Hello all! It’s been a little over a week now since we found out that Daredevil will be relaunched under the Marvel NOW! banner in March, still in the capable hands of Mark Waid, Chris Samnee, Javier Rodríguez, and Joe Caramagna. We also learned that the new title would see the main character move to San Francisco. Due to reasons that should reveal themselves as we head into the home stretch of the current run (which ends with February’s Daredevil #36), Matt will presumably have no other choice than to uproot his life in the Big Apple and head west.
Since the news first broke, Mark Waid and Chris Samnee have given several interviews that I suspect many of you have read already (I’ve personally posted links to all of them on the TOMP Facebook page), but I will also link to them here. As you may recall, the news broke November 25 with an interview by Nerdist.com. The next day, there were no fewer than four follow-up interviews in various places, such as CBR, Newsarama, IGN, and, of course, Marvel.com. The Marvel.com interview is interesting in that Mark Waid just comes out and tell us what he’s thinking in terms of which cast member(s) will make the trip with Matt to San Francisco. So, if you don’t want to know, don’t read it! Although it may just be a massive misdirection. 😉
Anyway, for this post, I really just wanted to share with you the first pages from Daredevil’s previous move to San Francisco which took place in Daredevil #87 (volume 1), by Gerry Conway and Gene Colan, published in the spring of 1972.
To anyone who might shrug off this move with a “meh, he’s already lived in San Francisco, it’s repetitive” I’ll have you note that most readers (including yours truly) were not even born the last time he lived there. Sure, many Daredevil readers will have read these issues before, but I’d be willing to bet that the vast majority of the current readership have not. However, the fact that Matt does have some previous experience with the city will hopefully make its way into the stories in interesting ways. Heck, the current creative team even had us relive Matt’s lecture on aliens at Carter College, so I’m sure they’ll have tons of fun with this one, digging up worthwhile things from the past and making excellent use of continuity.
A couple of interesting things to note about he pages below: The second page features a rare instance of Matt actively generating a sound to get a better sense of his surroundings. Also, the fact that Matt and Natasha moved in together without being married was actually kind of a big deal at the time. Conway makes sure to point out that the two will not be sharing a room, or even the same floor!