Daredevil #183 - Frank Miller art & cover

Daredevil v1 #183 punisher marvel comic book cover art by Frank Miller
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Daredevil #183, 1982 - A dangerous drug makes its away into an elementary school, killing students in its wake. Stylistically, it looks like Frank Miller completed this story much earlier than the publication date. Drawings on pages 11,13-18 show a complexity similar to his earliest works. The remaining pages appear to be new, including a tragic but stunning sequence on the title page. Miller also brings the Punisher into the fray, his facial expression vaguely reminiscent of Joe Kubert's style (see interior page below). This is number 25 of 33 Daredevil issues with Miller art and/or covers.
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Miller cover pencils (Klaus Janson inks) = **
"Child’s Play" Miller story pencils (Klaus Janson inks) 22 pages = ****

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  1. I believe you are correct in deducing that the story was drawn earlier. One clue is that the previous writer Roger McKenzie is credited with co-plot/story, despite having left the series with issue 168 I believe.

    I never noticed that about Miller's style in this issue. ANd yeah, now that you mention it, the Punisher face DOES look like a Kubert-esque face.

    As for Miller's evolution, I think he and Klaus Janson really cemented their artistic partnership around issue 173.

    It's funny to realize how much Janson brought to the table with his inks over Miller. Once you see Miller's pencils/layouts compared to the final product, only then does Janson's contribution become starkly evident. Not to take from Miller's wonderful layouts and crisp storytelling, but if it wasn't for Janson's sure-handedness with the inking,Duo-Tone, and even the coloring, I highly doubt it would have reached the hallowed apex it retains to this day. Simply put, it's some of my favorite comic art.

  2. I agree with you regarding Klaus Janson's contribution to Daredevil. I've seen other inkers on Miller: Joe Rubenstein, Bob Wiacek, Bob McCleod, Terry Austin, etc. but Janson seems to have gotten the best results, especially the later DD issues. Also, I always wondered how Miller's pencils would look inked by Tony Salmons, who also has a fluid artistic approach.