In honor of the launch of the Daredevil TV series on April 10th, we’re going to be doing a countdown of the fifty greatest Daredevil stories from April 1st through April 10th.
Daredevil had many great stories over the years, from one-shot issues to multi-issue stories to, well, sagas. So here you will be casting your vote for who you feel are the greatest Daredevil stories!
You folks all vote in the comments section here up until 11:59 Pacific time, March 31st. I’ll tabulate all the votes and I’ll begin a countdown of the top 50 the next day. This is not a whole lot of time, but, well, the idea only occurred to me the other day, since I did not do one to celebrate Daredevil’s fiftieth anniversary last year.
Okay, here are the guidelines!
1. Vote in the comments section below, making sure to include that classic word “ACBC” somewhere in your comment so your vote will be marked invisible.
2. Vote for your TEN favorite Daredevil stories.
3. Rank your ten stories from #1 (what you think is the greatest story) to #10 (what you think is the 10th greatest). I’d prefer it if you actually numbered your entry, #1-10. It’s easier for me to count. On that note, please also avoid listing them like this “1) 2) 3) 4),” because 8 with a ) after it transforms into a smiley face in the comments section (this one 8) ). Just plain ol’ “1. 2. 3.” works best. Really, just use this template:
4. Your top choice will be given 10 points, your second choice 9, etc.
5. Now for the most annoying part of the rules. What is the definition of a particular story? First off, runs are not stories. To wit, you can’t pick, say, Brian Michael Bendis’ Daredevil and call it a story. It is not. That is a run made up of a bunch of different stories. You have to vote for the individual arcs. The easiest way nowadays is to simply split, say, Bendis’ run into the individual trade paperbacks. Same with Waid’s Daredevil. Although, and this is important, you can always go SMALLER if you’d like. Like say you want to vote for JUST the Christmas story where Matt Murdock and a bunch of blind kids get stranded in the snow.
6. Since Frank Miller was writing Daredevil a lot earlier and before people began to write more defined storylines, I’ll allow “The Elektra Saga” to count as one story. Same with Pre-Miller, like Steve Gerber also sort of had a saga during his stint on the book. I’ll allow it. Just use your best judgment on the stuff Pre-Miller.
7. Mini-series count as one story. Like Daredevil: Yellow or Daredevil: The Man Without Fear.
8. Graphic novels are also one story. I will allow Elektra Lives Again to count as a Daredevil story, but no other Elektra solo stories (like no Elektra: Assassin).
9. Make sure to include ACBC in your ballot.
10. If you have questions and/or requests for clarification, feel free to ask them in the comments section below. If you’re unsure of something, probably better to ask BEFORE you vote. You have two weeks to vote, ya know?
11. I’ll make various ruling in the interest of fairness as I see fit.
12. I’ll list notable rulings in this section here as we go along:
A. Stories outside Daredevil’s own title that star him count, like Marvel Team-Up stories featuring him, or The Death of Jean DeWolff, where he plays a prominent role, or the classic Fantastic Four story, “And a Blind Man Shall Lead Them.”
Remember, please include the following word: ACBC – on your ballot. It will make it so your ballot appears invisible to other readers, so only I can read it (and count your vote secretly).
Most importantly, have fun!
Now vote! 🙂
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