.
Hális Alves
Jan 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
Took me almost a year to read this one. The first half was just cool, but the second half was amazing, truly. Scenes, frames and dialogues were outstanding, most of all everything related to Daredevil's relationship with Bullseye and the fantastic arc starring the Kingpin.
Julio Bonilla
Jan 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is more like it!


This volume introduces Elektra, The King Pin/Wilson Fisk and Black Widow!

This was my introduction to The Devil of Hell’s Kitchen.

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Dan Mancini
Apr 10, 2015 rated it did not like it
The writing gets slightly better once Frank Miller takes over those duties, but this book is godawful. Thin characters, ridiculous plots, and painfully creaky dialogue abound.
Tris
Jul 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-reads, comics
One of my favorites featuring some of my favorites!
Michael Emond
Nov 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the start of Frank Miller and Daredevil. And what a start it is. It begins with a favourite two parter of Spider-man going blind and Daredevil having to help him (the blind leading the blind). Frank's penciling isn't at its peak yet but it is starting.
then we get into the Daredevil's written by Roger McKenzie and drawn by Frank. While these don't have the brilliant writing of Miller they are still a lot of fun and they start to plant the seeds of Frank's writing run. The main problem is
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Willow Redd
Oct 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Grabbed this one from a newly opened branch of my local library as I've been researching Daredevil and Elektra for a personal project. Seeing as this volume includes the first appearance of Elektra and the start of Frank Miller's defining run on the series, I knew I needed to read it.

The only downside to this collection is that it doesn't do a great job of filling in the gaps like many collected comic volumes do. While it starts appropriately enough with Daredevil's appearance in two issues of
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Nicholas Driscoll
Aug 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really liked the Netflix Daredevil series, and so I became curious about the Daredevil comics from which the show was birthed. I found out that the Frank Miller run was one of the most influential in the series, so I got the first volume.

These are older comics, and often quite episodic in nature, but I still found them for the most part pretty entertaining. I got tired of some of the repetitive parts (I think Daredevil's origins were explained up to five times or more), but I could see why
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Austin
Nov 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, ebook, review
This volume collects the beginnings of Frank Miller's work on Daredevil - starting as guest pencils on a Spider-man/Daredevil crossover, then transitioning to primary artist on the main Daredevil book, before eventually taking over completely as both writer & artist.

The collection is worth reading if only for the striking transition. Moving from the book pre-Miller (issues 158 - 167) into his first arc as writer (168-172) is a stunning thing. The contrast flashes the dark, gritty, serious
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Nelson
Nov 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: marvel-comics
Disclaimer: I'm reading the omnibus, but opted to review these in smaller chunks.

The first arc, the one written by Roger McKenzie was fairly mediocre. There were some nice moments, and Miller's art was incredible, but overall the stories were extremely lackluster.

Once Frank Miller got on writing duties, the book took a huge leap in quality. All of a sudden, issue after issue, everything felt meaningful and exciting. Both the Elektra and Kingpin arcs were incredible, and Bullseye's development
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Mr Osowski
May 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Yeah, it's not Miller at his finest. Yeah, you have to wait until the back 25% to actually get to Miller writing. Yeah, he hasn't found that art style that we all love. But man is this still good. The last issue gives you a glimpse of some of the art concepts Miller goes on to use in Dark Knight and in Daredevil as the series progresses. The writing is brutal for most of this volume, but that's because 1. it's not Miller for the most part and 2. it's the times. Using a half page splash to plot ...more
Arbaaz Khan
Dec 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
i liked it. it was good. but I did read the "man without fear" series first and that kinda ruined it for me. the violence and the darkness of the character was pretty far amplified in that series so going back and reading this felt weird. it still had some moments that I don't think the comics code authority would approve of but it still wasn't as edgy and gritty as i thought it would be. but as a storyline it was good. although only half the book is actually frank miller's writing. the other ...more
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Frank Miller is an American writer, artist and film director best known for his film noir-style comic book stories. He is one of the most widely-recognized and popular creators in comics, and is one of the most influential comics creators of his generation. His most notable works include Sin City, The Dark Knight Returns, Batman Year One and 300.

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