Trevor Von Eeden
Trevor Von Eeden is a comics artist and writer known for his work on such titles as Black Lightning, Green Arrow, Power Man and Iron Fist, the biographical series The Original Johnson. Von Eeden was moved to New York City when he was 11 years old. According to Von Eeden, he remembers drawing in his early teens in order to alleviate the boredom of junior high school, beginning with anatomical studies of faces and hands, which he says are the most difficult things to draw in the margins of his notebooks, he was introduced to comics through the collection of his best friend. Influences included Neal Adams, John Buscema, Curt Swan. Von Eeden's best friend encouraged him to submit sample artwork to DC Comics. Trevor Von Eeden's comic book career began at age 16, when DC Comics editor Jack C. Harris hired him to illustrate prototype assignments with the "Legion of Super-Heroes" and Weird War Tales. Soon after, Von Eeden was hired to design and draw the company's first African-American superhero to have his own title, Black Lightning.
About three years Von Eeden began to suspect he had gotten that job because of his skin color, which displeased him and resulted in his writing what he called a five-page mission statement that said "in detail what I wanted to create — the kind of style I thought would express myself most while telling a story in the most dramatic way possible. I wrote everything down that I could think of — the details and purpose of the style of art that I'd wanted to create." In 1977, he began drawing the "Green Arrow" backup feature in World's Finest Comics and co-created the Count Vertigo character with Gerry Conway in World's Finest Comics #251. Von Eeden recalled in a 2011 interview that he "worked for Neal concurrent with my DC tenure—starting in 1978, until somewhere in the late'90s", he pencilled Power Man and Iron Fist and Spider-Woman. His stint at Marvel Comics was cut short because, in his own words, he was "fired by Jim Shooter, who’d told me when I’d first started there, to try and draw like Jack Kirby—and wasn’t happy that I didn’t."
He returned to DC and once again drew the "Green Arrow" feature in World's Finest Comics and in Detective Comics as well. In collaboration with writer Mike W. Barr, he crafted Batman Annual a Green Arrow miniseries. Von Eeden has noted that the Batman Annual is "the book I’m most proud of, in my 25 year career at DC Comics. I was able to ink it myself, got my girlfriend at the time, Lynn Varley, to colour it – her first job in comics." He and writer Jack C. Harris proposed to DC an all-female superteam named the Power Squad, but were turned down. In 1983, Von Eeden and writer Robert Loren Fleming created the DC series Thriller, an action-adventure story that allowed him room to experiment. Von Eeden left the series as of its eighth issue due to difficulties with DC Comics' management, he stated in a 2017 interview that he was "thrilled beyond measure" that Thriller is "the one job of my entire 41-year career that the fans have fondly and remembered since it first appeared."He was asked by Frank Miller to draw the "Batman: Year One" storyline but did not accept the offer."Venom", the fourth story arc in the Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight series, was drawn by Von Eeden, Russell Braun, José Luis García-López.
Von Eeden drew a Black Canary limited series as well as an ongoing series featuring the character in 1992–1993. In a 2009 interview he stated that"Black Canary, on the other hand, was done in one state of mind, from beginning to end, one of semi-interest, to tell you the truth. I didn't, still don't, find her to be a interesting character."In 2001 Von Eeden returned to Batman, penciling the five-issue storyline "Grimm" in Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #149–153. He illustrated a series of short stories, "Joe In The Future", published in Heavy Metal #v25 #6 and #v27 #5 In 2007 Von Eeden began writing and drawing The Original Johnson, a biography of the boxer Jack Johnson; the 242-page graphic novel was serialized in weekly online installments at ComicMix, was completed in 2009. Print rights to the book were acquired by IDW Publishing, who issued the series as a two-volume set in 2010 and 2011, he has called this project "The other'most satisfying' book of my career is The Original Johnson – the first book I’ve written and drawn."He provided illustrations for the text story "The Holo-Marketeer" for Heavy Metal #v34 #9 and designed and illustrated superhero comics produced for the National Hockey League by Stan Lee.
He drew four issues of Gateway Comics' Stalker. 2010 Inkwell Awards Ambassador 2012 Inkpot Award Trevor Von Eeden at the Comic Book DB Trevor Von Eeden at Mike's Amazing World of Comics Trevor Von Eeden at the Unofficial Handbook of Marvel Comics Creators
Iron Fist (comics)
Iron Fist is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. Created by Roy Thomas and Gil Kane, Iron Fist first appeared in Marvel Premiere #15; the character is a practitioner of martial arts and the wielder of a mystical force known as the Iron Fist, which allows him to summon and focus his chi. He starred in his own solo series in the 1970s, shared the title Power Man and Iron Fist for several years with Luke Cage, partnering with Cage to form the superhero team Heroes for Hire; the character has starred in numerous solo titles since, including The Immortal Iron Fist, which expanded on his origin story and the history of the Iron Fist. Iron Fist has been adapted to appear in several animated television video games. Finn Jones portrays the character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe live-action television series Iron Fist, The Defenders, the second season of Luke Cage. Iron Fist, along with the previously-created Shang-Chi, Master of Kung Fu, came from Marvel Comics during an American pop culture trend in the early to mid-1970s of martial arts heroes.
Writer/co-creator Roy Thomas wrote in a text piece in Marvel Premiere #15 that Iron Fist's origin and creation owe much to the Bill Everett character, John Aman, the Amazing-Man, created in 1939. Thomas wrote that he and artist/co-creator Gil Kane had...started "Iron Fist" because I'd seen my first kung fu movie before a Bruce Lee one came out, it had a thing called "the ceremony of the Iron Fist" in it. I thought, a good name, we had Master of Kung Fu going, but I thought, "Maybe a superhero called Iron Fist though we had Iron Man, would be a good idea." Stan liked the name, so I got hold of Gil and he brought in his Amazing Man influences, we designed the character together... Debuting in a story written by Thomas and pencilled by Kane in the umbrella title Marvel Premiere #15–25, he was written successively by Len Wein, Doug Moench, Tony Isabella, Chris Claremont, with art by successive pencillers Larry Hama, Arvell Jones, Pat Broderick, and, in some of his earliest professional work, John Byrne.
As the Marvel Premiere issues had established a considerable readership for the character, following this run, Iron Fist was spun off into the solo series Iron Fist, which ran 15 issues. The solo series was pencilled by Byrne. A subplot involving the Steel Serpent left unresolved by the cancellation of the series was wrapped up in issues #63–64 of Marvel Team-Up. To rescue the character from cancellation, Marvel paired Iron Fist with another character, no longer popular enough to sustain his own series, Luke Cage; the two characters were partnered in a three-part story in Cage's series Power Man #48–50. The title of the series changed to Power Man and Iron Fist with issue #50, although the indicia did not reflect this change until issue #67. Iron Fist co-starred in the series until the final issue. Writer Jim Owsley commented, "Fist's death was senseless and shocking and unforeseen, it took the readers' heads clean off. And, to this day, people are mad about it. Forgetting, it seems, that you were supposed to be mad, that death is senseless and Fist's death was supposed to be senseless, or that this is a comic book."Iron Fist was revived half a decade in Namor, the Sub-Mariner #21–25, a story which revealed that the character killed in Power Man and Iron Fist #125 was a doppelganger.
The story was both written and drawn by Byrne, who found the manner of Iron Fist's death objectionable and commented, "In one of those amazing examples of Marvel serendipity, it turned out to be easy not only to resurrect Danny, but to make it seem like, the plan all along." Iron Fist became a starring character in the anthology series Marvel Comics Presents, featuring in three multi-part story arcs and four one-shot stories in 1992 and 1993. Two solo miniseries followed: Iron Fist #1–2, by writer James Felder and penciller Robert Brown. Around this time, he was among the ensemble of the group series Heroes for Hire which ran 19 issues. Following a four-issue miniseries by writer Jay Faerber and penciller Jamal Igle, Iron Fist: Wolverine, co-starring the X-Men character Wolverine and cover-billed as Iron Fist/Wolverine: The Return of K'un Lun, came another solo miniseries, Iron Fist vol. 4 #1–6, by writer Jim Mullaney and penciller Kevin Lau. The first issue of a new ongoing series, The Immortal Iron Fist, by co-writers Ed Brubaker and Matt Fraction and primary artist David Aja, premiered with a January 2007 cover-date.
Duane Swierczynski took over the series from issue #17. Iron Fist's appearances outside his own title include three Iron Fist stories in Marvel's black-and-white comics magazine The Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #10, an additional story co-starring the Sons of the Tiger in issue #18, a six-part serial, "The Living Weapon", in #19–24, he made guest appearances in such titles as Marvel Two-in-One, Marvel Team-Up, the Submariner series Namor, Black Panther, Daredevil. Iron Fist appeared as a regular character throughout the 2010–2013 New Avengers series, from issue #1 through its final issue, #34. In 2014 Iron Fist was given new life and set to star in a new 12-issue comic book series
Marvel Comics is the brand name and primary imprint of Marvel Worldwide Inc. Marvel Publishing, Inc. and Marvel Comics Group, a publisher of American comic books and related media. In 2009, The Walt Disney Company acquired Marvel Worldwide's parent company. Marvel started in 1939 the common name in the Golden Age was Timely Comics, by the early 1950s, had become known as Atlas Comics; the Marvel era began in 1961, the year that the company launched The Fantastic Four and other superhero titles created by Steve Ditko, Stan Lee, Jack Kirby and many others. The Marvel brand had been used over the years, but solidified as the company's only brand with in a couple of years. Marvel counts among its characters such well-known superheroes as Captain America, Iron Man, the Hulk, Spider-Man, Black Panther, Doctor Strange, the Silver Surfer, Ghost Rider, the Punisher and Deadpool, such teams as the Avengers, the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, the Midnight Sons, the Defenders, the Guardians of the Galaxy, supervillains including Galactus, Doctor Doom, Ultron, Green Goblin, Red Skull, Doctor Octopus and Venom.
Most of Marvel's fictional characters operate in a single reality known as the Marvel Universe, with most locations mirroring real-life places. Pulp-magazine publisher Martin Goodman founded the company known as Marvel Comics under the name Timely Publications in 1939. Goodman, who had started with a Western pulp in 1933, was expanding into the emerging—and by already popular—new medium of comic books. Launching his new line from his existing company's offices at 330 West 42nd Street, New York City, he held the titles of editor, managing editor, business manager, with Abraham Goodman listed as publisher. Timely's first publication, Marvel Comics #1, included the first appearance of Carl Burgos' android superhero the Human Torch, the first appearances of Bill Everett's anti-hero Namor the Sub-Mariner, among other features; the issue was a great success. While its contents came from an outside packager, Inc. Timely had its own staff in place by the following year; the company's first true editor, writer-artist Joe Simon, teamed with artist Jack Kirby to create one of the first patriotically themed superheroes, Captain America, in Captain America Comics #1.
It, proved a hit, with sales of nearly one million. Goodman formed Timely Comics, Inc. beginning with comics cover-dated April 1941 or Spring 1941. While no other Timely character would achieve the success of these three characters, some notable heroes—many of which continue to appear in modern-day retcon appearances and flashbacks—include the Whizzer, Miss America, the Destroyer, the original Vision, the Angel. Timely published one of humor cartoonist Basil Wolverton's best-known features, "Powerhouse Pepper", as well as a line of children's funny-animal comics featuring characters like Super Rabbit and the duo Ziggy Pig and Silly Seal. Goodman hired his wife's cousin, Stanley Lieber, as a general office assistant in 1939; when editor Simon left the company in late 1941, Goodman made Lieber—by writing pseudonymously as "Stan Lee"—interim editor of the comics line, a position Lee kept for decades except for three years during his military service in World War II. Lee wrote extensively for Timely.
Goodman's business strategy involved having his various magazines and comic books published by a number of corporations all operating out of the same office and with the same staff. One of these shell companies through which Timely Comics was published was named Marvel Comics by at least Marvel Mystery Comics #55; as well, some comics' covers, such as All Surprise Comics #12, were labeled "A Marvel Magazine" many years before Goodman would formally adopt the name in 1961. The post-war American comic market saw superheroes falling out of fashion. Goodman's comic book line dropped them for the most part and expanded into a wider variety of genres than Timely had published, featuring horror, humor, funny animal, men's adventure-drama, giant monster and war comics, adding jungle books, romance titles and medieval adventure, Bible stories and sports. Goodman began using the globe logo of the Atlas News Company, the newsstand-distribution company he owned, on comics cover-dated November 1951 though another company, Kable News, continued to distribute his comics through the August 1952 issues.
This globe branding united a line put out by the same publisher and freelancers through 59 shell companies, from Animirth Comics to Zenith Publications. Atlas, rather than innovate, took a proven route of following popular trends in television and movies—Westerns and war dramas prevailing for a time, drive-in movie monsters another time—and other comic books the EC horror line. Atlas published a plethora of children's and teen humor titles, including Dan DeCarlo's Homer the Happy Ghost and Homer Hooper. Atlas unsuccessfully attempted to revive superheroes from late 1953 to mid-1954, with the Human Torch, the Sub-Mariner, Captain America. Atlas did not achieve any breakout hits and, according to Stan Lee, Atlas survived chiefly because it produced work cheaply, at a passable quality; the first modern comic books under the Marvel Comics brand w
Marvel Fanfare was a comic book series published by Marvel Comics. It was showcase title featuring a variety of characters from the Marvel universe. Marvel Fanfare featured characters and settings from throughout the Marvel Universe, included stories of varying lengths by a vast array of different creators; the title ran for 60 issues. It was edited throughout its run by Al Milgrom, who wrote and drew an illustrated column in most issues, entitled "Editori-Al". Marvel Fanfare's original working title was Marvel Universe, appropriated by Marvel editor-in-chief Jim Shooter for the encyclopedia series The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe; the series began with a Spider-Man/Angel team-up story by Michael Golden. Other Spider-Man appearances in the title included team-ups with the Scarlet Witch in issue #6 and the Hulk in issue #47. Several characters appeared in multiple issues including Doctor Strange, the Warriors Three, the Black Knight, Shanna the She-Devil. Writer Roger McKenzie wrote several stories for Marvel Fanfare including a two-part Iron Man vs. Doctor Octopus tale drawn by Ken Steacy.
A Captain America backup story in issue #29 featured early work by artist Norm Breyfogle. Marvel Fanfare was envisioned as a showcase of the comics industry's best talent; each issue featured 36 pages of material with no advertisements and it was printed on magazine-style slick paper. It was more than twice as expensive as standard comic books. Editor Milgrom wrote of his experience with the series: It was intended that would appeal to the fans. Tried to get the best possible stuff. At least part of the purpose was to use better paper, more elaborate, detailed coloring and, by charging a higher cover price, to eliminate all those unsightly ads; the creators were paid a bonus 50% rate, too. I was sometimes'accused' of just using up inventory material — as if, a bad thing. I did use some inventory stuff --; as with any grand vision, the results sometimes fell short of the goal.... What killed it was the advent of incentive payments to freelancers — top creators could make far more than the rate-and-a-half Fanfare paid if they worked on many of the better-selling regular titles.
That and my workload and family obligations made it tough to keep the book going. And sales had begun to drop as well. Inventory stories which saw publication in Marvel Fanfare include a comics adaptation of The Jungle Book in issues #8–11, the Black Widow serial in #10–13, the Hulk story in #29, the Silver Surfer story by Steve Englehart and John Buscema in #51. Marvel Fanfare volume two was published monthly for six issues between September 1996 and February 1997; this version of the title was edited by James Felder. Like the first volume, the title featured different creative teams in each issue and starred different characters from around the Marvel universe. However, the talent were newcomers, the paper was cheap and it cost half the price of most other comics; the title features the early work of penciller Scott Kolins. X-Men: In the Savage Land collects Marvel Fanfare #1–4, 96 pages, June 1988, ISBN 978-0871353382 Marvel Fanfare: Strange Tales collects Marvel Fanfare #1–7, 244 pages, April 2008, ISBN 978-0785127024 The Jungle Book includes material from Marvel Fanfare #8–11, 64 pages, April 2007 Black Widow: Web of Intrigue collects Marvel Fanfare #10–13, 176 pages, April 2010, ISBN 978-0-7851-4475-5 Thor: The Warriors Three collects Warriors Three stories from Marvel Fanfare #13 and #34–37, 136 pages, September 2010, ISBN 978-0785144809 Doctor Strange & Doctor Doom: Triumph & Torment includes Namor the Sub-Mariner stories from Marvel Fanfare #16 and #43, 160 pages, 2013, ISBN 978-0-7851-8454-6 Cloak & Dagger: Crime and Punishment includes Marvel Fanfare #19, 264 pages, June 2012, ISBN 978-0785161295 Weirdworld includes Marvel Fanfare #24–26, 312 pages, April 2015, ISBN 978-0785162889 The Incredible Hulk Visionaries — John Byrne includes the Hulk story from Marvel Fanfare #29, 208 pages, June 2008, ISBN 978-0785127055 Essential Moon Knight vol. 3 includes Moon Knight stories from Marvel Fanfare #30 and 38–39, 528 pages, November 2009, ISBN 978-0-7851-3070-3 Essential Silver Surfer vol. 2 includes Marvel Fanfare #51, 600 pages, June 2007, ISBN 978-0-7851-2700-0 Women of Marvel: Celebrating Seven Decades includes Hellcat story from Marvel Fanfare #59, 1,160 pages, January 2011, ISBN 978-0785143260 Uncanny X-Men Omnibus Volume 2 includes the Savage Land story from Marvel Fanfare #1–4, 912 pages, April 2014, ISBN 0-7851-8572-0 Showcase Marvel Fanfare at the Comic Book DB Marvel Fanfare vol. 2 at the Comic Book DB
Avengers: The Initiative
Avengers: The Initiative was a comic book series from Marvel Comics. Written by Dan Slott and Christos Gage with artwork by Stefano Caselli, Steve Uy and Harvey Tolibao, the series dealt with the aftermath of Marvel's "Civil War" storyline. A preview of the title was shown in Civil War: The Initiative; the first issue of Avengers: The Initiative was released on 4 April 2007. The tagline used in solicitations was "Marvel's Army of Super Heroes just became a Super Hero Army"; the series was solicited as a six issue limited series, but prior to the publication of the first issue, Marvel announced that this had changed and that Avengers: The Initiative would become an ongoing series, the third published'Avengers' title from 2007 onwards, after The New Avengers and The Mighty Avengers. Issues #20-22 dealt with "Dark Reign", the aftermath to Secret Invasion, Christos Gage moved to full writing duties; the series was canceled after Avengers: The Initiative #35, at the conclusion of the "Siege" storyline and replaced by Avengers Academy.
In the aftermath of the Civil War, the pro-registration side stands victorious and has launched the Fifty State Initiative which calls for one S. H. I. E. L. D.-sponsored superhero team for each state. The series focused in Stamford, Connecticut; the first group of young heroes has been sent to hero boot camp in Stamford, the site of the explosion that launched the whole Civil War. During the first days training, Trauma, a shapeshifter, loses control of his power and causes Armory to have a panic attack, she accidentally shoots MVP, trying to save Cloud 9. Pym and Gyrich agree to conceal the death and expel Armory, but first amputate her alien weaponry, since she'll be an unregistered super; as the young heroes finish the obstacle course, Trauma loses control of his transformation again, first feeding off of Cloud 9's guilt at being responsible for MVP's death, transforming into an image of a beaten and bloody Janet Van Dyne when Yellowjacket attempts to intervene. As Justice and Gauntlet clean up the situation, Pym is called to the lab where Baron Von Blitzschlag informs him and Henry Peter Gyrich of MVP's anatomy.
As Blitzschlag and Gyrich laud the benefits of such a test subject, Pym again has a crisis of conscience, only enhanced when the German scientist recounts his past "villainous" acts and remarks "I am your greatest fan."A crisis over Texas occurs involving the President and HYDRA. Cloud 9, Hardball, War Machine and Yellowjacket all arrive on the scene Cloud 9 is revealed as the best marksman of the bunch when she receives a pulse rifle, but further feel guilt when she blows up a fighter jet and the pilot doesn't eject. Hardball speaks to Komodo about Justice having learned of MVP's fate. While he talks, he turns to see not a strange girl sleeping next to him. Komodo is upset. Spider-Man battles the duo, he incapacitates War Machine with a blast of webbing that shuts down his armor, but not before War Machine mysteriously states that though Spider-Man will be stripped of his powers, another Spider-Man will exist. While Komodo fares much better, Spider-Man's wit and a threat that her failure will result in her losing her powers helps him defeat her and slip away easily.
A mysterious third party, which War Machine calls "Red Team" and, cloaked during the fight, is revealed to be a group of people in duplicate versions of Tony Stark's Spider-Man armor. The story ends with Komodo's desperate plea not to be stripped of her powers, as she dislikes being normal and considers her other self to be a nobody; the recruits are ordered to still help with evacuation efforts. Rage and several other recruits go to help the Avengers, they are dispatched by Hulk's Warbound and imprisoned in Madison Square Garden. Gyrich fears the political fallout, so he orders his Shadow Initiative to rescue only the six missing recruits; this team consists of Bengal, Constrictor, Mutant Zero, the Scarlet Spiders. Hulk comes across the team and Trauma attempts to access Hulk's greatest fear, but Hulk tells him he fears nothing and nearly beats him to death. During these events Hardball is secretly recruited by HYDRA to steal nanotechnology. While in disguise he sees MVP's body cryogenically frozen, but Justice and Cloud 9 claim to have seen him at his parent's home.
Sgt. Green can no longer train the recruits. Several new Initiative recruits arrive at Camp Hammond, including Ant-Man, Melee, Dragon Lord, Red Nine, Diamondback; these recruits will be trained by the instructor Taskmaster. Since the results of the previous clonings of MVP impressed Initiative administrators enough to attempt to fill places within the Fifty State Initiative with further clones of MVP. A new Michael Van Patrick clone is fitted with the Tactigon, Armory's former alien weapon, but goes on a rampage throughout the base under the new name "KIA" seeking revenge for MVP's death; the KIA clone causes destruction killing Dragon Lord, Trauma and
Josef "Joe" Rubinstein is a comic book artist and inker, most associated with inking Marvel Comics' The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe and the 1982 four-issue Wolverine miniseries by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller. He is known to be the one to have given artist Art Adams his first professional work. Rubinstein was born in Germany, after moving to the United States, started his artist career in the early 1970s as a teenager. Working as an inker, his artwork has been published by major U. S. comics publishers including DC Comics and Dark Horse Comics. However, he first entered the industry as an office assistant to Neal Adams and Dick Giordano at Continuity Associates. While working this position, he learned how to ink from Giordano. At age 17, he met Mike Nasser, who had just received his first comics assignment, penciling a backup feature in Kamandi #45-46. Nasser allowed Rubinstein to practice inking on photocopies of his pencils for the story, afterward showed the results to editor Gerry Conway, who assigned Rubinstein to inking the story.
Rubinstein is grateful that editors assigned him work with Nasser as partners, pairing them with each other on every assignment. In 1982, Rubinstein inked the acclaimed Wolverine limited series. One of his most important works has been inking The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe over a span of twenty years, for which he holds a Guinness World Record of inking more pencilers than any other inker. Rubinstein recounted, I did an inker's round table for a magazine called Comics Scene, where Klaus Janson, Tom Palmer, Bob Layton and myself all inked a Mike Zeck drawing. Mark Gruenwald saw these and decided that mine was the clearest to understand what the character looked like, not the best inked, when I came back from the San Diego con... Mark said, "We're doing this encyclopedia, we would like you to ink as many of the figures as you want." And I said, "I'll ink all of them," which turned into a godsend. And he picked me because he knew that I would not make a homogenous look of it, I think I chameleon my style enough...
Among his extensive inking credits, were work with Michael Golden on Micronauts, Jim Starlin's Warlock and Aquaman with Don Newton. Assignments included a mini-series for Dark Horse Comics called Archenemies, co-inked issues of DC Comics's Ion mini-series and Green Arrow/Black Canary In 2016 he was inducted into the Joe Sinnott Inkwell Hall of Fame.. In 2016, Rubinstein won one of the two annual Inkwell Awards Joe Sinnott Hall of Fame Awards. In his acceptance speech, he once again named Dick Giordano as his mentor. Josef Rubinstein at the Grand Comics Database Josef Rubinstein at Claypool Comics Josef Rubinstein at the Comic Book DB Josef Rubinstein Artwork Gallery at ComicArtFans.com
Mercedes "Misty" Knight is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. Created by Tony Isabella and Arvell Jones, Knight was first mentioned in Marvel Premiere #20 and appeared in the next issue. Within the context of the Marvel Universe, Knight is a former NYPD police officer, whose arm was amputated following a bomb attack. After receiving a bionic prosthetic from Tony Stark, she started a private-investigation agency with close friend, Colleen Wing; the two would form the crime-fighting duo Daughters of the Dragon. As private investigators and Wing work with Heroes for Hire: Luke Cage and Iron Fist. In 2013, Knight became co-leader of the Valkyrior with Valkyrie in Fearless Defenders #1 by Cullen Bunn and Will Sliney. Simone Missick portrays the character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe television series Luke Cage, The Defenders, the second season of Iron Fist. Misty Knight was first mentioned in Marvel Premiere #20 and was created by writer Tony Isabella with artist Arvell Jones.
A retcon in Marvel Team-Up #64 by Chris Claremont and John Byrne would reveal she had appeared as an unnamed character in Marvel Team-Up #1, written by Roy Thomas and penciled by Ross Andru. Comics in which Knight and Colleen Wing have starred include a storyline first printed in Deadly Hands of Kung-Fu #32–33 and Bizarre Adventures #25 by writer Chris Claremont and penciller Marshall Rogers; the original depictions of Knight, a bionically enhanced black female detective with martial arts skills, were influenced by the blaxploitation and Kung Fu crazes of the 1970s. Misty Knight and Iron Fist had the first interracial kiss between super heroes in mainstream comics in 1977, she was a longtime supporting character in comic books such as Iron Fist. The character, alongside her partner Colleen Wing, starred in Daughters of the Dragon, a 2005 six-issue limited series by writers Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti and penciller Khari Evans. Knight is one of the stars of the 2006 Heroes for Hire series as well as a supporting character in the ongoing series The Immortal Iron Fist.
In 2010, Knight appears in the crossover event "Shadowland", is the central character in the spin-off title Shadowland: Blood on the Street. She goes on to star in the new version of Heroes for Hire. Knight appears by Cullen Bunn and Will Sliney, she was included in 2017 in Black Panther & The Crew, a comic book starring a group of black characters. It was cancelled after six issues for low sales. Misty Knight was a rising star with the NYPD when she was injured preventing a bomb attack that forced the amputation of her right arm. Rather than take a desk job, she resigned from the police force, though she remained good friends with her long-time partner on the force Rafael Scarfe. Tony Stark provided her a bionic arm. Soon after that, she met Spider-Man and Iron Fist. Misty roomed with X-Men member Marvel Girl until Marvel Girl returned to her life as an X-Man. Misty teamed with her friend Colleen Wing in fighting the criminal Emil Vachon in the Hong-Kong area, she saved Colleen from an attempted rape.
She set up a private detective agency with Colleen entitled: "Nightwing Restorations Ltd." Soon after she first met Iron Fist, the two crime fighters fell in love. Misty conducted undercover work against the crime lord John Bushmaster, she aided Iron Fist, Spider-Man, Colleen Wing against Davos, the Steel Serpent. She first met and fought Luke Cage, Power Man. Misty's "Knightwing Restorations Ltd" detective agency would go on to help Power Man and Iron Fist's Heroes for Hire agency on numerous cases. Misty aided Iron Fist and Power Man in rescuing captives of John Bushmaster, procured a videotape clearing Cage of crimes. Misty was captured and nearly killed by Nightshade, she helped the X-Men, Colleen Wing, Sunfire against Moses Magnum in Japan. She fought Sabretooth, fought Constrictor and Sabretooth together, was rescued by El Aguila, she escaped captivity, captured Ward Meachum. Colleen Wing broke off her friendship with Misty due to Misty's relationship with Tyrone King. Misty rescued Iron Fist from drowning, reconciled with him, ended her relationship with Tyrone King.
When Iron Fist broke up with her, Misty began a short romance with Power Man. This episode was a source of Iron Fist for a brief period. Misty learned of Iron Fist's apparent demise. Iron Fist was presumed dead for an extended period, until Misty saw the Super-Skrull impersonate Danny Rand on television, she confronted the Super-Skrull in his guise as Danny Rand. Misty assisted Namor the Sub-Mariner in finding and saving the hero, they went to the Savage Land, where they learned that the Super-Skrull had been posing as Iron Fist, Misty aided Namor and Namorita against the Super-Skrull. She and Danny Rand were reunited and renewed their relationship. During the 2006 "Civil War" storyline, Misty Knight and Colleen Wing were contacted by Iron Man, Reed Richards, Spider-Man to re-form Heroes for Hire in order to track down superhumans who refused to register. Hesitant, the pair agree creating a team including Shang-Chi, Orka, Black Cat, a new Tarantula. Misty has been identified as one of the 142 registered superheroes who will be a part of the Initiative.
After the Civil War between the superheroes ended, Iron Fist was shocked to find that