All it took was one phone call.
That's how Eisner Award-winning artist Paolo Rivera got the job drawing Daredevil that really put him on the map of elite artists. Back in 2010, Rivera was working on the "One Moment In Time" storyline in Amazing Spider-Man with Joe Quesada when he got a call from Marvel editor Stephen Wacker. As Rivera told SYFY WIRE during an extensive interview, he was asked what he thought about Matthew Murdock's alter-ego and very quickly realized a plan was already in place to pair him with writer Mark Waid to chronicle DD's next adventures.
The rest, as they say ... well, it's the reason the Eisner Award is regularly linked to Rivera's name. That run on Daredevil was one of the most acclaimed in recent comics history, even more impressive when you consider they were following up the legendary Bendis/Maleev stint. As Rivera explains in the video below, it was about bringing some much-needed light into Murdock's world. Not a lot, but just enough.
He also relates how the classic cover to Issue #1 was actually a holdover from a planned Mythos: Daredevil book that never panned out. Proof that no good cover goes unpublished.
Check out the video below and let us know what your favorite Paolo Rivera project is in the comments!