Marvel marks 60 years of Daredevil next month

Saladin Ahmed, Aaron Kuder, Ann Nocenti, Stefano Raffaele, D.G. Chichester and more will contribute to the oversized ‘Daredevil’ #8.

Marvel will celebrate the 60th anniversary of Daredevil next month in Daredevil #8, an oversized issue featuring multiple stories by past and present creators who worked on the title.

And there’s a lot to look forward to in the anniversary issue. It will include a main story by Saladin Ahmed and Aaron Kuder, who relaunched the title last year and cast Matt Murdock as a priest, as he continues to battle demons based on his own seven deadly sins. Other creators contributing to the issue include Ann Nocenti, D.G. Chichester and Erica Schultz, who have written Daredevil in the past, as well as the two artists I most associate with the character: John Romita Jr. drew the main cover, while Frank Miller did a variant.

cover by John Romita Jr.

Here’s a rundown of what to expect:

In the main story, Matt Murdock and Elektra, who both put on the Daredevil mask these days, will battle the mysterious demonic entities that have been plaguing Matt Murdock in the new run.

Ahmed teams with Italian artist Tommaso Bianchi for a story featuring Elektra facing an army of the Heat, the ex-cops who turned villainous and recently appeared in the Gang War crossover.

Nocenti, whose stellar Daredevil run from the 1980s brought us Typhoid Mary, will work with artist Stefano Raffaele on a “vintage flashback adventure” featuring Daredevil and the most hench of all henchmen, Turk, in a steamy bath house.

Schultz, who wrote the recent Daredevil: Gang War, and artist Jan Bazaldua spotlight Elektra’s current role as mentor to Alice, her young ward from Chip Zdarsky’s run on the title.

Hugo, Aurora and British Fantasy Award Award winner Elsa Sjunneson, who is deafblind, and artist Eric Koda “show how Matt Murdock inspires generations—both in and out of costume.”

D.G. Chichester, who recently returned to comics for the Daredevil: Black Armor miniseries, writes a story set during his 1990s run, featuring artist Ken Lashley. The story features a showdown between Daredevil and the Punisher.

Also! Ty Templeton returns with more Daily Bugle Funnies. Oh, that’s worth the price of admission right there …

Here’s a look at the issue’s variant covers by Simone Bianchi, J. Scott Campbell, John Romita Sr., Frank Miller and Stephen Segovia:

The oversized issue will land on store shelves April 17.

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