Sideshow Designer and Sculptor Walter O’Neal on how Matt Murdock's beliefs played into the design.

1sSideshow Collectibles has added to their sixth scale line of Marvel figures with a terrific new Daredevil figure, depicting Matt Murdock’s alter ego in an updated costume, while also retaining the elements that make the Man Without Fear who he is.

Marvel.com spoke to Sideshow Designer and Sculptor Walter O’Neal about the Daredevil sixth scale figure, what felt most crucial to include in the design, the influences at work, and more.

Marvel.com: What is it about Daredevil as a character you really wanted to capture in this figure?

Walter O’Neal: Since Matt Murdock’s faith is very much at the heart of who he is, we wanted to try to incorporate some elements of his religion into the suit in very subtle ways. The collar of the suit has a square cut-out in the center to give the impression of an inverted priest’s collar.

Inspired by the block-style kneepads of the 90’s armored suit, we created a metallic block-shaped design element with an implied cross-shape that we repeated throughout the suit – the idea there being that we incorporate some of the wrought iron elements of church yards and cathedrals that we generally associate with Daredevil’s environment directly into his suit. Beneath his feet, another cross shape is formed by the negative space in the tread of his boots. Finally, there’s also a spade devil tail incorporated into the design of his billy club holster that helps further the heaven/hell dynamic.

Marvel.com: Daredevil’s had a few different costumes through the years in the comics (though he always retains the horns, of course!). You give him a new costume, but he’s still recognizably Daredevil. Was it always the intention to balance classic and new elements here?

Walter O’Neal: The target was to make a comic-style Daredevil clad in his classic red. Aside from the horns, the color red, the billy clubs, and the “DD” logo on his chest, Daredevil’s costume generally doesn’t have any other signature elements that scream “Daredevil”.

We pulled elements from the Armored Daredevil suit in the 90’s, designed by Scott McDaniels, to give us some rhyme and reason as to how and where to break up the suit to incorporate the various leathers and stretch fabrics and add an extra layer of visual interest. The basic chevron shapes at the shoulders, abdomen, and thighs are pulled from that armored suit as inspiration.

Marvel.com: There are elements of the classic red costume from the comics, while also some aspects that are reminiscent of DD’s TV show uniform. Was that a conscious decision?

Walter O’Neal: Well, yes and no… The gray piping on his suit is a nod to the TV show for sure. Several of us here at the office loved the makeshift black outfit that he wore in the beginning of the Netflix series (before he got his actual suit) which featured some subtle red piping. We thought it would be neat to reverse that idea and use dark piping over the red DD suit to help break it up. So that connection was intended.

We worked on the design for our Daredevil figure in between the first and second seasons of the “Marvel’s Daredevil” TV show, so we had seen the design of the suit in the first season, but not the second. So while trying to steer away from the black armored gloves and gauntlets of the first season suit, we game up with more MMA-styled gloves with thick padding and metal knuckles on the outside for protection, but much thinner material at the palms and fingertips as to not diminish his sense of touch. The design of the suit for the second season of the show reimagined his gloves to incorporate more red and less black, and we ultimately ended up with similar solutions there.

Marvel.com: There are parts of the uniform, like the kneepads and boots, that feel so believably functional and realistic. Did you have that in mind designing the figure?

Walter O’Neal: Yes. The need to design for functionality is a big part of working in sixth scale as opposed to statues or any other non-articulated format. These figures need to move and perform, and the various features of the costume need to stretch, bend, and compress to facilitate that.

We were trying to infuse a bit of a tactical feel overall into the suit. The combat boots and integrated knee and elbow pads help push that notion. Lastly, with the knee pads, I really liked the idea of Daredevil being able to dash under things grinding/sliding on his knees across the pavement while kicking up sparks. That was some of the thought process that got us there…

Marvel.com: Daredevil’s billy club and the different ways he can use it has always made it a distinct Super Hero weapon. What was your approach to that important facet of the character?

Walter O’Neal: The goal was to really capture the adaptable nature of his signature weapons from the comics. They take multiple forms for their multiple functions and we’ve included options for them to be displayed as the standard dual billy clubs, nunchucks, a combined billy club staff, and his walking cane with the curved handle (in the exclusive version).

Marvel.com: How did you decide where exactly to use those darker portions/piping on the uniform to break up the red? I especially love the billy club holster that you mentioned.

Walter O’Neal: Aside from the dark gray piping on his torso, we aimed to keep the gray as more of an accent color limiting its use to keep the suit predominantly red with only touches of gray here and there. That dark gray was kept mostly to the metal “striking surfaces” of the suit where Daredevil was expected to make contact with his opponents – his knuckles, knees, elbows, toes, heels and the tips of his billy clubs. We tried to be very judicious overall.

The Daredevil Sixth Scale Figure by Sideshow Collectibles can be purchased now at http://sideshow.com/daredevilfig.

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Beginning this September!

Visionary creators such as Joe Quesada, Brian Michael Bendis, Alex Maleev, Garth Ennis, Christopher Priest, Steve Dillon, David W. Mack, Grant Morrison, Jimmy Palmiotti, Jae Lee, Kevin Smith, Jeph Loeb, and more created the stories that would change the comics industry! And together, with co-founders and editors Quesada and Palmiotti at the helm, they would become superstar legends for their revolutionary work!

With Marvel Knights, Marvel traded traditional style for daring storytelling, creating new and bold tales for Marvel icons such as Punisher, Daredevil, the Inhumans, Black Widow, and Black Panther. By reinventing classic characters and focusing on strong stand-alone story arcs, Marvel Knights nearly recreated the Original Graphic Novel as monthly comic format—and became the industry’s spark that paved the way for the bright and intrepid stories of today’s heroes!

This fall, in honor of the critically acclaimed imprint’s 20th anniversary, Marvel is celebrating the inception of Marvel Knights by bringing fans a uniform set of new trade paperbacks featuring the best of Marvel Knights, as well as two brand new Omnibus editions.

Look through the covers here, then find your favorite in your local comic shop starting this September!

SEPTEMBER:

  • DAREDEVIL BY SMITH & QUESADA: GUARDIAN DEVIL TPB
    • COLLECTING: Daredevil (1998) 1-8, 1/2
  • BLACK PANTHER BY PRIEST & TEXEIRA: THE CLIENT TPB
    • COLLECTING: Black Panther (1998) 1-5

OCTOBER:

  • MARVEL KNIGHTS BY DIXON & BARRETO: DEFENDERS OF THE STREETS TPB
    • COLLECTING: Marvel Knights (2000) 1-15
  • FANTASTIC FOUR BY MORRISON & LEE: 1234 TPB
    • COLLECTING: Fantastic Four: 1234 1-4, material from Marvel Knights Double-Shot 2
  • DAREDEVIL BY BENDIS & MALEEV: UNDERBOSS TPB
    • COLLECTING:Daredevil (1998) 26-31
  • BLACK WIDOW BY GRAYSON & RUCKA: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION TPB
    • COLLECTING:Black Widow (1999) 1-3, Black Widow (2001) 1-3, Black Widow: Pale Little Spider 1-3

NOVEMBER:

  • CAPTAIN AMERICA BY RIEBER & CASSADAY: THE NEW DEAL TPB
    • COLLECTING:Captain America (2002) 1-6
  • MARVEL KNIGHTS BY JOE QUESADA OMNIBUS HC
    • COLLECTING: Daredevil (1998) 1-15, 1/2; Daredevil: Father 1-6; Marvel Authentix: Daredevil 1; material from Marvel Knights Double-Shot 1

DECEMBER:

  • PUNISHER BY GARTH ENNIS: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION VOL. 1 TPB
    • COLLECTING:Punisher (2000) 1-12, Punisher (2001) 1-5, Punisher Kills the Marvel Universe
  • MARVEL BOY BY MORRISON & JONES TPB
    • COLLECTING: Marvel Boy 1-6
  • DAREDEVIL: MARVEL KNIGHTS by BENDIS, GALE & JENKINS TPB
    • COLLECTING:Daredevil/Spider-Man #1-4 & one-shot, Daredevil: Ninja #1-3, Daredevil (1998) #20-25
  • DAREDEVIL BY MACK & QUESADA: PARTS OF A HOLE TPB
    • COLLECTING: Daredevil (1998) 9-15
  • JEPH LOEB & TIM SALE: YELLOW, BLUE, GRAY & WHITE OMNIBUS HC
    • COLLECTING: Daredevil: Yellow 1-6, Spider-Man: Blue 1-6, Hulk: Gray 1-6, Captain America: White 0-5
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Check out the bite-sized podcast preview of this week's new Marvel Comics!

Happy New Comic Book Day, gang! Time to celebrate with Marvel’s The Pull List!

In this episode, Ryan and Tucker give you bite-sized previews of March 28’s new comic releases, including BLACK PANTHER, DAREDEVIL, JESSICA JONES, SPIDER-MAN/DEADPOOL, and all the other books in stores today!

Here’s the full list of what’s available from Marvel this week:

MARVEL PRINT COMICS ON-SALE (3/28/18)

  • AVENGERS #686
  • BEN REILLY: SCARLET SPIDER #16
  • BLACK PANTHER #171
  • CHAMPIONS #18
  • DAMNATION: JOHNNY BLAZE – GHOST RIDER #1
  • DAREDEVIL #600
  • DESPICABLE DEADPOOL #297
  • INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #598
  • JESSICA JONES #18
  • LEGION #3
  • LOCKJAW #2
  • MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR #29
  • MOON KNIGHT #193
  • OLD MAN HAWKEYE #3
  • OLD MAN LOGAN #37
  • PETER PARKER: THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #302
  • SPIDER-MAN/DEADPOOL #30
  • STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA #18
  • X-MEN: BLUE #24

COLLECTIONS

  • ANNIHILATION: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION VOL. 1
  • CAPTAIN MARVEL: CAROL DANVERS – THE MS. MARVEL YEARS VOL. 1
  • COLOR YOUR OWN AVENGERS
  • MIGHTY THOR VOL. 3: THE ASGARD/SHI’AR WAR
  • NEW MUTANTS: DEMON BEAR
  • THING: PROJECT PEGASUS
  • THOR VS. HULK: CHAMPIONS OF THE UNIVERSE
  • WOLVERINE EPIC COLLECTION: BLOOD DEBT
  • X-MEN GOLD VOL. 0: HOMECOMING
  • X-MEN GOLD VOL. 4: THE NEGATIVE ZONE WAR

ON THE MARVEL APP

  • SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN (2011) #1000
  • WOLVERINE (1988) #150-158
  • X-MEN (1991) #71-79
  • X-MEN/DR. DOOM ANNUAL (1998) #1

DIGITAL COLLECTIONS

  • ATLAS ERA STRANGE TALES MASTERWORKS VOL. 2
  • GOLDEN AGE ALL-WINNERS MASTERWORKS VOL. 3
  • THOR VS. HULK: CHAMPIONS OF THE UNIVERSE
  • HULK: VISIONARIES – PETER DAVID VOL. 5
  • INCREDIBLE HULK MASTERWORKS VOL. 5
  • SUB-MARINER MASTERWORKS VOL. 2

FRESHLY DIGITIZED COMICS ON MARVEL UNLIMITED

  • ALL-NEW GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #10
  • AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: RENEW YOUR VOWS #11
  • AMERICA #7
  • AVENGERS #11
  • AVENGERS ANNUAL #20
  • AVENGERS: DEATHTRAP – THE VAULT #1
  • DOCTOR STRANGE #25
  • GENERATIONS: MS. MARVEL & MS. MARVEL #1
  • INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #11
  • JEAN GREY #7
  • JOURNEY TO STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI – CAPTAIN PHASMA #2
  • KA-ZAR #1-2
  • LUKE CAGE #5
  • MONSTERS UNLEASHED #6
  • PETER PARKER: THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #4, 69-70
  • POE DAMERON #19
  • ROYALS #8
  • SPECIAL MARVEL EDITION #15-16
  • SPIDER-MEN II #3
  • STAR WARS ANNUAL #3
  • THE TOTALLY AWESOME HULK #23
  • THOR VS. HULK – CHAMPIONS OF THE UNIVERSE #2
  • U.S.AVENGERS #10
  • VENOM #154
  • VENOMVERSE #3
  • X-FACTOR #3-8, 106
  • X-FACTOR ANNUAL #1
  • X-MEN: GOLD #12

Download The Pull List from Marvel.com, check out Marvel Podcast Central, grab the This Week in Marvel RSS feed, and subscribe to This Week in Marvel for The Pull List updates on iTunes! Then head over to our Soundcloud hub to listen to more from Marvel!

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Announcing Infinity Countdown tie-ins!

3…2…1…

This May, three new tie-ins join the expanding web of INFINITY COUNTDOWN.

Masterminded by writer Gerry Duggan, the race to wield infinite power kicks into high gear across the Marvel Universe with DAREDEVIL #1, CAPTAIN MARVEL #1, and a four-part DARKHAWK series!

Also released today is an Infinity Circuit map to help you track the evolving enigmas of the various Infinity Stones.

In writer Gerry Duggan and artist Chris Sprouse’s DAREDEVIL #1, Matt Murdock encounters the Mind Stone in the New York underworld. Can Daredevil keep an Infinity Stone’s power from wreaking havoc on the city?

Next, in CAPTAIN MARVEL #1, by writer Jim McCann and artist Diego Olortegui, Carol Danvers crosses the borders of reality for a mind-bending, cross-time adventure into Infinity Stone lore! Continuing the journey that’s taken her to another dimension into the clutches of Thanos and Nebula, Captain Marvel—in possession of the Reality Stone—returns to Earth, having contacted the Marvels of many worlds along the way…

And finally, following the Marvel Legacy event of DARKHAWK #51, the hero makes his return in a four-issue series from Chris Sims, Chad Bowers, and Gang Hyuk Lim! Spinning out of the war with the Fraternity of Raptors for the Power Stone, “The Hawk” is back to fight for justice for both New York and the world!

Don’t miss the first wave of INFINITY COUNTDOWN tie-ins coming to comic shops in May!

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The first two seasons of 'Marvel's Daredevil' are currently streaming on Netflix now!

He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them.

Joanne Whalley, the “Edge of Darkness” star, has been cast for Season Three of “Marvel’s Daredevil.” Whalley will portray Sister Maggie, a strong-willed nun who speaks her mind and cares deeply about Matt’s safety.

Whalley joins returning cast, Charlie Cox (Matt Murdock), Deborah Ann Woll (Karen Page), and Elden Henson (Foggy Nelson), as well as Vincent D’Onofrio who is reprising his popular role as Wilson Fisk on the now Erik Oleson showrunner series.

“We are big fans of Joanne’s work and are fortunate that someone of her caliber will be joining our already talented family,” said Jeph Loeb, Executive Producer and Marvel’s Head of Television.

“Joanne is a rare talent and a terrific creative collaborator,” added Erik Oleson, Showrunner and Executive Producer. “Watching her bring her role to life has the writers all pinching ourselves.”

All episodes of the first and second seasons of “Marvel’s Daredevil” are currently streaming on Netflix, with Season Three slated for release later this year.

In the meantime, make sure to follow @Daredevil on Twitter and like “Marvel’s Daredevil” on Facebook for all the news on the Man Without Fear.

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The son of Mephisto challenges his first heroic foil in Daredevil!

Every Friday we use the powers of Marvel Unlimited to look back at the very first appearance of a major character, place, or object that made waves this week.

Sam Wilson just can’t seem to catch a break. First he had to deal with bigots and nuts during his tenure as Captain America, then he thought Steve Rogers turned evil during Secret Empire and now Blackheart’s trying to destroy him in Chicago. With Mephisto’s son causing all kinds of problems for the FALCON star, it’s time to look back at his first appearance in 1989’s DAREDEVIL #270 by writer Ann Nocenti and artist John Romita Jr.!

Blackheart sprang up in the modern era when a couple snuck onto the hill and the man attacked the woman. The newly formed demon lashed out, destroying both before a brief meeting with his father. Mephisto appeared to offer his offspring some advice after making him look more human: “You must walk among men in this form, for the eyes of men diminish evil. If too many see your true form, you lose power.” As the devilish dad disappeared, he offered one more pearl of wisdom: “When you see a worthy foe, you may reveal your true self.”

A few pages later, the humanized form of Blackheart laid eyes on Daredevil leaping around an abandoned amusement park. Sensing a worthy foe, the villain changed back to his real form and attacked ol’ Horn Head. Thanks to his advanced senses, our hero dodged the initial attack. Nearby, Peter Parker found himself sitting on a bus returning from a trip when he saw smoke rising from the old park. Spider Sense a-tingling, he swung into action, knocking the creature away from DD right before a potentially catastrophic blow. However, Blackheart’s physical attacks acted to mask his real intention of corrupting the goodness in Matt Murdock’s heart.

Daredevil (1964) #270

Daredevil (1964) #270

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The do-gooders used their combined might as well as the disposable roller coasters around them to try and stop Blackheart, but didn’t do much aside from draw a crowd. However, that proved exactly the right move as their foe remembered his father’s words about familiarity diminishing evil’s power and used a distraction to return to a more human form and escape—but not before Daredevil recognized the stink of Mephisto on the departing demon.

Blackheart returned in DAREDEVIL #278282, a story that found DD helping Black Bolt find his son, but ultimately lead into Hell and a confrontation with Mephisto. Since then, the villain has popped up in a variety of books ranging from GHOST RIDER and X-FORCE to WONDER MAN and now FALCON.

Flash Forward

For a character without a plethora of appearances in comics, Blackheart’s done a great job of getting his name out there in other formats. Many people first heard of him when he appeared as a playable character in 1995’s arcade-turned-console classic “Marvel Super Heroes.” Mephisto’s bouncing baby boy would go on to appear in crossover games like “Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter” and “Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes.” You may have also seen him on the big screen portrayed by Wes Bentley in “Ghost Rider”!

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Charles Soule on Matt's new job for New York's new mayor.

With Wilson Fisk as the new mayor of New York, Matt Murdock finds himself between a rock and a hard place. On the one hand, there’s a warrant out for Daredevil’s arrest. On the other hand, he just got an offer from Fisk to become the mayor’s personal lawyer. And here’s the craziest part: He accepted the job!

Is Matt trying to advance his law career or is he playing a two-faced game like the crooked mayor he just agreed to serve? We’ll learn more about it in DAREDEVIL #597 by Charles Soule and Stefano Landini on January 10, 2018. In the meantime, Marvel.com caught up with Charles to get a better grip of what Manhattan looks like under the control of Kingpin.

Marvel.com: Can you give us a quick rundown of the dynamic between Murdock and Fisk as lawyer and mayor?

Charles Soule: I’m trying to set things up in this story as closely as I can to the way things actually work in City Hall. The truth is, there aren’t a ton of checks on the power of the mayor in New York. More or less, if the mayor wants the city to shift in a certain direction, or has policies he or she wants implemented, then the city’s various departments and agencies tend to go that way. So, Fisk has all the power, and Matt Murdock has very little – at least in a political sense. However, he’s got his mind, and of course he’s got all the abilities of Daredevil… so he’s still got a fighting chance.

Marvel.com: Where can we expect this situation to go? Is Matt going to tolerate Fisk’s control of the city for much longer?

Charles Soule: Well, that would be telling. Let’s put it this way – from the moment Matt heard that Fisk had been elected mayor, he was convinced that Fisk was putting something sinister into motion, and he was resolved to stop it any way he could. He could approach it any number of ways – but he knows the one thing he probably can’t do is just go in fists-first. You can’t just beat up the Mayor and hope to achieve anything, even if it is Wilson Fisk.

DAREDEVIL #597

Marvel.com: Is there anyone else out in Manhattan who might be a useful ally in destabilizing the Fisk regime?

Charles Soule: Well, sure. Fisk didn’t win in a landslide. He won by like a percentage point – it was super close. So, that means about half the city didn’t want him in office. Beyond that, there are all the superheroes who run around Manhattan – street-level folks like Spider-Man, Moon Knight, Echo and of course, Matt’s buddies in the Defenders. The problem is that one of the first things Wilson did when he took office was to start building up evidence against New York’s vigilantes, in a move toward making them actual criminals. He’s already got a warrant out for Daredevil’s arrest, which makes things pretty tough too. The city’s changing quickly, no doubt about it.

Marvel.com: What do you think Mayor Fisk has done that greatly benefits the city?

Charles Soule: Well, it’s early days yet. In Marvel Universe time, he’s been in office for maybe like a week. He has plans, but the first thing he needs to do is start convincing people that they should listen to him and trust him – even with all the power of the mayor’s office, tons of people still think of Wilson Fisk as the Kingpin of Crime. If he wants to change the city for the better – and believe it or not, he thinks he does – the first thing he’ll need to do is get more of its citizens on his side.

Marvel.com: In Part 3 of the story, Matt has the chance to serve at the mercy of the mayor. What kind of internal struggle is he going through?

Charles Soule: That’s a lot of the story of Part 3, actually [in DAREDEVIL #597]. At the end of the previous chapter, Wilson Fisk came to Matt Murdock with an offer to actually leave the DA’s office and help him in his work as mayor. Matt accepted – which is completely crazy. It’s throwing himself into the lion’s den. Doing high-wire work without a net. But that’s Daredevil, right? No fear.

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Mayor of New York City Wilson Fisk addresses his people!

The following transcript covers a recent speech by Wilson Fisk, Mayor of New York City

I want to begin by confirming that reports that I’m sure many of you have heard today. I was, in fact, attacked by the vigilante Daredevil last night while doing some late night work in my office. My security team was able to arrive before the so-called “crime fighter” could do much more than threaten me, and he ran away. I am glad to report to you today that I am fine.

[pause]

No. No that’s not accurate. I am not fine. And I will not pretend to be—because I do not want you to have to pretend either. You, the scores of New Yorkers who have been threatened, assaulted, and otherwise victimized every day by these costumed bullies, self-deputized and self-righteous, inflated by their own twisted sense of self regard.

That is why I call upon the City Council to take on the issue of these arrogant lawless thugs who have decided that they somehow know how to enforce the law better than the best-trained police force in the world; than the most passionate and competent set of District Attorneys in any city. The time is now to say, “No more!” The time is now to say we do not accept protection rackets dressed up as super heroics. The time is now to say vigilantism must be driven from this city so that we all may truly be safe once more.

And know this: My opponents will try to twist my words. They will try to tell you that I am against selflessness, against true heroes. But the scourge I speak of is not the Avengers who protect us from terrorists, alien invasions, and time-traveling tin pot dictators. I stand with true heroes like The Falcon, like Ms. Marvel, like the true Captain America who has returned to us. I stand with them and say, “We will not allow these false heroes, these pretenders, to sully your good name any longer. We, in the greatest city on Earth, recognize true heroism, and we will no longer allow those who do not represent sacrifice, honor, and justice to slip in under your shadows. We will not let them use your good names to enact their petty grudges.”

No, the violent costumed menaces I speak of are the likes of The Punisher—little more than a maniac with an arsenal to rival the armory of a small country on our city streets. I speak of the likes of Moon Knight—a religious zealot who perverts the rule of law and soaks his costume in the blood of our fellow citizens. I speak of Spider-Man—who has the nerve to make jokes as he destroys property and endangers innocent people in broad daylight through reckless behavior. And yes, I speak of Daredevil. Erratic. Unreasonable. Sadistic. The kind of man who would proudly call himself a devil and delight in spreading fear into a neighborhood he insists he “owns.”

As your mayor, I confess, I too have been guilty of being complacent, of looking the other way, of mumbling, “well, they do some good.” But I will do that no longer. No one should have to live their lives in fear of the bullet, the blade, the billy club. No one should have a person in a Halloween costume decide they are a criminal. No one should have their very rights trampled by men and women who decided their desire to harm takes precedence over the very laws of this great city, this great state, this great nation.

So City Council, I reiterate. The time is now. Let us be inspired by the acts of true heroes and use our skills and our tools, all legal and provided by the people themselves, to cease this covert costumed reign of terror.

I thank all of you here today. I thank all of you who consider themselves New Yorkers. And most of all I thank the real heroes—the NYPD, the FDNY, the Avengers, the Office of the District Attorney, and the elected officials of New York City. We must unite now to ensure a brighter safer future for us all.

Good night, and bless you all.

Fisk’s campaign continues in the pages of DAREDEVIL!

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Frank Miller sends The Punisher on a Daredevil date with destiny!

Get fired up for the November 17 debut of “Marvel’s The Punisher” on Netflix by exploring some of Frank Castle’s darkest, deadliest moments.

Having started his legendary DAREDEVIL run with issue #158, Frank Miller first introduced The Punisher to the Man Without Fear in issues #181-#184. Joined by creative duo Klaus Janson and Roger McKenzie, Frank Castle only appeared on one page of DAREDEVIL #181 before jumping into the story in earnest with issue #182.

Daredevil (1964) #181

Daredevil (1964) #181

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Both he and Bullseye sat behind bars on Ryker’s Island, though Bullseye managed to break out—and ended up killing Elektra in the same issue. By the time issue #182 rolled around, Castle had an escape arranged so that he could disrupt a major narcotics shipment on Long Island. In an operation that now seems commonplace to PUNISHER readers, he brutally—and systematically—took out the drug runner’s guards, tossing out lines like, “This is war. I don’t take prisoners.”

The script, however, got flipped on Frank when he realized that his targets actually enlisted children to do their dirty work—and that his supposed liberator wanted to either kill him or send him back to jail.

Daredevil (1964) #182

Daredevil (1964) #182

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Later, as Castle hunted down another drug ring, Daredevil appeared—and stopped The Punisher from killing an accomplice. Face-to-face at last, they ran their separate ways when gunshots rang out. Castle’s penchant for killing didn’t sit well with Matt Murdock, who began searching for the assassin.

Daredevil tracked The Punisher down on a rooftop as the former military man tortured a junkie for information on a drug dealer. Frank attempted to make an ally of the sightless her, but his efforts failed and they quickly leapt into battle. During the fight, Punisher shot the Horn Head with a tranquilizer dart…and then proceeded to kill the junkie. Castle’s continued search for the dealer led him to another fight with Murdock, this time resulting in Daredevil shooting Frank in the shoulder! One win each.

Daredevil (1964) #183

Daredevil (1964) #183

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Daredevil and The Punisher, two very different sides of the same coin, have teamed-up, toiled, and tussled with each other ever since.

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More recently, in writer Ed Brubaker and artist Michael Lark’s run on DAREDEVIL, Frank Castle found himself in prison thanks to Matt Murdock—though not for the reasons one might think.

Murdock himself had been locked up because everyone thought he was Daredevil, and—aware that the streets would always be safer if the Man Without Fear patrolled them, The Punisher allowed himself to be captured and sent to the same jail. Once inside, the duo made it look like Castle took Murdock captive before they escaped together in a helicopter.

Next week, check back for a look at the 1986 PUNISHER five issue limited series by Steven Grant, Mike Zeck, Jo Duffy, and Mike Vos!

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Erik Oleson joins the Netflix original series as showrunner and executive producer.

True Believers, the battle for Hell’s Kitchen wages on.

Today, Marvel Television and Netflix announced that award-winning actor Vincent D’Onofrio will return to the highly-anticipated and critically-acclaimed Netflix original series “Marvel’s Daredevil,” reprising his role as Wilson Fisk, the powerful businessman whose interest in the future of Hell’s Kitchen brings him into conflict with attorney Matt Murdock and his alter ego Daredevil.

Vincent D’Onofrio returns as Wilson Fisk on ‘Marvel’s Daredevil’

D’Onofrio is joined by returning cast including, Charlie Cox (Matt Murdock/Daredevil), Deborah Ann Woll (Karen Page), and Elden Henson (Foggy Nelson).

Additionally, Erik Oleson has joined “Marvel’s Daredevil” as showrunner and executive producer. Oleson was most recently head writer and Executive Producer of “Man In The High Castle.”

Erik Oleson joins ‘Marvel’s Daredevil’ as showrunner and executive producer

“Vincent is an exceptional actor who returns with the incredible gravitas he brings to Fisk,” said executive producer, Jeph Loeb, adding, “we’re very excited how Marvel’s Daredevil develops through the creative lens and guidance of our new showrunner, Erik Oleson.”

The third season of “Marvel’s Daredevil” is Executive Produced by series showrunner Erik Oleson (“Man In The High Castle” and Drew Goddard (“Cabin in the Woods”), along with Jeph Loeb (“Marvel’s Jessica Jones,” “Marvel’s Luke Cage”) and Jim Chory (“Marvel’s Jessica Jones,” “Marvel’s Luke Cage”). “Marvel’s Daredevil” is produced by Marvel Television in association with ABC Studios for Netflix.

All episodes of the first and second seasons of “Marvel’s Daredevil” are currently streaming on Netflix, with season three slated for release in 2018.

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