All the Comic Creators Who Made Daredevil Season 2 Possible

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Greetings!

My name is Michael Hoskin and I’m here at the behest of my friend Kevin. I’ve known Kevin for well over a decade, going back to the days when we both posted at Comicboards, then contributed to The Appendix to the Marvel Universe during my time as an editor at that site and were eventually colleagues together on the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe.

Just as Kevin has his series of Comic Connections posts, I run a similar feature on my blog which are simply called “creator credits”. Before I republish my most recent entry here, I have a bit of background material to share.

See, as you may have assumed from my pedigree in the introductory paragraph, I know my comic books pretty well. Like, I’m the type of person who from time-to-time idly considers which of Erik Killmonger’s flunkies was King Cadaver, or in which comic book Captain America mentioned his belief in God (you didn’t ask, but it’s Avengers #113). So when I quit working for Marvel after 8 years, it wasn’t a small decision on my part. I was motivated in part by James Sturm’s essay “The Avengers: Why I’m Boycotting Marvel’s Movie.” After my second reading of the essay it pricked my conscience and provoked difficult questions about how the creators of the Marvel Universe had been treated – questions I couldn’t ignore as I had in the past. After quitting my job I instituted a personal boycott on all Marvel product and never did see the Avengers on the big screen.

Two years later, Kirby’s family arrived at a settlement with Marvel and I ended my boycott (though I still haven’t resumed reading the comics) but even during the boycott days I began running “creator credits” for the Marvel pictures I saw (borrowing DVDs mostly), attempting to identify which creators were behind the elements which appeared on screen. I still run the series to this day.

Originally I grouped everything by the particular comic in which the character/plot element first appeared, but as this was truly about the creators, I eventually grouped everything by the creators themselves. It’s not a perfect system because I always default to the writer & artist of the original comic, which omits whatever contribution the inker, colorist, letterer, editor or people whose names don’t appear on the comics page had on the original idea. Still, the writer and artist of the comic seem to me to be the most important ones in the successful and final execution of that original idea. Your mileage may vary.

With that out of the way: last week, Netflix debuted season 2 of Daredevil, a season in which a tortured Catholic, a different tortured Catholic and a GreekCambodian ninja cross paths in Hell’s Kitchen. The dead are raised, skulls are cracked, bloody sponges are wrung out and Foggy Nelson alternates between Only Sane Man and Drama Queen. I’m weak on Daredevil compared to other major Marvel titles, but here’s my work:

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Frank Miller: creator of Elektra, Matt’s college girlfriend, an ambassador’s daughter who learned of his abilities; Elektra becoming an assassin who wields two sai in battle while wearing a red costume; of Columbia Law as Nelson & Murdock’s college; of Grotto, a minor criminal (Daredevil #168, 1981); of Stick, Matt and Elektra’s mentor; of the Hand surviving being lit on fire (Daredevil #176, 1981); of the Hand’s ability to mystically resurrect fallen warriors (Daredevil #187, 1982); of Stick’s order and their war against the Hand ninja clan (Daredevil #188, 1982); of the Hand, a clan of evil ninjas who battle Daredevil and Elektra (Daredevil #174, 1981); of Wilson Fisk’s name; of Wilson Fisk as Daredevil’s primary enemy (Daredevil #170, 1981); of Stick training Matt how to use his powers (Daredevil #177, 1981); of the Hand seeking to make Elektra their chief warrior and resurrect her (Daredevil #190, 1982); of Elektra being killed with one of her own sai (Daredevil #181, 1982); co-creator of Daredevil and Punisher being fellow vigilantes but disagreeing sharply on how extreme their crimefighting methods should go (Daredevil #183, 1982); of Josie’s Bar, a dive bar in Hell’s Kitchen tended by the titular Josie (Daredevil #160, 1979); of Turk as a recurring foe of Daredevil (Daredevil #159, 1979); of Murdock wearing stubble in both of his identities (Daredevil #228, 1986); of Roscoe Sweeney’s last name; of Hell’s Kitchen as Matt Murdock’s childhood borough (Daredevil #164, 1980); of Wilson Fisk controlling the police (Daredevil #227, 1986); of Melvin Potter’s name; of Melvin’s lady friend Betsy; of Melvin’s mental problems (Daredevil #166, 1980); of the Hand worshipping a demon (Elektra: Assassin #1, 1986); of Sister Maggie, a nun who cares for Daredevil (Daredevil #229, 1986); of Sister Maggie tending to Matt after he was first blinded (Daredevil #230, 1986); of the Punisher being sent to prison (Amazing Spider-Man Annual #15, 1981)

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Stan Lee: co-creator of Matt Murdock, a lawyer who also fights crime as Daredevil by using his superhuman sensory powers; Daredevil costume with horns on head and red lenses; billy club as Daredevil’s primary weapon; Murdock as son of a boxer; the elder Murdock dying after crossing a crooked boxing promoter and refusing to lose a fixed fight; Fogwell’s Gym as Murdock’s training place; Murdock partnered with his slightly overweight college friend Franklin “Foggy” Nelson at Nelson & Murdock law firm; Karen Page as Murdock & Nelson’s secretary and object of affection to both men (Daredevil #1, 1964); of Daredevil’s red costume; of Daredevil’s gimmick billy club which includes a cable line (Daredevil #7, 1965); of Daredevil’s ability to detect lies (Daredevil #3, 1964); of the Kingpin of Crime, a New York mob boss (Amazing Spider-Man #50, 1967); of the Kingpin’s wife, Vanessa (Amazing Spider-Man #69, 1969); of Gladiator, a costume designer who makes a Daredevil costume; Gladiator wearing body armor and wielding a saw (Daredevil #18, 1966); of the Stilt-Man; of Matt becoming involved with Karen (Daredevil #8, 1965)

Roger McKenzie: co-creator of Daredevil and Punisher being fellow vigilantes but disagreeing sharply on how extreme their crimefighting methods should go (Daredevil #183, 1982); of Josie’s Bar, a dive bar in Hell’s Kitchen tended by the titular Josie (Daredevil #160, 1979); of Turk as a recurring foe of Daredevil (Daredevil #159, 1979); of Roscoe Sweeney’s last name; of Hell’s Kitchen as Matt Murdock’s childhood borough (Daredevil #164, 1980); of Melvin Potter’s name; of Melvin’s lady friend Betsy; of Melvin’s mental problems (Daredevil #166, 1980); of Ben Urich, an aging reporter with a relentless dedication to the truth (Daredevil #153, 1978)

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Bill Everett: co-creator of Matt Murdock, a lawyer who also fights crime as Daredevil by using his superhuman sensory powers; Daredevil costume with horns on head and red lenses; billy club as Daredevil’s primary weapon; Murdock as son of a boxer; the elder Murdock dying after crossing a crooked boxing promoter and refusing to lose a fixed fight; Fogwell’s Gym as Murdock’s training place; Murdock partnered with his slightly overweight college friend Franklin “Foggy” Nelson at Nelson & Murdock law firm; Karen Page as Murdock & Nelson’s secretary and object of affection to both men (Daredevil #1, 1964) [EDIT FROM KEVIN: Bill Everett also created the Sub-Mariner!]

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Gene Colan: co-creator of Turk Barrett, a gangster who fights Daredevil (Daredevil #69, 1970); of Ben Urich, an aging reporter with a relentless dedication to the truth (Daredevil #153, 1978); of Gladiator, a costume designer who makes a Daredevil costume; Gladiator wearing body armor and wielding a saw (Daredevil #18, 1966); of the prison Ryker’s Island (Daredevil #63, 1970); of Blake Tower, New York district attorney frequently embroiled in Nelson & Murdock’s affairs (Daredevil #124, 1975); of Karen Page learning Matt Murdock is Daredevil (Daredevil #57, 1969)

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Gerry Conway: co-creator of the Punisher, a war veteran who becomes a vigilante, wearing a black costume with white skull design on his chest and wielding vast arsenal of firearms and explosives in a one-man war on crime (Amazing Spider-Man #129, 1974); of Frank Castle becoming the Punisher after happening upon criminals in a park who set off a gunfight which killed his wife Maria, daughter Lisa and son Frank Jr. (Marvel Preview #2, 1975); of the Punisher maintaining safehouses (Giant-Size Spider-Man #4, 1975)

John Romita: co-creator of the Punisher, a war veteran who becomes a vigilante, wearing a black costume with white skull design on his chest and wielding vast arsenal of firearms and explosives in a one-man war on crime (Amazing Spider-Man #129, 1974); of the Kingpin of Crime, a New York mob boss (Amazing Spider-Man #50, 1967); of the Kingpin’s wife, Vanessa (Amazing Spider-Man #69, 1969)

Ross Andru: co-creator of the Punisher, a war veteran who becomes a vigilante, wearing a black costume with white skull design on his chest and wielding vast arsenal of firearms and explosives in a one-man war on crime (Amazing Spider-Man #129, 1974); of the Punisher maintaining safehouses (Giant-Size Spider-Man #4, 1975)

David Mazzuchelli: co-creator of Murdock wearing stubble in both of his identities (Daredevil #228, 1986); of Wilson Fisk controlling the police (Daredevil #227, 1986); of Sister Maggie, a nun who cares for Daredevil (Daredevil #229, 1986); of Sister Maggie tending to Matt after he was first blinded (Daredevil #230, 1986)

Garth Ennis: co-creator of the Punisher going up against an Irish mob, including its leader Finn (Punisher #17, 2004); of the Punisher pursuing people who killed his family from behind prison bars (Punisher: The Cell #1, 2005); of Punisher tying up Daredevil and taping a gun into his hand (Punisher #3, 2000)

Dan G. Chichester: co-creator of Daredevil wearing body armor (Daredevil #322, 1993); of Daredevil bringing down Fisk’s criminal empire (Daredevil #300, 1992); of the Chaste, the name of Stick’s order; of Star, one of the Chaste (Daredevil #296, 1991)

Brian Michael Bendis: co-creator of Daredevil battling the Yakuza (Daredevil #56, 2004); of Night Nurse, a medic who treats wounded super heroes such as Daredevil (Daredevil #58, 2004); of Jessica Jones, a civilian superhuman (Alias #1, 2001)

Roy Thomas: co-creator of Turk Barrett, a gangster who fights Daredevil (Daredevil #69, 1970); of the prison Ryker’s Island (Daredevil #63, 1970); of Karen Page learning Matt Murdock is Daredevil (Daredevil #57, 1969)

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Wally Wood: co-creator of Daredevil’s red costume; of Daredevil’s gimmick billy club which includes a cable line (Daredevil #7, 1965); of the Stilt-Man; of Matt becoming involved with Karen (Daredevil #8, 1965)

Tony DeZuniga: co-creator of Frank Castle becoming the Punisher after happening upon criminals in a park who set off a gunfight which killed his wife Maria, daughter Lisa and son Frank Jr. (Marvel Preview #2, 1975)

Steve Englehart: co-creator of Roxxon Energy, a ruthless criminal corporation (Captain America #180, 1974); of Ben Donovan, an African-American lawyer who works for criminals (Hero for Hire #14, 1973)

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Alex Maleev: co-creator of Daredevil battling the Yakuza (Daredevil #56, 2004); of Night Nurse, a medic who treats wounded super heroes such as Daredevil (Daredevil #58, 2004)

Len Wein: co-creator of Blake Tower, New York district attorney frequently embroiled in Nelson & Murdock’s affairs (Daredevil #124, 1975)

Marv Wolfman: co-creator of Blake Tower, New York district attorney frequently embroiled in Nelson & Murdock’s affairs (Daredevil #124, 1975)

Mike Baron: co-creator of the Punisher keeping a dog at his safehouse (Punisher #54, 1991); of the Punisher’s Catholicism (Punisher #30, 1990)

Lew LaRosa: co-creator of the Punisher pursuing people who killed his family from behind prison bars (Punisher: The Cell #1, 2005)

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Ron Garney: co-creator of the Chaste, the name of Stick’s order; of Star, one of the Chaste (Daredevil #296, 1991)

Leandro Fernandez: co-creator of the Punisher going up against an Irish mob, including its leader Finn (Punisher #17, 2004)

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Mark Gruenwald: creator of Roscoe Sweeney’s first name (Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition #3, 1986) [EDIT: And the guy that spearheaded the original Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe!]

Billy Graham: co-creator of Ben Donovan, an African-American lawyer who works for criminals (Hero for Hire #14, 1973)

Tom DeFalco: co-creator of the Kingpin continuing his criminal activities from his cell (Spider-Girl #1, 1998)

Ron Frenz: co-creator of the Kingpin continuing his criminal activities from his cell (Spider-Girl #1, 1998)

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Sal Buscema: co-creator of Roxxon Energy, a ruthless criminal corporation (Captain America #180, 1974)

Marc Guggenheim: co-creator of Brett Mahoney, a police detective (Marvel Comics Presents #1, 2007)

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Marco Checchetto: co-creator of Frank Castle as a veteran of Middle Eastern conflicts (Punisher #4, 2011)

Jim Shooter: co-creator of Hell’s Kitchen as locale patroled by Daredevil (Daredevil #148, 1977)

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Steve Dillon: co-creator of Punisher tying up Daredevil and taping a gun into his hand (Punisher #3, 2000)

Dave Wilkins: co-creator of Brett Mahoney, a police detective (Marvel Comics Presents #1, 2007)

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Gil Kane: co-creator of Hell’s Kitchen as locale patroled by Daredevil (Daredevil #148, 1977)

Dennis O’Neil: co-creator of the Punisher being sent to prison (Amazing Spider-Man Annual #15, 1981)

Greg Rucka: co-creator of Frank Castle as a veteran of Middle Eastern conflicts (Punisher #4, 2011)

J.M. DeMatteis: co-creator of Foggy Nelson learning Murdock is Daredevil (Daredevil #347, 1995)

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John Romita, Jr.: co-creator of Matt Murdock going to regular confession (Daredevil #267, 1989)

Bill Mantlo: co-creator of the Punisher battling the Kingpin (Spectacular Spider-Man #81, 1983)

Al Milgrom: co-creator of the Punisher battling the Kingpin (Spectacular Spider-Man #81, 1983)

Lee Weeks: co-creator of Daredevil bringing down Fisk’s criminal empire (Daredevil #300, 1992)

Ron Wagner: co-creator of Foggy Nelson learning Murdock is Daredevil (Daredevil #347, 1995)

Hugh Haynes: co-creator of the Punisher keeping a dog at his safehouse (Punisher #54, 1991)

Michael Gaydos: co-creator of Jessica Jones, a civilian superhuman (Alias #1, 2001)

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Kevin Smith: co-creator of Matt Murdock wearing red-tinted sunglasses (Daredevil #1, 1998)

Joe Quesada: co-creator of Matt Murdock wearing red-tinted sunglasses (Daredevil #1, 1998)

Ann Nocenti: co-creator of Matt Murdock going to regular confession (Daredevil #267, 1989)

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Bill Sienkiewicz: co-creator of the Hand worshipping a demon (Elektra: Assassin #1, 1986)

Chris Claremont: co-creator of Jeryn Hogarth, a lawyer (Marvel Premiere #24, 1975)

Pat Broderick: co-creator of Jeryn Hogarth, a lawyer (Marvel Premiere #24, 1975)

Joe Orlando: co-creator of Daredevil’s ability to detect lies (Daredevil #3, 1964)

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Scott McDaniel: co-creator of Daredevil wearing body armor (Daredevil #322, 1993)

Tony Isabella: co-creator of Matt Murdock’s Catholicism (Daredevil #119, 1975)

Bill Reinhold: co-creator of the Punisher’s Catholicism (Punisher #30, 1990)

Archie Goodwin: co-creator of Claire Temple (Hero for Hire #2, 1972)

Bob Brown: co-creator of Matt Murdock’s Catholicism (Daredevil #119, 1975)

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George Tuska: co-creator of Claire Temple (Hero for Hire #2, 1972)

Win Mortimer: co-creator of Night Nurse (Night Nurse #1, 1972)

Jean Thomas: co-creator of Night Nurse (Night Nurse #1, 1972)

Richard Starkings: creator of Daredevil logo (Daredevil #1, 1998)

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  1. […] Reuben and Alphonso Mackenzie try to share a few heart-to-hearts over their mutual love of motorcycle building, but time and distance has separated them, and while Mack has mostly dealt with his mistrust of alien-enhanced people, Reuben hasn’t had the same opportunities and is leaning towards the Watchdogs’ sensibilities. It’s not made very clear whether or not Rueben actually joined the Watchdogs, but he’s certainly thought about it. Also, they brothers have thought about a trip to Baja together for years, if only money and work would allow it. EDIT: Alexander Hammil pointed out that the news crawl along the bottom of the screen mentions the gang war in New York’s Hell’s Kitchen. A great nod to Daredevil Season Two! […]

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