Scott McDaniel was born in 1965 in the city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was an avid fan of superheroes; his mom would buy him stacks of comics from flea markets, He learned to draw from all those old comics.
Scott graduated from the Penn Hills Senior High School, Penn Hills, Pennsylvania, after graduation Scott wanted to be a surgeon and later went on to Bucknell University, in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania were his dad's heart surgeon went. He was enrolled as a Pre-Med student until the day he walked into Inorganic Chemistry and saw the 4-foot-long Schrödinger Wave equation scrawled on the chalk board! It was at that moment he knew Pre-Med was not for him.
Next he became a Chemistry major and then a Chemical engineering major. In freshman year at Bucknell he met Glenn Herdling! They both became great friends.
After graduation, Glenn took his double major (English and Psychology) and went on to work with Marvel Comics. Scott took his BS in electrical engineering and went to work with the Kearfott Division of the Singer Company.
He married his high school girlfriend and had a son Alex.
He worked as an electrical engineer during the day, and worked on his art in the evenings. His friend Glenn would take his art into Marvel to get critiques by other editors and artists.
After several years of that critiquing, Scott began to get small penciling jobs from Marvel.
Scott relocated to Pittsburgh (in the suburb Monroeville). He continued working as an electrical engineer with the Loftus Division of the Eichleay Corporation. About a year later, Scott was getting more assignments from Marvel. When the call came with an opportunity to work on Daredevil, He quit his engineering job and began his career as a comic book artist!