Daredevil: Yellow is a landmark retelling of Daredevil’s early days by Jeph Loeb, Tim Sale, and Matt Hollingsworth. The plot recounts Daredevil’s origin, his first encounters with other superheroes, his relationship with Karen Page, and his first fights with some of his greatest villains.
While it is a very popular book among comic fans, there are some details about it and its creation that even hardcore Marvel Comics fans don’t know. While the book may be read and reread countless times by fans of the Man Without Fear, there is always new meaning to glean from both the book itself and the people and conditions that made it.
10 Jeph Loeb And Tim Sale Did Similar Stories For Other Marvel Heroes
Daredevil: Yellow was the first of the color-themed early days of heroes retellings that the team of Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale did together. They would go on to create Spider-Man: Blue in 2002, Hulk: Gray in 2003, and Captain America: White in 2008–though the last would not be finished until 2015.
Colorist Matt Hollingsworth would join them again for Hulk: Gray, though Steve Buccellato would provide color for Spider-Man: Blue, and Dave Stewart would come in to color Captain America: White.
9 This Team Also Created Some All-Time Great DC Stories
The team of Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale is also known for their landmark DC stories. They created Superman For All Seasons, which told four different Superman stories across four issues at different points in his career.
Their best-known DC work is Batman: The Long Halloween which, like Daredevil: Yellow, aimed to tell a story earlier on in Batman’s career–though it didn’t recap the very start like Daredevil: Yellow. The Long Halloween had a sequel, Batman: Dark Victory, which introduced Robin into the mix. It also serves as a sequel of sorts for Batman: Year One by Frank Miller and Dave Mazzucchelli.
8 Daredevil: Yellow And Man Without Fear Are At Odds
Frank Miller and John Romita Jr. also told a Daredevil origin story in 1993 titled Daredevil: The Man Without Fear. It contradicts much of the story told with Daredevil: Yellow. Among other things, it has Jack Murdock die while Matt was a kid, it brings Stick into the story, focuses on Matt’s college fling with Elektra, and it has Matt starting as Daredevil during college instead of after.
The Man Without Fear also introduced the makeshift black Daredevil costume that was used by the Netflix Daredevil series for seasons one and three.
7 Karen Page Has Actually Always Been There Since Issue #1
Daredevil: Yellow largely focuses on the budding relationship between Matt Murdock and Karen Page, and it shows her joining up with Nelson & Murdock from the very start. This rings true with the original comic book telling back in 1964.
While some superhero love interests such as Gwen Stacy and Mary Jane Watson weren’t introduced until a couple of years into the hero’s comic series, Karen Page has been with Matt Murdock since the very start with Daredevil #1 by Stan Lee and Bill Everett.
6 Electro, the Fantastic Four, the Owl, And The Purple Man All Appeared Within The First Four Issues Of Daredevil
Daredevil: Yellow adapted some of Daredevil’s earliest encounters very accurately. Daredevil first fought Electro in Daredevil #2 in 1964. In fact, he was the first supervillain that Daredevil ever fought.
The Fantastic Four also makes a visit in Daredevil #2 also by Lee but with the new artist Joe Orlando. The FF’s appearance in that comic is reflected in their visit in Daredevil: Yellow #3. The Owl pops up in Daredevil: Yellow #5 to line up with his first appearance in Daredevil #3. Finally, there is the Purple Man, who is in Daredevil: Yellow #6 and the original Daredevil #4.
5 The Team Of Jeph Loeb And Tim Sale Won An Eisner Award
The team of Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale would win Eisner awards for their work on Batman: The Long Halloween and its sequel Batman: Dark Victory. They also received a nomination for Superman: For All Seasons. Separately, Jeph Loeb won an Eisner alongside Darwyn Cooke for Batman/The Spirit #1 and Tim Sale won an Eisner in 1999 for Best Artist/Penciller/Inker for his collected works at that point instead of an award for a specific series or comic.
4 Colorist Matt Hollingsworth Also Won An Eisner As Well As Two United Kingdom Comic Art Awards
Matt Hollingsworth, the colorist for Daredevil: Yellow has also won a slew of awards for his work over the years. He won two United Kingdom Comic Art Awards for best colorist in 1996 and 1997.
He also won an Eisner in 1997 for his work on DC Comics’ Preacher, Death: The Time of Your Life, and Challengers of the Unknown. He also got nominations for other works such as Hawkeye, Batman: Nine Lives, Catwoman, Daredevil, Aliens: Labyrinth, Aliens: Salvation, and Creature from the Black Lagoon.
3 Jeph Loeb Would Go Onto Work On Lost, Heroes, and Smallville
Jeph Loeb has had a solid career in movies and television as well as comics. He started off writing the script for Teen Wolf and later a Flash script that never coalesced into a movie.
His most prominent works included being a writer and producer on Lost, a writer and supervising producer for Smallville, and an executive producer and writer for Heroes. He would stick around in the comics scene still, famously introducing Marvel’s General Ross as the Red Hulk alongside Ed McGuinness in 2008’s Hulk relaunch.
2 Stan Lee Gave His Blessing To Daredevil: Yellow In An Introduction To The Hardcover Edition
In the hardcover collected edition of Daredevil: Yellow, the book is prefaced by an introduction by Stan Lee, co-creator of Daredevil alongside most of Marvel’s earliest heroes such as Spider-Man, the Avengers, the Fantastic Four, and the X-Men.
Stan Lee sang high praises for Daredevil: Yellow, saying that the writing made him feel as if he were “deeply engrossed in some hardcover bestseller”, that the “dialogue rang so true that he could almost hear the characters speaking” and said that Tim Sale’s art style, “dramatic, high-voltage, and emotional” and that it “had the same effect as watching a motion picture that was the work of a master cinematographer.”
1 Artist Tim Sale Is Actually Colorblind
One often-forgotten thing about the master artist Tim Sale is that he is actually colorblind. He once said in an interview with Asher Penn of Sex Magazine that he always saw Robin Hood as tan instead of green. He was always told that he just needed to learn color, but his linework was always praised.
This adds a layer of irony to the color names of Loeb and Sale’s Marvel collaborations, but it’s unclear if Sale’s colorblindness influenced the naming of Daredevil: Yellow and its follow-ups in any way.
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