Frank Miller's Daredevil
and the Ends of Heroism
OUR STORY SO FAR
Daredevil, like his more famous predecessors the Fantastic Four and Spider-Man (introduced in 1961 and 1962, respectively), became a costumed crime fighter for the most principled of reasons: to defend the innocent and vulnerable from violence. A brilliant, philanthropic attorney by day, by night Matt Murdock wears a bright-red devil costume, complete with horns and a big “DD” emblazoned on his chest, and confronts injustices that the police cannot or will not put right. In other words, this upstanding citizen-hero—a licensed defender of the rule of law on behalf of the those in need of defending, whether alleged perpetrators or victims-harbors an equal and opposite drive to take the law into his own hands, a drive so close to the surface of his identity that to unleash it is as simple as a change of clothes."
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An Introduction to Frank Miller's
What made Miller's Daredevil different?
Miller's visual style: "What hooked me"