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A Year of Comics - January 27th

Marv - Sin City

Frank Miller was born on January 27th 1957 in Olney, Maryland, and raised in Montpelier, Vermont, the fifth of seven children of a nurse mother and a carpenter/electrician father.  He grew up a comics fan, and as such was first mentioned in Marvel's The Cat issue 3 (April 1973), with a fan letter posted in the reader's column that issue.  Within five years, Miller went from fan to artist, seeing his first work published at Western Publishing's Gold Key Comics imprin: some ambiguity exists over his first comic, as some credit a number of uncredited shorts to his name; however his first credited work was Deliver me from D-Day, a six-page one-shot which appeared in DC Comics Weird War Tales issue 64 (June 1978).

From his short stint at DC Comics, Miller went to Marvel Comics by September 1978, where he became a regular cover and fill-in artist.  However, his big break came when he lobbied to work on the then poorly selling Daredevil title, which was on the verge of being cancelled due to disappointing sales.  In a run that started on issue 158 (May 1979) and ended on issue 191 (February 1983), Miller transformed the ailing title into one of Marvel's most popular of the era, introducing darker themes and storylines to the franchise, including the introduction of the female ninja-assassin Elektra.

Following his work on Daredevil, Miller collaborated with Chris Claremont on the 1982 Wolverine miniseries, which expanded on the character's backstory and proved to be a success.  This was followed by Miller's first creator-owned title, Ronin; both cemented his place as an influencial comics writer and artist.

In 1986, Miller released the now-legendary Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, a four-part miniseries which blew away the 1960s campiness previously associated to the Batman series, and instead reinvented the character as a dark and tortured soul.  Further Batman and Daredevil titles followed, but increasing dissatisfaction with DC Comics' ratings system led to Miller breaking with the publisher, and instead moving to the independent publisher Dark Horse Comics.

It was at Dark Horse Comics that Miller would publish two of his best known independent series which were also adapted as theatre movies: Sin City (1991, a neo-noir crime series; and 300 (1998), a fictional retelling of the historical Battle of Thermopylae.

Other than his works on comics, Miller is also known for writing, adapting and/or directing a number of movies: other than the theatrical versions of Sin City and 300, they include RoboCop 2 and 3, The Spirit, and Sin City: A Dame To Kill For.  For the Sin City movie adaption he received a Palme d'Or nomination at the Cannes Film Festival; other than that, he has received every major award within the comic book industry award, including an induction into the Will Eisner Award Hall of Fame.


... Pumori's hunt for Olle-T the Harpy leads her once again to unfamilar grounds... >.>
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Ropeman1 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2017
No love for The Dark Knight Returns?  :(  ;)
kanyiko Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have something different planned for good ol' Bats...
Ropeman1 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2017
Olle can be robin, as he annoys people...  =P
kanyiko Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Empress-Of-Ravens Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Love Sin City.
burstlion Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh nooooooo stippling :O

Aaah, Miller.
kanyiko Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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