Tuesday, October 23, 2012

1985 - Concept art from the Daredevil animated series

Lightning the Super Dog?

"I wrote the bible and pilot and pilot for that Daredevil cartoon series…or rather, I should say I wrote a bible and pilot for it. Others had done several of each and ABC wasn’t happy with any of the approaches. I was hired to take over and much of what I did involved throwing out concepts and alterations that others (including Stan Lee) had done to the basic premise. By that point, there were a lot of characters and gimmicks a lot less faithful to the premise than any superdog.
"I basically turned it back into the version of Daredevil drawn by Wally Wood. Matt Murdock did have the seeing-eye dog, which was not an illogical thing for a blind guy to have, and the dog sometimes aided him a la Lassie but wasn’t any sort of superdog.
"ABC agreed to buy the series and it was even announced in the Hollywood trade papers…but then a gent who worked for Marvel said the wrong thing to a top exec at ABC who, I suspect, was looking for an excuse to not buy the show and to give the time slot to another project that he preferred. Whatever the reason, we woke up one morning to find that Daredevil was off the schedule, never to return. My agent and I had a brief argument with Marvel over a bonus I was to receive if the series was picked up…and they finally paid it to me because they had to admit the series was picked up. It was just dropped again.
"I think NBC later considered the show but networks generally don’t like picking up things that their competitors have passed on."


  1. When was this? Had it been in the mid-1990s, I just have a hard time seeing why anyone would have turned it down, what with the success of so many other Marvel (and DC) properties on the small screen at that time.

  2. Wow, nice catch. I assume the top art is by Colan and the bottom by Romita Sr, or a mix of both. Funny that they gave Matt dark hair.

  3. Hey Bosch, thanks for leaving a comment. Unfortunately, I'm finding the art hard to pin down as well, definitely a Romita feel to them. Wondering if it might have been Rick Hoberg who did some of the art from Spider-Man and his Amazing friends.

  4. Brent Anderson (think Somerset Holmes) on top and Bob Mcleod on bottom?

  5. The top one's by Doug Wildey. He may have done the second one as well but I don't remember that piece and can't see it that well from the image here. Definitely not Brent Anderson or Bob McLeod. Rick Hoberg, Will Meugniot and John Romita (Sr.) all worked on art for the project but I don't think it's any of them.

  6. Hi Mark, thanks for stopping by and clarifying this art issue!



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