Welcome to the five hundred and forty-fourth in a series of examinations of comic book legends and whether they are true or false. Click here for an archive of the first five hundred (I actually haven't been able to update it in a while). This week, did Kevin Smith keep Brian Michael Bendis from using Bullseye in one of Bendis' first Daredevil arcs? What is the secret origin of the Invisible Woman's mullet? And did a 13-year-old really create Mr. Peanut?
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COMIC LEGEND: Kevin Smith kept Brian Michael Bendis from using Bullseye during the "Out" storyline.
In 1998, Kevin Smith relaunched Daredevil alongside artist Joe Quesada in 1998. This new line of Marvel Comics, Marvel Knights, was sort of modeled after the Heroes Reborn approach (give an outside studio control of some Marvel titles to give their own particular spin on things), with Quesada's Event Comics being the backbone of "Marvel Knights."
This endeavor proved so successful that Quesada was soon just flat out put in charge of Marvel Comics entirely as its new Editor-in-Chief. So Smith's run on Daredevil was a very significant point in Marvel history.
Anyhow, during this first storyline, Smith had Daredevil's rival, Bullseye, kill off Daredevil's girlfriend, Karen Page...
Once the storyline was over, Smith left the book, but before he left, he made an arrangement, of sorts, with Quesada. Quesada felt that Smith should write the next encounter between Daredevil and Bullseye following Bullseye killing Daredevil's girlfriend. Smith didn't have a strong opinion either way, but he accepted it.
But then a number of years passed, and Daredevil was getting a new movie set to come out in 2003. Brian Michael Bendis had been named the new writer on the Daredevil series, and in one of his first major stories on the title, Bendis had Daredevil's secret identity revealed to the world. In Daredevil #36 (by Bendis and artist Alex Maleev), Daredevil is confronted by a blast from the past...
However, originally this was going to be Bullseye (Elektra might still have been involved, as well). The problem was that Smith found out that Bendis was going to use Bullseye and he reminded Quesada of their arrangement. Quesada told him that he couldn't hold the character for Smith indefinitely, but if Smith were willing to write a sequel to his Daredevil run right then and there, then Quesada would tell Bendis not to use Bullseye. Smith agreed, so Bullseye was pulled from Daredevil and a couple of months after that issue of Daredevil came out, Marvel released the first issue of a new Kevin Smith penned mini-series, Daredevil Bullseye: The Target (with art by Glenn Fabry, as Quesada was too busy to draw it himself).
The mini-series was also to introduce the new look for Bullseye, based on the Colin Farrell version of the character from the then-upcoming Daredevil movie...
The second issue never came out (more on that tomorrow in a special edition of Left Unresolved!). Smith later regretted doing the series, as it was almost entirely because he felt that Quesada had broken his "word" and less that he actually wanted to write a Bullseye sequel.
Now that it was clear that The Target wasn't ending any time soon, Bendis was allowed to use Bullseye in Daredevil #49, but even there, he was forced to work in references to Bullseye's origin, which was going to be revealed during The Target.
Bendis' Daredevil run worked out fine without the use of Bullseye in that one story, but it's still interesting to see how it all went down. __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Check out some entertainment and sports legends from this week at Legends Revealed: