Musicians and comic books have long been intertwined. Easy examples include the members of KISS gracing comic books from Marvel Comics, Image Comics, as well as a recent guest appearance in Archie Comics, as well as Gerard Way from “My Chemical Romance” launching the groundbreaking “Umbrella Academy” for Dark Horse Comics. Now, comic book readers from New York and elsewhere can add Darryl “DMC” McDaniels to that list as he’s set to kick off his own superhero comic published by his own comic book company at this year’s New York Comic Con (running October 9th – 11th). Not only did Comic Book Resources interview him and his creative team today, but even the New York Daily News gave the story ink over the weekend!
The fifty year old musician and DJ is one of the founding talents of rap, having started training in the use of turntables and sound mixing in the late 1970’s before emerging onto the scene under the aliases “Easy D” and then “DMC” in 1981. He’s since formed his own hip hop group and continues to tour around the world. Yet in his interview with CBR, he states that he’s long been influenced by comic books as a kid, even taking some of the themes from the Hulk to inspire some of his lyrics. He’s assembled his own comic publishing label, “Darryl Makes Comics” and its’ initial series will be “DMC”. He’s assembled his own team of comic book scribes for this endeavor. They include co-writers Damion Scott (“Batgirl”) and Ron Wimberly (“Prince of Cats”) and artists Felipe Smith (“Ghost Rider”), Ron Stokely (“Six Gun Gorilla”), Chase Conely (“Black Dynamite”), and graffitti artists like MARE 123. In addition, legendary artist Sal Buscema has provided the cover, with a variant by Khoi Pham (“Incredible Hercules”) produced as well.
In the “comic book novella”, DMC is a masked, hat wearing superhero fighting crime in New York City in the 1980’s. He is a silent hero but his influence on the people around him is never in doubt; each story will be drawn by a different artist to portray how every person who meets or is saved by DMC views him differently. The preview pages provided offer a lot of slick art and solid action, aimed at general audiences. The design for DMC is simple yet memorable, and if anything looks like a marked improve from the last attempt by a rap icon to dabble into the realm of fictional superheroism – which was the animated series “Hammerman” from 1991, which featured M.C. Hammer saving kids with a pair of magical (and talking) shoes.