Mark Waid on his relationship with Chris Samnee

Even though I try to keep an eye on everything that happens in the Daredevil-sphere, I occasionally miss things. Case in point: iFanboy’s Word Balloon Podcast interview with Mark Waid from last week that I didn’t stumble across until today. As it turns out, it was well worth the wait.

The half-hour interview covered a lot of ground, focusing on Waid’s work on Daredevil and the Indestructible Hulk. I recommend listening to the whole thing, but most of the Daredevil stuff starts at 18.18 into the podcast if you want to cut right to the chase. Here are some of my favorite quotes from the interview (mild spoilers ahead!):

On Matt’s relationships

“So much has been done with Matt and his various romantic relationships with women that I still want to try to figure out what to do with that angle on the character that is different, that I can really follow through on that makes it unique.

In the meantime, I like the bromance between Foggy and Matt. I love their friendship; I love the depth of their friendship. And so, when it comes down to what you can do to make Daredevil’s life difficult is, taking Foggy away from him is one.”

On what exactly is up with Foggy

“There’s stuff going on with Foggy, and you’ll start to see this in the next couple of issues as we start to peel back the layers of that. Foggy is utterly convinced that the way Matt’s dealing with his depression issues, by just throwing a switch and deciding to be happy, is not the healthiest way for Matt to go about doing this. And he’s not wrong. But, he seems really bothered by this, more so than he ought to be bothered.

The question becomes: Why is that? There’s a moment in the issue that comes out in a month – it’s a little spoiler moment, but it’s a tiny little thing – where he grills Foggy on this. And Foggy says, “I just care about you as a friend, I just want you to be healthy, and I worry about your mental health.” And Matt says “Is there something else?” and Foggy says no, but you can see the heartbeat jump.”

… and finally the part that really cracked me up:

Mark Waid on working with Chris Samnee

“He’s the Tim Sale to my Jeph Loeb and I am not letting that guy go. I have made it abundantly clear to him that he is never to stray far. I feel like his parent where it’s like, ‘Okay, you can go outside, but you can’t leave the yard. And you cannot cross the street. And do not talk to strangers. And do not get in anybody else’s car no matter how much candy they give you.’ That is my relationship with Chris.”

That’s it for now. I will try to get to my Daredevil: End of Days #3 review as soon as possible, but I can’t promise to have it done before The Other Murdock Papers’ big-ass 5-year-anniversary post that I have scheduled for this weekend. That’s right, this site turns five years old tomorrow! We’ll celebrate with a fun trivia contest. Yup, one with real prizes. Good ones, too!

Christine Hanefalk

Christine Hanefalk

Based in Stockholm, Sweden, Christine is a die-hard Daredevil fan who launched The Other Murdock Papers in 2007 to share her passion for Matt Murdock and his friends with other fans.

1 comment

  1. He writes Matt Murdock as David Duchovny character, Hank Moody in the HBO series ‘Californication’.

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