Adam's influential upgrade of Superhero visuals changed comics for DC and Marvel forever
"I look at other people's work, especially the realistic guys - - that is, the guys who don't know how to draw, they don't know how to do "big foot," never did "big foot" stuff. They use photographs, they use other people's work, and they seem incredibly limited. They have no expansiveness in their work. They are a very constipated kind of artist. They do one kind of thing, and that's all they do. I don't understand that kind of thinking - - or dealing with the world... artistically. I don't understand how people can have that kind of limited outlook. From the point of view of exercising ability, to draw "big foot" stuff makes you see all kinds of shortcuts that are available in all kinds of different ways."
"One of the things I did early in my career, after I finished the strip, was become a cheerleader. I'd say, "This stuff is great!" I yelled at people for throwing out artwork. I got into a big hassle with the DC people. They'd wait three issues and then throw the artwork out, and I just stormed around the office yelling. This guy would be in the production room, and he'd be slicing pages so that they'd fit into the garbage can. I'd constantly talk to guys who were ashamed. Part of forming the Academy or the Guild was to try and get people to be proud of what they were doing. People would say it was awful, and they'd go through embarrassing experiences. At a party they'd say they did comic books, and they'd never be able to defend it; you know, people would attack it. ...You go to europe and it's totally different. The best thing you can do to a comic book artist is send him to Europe."
From Will Eisner's Shop Talk, published by Dark Horse Maverick, June 2001. Quotes are from the 1983 intervew between Will Eisner and Neal Adams printed in the book. amazon.com
Neal Adams - Coming of the Superman
Darkseid War Special Cover
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Batman and the Beatles
Batman #222, June 1970 - Cover art by Neal Adams
Green Lantern - Green Arrow 78
The Phantom Stranger #13
The Phantom Stranger #13, June 1971, cover by Neal Adams
Art by Neal Adams
Neal Adams cover DC 100 Page Super Spectacular #6 1971
Jimmy Olsen #115
Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen #115, October 1968. Cover art by Neal Adams
Please Tell me Your Secret Identity
Superman's Pal Jimmy Olson #121, Neal Adams Art
Superboy #151, October 1968, Cover art by Neal Adams
Lois Lane #82 - Neal Adams
Neal Adams Batman
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Batman #220- Neal Adams Cover art
Neal Adams art: Spectre and Deadman
Ben Casey Comic Strip
Neal Adams 1964 newspaper comic strip work. See the strip in it's original orientation here.
The Art of Neal Adams Volume 1
1975 Magazine-sized collection of Adam's artwork, published by Sal Quartuccio. 36 pages.
The cover artwork above was colored by Rich Corben.
Neal Adams - Brave and the Bold
Neal Adams Batman Odyssey 2011 - Talia Page
Neal Adams Batman
Savage Tales - Neal Adams' Conan Cover
"More savage than ever"
Batman Annual #14
Cover art by Neal Adams
Neal Adams Justice League of America #138
Action Comics #466
Action Comics #466, Dec 1976, Cover art by Neal Adams
The official Neal Adams Web Site is here.
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