How do you like your Daredevil? Served in a beautiful hardcover, in the form of a convenient take-it-on-the-train trade paperback or as single issues to be treated carefully and then put away for posterity? For many older issues, there isn’t much of a choice, but a great many of Daredevil’s adventures have been collected. This includes all of volume two, which, for the most part, is available in more than one format. The sole exception is the Playing to the Camera arc, written by Bob Gale, which was released as Daredevil #20-25. The question of whether it ever will be collected resurfaces from time to time, but there is currently no indication of any such plans.
About a year ago, I wrote a post called Daredevil Volume 2 for Dummies, which contains a comprehensive list of all volume two collections. It was recently updated too, and provides a good guide to the last ten years of Daredevil publication. Collected editions from volume one don’t cover every writer and era, but there’s still quite a bit of material out there. With this post, I’m going to attempt to list all volume one collections. I can’t promise perfection, but I’ll do my very best. Let me know if there’s something missing from this list and I’ll add it.
Silver Age : Marvel Masterworks Daredevil
The Marvel Masterworks hardcovers collect the early stories of some of Marvel’s most popular characters in full color. So far, there are five volumes, each collecting around ten issues. These volumes collect the entire Stan Lee run on Daredevil since Daredevil #53 was his final issue as writer. Click the images below for more details about each volume at www.marvelmasterworks.com
Silver (and Bronze) Age : Essential Daredevil
The Essential series features more issues per volume and are much more affordable. However, the art is in black and white. Volume five of this series comes out next year. Volume 1 collects Daredevil #1-25, volume 2 collects Daredevil #26-48, volume 3 collects Daredevil #49-74, and volume 4 collects Daredevil #75-101. Volume 5 will be collecting Daredevil #102-125. Each book also contains stray issues from other titles in which Daredevil appeared. For a full description, click any of the links above to go to the product description page on Amazon.
Frank Miller and Klaus Janson
The Frank Miller run has been collected several times in various formats. Here, I’ll cover most of them, beginning with:
Daredevil Visionaries: Frank Miller
This series contains three volumes, available in both paperback and hardcover, collecting Daredevil #158-167 (though not #162), Daredevil #168-182, and Daredevil #183-191, What If? #28 & 35, and Bizarre Adventures #28Most of the issues of the first volume were written by Roger McKenzie and penciled by Miller, who took up the writing duties with #168.
Daredevil, by Frank Miller and Klaus Janson
This is mostly the same material mentioned above, just packaged a little differently and with a few extras. Volume 1 collects Daredevil #158-172 (minus Daredevil #162) as well as Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #27-28 (written by Bill Mantlo). Volume 2 collects issues #173-184. Volume 3 collects issues #185-191, #219; Daredevil: Love & War and What If? #28. The Love and War mini has art by Bill Sienkiewicz, and the What If? story was co-written by Mike Barr. The covers are a nice classic black and red, as in this example (volume 1):
If you just want one (well, two) gigantic volumes and have a lot of cash, the Omnibus and the Omnibus Companion are just what you’re looking for. The Omnibus is hard to come by and starts at roughly 150 dollars, but if you’re still interested, have a look at the Omnibus at Amazon.com. Here is the Omnibus Companion.
Everything else Miller
Both Miller’s Born Again arc (Daredevil #227-233) and the mini-series Man Without Fear are included in the Omnibus Companion. They also seem to be seeing new printings quite often, and are available in too many shapes and forms for me to keep track of. Just know that you can get those stories separately. Having said that, I’m not going to look them up. 😉
O’Neill, Nocenti and Chichester
Aside from the Silver Age issues and Frank Miller’s run, there are also other select story arcs available. The TPB Daredevil: Love’s Labor Lost collects some of the stories which followed directly after the first Miller run. It’s a good volume and can be found at reasonable prices. It also features some really nice art by David Mazzucchelli. Ann Nocenti fans are getting a new collection next year. In the meantime, there’s Daredevil Legends Vol. 4: Typhoid Mary, with art by John Romita Jr. Two story arcs from D.G. Chichester run have been collected as well, in Daredevil: The Fall of the Kingpin (collecting the story arc known originally as Last Rites), and Fall From Grace.
Well, guys, I hope this was enlightening, especially if you’re new to Daredevil and don’t know where to begin. And, have a Happy Halloween!