"Rowdy" Roddy Piper Reported Dead at 61
Ignore the profane name under the “about me” section. The owner and operator of the new Marvelous Coma blog is none other than Brian Chippendale, artist behind such noteworthy avant-garde comics as Maggots and Ninja. What, you may well ask, would a creator of such idiosyncratic, highly acclaimed work want to talk about on the Internet? How about … Daredevil!
DD #100 volume 1 is a set up issue. an origin issue. and even a reflection of period stereotypes. It has virtually nothing in common with DD #500 except the presence of the red costume. In #100, written by Steve Gerber and illustrated by the one and only Gene Colan(the work, inked by Tartaglione, is not Genes best), DD is the wise cracking pre-Frank Miller version. This era of DD gave the hero, and the comic, the ability to stretch out of character, to veer off the dark dirty city streets into flights of fantasy. It allows DD to joke about the world. A virtue virtually gone in current DD characterization. Issue #100 acts as an origin summary, as DD recounts a few bits of his history to a Rolling Stone reporter, until a mass hallucination hits the Rolling Stone office and the streets of San Fransisco. This is 1973 Marvel Comics.
(found via the Beat)