Few cartoonists have affected mainstream culture in the last 20 years the way Frank Miller has. His graphic novel The Dark Knight Returns stands with Moore and Gibbons' seminal Watchmen and Art Spiegelman's Pulitzer Prize-winning Maus as one of the revolutionary graphic novels of the 1980s, influencing scores of artists to this day. In 2001, Miller returned to create a sequel, the highly controversial The Dark Knight Strikes Again.
This volume, the second in The Comics Journal Library series of oversized coffee-table collections of interviews drawn from the Journal's 26-year history, features interviews with Miller spanning his entire professional career, including a new interview conducted for this volume. We experience Miller, in his own words, as the revolutionary 24-year-old freelance artist of Marvel Comics' Daredevil (now a major motion picture, based on Miller's work, and featuring Miller's creation Elektra); Miller as a 28-year-old on the cusp of changing mainstream culture forever with the graphic novels Ronin, The Dark Knight Return and Batman: Year One (also planned as an imminent movie) for DC Comics; a 30-year-old Miller about to leave Marvel and DC behind to work independently, passionately speaking out against censorship and advocating creator's rights; a 41-year old Miller on his independent work, like the comics noir Sin City series; Big Guy and Rusty the Robot (stars of their own animated series for Fox); the savagely satirical futuristic thriller Give Me Liberty; the European-flavored excess of Hard Boiled; his historical drama 300; and beyond!
Heavily illustrated with rarely seen Miller art, art-directed by multiple comics-industry-award winner Jon B. Cooke (Comic Book Artist) and featuring an introduction by New York Times film critic and National Public Radio commentator Elvis Mitchell—as well as a major essay on Miller's entire ¦uvre by Larry Rodman—this book is sure to be the definitive tome on a major cartoonist. Features new interview and never-before-seen art. Fully illustrated throughout; 12 pages color.