Run-DMC's Darryl "DMC" McDaniels Branches Out into the World of Comic Books

Run-DMC's Darryl "DMC" McDaniels Branches Out into the World of Comic Books
Hip-hop's love of comic books has been explored before via Ghostface's Iron Man obsession, metal-faced supervillain DOOM's Fantastic Four sampling and, well, this Vanilla Ice biography, but now classic MC Darryl "DMC" McDaniels will put his own twist on the medium with his new company Darryl Makes Comics.

The Run-DMC founder recently announced he'll be competing with Marvel and DC with a hero title of his own, naturally titled DMC. A longtime comic book fan, McDaniels told EW that he conceived the self-referential crime fighter after his interest in the art form was rejuvenated during an appearance at a comic con.

"Three years ago, I went to the comic convention in Philadelphia to do a celebrity signing. I just went to make a couple of bucks, and it ended up bringing my love of comics back again," he explained. "I went there, and just being at this comic convention, the memories started coming back and filtering in. The problem was I lost a lot of money because I didn't just stand there to sign autographs — I ended up taking a tour of the whole convention. I remembered a lot of old stuff, but I was introduced to a lot of new publications and productions."

McDaniels will serve as the publisher of the title. Also on board are art director/editor in chief Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez, senior editor Riggs Morales, writer Ronald Wimberly (Prince of Cats), penciller Damion Scott (BatmanBatgirlRobin), inker Dexter Vines (Superman, Wolverine, Civil War), and cover artist Sal Buscema (Avengers, Incredible Hulk).

The comic book version of DMC is described as "a superhero fighting for justice in an alternate universe," but he still rocks the fashionable gear the real-life McDaniels wore back in the day (i.e., Adidas jumpsuit and shell-toes, Kangol hat and big, chunky plastic-frame glasses). You can check a muscled-up sketch of the character up above.

The rapper is currently raising funds to put out a 64-page graphic novel via Kickstarter. So far only $1,750 of the $100,000 goal has been met, but McDaniels said the project will move forward either way.

You can catch McDaniels talking more about the project in the trailer down below.