Daredevil is one of the best characters in comic books. His popularity might not come even close to that of Batman and Spider-Man – the two characters that he resembles the most – but his stories are certainly some of the best when it comes to characterization and depth. That’s probably closer to being an ordinary human being than some of his more popular and powerful counterparts, given that he’s not so gifted or powerful as they are.
Not being too powerful is one of the assets that have made Daredevil one of the very best comic book heroes. It is his humanity that elevates him from most everyone else. A blind hero whose other senses are heightened to super human levels and also possesses great fighting skills – that’s Daredevil. That he constantly goes against nearly impossible odds – ending up bruised and beaten many times – without giving up is what makes him a true hero.
The attributes that make Daredevil a great and compelling character are given emphasis and added to by the many talented writers and artists that have worked on the character through the years. There have been many lists of the greatest artists that have worked on the character and his title, but taking another look is certainly warranted. It is almost assured by the sheer talent of those who have drawn the Man without Fear.
Gene Colan deserves the top spot among Daredevil artists and no one else. Some might put forth the argument that Frank Miller is also deserving of this spot, but Colan undoubtedly gave a more definitive take on the character. His shades and moody portrayal of Daredevil and his supporting cast are among the highlights of Marvel history. If anyone has a right to be called the greatest Daredevil, then Colan is definitely it.
Even if only for the strength of his work on “Born Again”, the famous story arc that he produced with Frank Miller, David Mazzucchelli would already merit a place on this list. But even before he did that story with Miller, he was already doing great work with other writers on the Daredevil title, like Denny O’Neil. There’s no denying though, that for his greatness as a daredevil artist, his reputation mainly rests on Born Again.
Frank Miller is the definitive creator of Daredevil. Even though he was not the original creator of the character, he was responsible for the greatest stories that starred him. He started as an artist who was paired with Roger McKenzie, but not long after he was given the reins as both writer and artist. Thus began his definitive run that featured a long and successful collaboration with inker Klaus Janson.
Some might say that his son should be the one featured on this list, and they wouldn’t be too far off in saying that. However, just before he began his legendary stint on The Amazing Spider-Man, John Romita had a short but significant run on Daredevil, lending his clean and ideal style to that book.
One of the greatest comic book artists of all time, Wally Wood’s resume is quite considerable even if his contribution to the Man without Fear is not included. However, he did the famous redesign on old hornhead’s costume that saw him don a new devilishly all-red costume over his original yellow and black one.