While comics has seen its share of “famous fanboys” arrive from movies and TV in recent years, few media personas have been kicking around the convention scene as long as Darryl “DMC” McDaniels.
The legendary hip hop MC has been preaching his love of comics since his days as part of Run DMC, and over the past several years, he’s also been a frequent con guest and has shown up on the fringe of comics culture. Now, the musician is taking his love of the superhero genre out of the fan realm and into publishing with Darryl Makes Comics — a new comics imprint whose first series arrives this October.
Founded by DMC with Editor-in-Chief Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez and music executive/Senior Editor Rigo “Riggs” Morales, Darryl Makes Comics has been teasing its superhero series “DMC” at conventions all summer long. “DMC” the series takes the hat, shades and gold chains of the rapper’s stage persona and morphs them into an original superhero, fighting for the common good in a world inspired by the street culture of 1980s New York City. The full graphic novella #1 — which will appear at New York Comic Con and soon after in comic shops — sports a creative team that includes writer Damion Scott (“Batgirl”), consultant Ron Wimberly (“Prince of Cats”), interior artists like comics stars Felipe Smith (“All-New Ghost Rider”) and Jeff Stokely (“Six-Gun Gorilla”), animation artists like Chase Conely (“Black Dynamite”) and graffiti writers like MARE 139. And the entire package is topped off with a cover by longtime “Spider-Man” artist Sal Buscema.
CBR News spoke with E-i-C Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez and DMC the man about “DMC” the superhero. The pair describe how they wanted to avoid the pitfalls of celebrity and music comic ventures by focusing on a heroic lead in an artistically diverse world first, and how the mysterious battles experienced across the first issue’s anthology format will lead to a future universe of stories.
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