Beard Of The Day – May 2nd – Frank Miller


Once again, it’s one of the best days of the year… it’s Free Comic Book Day! To celebrate, we’re picking one of the greats, Frank Miller. Miller got his first real break as a penciler on Daredevil in the late 70’s. While at the time comics were still only the domain of heros in tights, Miller realized his penchant for writing grittier darker crime stories that happened to have superheros in them. Taking over Daredevil, Miller brought the character from an afterthought in danger of cancelation and transformed him into one of Marvel’s most popular (which I’m sure will only increase due to the excellent Netflix series). After Daredevil, Miller was able to also bring his themes to Gotham with Batman: The Dark Knight Returns which hugely influenced both the Tim Burton and Christopher Nolan films. Miller is also widely known for original works like Sin City and 300.

With the weather as nice as it is, I’m about to go walk down to my local shop and see what’s going on, if you’re able, I suggest you do the same.

  • TitanTransistor

    The Daredevil Netflix series is basically a love-letter to Miller’s run, with the origin attached and cleaned up for mainstream consumption. The best shots in the series are ripped right out of his comic panels, and the overall tone of the series is the character he gave the books.

    Fan of his early work, but he’s gone completely off the bend in recent years. Both his work and his public statements have been terrible and crazy.

    Still, TDKR will likely never be topped.

  • DJ

    I wouldn’t quite say Miller hugely influenced Burton and Nolan. They all avoided the camp vibe of the 60s TV show, but all three had distinct styles. I’m My thought was if you liked the lurid, operatic style of the very early Bob Kane stuff, Burton is your man. If you liked the Denny O’Neill/Neal Adams stuff from the 70s, Nolan is right up your street.

    • Well.. maybe “hugely” is overstating it. There’s certainly a lot of plot similarities between Dark Knight Rises and Dark Knight Returns though

  • birdhead
    • Aw. That’s harsh. He did create Elektra

      • birdhead

        And Carrie Kelley! I just find his later work to be so abysmal that that’s my primary association with him. Also, All-Star Batman & Robin, which was so bad it’s funny.

  • AirTrafficAJ

    As much as I love his DD run coupled with DKR, Frank Miller has gone off the deep end in the past 10 years. All Star Batman and Robin was as big a hot mess as you could possibly come up with, and his “Batman/NotBatman” vs. The Jihadis was nails on a chalkboard bad. Now that he’s talking about writing DKR3 and titling it “the master race”….hoooboy.

    • birdhead

      You’re saying you don’t think “What are you, dense? Are you retarded or something” is an in-character line for Bruce Wayne? Gosh man, IDK.