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DAREDEVIL CREATOR BIOGRAPHIES
- CHICHESTER - COLAN - CONWAY - EVERETT - JANSON
- LEE -
- NOCENTI - ROMITA JR. - SCHEELE - SEVERIN - THOMAS - WOOD -

Without these folks, there would be no Daredevil comic to read and enjoy. I'm including writers, artists, editors...anybody who's been important in putting DD together over the years. This is a work in progress, and there will be many omissions to begin with, but I will keep adding to this index of creators to try to give everyone a spot in this little creators gallery to acknowledge their humble part in the long history of our favorite scarlet swashbuckler. If you know of any images of any of the creators, please email me as that's always the hardest thing for me to find. Thanks!


Chichester, D.G.
Born: 22 Aug 1964
Training/schooling: New York University Film School
Debut on DD: Daredevil #292 (May 1991)
Work on DD: 292-309, 312-327, 329-332, 338-342, 380
Other work: Writing credits -- over 60 different titles & projects including Batman/Daredevil, Batman '99, Black Widow/Punisher, a number of Clive Barker & other horror adaptations, Daredevil, a number of Disney projects, Elektra: Root of Evil, Judge Dredd, Magnus Robot Fighter, Midnight Sons Unlimited, a number of Sliders titles, Solo Avengers, Terror Inc., West Coast Avengers, What If...?, and Wolverine.
Editing credits include Blood, some Clive Barker titles, a number of Groo projects, Last of the Dragons, Marshal Law, Stray Toasters, and Weaveworld
Favorite work: Terror, Inc.
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Colan, Gene
Born: 01 Sep 1926 -- Bronx, NY
Training/schooling: Art Students League, other training?
Debut on DD: Daredevil #20 (Sep 1966)
Work on DD: a1, -1, 20-49, 53-82, 84-98, 100, 110, 112, 116, 124, 153-154, 156-157, 363, 366-368, 370
Other work: Colan has done comics in virtually every genre including Western, Romance, Horror, Crime, War and others. Well-known works include Iron Man, Tomb of Dracula, Howard the Duck, Batman & Wonder Woman.
Favorite work: unknown
Colan came on DD shortly after John Romita left to take over the chores on Spider-Man. He's often considered the definitive DD artist and is known for being able to handle DD's graceful & dynamic movement among other things. His knack of drawing emotion & characters into the Matt Murdock scenes also endeared him to fans. To this day, he's done more issues of Daredevil than any other artist.

As mentioned above in the "other work" section, Gene's long career of 55+ years (as of this writing) has included work in every comic genre and his talent & style has earned the respect & admiration of fans & colleagues alike. For more information about Gene Colan, I recommend checking out his official site. There's also a good interview with Gene available here.


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Conway, Gerry
Born: unknown
Training/schooling: unknown
Debut on DD: Daredevil #72 (Jan 1972)
Work on DD: a5, 72-78, 80-98, 118, 144-145
Other work: unknown
Favorite work: unknown
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Everett, Bill
Born: 18 May 1917 -- Cambridge, MA
Training/schooling: unknown
Debut on DD: Daredevil #1 (Apr 1964)
Work on DD: 1, 21(i), 83(i) (plus inking some covers?)
Other work: 40 years of credits spanning the 30s-70s.
Favorite work: unknown
Most widely known as the creator of the Sub-Mariner, Everett holds a special place in DD fans' hearts as the co-creator (with Stan Lee) of Daredevil. While I believe he inked some covers later on, his pencilling credits are for Daredevil #1 and inking credits on #21 & #83.

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Janson, Klaus
Born: 23 Jan 1952 -- Coburg, Germany
Training/schooling: unknown
Debut on DD: Daredevil #124 (Aug 1975)
Work on DD: 124-132(i), 140(i), 147-152(i), 156-161(i), 163-172(i), 173-184(p/i but Miller still does layouts), 185-190 (p/i), 192-197(p/i)
Other work: unknown
Favorite work: unknown
Janson got his start by doing Zip-a-tone on early '70s Marvel monster magazines before Rich Buckler picked him for the inking chores on the Black Panther. He followed that with runs on the Defenders, Howard the Duck and others.

While most Daredevil fans know Janson as half of the incredible Miller/Janson art team from Miller's first acclaimed run on the title, Klaus had been inking DD for a good four years off and on before Miller joined the title. Janson was inking such notables as Colan, Brown, Kane and Infantino before he & Frank hooked up. I'm not sure exactly what it was, but they made magic. I've seen Janson's inks on other folks, and while it's fine, it doesn't knock me back in my seat the way the Miller/Janson DD stuff does. And the same could be said for Miller: while his art is ok on all his other projects, I think it went up 6 notches when Janson was inking them. Just some sort of natural chemistry or something.


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Lee, Stan
Born: 29 Dec 1922 -- ?,?
Training/schooling: unknown
Debut on DD: Daredevil #1 (Apr 1964)
Work on DD: a1-a3, 1-9, 11-50, 53; (v2) 20
Other work: too numerous to imagine - anyone out there have a good list they'd be willing to share?
Favorite work: unknown
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Nocenti, Ann
Born: 17 Jan 1957 -- New York, NY
Training/schooling: unknown
Debut on DD: Daredevil #236 (Nov 1986)
Work on DD: 236, 238-245, 247-257, 259-291
Other work: Spider-Woman, Beauty & the Beast, Inhumans GN, Longshot, Star Wars, Spider-Man, Bizarre Adventures, Someplace Strange GN, and more
Favorite work: unknown
Nocenti's work on Daredevil invariably gets mixed reactions. She took Daredevil out of NY at one point and had him travelling the countryside...eventually to end up in a storyline with the Inhumans in Hell. This thrilled some who enjoyed the novelty, and infuriated others who saw DD inextricably connected to Hell's Kitchen. Nocenti also dealt with many social issues like animal rights, ecology, women's issues, etc., but she tended to be very heavy handed & some even thought preachy about these issues.

Her run lasted for close to 5 years with John Romita Jr. doing the artistic chores for almost the entire run. One of the characters they created, Typhoid Mary, has become EXTREMELY popular in her own right. They also created the Fat Boys, a group of skateboarding kids that almost became sidekicks of a sort to Daredevil (a la the Little Wise Guys of Golden Age Daredevil fame).


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Romita, John Jr.
Born: 17 Aug ???? -- ?,?
Training/schooling: unknown
Debut on DD: Daredevil #250 (Jan 1988)
Work on DD: a5, 250-257, 259-263, 265-276, 278-282
Other work: unknown
Favorite work: unknown
After a year with over half a dozen different artists, Nocenti was finally paired with John Romita, Jr. Their collaboration would last close to 3 years, and would include the creation of the very popular Typhoid Mary and a number of supporting cast members.

John Romita (Jr.) also collaborated with Frank Miller on the very important Man Without Fear mini-series. Both critically acclaimed & popular, these 5 books tend to rate very high even with folks who have no interest in Daredevil whatsoever. In addition, John produced a Daredevil portfolio through Editions Deesse in France (see: Prints/Portfolios).

Like his father before him, and a number of other DD artists, John's work post-Daredevil includes the Amazing, Sensational, Spectacular Spidey! DD loses more good artists that way!!


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Scheele, Christie
Born: 10 Aug ???? -- ?,?
Training/schooling: unknown
Debut on DD: unknown
Work on DD: unknown
Other work: unknown
Favorite work: unknown
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Severin, Marie
Born: 21 Aug ???? -- Oceanside, NY
Training/schooling: unknown
Debut on DD: Daredevil #61 (Feb 1970)
Work on DD: 61-68, 70-76, 80
Other work: coloring credits too numerous too mention; pencilling: Not Brand Ecch!, Crazy, Iron Man, Power Man, The Cat, Kull, Muppet Babies, St. Francis, Alf, Mighty Mouse, and others.
Favorite work: unknown
Known for many years mostly as a colorist (& eventually head of Marvel's coloring department), Severin did the art for over a dozen Daredevil covers in the early 70s.

"Marie Severin is one of the sweetest people I've ever known in comics. She's outgoing, warm and funny as can be. She treats her peers and fans with humor and respect." - Gene Colan


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Thomas, Roy
Born: 22 Nov 1940 -- Jackson, MO
Training/schooling: unknown
Debut on DD: Daredevil #51 (Apr 1969)
Work on DD: 51-69, 71
Other work: X-Men, Avengers, Sub-Mariner, Fantastic Four, Invaders, Conan the Barbarian.
Favorite work: unknown
Known for being an editor and a writer, Thomas took over the writing chores of Daredevil immediately after Stan Lee's run. Thomas scripted some standard classic fare pitting DD against some of his more well known rogues' gallery members: Cobra & Hyde, Gladiator, and Mr. Fear. He also took DD out to the west coast to hook up temporarily with Karen Page who'd landed a role in a daytime drama.

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Wood, Wallace "Wally"
Born: 17 Jun 1927 -- Menahga, MN
Training/schooling: unknown
Debut on DD: Daredevil #5 (Dec 1964)
Work on DD: a2, 5-11
Other work: Wood worked in comics from the mid-1940s drawing in every genre including horror, westerns, crime, war, and science fiction.
Favorite work: unknown
While Wood's run on DD was relatively short, he impacted DD as much as any other artist has since. His clean style of drawing, and of course his creations of DD's beloved red duds, have influenced EVERY artist who's followed. And he's still often rated by fans as one of the top 5 artists to draw DD even with so short a run.

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