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12/28/2013

Daredevil The man Without Fear Marvel limited & Premiere Classic Hardcover Editions

Script Frank Miller, art John Romita Jr. and Al Williamson, all material is ©Marvel Comics.



This article deals with hardcover editions of Daredevil The Man Without Fear, including the Marvel limited slipcase edition. I will proceed chronologically.


Daredevil The man Without Fear Marvel limited Leather Bound Hardcover Editions:

This story was first published in 1993 as a five issues mini series by marvel Comics. It has been collected in hardcover form in September 1994 by the same publisher in its Marvel Limited line with a leather bound slipcase:





The inner book (10.5 x 7 inches or 27 x 18 cm, ISBN 0-7851-0060-1, 176 pages) also comes as a black leather bound hardcover with red glit embossed illustrations. It contains a bookmark with a red ribbon. This book is sometime advertised as a Graphitti Edition book but my copy doesn't display any reference to this editor. There is no mention of the print number in the book itself, but is is reputedly limited to 742 copies.





Second and third of cover are similar (red background). The book is divided into two chapter, one for the main content, and an 18 pages art gallery. Each chapter opens with an illustration printed on tracing paper alongside Braille writings. Ralph Macchio, the original series editor, is in charge of the introduction (one page dated June 1994, next to what seems a Frank Miller illustration).






title page printed on tracing paper with Braille scriptings

The main content is printed on mat relatively thick white paper and without any references to the original 5 parts division.






original illustration used for the slipcase



The bonus section features all of the original covers, unused colored cover for issue #4, four pages prologue from issue #4, pinup from issue #4 (the other one produced for issue #1 opens the main content, see a picture above), and three "behind the scene" pages from issue #5 retracing the birth of the project between Frank Miller, John Romita Jr. and Ralph Macchio in telephone calls form.





issue #4 prologue





Now let's move on to Daredevil The Man Without Fear Marvel Premiere Classic Variant edition.

Published by Marvel Comics in 2008 (10.5 x 7 inches or 27 x 18 cm, ISBN 978-0-7851-3656-9, 224 pages, cover price 24.99$) in its Premiere Classic line (as #18), my copy is one of the limited print run of 2092 copies that displays a variant dust jacket cover.




Note that I don't own the regular version which features this dust jacket (the inner book being exactly the same):


The inner book comes with a leather bound hardcover with embossed red carvings, and red background on second and third of cover.



back cover is plain black

The Ralph Macchio introduction is of course included as well as the original virgin covers that are used to divide the main content (printed on thick quality paper).





The extra section begins with an exclusive 43 pages part dedicated to working documents:

  • Frank Miller's revised draft #2 for "Blind Justice" dated 1988 (23 pages)
  • Frank Miller's story addenda dated 1990 (20 pages)
It continues with:
  • Pinup from issue #1 and 4
  • cover pencils for issues #2, 3, 4 and 5 from inside back-cover of issues #1, 2, 3 and 4
  • unused finished cover and prologue for issue #4
  • two unused pages produced for issue #4 (in inks and coloured form)
  • supplementary material from issue #5 (the so called "behind the scene" phone calls)
  • Frank Miller's Marvel Age #127 cover and article contents (4 pages by Anya Martin)
  • 1994 and 2003 third print TPB's covers
  • original illustration used for the cover of the regular version of this book







issue #4 prologue






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