HIS IMPECCABLE MANNERS at odds with his band’s reputation as one of hip-hop’s most notorious, Run-DMC founder Darryl McDaniels posed happily for selfies in a Hackney art gallery yesterday Saturday 10 June 2017.
Still handsome but slimmer than in his Eighties heyday, he was at Hang-Up Gallery to launch his first London exhibition, high-quality prints of the drawings, in a range of comic books he has co-written, that pay tribute to Stan “Marvel” Lee and other greats of graphic illustration.
The Queens, New York superstar spent almost an hour chatting as he signed limited-edition prints for customers. And then, of course, he did what everyone had been waiting for. With St Louis, Missouri MC Charlie Chan, he gave an intimate concert in the Stoke Newington gallery’s basement that was so good you wondered why he had sidestepped into comics.
It was no sidestep, McDaniels says — “the comics came first” — and they told him about the world.
“I was a straight A student because I read comic books,” he explains. “Everything I was getting from a comic book allowed me to become” — he pauses for humorous effect before shouting — “the most powerful entity in the universe.”
Gently, he adds, of his move into music: “Hip-hop wasn’t a business for me, it was a vehicle to express everything that was inside me.”
Naturally, as a boy he wanted to be the superhero, so naturally, in Darryl Makes Comics, the superhero is a character called DMC who, at the drop of a 1980s stylus, can slip into a tracksuit, trainers and knuckledusters to defend New Yorkers against supervillains.
If you want to buy a print, you can download a catalogue via this link.
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* The Art of DMC, Hang-Up Gallery, 81 Stoke Newington Road, Hackney N16 8AD (020 3667 4550) will run from Sunday 11 June 2017-25 June 2017.
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