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My Daredevil Collection Continues to Grow

It’s been a while since I added items to my Daredevil collection. It was long overdue, wasn’t it?

daredevil-baseball-cap-and-plushie

I picked the baseball cap up at Fan Expo last month and the plushie at a store in the mall.

daredevil-air-freshener

I couldn’t believe that there is such as thing as Daredevil air-fresheners. I don’t even use air-fresheners in my car. I hate to have things hanging from my rear-view mirror. But I bought this pack just because.

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Daredevil is my favourite super-hero and I love skateboarding. What an awesome piece!

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These two pieces were given to me as birthday gifts for the past two years. I love them so much!

daredevil-pops

I started collecting Pop figures. I have Matt Murdock and Daredevil in his Yellow, Red, and Netflix costumes. There is one other figure that I need to add to this collection, a Man Without Fear black-costumed-figure. I hope to get it soon.

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I don’t wear jewelry but this Daredevil necklace is gorgeous. It is metal and an official Marvel product.

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I can’t quite add this to my collection, but I did see a really cool Daredevil panel at Fan Expo this year featuring Joe Quesada, Charlie Cox, and Elden Henson. And I took this photo.

tim-sale-autograph

The last thing I recently added to my collection is an autograph from Tim Sale. Its from Daredevil: Yellow, one of my all-time favourite books. I love everything about it. The story is amazing and it even explains why Daredevil had a yellow costume in his early days of crime fighting something that was previously never explained)

It was a pleasure meeting and talking to Tim Sale about origin stories and the work he has done in comics. Fan Expo was a lot of fun this year.

Those are my latest adds to an ever-growing Daredevil collection!

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Daredevil Secrets from Fan Expo Toronto

I love going to FanExpo in Toronto every year. It’s pretty much the last event of the summer and is always a great way to wrap up the season.

Daredevil Hat Balck

I was really hoping to find a Daredevil baseball cap this year. I’ve wanted a DD hat for my collection for years. I was very happy to see this one at the convention. I bought it right away.

DD Sketch Off Duel

I was also really excited to see Alex Maleev in this sketch-off duel.

He talked about how he kicks everyone out of the house when he works. He said that his place is small and that he likes to work on the floor. I have never heard another artist say that before.

It was also surprising to hear that he never read comic books in his youth. The first time he even saw a comic was when he came to the United States in the 1990s.

He managed to get a job after only being here for two months. Apparently, he threatened to jump out the window if they didn’t hire him.

He was incredible to listen to during this panel. He took a number of questions from the audience as he worked on the challenge piece. Both artists needed to draw Doctor Doom.

Dale Keown is a penciller but Alex Maleev is also, an inker and painter. He managed to ink his drawing in the short forty minutes the two artists had to work.

Alex Maleev Sketch

This is Alex Maleev’s finished piece. They raffled it off, but I was not fortunate enough to win it.

I knew that I wouldn’t be able to attend the autograph signing session he had later in the day because it conflicted with the Doctor Who panel I was going to. I really wanted his autograph though.

Alex Maleev Autograph

My son approached Alex as soon as the panel was done and he asked him to sign my hat.

I couldn’t believe it. There were only two things I wanted to get at Fan Expo this year; a Daredevil hat and an autograph from Alex Maleev. I got them both in one item. How crazy is that?

Daredevil Hat Red

I saw this red hat and bought it too. I don’t ever want to wear the signed one now. It’s just too awesome.

Daredevil Hats

I need a bigger shelving unit for my collection now.

Daredevil HeroClix

I also bought this little HeroClix guy.

FanExpo was a lot of fun this year. I’ll post about the Doctor Who Adventures we had as well.

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Hula Hoops on the First Day of School!

I like to start off the first day of school by pushing all of the desks to the side of the room and setting up enough hula hoops for each student in my class.

hula hoop first day

I have been doing this for years now and I find it is a great way to start off the day. I have traditionally had a pencil and paper activity for the students to do as soon as they come into the room. This year, I decided to throw away the interest inventory and get them creating something instead.

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I found this activity on Pinterest and thought it was a great idea. I added the caveat that the students would be sharing their creations in a little show and tell.

Doh Be Shy

I love this play on words, “Doh Be Shy. Open it up and make something”

It’s a stress-free activity that lets the students build and rebuild until it’s time to share.

I managed to find a Mega-Pack of Play-Doh for a great price too. I have kept the mats so this can also a rainy day recess activity this year too. Well worth the investment of 32 cans of modelling clay.

DD play doh

I started off the sharing session by saying, “My name is Mr. March and I made a Daredevil because he is my favourite super-hero. His logo is two inter-locking D’s.”

Each student shared their creations and I learned something about them in the process.

Next, we talk about personal space and how every person in the school is entitled to it. “Your personal space is akin to you standing in a hoop and no one else breaking that perimeter.” It is a really nice visual that we can refer back to throughout the year.

Hoop Venn Diagrams

I then move the students into groups of three to create Venn DIagrams of things they have in common with each other and some things that are unique to each group member.

You can learn a lot as a teacher about the interests of your students from this activity as well.

I had a lot more planned for the first day of school. It is important to over-plan. You can download my full day plan here. Stay tuned to this blog every Tuesday for more great teaching ideas.

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Awesome Christmas Presents

Santa was good to me this year. I got two T-shirts, a new pair of jeans, some time on my pay-as-you-go phone, and these goodies . . .

DoctorWho Sonic

I’ve wanted 10’s sonic screwdriver for some time now. I bought a customizable kit last year but none of them looked just like his. This one is perfect. I’ve had so much fun playing with it already. It has a black light and four sound effects. It’s pretty cool!

DW Calendar

My brother and sister-in-law got me this  Doctor Who calendar too.

DD132 Figures

And I got a new addition for my Daredevil collection. This pack is really cool. It recreates the epic battle between Daredevil and his arch-nemesis Bullseye. It even comes with a reprinting of the original comic that tells that story.

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Long Live Daredevil

 

Daredevil: End of Days by Brian Michael Bendis, David Mack, Klaus Janson, Bill Sienkiewicz, and Alex Maleev

Daredevil meets a violent end at the hands of his arch-nemesis Bullseye. That’s not a spoiler alert either. This book is about the final days of our favourite super-hero.

The strange thing about this story is that the main character dies at the beginning of the book. He says one word just before dies, however. A word that completely unravels Bullseye.

Reporter Ben Urich starts an investigation to find out why Daredevil had been absent for years, why he returned to crime-fighting, and why he died. It’s personal because he has always respected and admired the super-hero. He even knew the man behind the mask.

 

He starts writing the story of Daredevil’s final days. He interviews many of Daredevil’s allies, enemies, and former lovers and pieces of the story start to come together.

I really enjoyed this book. It’s well-written and beautifully drawn by some of the best writers and artists to ever work on the ongoing series. It’s a dark tale that wraps up Daredevil’s story nicely

My 2013 Reading List (tons of great novels, comics, and teaching-related books)

Latest Daredevil Finds

Here are the latest additions to my ever-growing Daredevil Collection.

Daredevil figurine

This costume first appeared in the first volume of Daredevil comics and was seen in issues 319 – 344. It was designed by D.G.Chichester and Scott McDaniel. It had armour and billy clubs attached to Daredevil’s forearm. This action figure comes with an exploding grappling hook instead.

Daredevil Squinkies Toy

Squinkies are miniature figures that come in small clear globes. I was excited to see that Daredevil was included in this package. And even better, it was in the clearance section of the toy store.

But wait, it gets better.

Of the three mystery figures included, I also got Daredevil’s arch-nemesis Bullseye. Pretty cool, eh?

Superhero Squinkies

And I found this older Daredevil action figure in a loose toy bin at a comic book convention earlier this summer.

Daredevil Action figure

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Daredevil Still Going Strong with Volume 3

Daredevil: Volume 1 by Mark Waid, Paolo Manuel Rivera, and Marcos Martin

This is the start of the third volume of the on-going Daredevil monthly comic. It started its production in  April 2011 and I bought the first edition of comic but have held off with buying more. I was waiting for the collected hardcover edition.

I don’t like reading single issue comics anymore. I much prefer having the stories all together in one volume. And it’s nice to add to my growing Daredevil collection with a brand new take on the series.

This book doesn’t reboot the character either. It keeps the chronology of what happened in Volume 2 and the Shadowland story-arc. Yet, the tone is a little bit lighter, which is nice to see.

There is one book that you should read before this one if you’ve been following Daredevil since its 1998 debut in the second volume of the comic.

This is a great start to the Daredevil reboot and a fantastic read.

Matthew Murdock is trying to avoid his destiny as a superhero. He is wandering around the country and trying to keep a low profile, hoping to find something new.

It reminds me a bit of the live-action Incredible Hulk television series. And just like an episode of that show, trouble manages to catch up with our reluctant hero. He then accepts his destiny and heads back home to don the mantel of Daredevil once more. As such, it is a great prequel to the new series. I absolutely loved this story.

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Daredevil Reboots

Daredevil Season One TPB

Daredevil Season One by Anthony Johnston and Wellington Alves

I don’t know why comic book creators feel the need to constantly recreate origin stories. It’s been done for Daredevil several times and much better than this latest title as well.

Daredevil's first appearance in comics

Daredevil # 1 – 1964 by Stan Lee and Bill Everett 

That being said, I like the idea of returning to the original costume Daredevil had when he premiered back in 1964. However, it didn’t make a lot of sense for him to be adorned in yellow. It really didn’t fit with the nature of the character and as such, by issue number 8, he was wearing his traditional red costume.

It wasn’t until 38 years later that we learned why his first costume was in fact yellow. The brilliant creative team of Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale retold Daredevil’s origin in the absolutely fantastic series Daredevil: Yellow.

Daredevil Yellow HC


Daredevil Yellow by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale

This is the definitive Daredevil origin story in my humble opinion. It is a perfect piece of comic book storytelling. The writing is clever. The artwork is beautiful. And the creative team manage to explain why Daredevil started his superhero career with a yellow costume. I won’t give anything away here because this is a MUST-READ. I am not over-exaggerating either.

There is one other Daredevil retelling that I would be remiss if I didn’t include in this post.

Daredevil: The Man Without Fear by Frank Miller, John Romita Jr, All Williamson, Christie Scheele, and Joe Rosen.

Frank Miller helped to revolutionize comic book storytelling in his original run on the monthly ongoing Daredevil series.

In this six issue mini-series, he returns to retell the origin of the character. What is interesting about this series is that Matt Murdock doesn’t don a costume to become Daredevil. Instead, he covers his head with a bandana and even pulls in right over his eyes. After all he is blind and it seems like a blind person might not put much faith in the need of a costume.

My Verdict

I love Frank Miller’s storytelling and everything he has done with Daredevil. However, his retelling of the origin story just can’t compare to the iconic work of Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale in Daredevil: Yellow. It is a perfect book and one of my all-time favourites in any genre.

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Daredevil Ends with Shadowland

Daredevil is my all-time favourite superhero.

The work Frank Miller did in the first run of the comic book series completely revolutionized the entire medium of comics.

The second run of the comic series began in 1998 and the title continued to soar. I never thought it would come to an end but it has with these titles.

Lady Bullseye is a dangerous new foe. She leads the ninja assassin gang known as The Hand and targets both Daredevil and his not-too-secret identity of Matthew Murdoch.

The Kingpin and Daredevil shaking hands? What’s going on here? It basically the-enemy-of-my-enemy is my friend deal. They need to work together to help clean up the messy situation that The Hand has brought to the city.

It turns out that The Hand was trying to recruit Daredevil to lead them. Feeling really guilty of all the harm that has come to his neighbourhood and his friends, Daredevil actually agrees. He thinks he can change the direction of the evil organization and use them as a force for good. Of course, things aren’t that easy.

I don’t want to give away what happens in the final story of the series. I will say that The Hand, under the leadership of Daredevil, builds a super-prison right in the middle of Hell’s Kitchen. The fortress is called Shadowland and the rest of the heroes in the Marvel Universe are not happy with the state of Martial Law that Daredevil has declared.

The one thing I didn’t like about these two hardcover editions of Shadowland is that the stories intertwine. They would be better served in one collection. As far as reading order goes, it makes more sense to read one issue of Shadowland and the issue # 1 of Shadowland: Daredevil and then to continue that pattern. Otherwise the story is a little fractured.

The story was a good one but it didn’t bring closure to the character or the series. That is why I am glad to see that Daredevil lives on in comic form. A Third Volume of the comic is currently in production.

I am collecting that series as well but so far I’ve only read Issue #1. I much prefer the hardcover collections and have Volume 1 sitting on my bookshelf. I will read it soon and blog about it here.

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Still Collecting Daredevil Toys

Daredevil is my favourite superhero and I’ve managed to build up a pretty nice collection of merchandise.

Here are my latest additions to the collection.

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It’s hard to see the newest piece here. It is small and my camera doesn’t have a macro focus.

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This toy is called a Bonkazonk and it is quite similar to a Mighty Bean. To me, it looks like half a bean. It is weighted just like those toys and you can flick it around and play all sorts of games with them too.

It came in a pack with three other figures. I got a Spiderman, Ghost Rider, and Deathlok.

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I also got this mini hauler. It’s a really nice looking car-carrier truck.

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More Daredevil Swag

Here’s my latest Daredevil figure to add to the collection.

This box is really big and the figure looks so cool. I like the numb chucks on this one as well. They can stay in the air and don’t just hang straight down.

I really want to take this one out of the packaging. . .

But it looks so cool at the top of my display cabinet.

I think I’ll keep it in the box for now. I’m not sure how long that will last though.

Here’s another interesting addition to my collection.

I love this one because it was made especially for me.

It was crafted out of plastercine by one of my students and it has some nice detail to it. Daredevil has the mask complete with horns. It has the DD logo on his chest and he’s holding numb-chucks. Very cool!

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