Proving that it’s never too soon after a relaunch to get a special issue, Marvel is rolling one out for a certain Man Without Fear next month with Daredevil #1.50. There’s a very legitimate reason for it though, as it commemorates the 50th anniversary of Stan Lee and Bill Everett’s introduction of the character in Daredevil #1.
Matt Murdock and his alter ego have been through more than their share of ups and downs since then, some of which will be revisited in the anniversary issue through back-up stories by Karl Kesel (on story and art) and the famous team of Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev. The main story is set in the future, focusing on a tragedy in San Francisco that forces Murdock to come out of retirement on his 50th birthday.
Writer Mark Waid hints that paying close attention to everything happening to the older Daredevil could give some insight into what challenges are waiting for him in the months ahead.
“We’re celebrating the Man Without Fear’s 50th anniversary not by looking back, but by looking forward,” Waid said in a press release. “With a special story set in the future, on Matt Murdock’s 50th birthday, peppered with clues for sharp-eyed readers as to what the rest of 2014 will hold for Daredevil!”
Daredevil #1.50 comes with a variety of variant covers, including one by regular series artist Chris Samnee and five by Marcos Martin that represent each decade of the hero’s career in print. Take in the regular cover by Paolo Rivera (itself a celebration of some great creative teams) and some of the interior pages, and look for the issue in stores and on digital on April 9.