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The Estate Of Wally Wood Challenges Marvel And Netflix Over Daredevil

May 28, 2015

In an open letter, the estate of the late comic book creator Wally Wood has fired a shot across the bows of Marvel and Netflix asking for credit for his contributions to the success of the Daredevil show. And they have quoted a lot of comic book legends to support their point.

You know what? Let痴 just run the entire thing.
Netfix and Marvel Studios made history with their recent online hit TV show Daredevil, which was immediately renewed for a second season. But with all the fanfare has come a major controversy among comics fans and top professionals alike. Amazingly, though over a dozen Daredevil-related comics professionals were acknowledged in the series credits, the late, legendary creator who, most in-the-know people say, did as much as Stan Lee and Bill Everett, who first launched Daredevil in 1964, is outrageously slighted. No one is more important to ??Daredevil? than Wallace 展ally Wood! After leaving his historic 12-year hit run on MAD Magazine, in 1964, Wood took over the then foundering, near-cancellation fledgling Daredevil comic after issue #4. Wood created the RED Daredevil character design, the interlocking double-D logo (which inspired the nickname 泥D), developed the visualization of the Radar Sense, created the grappling-hook cane/Billy-club cable, technological enhancements to DD痴 senses, themes used through the Frank Miller run, and beyond. Lee and Everett are acknowledged at the opening of the Netflix-Marvel series and many more comic-book talents are thanked in the ??Netflix? Daredevil show but not 適id Daredevil Himself, Wally Wood as Marvel sometimes called him! To people familiar with Wood痴 contributions, the slight is Unacceptable!

When Wood took over Daredevil, the half-developed character was dressed in a yellow acrobat痴 costume. Wood found it ridiculous to dress 鍍he Man Without Fear in yellow, the color of cowardice and took it upon himself, without Marvel痴 request or approval, to change DD痴 outfit to the all-red suit he has donned lo, the past 50 years. Wood痴 design inspired all red ?Daredevil? designs since, including those in the 2003 Daredevil movie staring Ben Affleck and the new Netflix series alike. Wood plotted his DD stories, often uncredited which inspired him to leave Marvel after one year and that character development is inherent in near all Daredevil including Sin City creator, Frank Miller痴 famous run. That is why Roy Thomas, Denny O誰eil and other all-time top comics industry pros are speaking out, in favor of Wood being listed at the beginning of each episode with Stan Lee and Bill Everett (not at the end for individual episode contributions).

In his one year developing Daredevil, Wood brought sales from a near-cancellation bi-monthly to a hit monthly. The success continued through Romita痴 handful of post-Wood issues but soon slipped back to a bi-monthly where it soldiered on for years afterward, only to return again to Wood痴 hit monthly level of sales, over a decade later, under Frank Miller. Miller痴 famous latter run on Daredevil revived many themes that were originally created by 適id Daredevil himself, Wallace Wood. Elsewhere, Miller has paid tribute to Wood in SIN CITY (including in the credits to the SIN CITY movie) and his comic, Tales to Offend, including 鏑ance Blastoff which was a total homage to Wood.

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