Frank Miller

Recent Role:

Man With Pen in Head on Daredevil

Born:

1/27/1957, Olney, Maryland

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  • Frank Miller spent many days hungry and out on the street until he got a drawing job for Daredevil, later he became the writer. He originally was only going to write comics but then taught himself to draw well, with help from his art teacher. Initially he wanted to do crime comics but realized there were none so he adjusted to people who wore spandex. He got a job on a second-tier character called Daredevil. Marvel probably figured that since the book was already going to be canceled that how bad could this guy really be. Miller took out cheesy villains like The Owl and Stilt-Man and replaced them with crime lords like Kingpin and assassins like Bullseye. He made his girlfriend Karen Page a drug addict and introduced a new love interest for Daredevil called Elektra, his college girlfriend who was now an assassin for hire. After 14 issues in Daredevil Miller killed Elektra and although fans were shocked they admired the artistic guts it took to kill such a popular character. Later Marvel brought her back. Miller questioned the traditional non-lethal justice superhero when he revived a 1970's vigilante called: The Punisher. After the mafia guns down and kills his family Frank Castle launches a one man war on crime and actually kills people. Frank then went on to write one of most adult comics of all time. It was a four issue mini-series of the future called Batman: The Dark Knight Returns. It pits an aging Batman against deadly foes and a corrupt society. For Miller's Batman the biggest problem isn't the Joker but Superman a well minding boyscout enthralled to Ronald Regan, fighting one mans secret wars in South America. Former Batman writers had actually called Miller and told him that he had ruined their character. In the mainstream media it got a lot of attention positive and negative but mostly positive. This along with Watchmen got rid of the general innocence of superhero's. Later Frank's dream would finally come true and he would get to do a crime comic called Sin City.moreless

    Birth Name:

    Frank Miller

    Gender:

    Male

    Birth Place:

    Olney, Maryland

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (13)

    • Frank Miller: (On doing a sequel to "Dark Knight Returns") It's really simple. I had a story. Also, I've always loved the superhero stuff-I just didn't think it was the only thing comic books should be doing-and I just really got the itch. Fifteen years away from it has given me a much different perspective. I'm much more able to approach it like I'm 7 years old than I used to be able to.

    • Frank Miller: Mostly I hear people say, 'Why did we attack Iraq?' for instance. Well, we're taking on an idea. Nobody questions why we, after Pearl Harbor, attacked Nazi Germany. It was because we were taking on a form of global fascism, we're doing the same thing now.

    • Frank Miller: You can't have virtue without sin. What I'm after is having my characters' virtues defined by how they operate in a very sinful environment. That's how you test people.

    • Frank Miller: (about his inspirations) I'm a comic book artist. So I think too myself, what do I like to draw? I like to draw hot chicks, fast cars and cool guys in trench coat. So that's what I write about.

    • Frank Miller: I figured Daredevil must be Catholic because only a Catholic could be both an attorney and a vigilante.

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    Trivia (19)

    • Frank has a brother named Steve who is 2 years older than him.

    • Frank was ranked #32 on Askmen.com's list of the Top 49 Men of 2007.

    • Frank has listed James Madison, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson as some of the major influences on his writing.

    • Following a dispute with DC Comics over a proposed comics rating system Frank has become a big supporter of creator rights and is against censorship in comic books.

    • Frank help introduce the Japanese manga comic "Lone Wolf and Cub" to the US. He drew the covers for the First Comics reprints and did introductions for each of the first twelve issues of the book.

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