How Daredevil saved John Romita Jr.

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Aug 23, 2017

Legendary comic book artist John Romita Jr. wasn’t feeling very optimistic about his future in the business. But then Marvel editor Ralph Macchio made him an offer he couldn’t refuse: Daredevil.

As Romita tells us in the exclusive interview below, he had just been taken off X-Men and was “disillusioned” with his tanking new book, the New Universe’s Star Brand. When he couldn’t find his way back onto X-Men, among other issues, the gifted penciler was “ready to walk” and “get out of the business.”

As anyone who has ever followed Romita’s Inkpot and Eisner Award-winning career knows – from the Uncanny X-Men to Superman to Kick-Ass, and beyond! – the business wouldn’t have been the same without him. Fortunately, Macchio had a better idea, that involved Daredevil, Frank Miller, and Al Williamson.

Check out below to see how that dream-teaming idea turned into one of Romita’s best-known works: Daredevil: The Man Without Fear