Run-D.M.C.'s DMC Explains Lifelong Comic Book Obsession & Graphic Novel

Run-D.M.C.'s DMC Explains Lifelong Comic Book Obsession & Graphic Novel

FUSE TV - Run-D.M.C.'s DMC Explains Lifelong Comic Book Obsession & Graphic Novel

Last October, Run-D.M.C.'s DMC, an avid comic book collector since childhood, began a new career with the creation of graphic novel imprint Darryl Makes Comics. The imprint's first issue, DMC, featured cover art by vaunted Marvel artist Sal Buscema and was overseen by Riggs Morales, a hip hop writer/editor best known for creating The Source's influential "Unsigned Hype" column. But this is far from a vanity project: DMC is expanding on a hobby he began cultivating more than 40 years earlier.

The Hall of Fame rapper explains, in his own words, his lifelong love of the art form, how comic books affected his early rhymes and why hip hop-themed comics are finally ready to break into the mainstream.

Growing up a mild-mannered, Catholic school kid, all I did was go to school and read comic books. I was strictly a Marvel Comics head; Avengers, Iron Man, Captain America, The Hulk, Iron Fist, you name it. I loved Marvel because it was the city; it was all New York. The same backdrop I was living in in this universe was in the Marvel universe. Comics did for me what hip hop did for me as I got older; it empowered me, inspired me and educated me. I learned about Nazis, space exploration, everything from comics. 

It had a huge effect on me once I got into hip hop. I learned to rhyme and put words together from them. I mean, listen to "King of Rock". That's me proclaiming I am the king of rock, there is none higher. I'm coming to get you evildoers. Hell, there's the line, "I'm DJ Run I can scratch / I'm DMC I can draw," 'cause that's all I did before rocking the mic. If you listen to most of my early rhymes, it was always approached like, "What would the Hulk or Spider-Man do in this situation?" That's how I attacked my records. 

The first character I was ever obsessed with was The Hulk because when he was Bruce Banner, he didn't want to be the Hulk. He had to live with the realization that this Hulk entity was a part of him. That happened to me. I was always the outcast. When I was growing up, i got picked on until I started realizing i'm a little bigger than these dudes. All I would say is, "What would the Hulk do right now?"

When I was 35, I was in the darkest place in my life. Run-DMC was still doing shows around the world, but we weren't as hot as we used to be. On top of that, I started working on my autobiography and called my parents to ask them a few questions about my birth. That's when they told me I was adopted and my whole world changed. I was confused and angry. When I was on the road in Europe, I had tried to commit suicide and thought about it every day. I put rat poison in a can of soda one time and would look over the balconies of hotel rooms and think about jumping off. But I'd never do it because, as silly as this sounds, I didn't want to fail and have it hurt. I was born thinking I was one person, but it turned out I was someone else. It can't be coincidence that I'm still obsessed with comic books and their alternate universes and alter egos. 

Sorry, the article you’re looking for is no longer available! Try these recommended videos.

Interviews: Murs and Fashawn Comic Book Store Interview

3m

Interviews: Murs and Fashawn Comic Book Store Interview

Interviews: Waka Flocka Flame, D.M.C. Support Kids at Radio City's Garden of Dreams Concer

3m

Interviews: Waka Flocka Flame, D.M.C. Support Kids at Radio City's Garden of Dreams Concer

Marvel Editor Explains Historic Hip Hop Covers at Comic Con

3m

Marvel Editor Explains Historic Hip Hop Covers at Comic Con

Interviews: Coheed and Cambria on the Story Arc of Comic Book 'Amory Wars' & New Album

4m

Interviews: Coheed and Cambria on the Story Arc of Comic Book 'Amory Wars' & New Album

Diggy Simmons Explains "Do It Like You"

1m

Diggy Simmons Explains "Do It Like You"

Interviews: Top 5: Coheed And Cambria Top 5 Comic Book Movies

4m

Interviews: Top 5: Coheed And Cambria Top 5 Comic Book Movies

Shows: Fuse News: "Weird Al" Yankovic Explains New Venture into Children's Books

3m

Shows: Fuse News: "Weird Al" Yankovic Explains New Venture into Children's Books

Festivals: ACL:  Patterson Hood’s Top 5 Rock & Roll Books

1m

Festivals: ACL: Patterson Hood’s Top 5 Rock & Roll Books

Young R.E.A.D Feat.Young M.A

20m

Young R.E.A.D Feat.Young M.A

Osmin Obsession

44m

Osmin Obsession

Kendrick Lamar On "good kid, m.A.A.d city"

2m

Kendrick Lamar On "good kid, m.A.A.d city"

Deviled Duck Eggs in D.C.: Fluffy Off the Menu

2m

Deviled Duck Eggs in D.C.: Fluffy Off the Menu

St. Lucia DJ'd At Bonnaroo 2016's Campground Showers

2m

St. Lucia DJ'd At Bonnaroo 2016's Campground Showers

The Joy Formidable Talk D.C. Life at Landmark Music Festival

1m

The Joy Formidable Talk D.C. Life at Landmark Music Festival

Fluffy's Hot Spots Ep. 2: Museums and Milkshakes in D.C.

1m

Fluffy's Hot Spots Ep. 2: Museums and Milkshakes in D.C.

Run The Jewels Explain Anti-Mass Incarceration Message Behind Legend Has It

3m

Run The Jewels Explain Anti-Mass Incarceration Message Behind Legend Has It

MOS Nintendo: Comic Con

2m

MOS Nintendo: Comic Con

Shows: Fuse News: DMC Dance This Way Adoption FULL

4m

Shows: Fuse News: DMC Dance This Way Adoption FULL

Wale Describes Meeting Obama & Twin Shadow Talks D.C. at Landmark 2015

2m

Wale Describes Meeting Obama & Twin Shadow Talks D.C. at Landmark 2015

Festivals: Voodoo : 2012: What Novel Inspired Star & Dagger's Debut Album?

3m

Festivals: Voodoo : 2012: What Novel Inspired Star & Dagger's Debut Album?

Interviews: 'American Idol' Winner Candice Glover Is Obsessed With Drake

2m

Interviews: 'American Idol' Winner Candice Glover Is Obsessed With Drake

Interviews: Coheed and Cambria Talk Comics at New York Comic Con

3m

Interviews: Coheed and Cambria Talk Comics at New York Comic Con

Mel C, Faustix

20m

Mel C, Faustix

Interviews: Cast of The Following at Comic-Con (October 2014)

1m

Interviews: Cast of The Following at Comic-Con (October 2014)

Interviews: Cast of Gotham at Comic-Con (October 2014)

2m

Interviews: Cast of Gotham at Comic-Con (October 2014)

Young M.A

15m

Young M.A

J.I.D

20m

J.I.D

Dexter Explains His African-Inspired Musical Magic

2m

Dexter Explains His African-Inspired Musical Magic

Mally Mall & Young M.A

20m

Mally Mall & Young M.A

Interviews: Senses Fail Explain How New Members Altered Their Sound

4m

Interviews: Senses Fail Explain How New Members Altered Their Sound

Interviews:All Time Low Explain Returning to Hopeless Records

5m

Interviews:All Time Low Explain Returning to Hopeless Records

Louis The Child Attempts Spin Art and Explains Their Name

3m

Louis The Child Attempts Spin Art and Explains Their Name

Interviews: Insane Clown Posse Explain Rare Geto Boys Collabo

4m

Interviews: Insane Clown Posse Explain Rare Geto Boys Collabo

98 Degrees Explains Questionable, Suggestive "Microphone" Lyrics

2m

98 Degrees Explains Questionable, Suggestive "Microphone" Lyrics

Alex Clare Explains Refusing Beyonce One of His Songs

3m

Alex Clare Explains Refusing Beyonce One of His Songs

Interviews: Lifehouse Explain Natasha Bedingfield, Peter Frampton Collabos

5m

Interviews: Lifehouse Explain Natasha Bedingfield, Peter Frampton Collabos

Kat Von D

22m

Kat Von D

Interviews: Watch Cartoon Riff Raff Explain His Tweets

4m

Interviews: Watch Cartoon Riff Raff Explain His Tweets

Interviews: Anthrax Explain Covering Journey, Cheap Trick & Rush

3m

Interviews: Anthrax Explain Covering Journey, Cheap Trick & Rush

Australian EDM Duo Hermitude Explain Live Show, Love For America

2m

Australian EDM Duo Hermitude Explain Live Show, Love For America

Interviews: Juicy J Explains Delay for "Masterpiece" Album, 'Stay Trippy'

1m

Interviews: Juicy J Explains Delay for "Masterpiece" Album, 'Stay Trippy'

Big Freedia Explains the Ins and Outs of Bounce Music

2m

Big Freedia Explains the Ins and Outs of Bounce Music

Interviews: FX's 'Archer' Cast Answers Vital Questions Posed By Songs at Comic Con

2m

Interviews: FX's 'Archer' Cast Answers Vital Questions Posed By Songs at Comic Con

Festivals: Coachella: Fuse  H&M Vignette Swimwear

1m

Festivals: Coachella: Fuse H&M Vignette Swimwear

Dixie D'Amelio

20m

Dixie D'Amelio

Hit-Boy Explains How Beatmaking Crew HS87 Got Together

1m

Hit-Boy Explains How Beatmaking Crew HS87 Got Together

Coachella 2015: MØ Explains Coachella To Her Parents

2m

Coachella 2015: MØ Explains Coachella To Her Parents

Interviews: Thursday Frontman Geoff Rickly Explains The Band's Breakup

5m

Interviews: Thursday Frontman Geoff Rickly Explains The Band's Breakup

Motionless In White Explain Their Intense Pennsylvania Love

3m

Motionless In White Explain Their Intense Pennsylvania Love

Lollapalooza 2015: MS MR Explain Bringing New Energy

2m

Lollapalooza 2015: MS MR Explain Bringing New Energy

Alison Wonderland Explains Why She Feels Awkward Collaborating

2m

Alison Wonderland Explains Why She Feels Awkward Collaborating

Shows: Fuse News: J. Cole Explains Biz Relationship

2m

Shows: Fuse News: J. Cole Explains Biz Relationship

Lollapalooza 2015: Marina and the Diamonds Explains "Blue" Video

1m

Lollapalooza 2015: Marina and the Diamonds Explains "Blue" Video

Interviews: Tech N9ne on Rock EP 'Therapy': "I'm Singing, But I'm Not Comfortable"

2m

Interviews: Tech N9ne on Rock EP 'Therapy': "I'm Singing, But I'm Not Comfortable"

Run for the Border

24m

Run for the Border

It’s Soul Food

20m

It’s Soul Food

OMG, It’s Beyonce!

20m

OMG, It’s Beyonce!

Ferry Corsten Explains Why His Gouryella Alias Made A Comeback

2m

Ferry Corsten Explains Why His Gouryella Alias Made A Comeback

Interviews: Yellowcard Explain Their Orgy Prank on All Time Low

4m

Interviews: Yellowcard Explain Their Orgy Prank on All Time Low

Interviews: The Popular Appeal of Black Tusk Explained

2m

Interviews: The Popular Appeal of Black Tusk Explained

Nick Carter & Jordan Knight Explain "Sexy" New Collaborative Album

3m

Nick Carter & Jordan Knight Explain "Sexy" New Collaborative Album

Festivals: Coachella: H&M Fashion Against AIDS

1m

Festivals: Coachella: H&M Fashion Against AIDS

T-Pain and Young M.A

20m

T-Pain and Young M.A

"I'm Not A Role Model"

23m

"I'm Not A Role Model"

Festivals: Coachella:  H&M Conscious Collection

1m

Festivals: Coachella: H&M Conscious Collection

When We Roar, Dem Run

25m

When We Roar, Dem Run

Dixie D'Amelio, Sultan + Shepard

20m

Dixie D'Amelio, Sultan + Shepard

Shows: Song Premiere: W.C Lindsay "Little Ghost"

3m

Shows: Song Premiere: W.C Lindsay "Little Ghost"

Lamb of God, Trivium and More Explain What Makes A Great Festival

2m

Lamb of God, Trivium and More Explain What Makes A Great Festival

Grammys: Interviews: Tyrese Explains Bringing 'Fast & Furious 6' Co-Star Vin Diesel to the Grammys

2m

Grammys: Interviews: Tyrese Explains Bringing 'Fast & Furious 6' Co-Star Vin Diesel to the Grammys

Festivals: ACL: Patterson Hood Explains Why His New Album "Is Not Yucky"

3m

Festivals: ACL: Patterson Hood Explains Why His New Album "Is Not Yucky"

Shows: Fuse News: Yelawolf Talks Eminem's Role in 'Love Story' Album, Explains Title

2m

Shows: Fuse News: Yelawolf Talks Eminem's Role in 'Love Story' Album, Explains Title

Arkells Explain How They Got Drake's Dad In Their New Video

2m

Arkells Explain How They Got Drake's Dad In Their New Video

Giovanni’s Pizza Commercial

21m

Giovanni’s Pizza Commercial

Festivals: Bonnaroo 2013: Kendrick Lamar Explains Plan for Black Hippy Domination

4m

Festivals: Bonnaroo 2013: Kendrick Lamar Explains Plan for Black Hippy Domination

Shows: Jingle Ball 2013: Austin Mahone Explains How to Properly Call a Girl "Banga"

1m

Shows: Jingle Ball 2013: Austin Mahone Explains How to Properly Call a Girl "Banga"

Lil Dicky Explains 'Curb Your Enthusiasm'–ish Rapper TV Show He's Making

2m

Lil Dicky Explains 'Curb Your Enthusiasm'–ish Rapper TV Show He's Making

Interviews: Alt-Rock Duo Middle Class Rut Attempt to Explain Bizarre "Aunt Betty" Video

3m

Interviews: Alt-Rock Duo Middle Class Rut Attempt to Explain Bizarre "Aunt Betty" Video

Festivals: Warped Tour:Falling in Reverse Explain Their Matching Vests and What Inspired Them

1m

Festivals: Warped Tour:Falling in Reverse Explain Their Matching Vests and What Inspired Them

Shows: Top 20:  'Divergent' Star Maggie Q Explains First Tattoo, Reveals Next Tattoo

1m

Shows: Top 20: 'Divergent' Star Maggie Q Explains First Tattoo, Reveals Next Tattoo

Shows: Fuse News: Neon Trees' Tyler Glenn Explains 'Pop Psychology' Album Title

2m

Shows: Fuse News: Neon Trees' Tyler Glenn Explains 'Pop Psychology' Album Title

K.Flay Creates a Pumpkin Mask, Discusses Inspiring Message Behind  Crush Me Book

3m

K.Flay Creates a Pumpkin Mask, Discusses Inspiring Message Behind Crush Me Book

Young M.A On The Struggle of Giving Up Meat

9m

Young M.A On The Struggle of Giving Up Meat

05 - I SWEAR I'M OKAY

4m

05 - I SWEAR I'M OKAY

Steph Curry: Full Size Run

20m

Steph Curry: Full Size Run

Interviews: Watch Grindcore Legends Napalm Death Explain What It Means to Be 'Utilitarian'

5m

Interviews: Watch Grindcore Legends Napalm Death Explain What It Means to Be 'Utilitarian'

SNBRN Explains No GMOs, Real Hoes Lyric While Making a Blinged Out Pumpkin Mask

3m

SNBRN Explains No GMOs, Real Hoes Lyric While Making a Blinged Out Pumpkin Mask

Diva’s Day In Court

20m

Diva’s Day In Court

J.I.D., Madame Gandhi, 24kGoldn

24m

J.I.D., Madame Gandhi, 24kGoldn

The Young Professionals - 11 Shy'm - L'Effet De Serre

3m

The Young Professionals - 11 Shy'm - L'Effet De Serre

Interviews: A Day to Remember Explain Band Name Using Mad Libs

3m

Interviews: A Day to Remember Explain Band Name Using Mad Libs

Shows: Fuse News: Imagine Dragons Explain GRAMMYs & 'SNL' Kendrick Lamar Collabos

2m

Shows: Fuse News: Imagine Dragons Explain GRAMMYs & 'SNL' Kendrick Lamar Collabos

B.o.B Explains 'Underground Luxury' Album Title, Talks Personal Style: Fuse News

2m

B.o.B Explains 'Underground Luxury' Album Title, Talks Personal Style: Fuse News

Shows: Fuse News: Rev Run & Tyrese

2m

Shows: Fuse News: Rev Run & Tyrese

Lollapalooza Changed Griz’s Life

1m

Lollapalooza Changed Griz’s Life

RADIO 1'S HACKNEY WEEKEND

RADIO 1'S HACKNEY WEEKEND

Rogelio’s Hollywood Moment

20m

Rogelio’s Hollywood Moment

Gabriel Iglesias Runs His Ass Off

1m

Gabriel Iglesias Runs His Ass Off

Festivals: Bonnaroo 2013: Macklemore on New Book Project: "Writing is Just Therapeutic for Me"

3m

Festivals: Bonnaroo 2013: Macklemore on New Book Project: "Writing is Just Therapeutic for Me"

Festivals: Rock The Bells 2013: Big K.R.I.T. Explains New Work Strategy for Upcoming Material

3m

Festivals: Rock The Bells 2013: Big K.R.I.T. Explains New Work Strategy for Upcoming Material