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.