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COMMENTS: Joe Orlando pencils/Vince Colletta inks; page 18; 1964; image size 12.75" x 18.5"
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1st app. the Purple Man
Joe Orlando pencils/Vince Colletta inks; page 18; 1964; image size 12.75" x 18.5"
1st app. the Purple ManGreat twice-up page from Daredevil #4 by Orlando and Colletta, featuring Daredevil, Karen Page and, in his 1st appearance, Zebediah Killgrave, the Purple Man. This is an excellent page showing the Purple Man using his powers on Matt Murdock, still in his original yellow and black outfit, and Karen, segueing into the beginning of his origin. The Purple Man would be resurrected into a major villain by Brian Michael Bendis in his series Alias, which was the basis for Marvel's Netflix series Jessica Jones, where Killgrave was portrayed by former Dr. Who David Tennant, and is regarded as one of the high points of Marvel's TV output to date.
Early Daredevil pages are exceptionally hard to find, especially those by Orlando who only worked on the title for three issues, this being the last of them. These pages just do not become available often, making this a rare opportunity. Be sure not to miss out. Pen and ink. Art is in excellent condition.
Joseph "Joe" Orlando was an Italian American illustrator, writer, editor and cartoonist during a lengthy career spanning six decades. Orlando began his career as Wally Wood's assistant in 1949 and by 1951 was a regular staff artist at E.C. Comics, creating stories for many of their titles, notably providing the artwork for the story Judgment Day in Weird Fantasy #18, an early commentary on racial injustice. After E.C. Orlando would contribute to the Warren magazines Creepy and Eerie, providing both artwork and editorial input. At DC in the 60's Orlando would co-create the Inferior Five and Swinging with Scooter. DC moved Orlando into editorial where he would work for most of the rest of his career, working on numerous titles he would revive horror comics with House of Secrets and House of Mystery. It was Orlando who encouraged Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson to create the Swap Thing in House of Secrets #92. Orlando also worked in toy design, packaging and advertising; sales of Sea-Monkeys escalated considerably after Orlando drew a series of unusual advertisements visualizing the creatures' enchanted and peaceful undersea kingdom. He would eventually become the associate publisher of Mad and the vice president of DC Comics, where he edited numerous titles and ran DC's Special Projects department.