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#1232202 - Wed Jun 24 2020 01:52 AM Neal Adams, his art and his influence
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I'd rank Adams as second only to Kirby in his level of influence on the comics field. I used to say Adams was my favorite comics artist, until I realized in the late 1980's he's pretty much everyone's favorite artist.

To a new generation of comics readers, that might not be as true, as he was doing his peak work in the 1967-1974 period, and very sporadic contributions to the field after that.
But for anyone who is a fan of John Byrne, Bob McLeod, early Frank Miller, Berni Wrightson, Mike Grell, Frank Brunner, Jim Aparo, Mike Nasser, Rich Buckler, Tom Grindberg, Bill Sienkiewicz, Adam Hughes, Bryan Hitch, Paul Neary, Brent Anderson, Pat Broderick, Jim Starlin, Will Simpson, Dave Sim, and pretty much any other artist who follows in the "realism" school of comics, whether readers realize it or not, that all flows from Neal Adams.


I actually thought recently that, while Adams has done a good amount of work in comics, at least up till around 1982, and more sporadically after that, Adams has had far more influence, in proportion to the relatively small amount of work he's done in comics.
But most of his work appeared in the 1967-1974 period, certainly his most influential work.
Then Adams came back in 1977-1978 and did a lot of really nice covers for DC, and the super-long DC Limited Collectors' Edition SUPERMAN VS. MUHAMMAD ALI.

Then he was out of comics again, and came back sporadically to do a story for EPIC ILLUSTRATED 7 in 1981 (that actually was a shelved Power Records book, that was finally revised and printed in EPIC), 20 pages of Conan movie storyboards in SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN 61, and MS MYSTIC for Pacific Comics in 1982, and a few other scattered projects, until his Continuity Comics line began around 1984.

Although I liked the Continuity titles, my complaint with that line is it's very difficult to separate the Adams work from the Adams-clone work in those books. And the stories are rather vapid, reminiscent of the writing in mid-1960's DC books. But still, very nice art, and some beautiful design and covers. And great to see Adams design an entire line of books, rather than just being an employed freelance artist, as he was at Marvel DC, Warren, Harvey, Seaboard-Atlas and other publishers.

Then after Continuity folded in 1993-1994, nothing from Adams for a long time, until his fairly recent new BATMAN and DEADMAN stories, which definitely aren't a sample of Adams' best work.

But regardless, Adams' work represents some of the very best stuff ever done in comics, and it endures as the best, and has been very influential on several generations of comics artists ever since, for over 50 years now.

I saw recently that Adams (born June 15, 1941) just celebrated his 79th birthday.
Even the young new talents of that era are old men now...





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#1232203 - Wed Jun 24 2020 04:32 AM Re: Neal Adams, his art and his influence [Re: Wonder Boy]
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Here's a Neal Adams checklist, where you can read all of Adams' stories online:


Neal Adams, DC work:


ACTION COMICS,
425 "The Human Target" backup story 6p, July 1973
(Adams p/Giordano inks)

AMAZING WORLD OF DC COMICS, SPECIAL EDITION, New York Comic Con
1 Superman story, reproduced from pencils, 5 pages, Feb 1976

ADVENTURES OF BOB HOPE
106 (Adams p and i) 23p Sept 1967
107 (Adams p and i) 24p Nov 1967
108 (Adams p and i) 23p Jan 1968
109 (Adams p and i) 23p Mar 1968


ADVENTURES OF JERRY LEWIS
101 (Adams p and i)23p Aug 1967
102 (Adams p and i) 23p Oct 1967
103 (Adams p and i) 23p Dec 1967
104 (Adams p and i) 24p Feb 1968


ALL-NEW LIMITED COLLECTORS' EDITION
C-56 SUPERMAN VS. MUHAMMAD ALI (Adams p/Giordano and Austin i), 73p, July 1978

AQUAMAN
50 (Adams p and i) Deadman backup, 9p, continued from B & B 86, April 1970
51 (Adams p and i) Deadman backup, 8p, June 1970
52 (Adams p and i) Deadman backup, 9p, Aug 1970

BATMAN
219 "Silent Night of the Batman" 8p, Adams p/Giordano i, Feb 1970
232 "Daughter of the Dragon" 22p Adams p/Giordano i, June 1971
234 "Half an Evil" 15p, Adams p/Giordano i, Aug 1971
237 "Night of the Reaper", Adams p/Giordano i, 25p, Dec 1971
243 "The Lazarus Pit", 24p, Adams p/Giordano i, Aug 1972
244 "The Demon Lives Again" 16p, Adams p/Giordano i, Sept 1972
245 "The Bruce Wayne Murder Case" 15p, Adams p/Giordano i, Oct 1972
251 "The Joker's Five-Way Revenge" 23p, Adams p and i, Sept 1973
255 "Moon of the Wolf" 20p, Adams p/Giordano i, April 1974

BRAVE AND THE BOLD
79 "Track of the Hook" Adams p/Giordano i, 24p, Sept 1968
80 "And Helgrammite Is His Name" Adams p/Giordano i, 23p, Nov 1968
81 "But Bork Can Hurt You!" Adams p/Adams, Giordano and Colletta i, 24p, Jan 1969
82 "Sleepwalker From The Sea" Adams p/Giordano i, 23p, Mar 1969
83 "Punish Not My Evil Son", Adams p/Giordano i, 23p, May 1969
84 "The Angel, the Rock and the Cowl", Adams p and i, 24p, July 1969
85 "The Senator's Been Shot", Adams p/Giordano i, 23p, Sept 1969
86 "You Can't Hide From a Deadman", Adams story and p/Giordano i, 23p, Nov 1969
93 "Red Water, Crimson Death", Adams p and i, 23p, Jan 1971
100 r STRANGE ADVENTURES 210, as backup story, March 1972
102 Aparo p & i (p 1-14), Adams p & i (p 15-22), July 1972


CHALLENGERS OF THE UNKNOWN
74 Tuska 16p, Adams p & i 7p, 23p total, July 1970
(Deadman story, continues from AQUAMAN 50-52. See also JLA 94 and BATMAN 232.)

DETECTIVE COMICS
369 "Legend of the Lovers' Lantern", Elongated man backup story, 9p, Adams p and i, Nov 1967
395 "Secret of the Waiting Graves" 16p, Adams p/Giordano i, Jan 1970
397 "Paint a Picture of Peril" 15p, Adams p/Giordano i, March 1970 (original cover and re-drawn hardcover version).
And original version.
400 "Challenge of the Man-Bat" 16p, Adams p/Giordano i, June 1970
402 "Man or Bat?" 16p, Aug 1970, Adams p/Giordano i, Aug 1970
404 "Ghost of the Killer Skies" 15p, Adams p, Giordano i, Oct 1970
407 "Marriage: Impossible" 15p, Adams p/Giordano i, Jan 1971
408 "The House that Haunted Batman" 15p, Adams p/Giordano i, Feb 1971
410 "A Vow From the Grave" 15p, Adams p/Giordano i, April 1971

FLASH
217 "The Killing of an Archer" part 1 (of 3), 10 pages, Sept 1972, GL/GA backup series, continued from GREEN LANTERN 89
218 part 2, Adams p/Giordano i,10p, Nov 1972
219 part 3, Adams p/Giordano i, 10p, Jan 1973
226 "The Powerless Power Ring" Adams p/Giordano i, 8p, April 1974


GREEN LANTERN
76 Adams p and i, 23p, April 1970
77 Adams p/Giacoia i, 23p, June 1970
78 Adams p/Giacoia i, 24p, July 1970
79 Adams p/Adkins i, 22p, Sept 1970
80 Adams p/Giordano i, 22p Oct 1970
81 Adams p/Giordano i, 22p, Dec 1970
82 Adams p/Giordano i 21p, Wrightson i 1p, March 1971
83 Adams p/Giordano i, 22p, May 1971
84 Adams p/Wrightson i, 22p, July 1971
85 Adams p and i, 22p, Sept 1971
86 Adams p/Giordano i, 22p, Nov 1971
87 Adams p/Giordano i, 25p, Jan 1972
89 Adams p and i, 25p, May 1972
(Adams' GREEN LANTERN continues as backup series in FLASH 217-219, 226)

HOT WHEELS
6 Adams p/Giordano i, 14p, Feb 1971

HOUSE OF MYSTERY
178 "The Game", Adams story, p and i, 7p, Feb 1969
179 "The Widow's Walk", Adams p/Orlando i, 10p, April 1969
186 "Nightmare", Adams p/Giordano i, 12p June 1970
224 r HOUSE OF SECRETS 82, Dillin p/Adams i 5p, May 1974
228 "The Rebel", Alan Kupperberg p/Adams i, 4p, Jan 1975
236 "Deep Sleep", Paul Kirchner p/Adams i, 9p, Oct 1975


HOUSE OF SECRETS
82 "The One and Only, Fully Guaranteed...", Dillin p/Adams i, 5p, Nov 1969
85 "Second Choice", Gil Kane p/Adams i, 12p, May 1970
90 "The Symbionts" Buckler p/Adams i, 6p, March 1971


That took a long time, to be continued...


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#1232263 - Tue Jun 30 2020 07:15 PM Re: Neal Adams, his art and his influence [Re: Wonder Boy]
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The second half of Adams' DC checklist:


JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA
94 Adams p & i 4p, Dillin/Geilla 18p (22p total), Nov 1971
(Deadman story)

LIMITED COLLECTORS' EDITION
C-31 (Superman theme park feature) 4p, Nov 1974
C-48 (Superman's fortress of solitude feature) 6p, Nov 1976


MISTER MIRACLE
19 (Marshall Rogers p/"Ilya Hunch" inks) 17p
(Adams apparently only inked the eyes on first page. Specific breakdown of all inkers on letters page of issue 20)

OUR ARMY AT WAR
182 (Adams p and i) 9p, July 1967 "It's My Turn To Die"
183 (Adams p and i) 9p, Aug 1967 "Invisible Sniper"
186 (Adams p and i) 9p, Nov 1967 "My Life For A Medal"
240 (Adams p and i) 8p, Jan 1972 "Another Time, Another Place"

PHANTOM STRANGER
4 (Adams p/Draut inks) 23p, Dec 1969

SECRETS OF SINISTER HOUSE
10 "Losing His Head" (Hama and Adams p/Buckler inks) 8p, Mar 1973

SPECTRE
2 (Adams p and i) 23p, Feb 1968
3 (Adams p and i) 24p, Apr 1968
4 (Adams p and i) 24p, June 1968
5 (Adams p and i) 23p, Aug 1968

STAR SPANGLED WAR STORIES
134 (Adams p and i) 14p, Sept 1967, "The War that Time Forgot"
144 (Adams p/Kubert i) 23p, May 1969, "Enemy Ace"

STRANGE ADVENTURES
206 (Adams p/Roussos i) 17p, Nov 1967
207 (Adams p and i) 17p, Dec 1967
208 (Adams p and i) 17p, Jan 1968
209 (Adams p and i) 23p, Feb 1968
210 (Adams p and i) 14p, Mar 1968
211 (Adams p and i) 17p, Apr 1968
212 (Adams p and i) 17p, Jun 1968
213 (Adams p and i) 17p, Aug 1968
214 (Adams p and i) 23p, Oct 1968
215 (Adams p and i) 17p, Dec 1968
216 (Adams p and i) 17p, Feb 1969
(Deadman by Adams continues in BRAVE AND THE BOLD 79 and 86, AQUAMAN 50-52, CHALLENGERS 74, JLA 94, and BATMAN 232)

SUPERMAN
249 backup story: "The Origin of Terra-Man" (Dillin p/Adams i) 6p, Mar 1972
254 Clark Kent backup story: "The Baby Who Walked Through Walls" (Adams p and i) 7p, July 1972

SWORD OF SORCERY
1 (Chaykin p/Adams inks * ) 23p, March 1973
2 (Chaykin p/Adams inks * ) 23p, May 1973

TEEN TITANS
20 (Adams p/Cardy inks) 23p, Apr 1969
21 (Adams p/Cardy inks) 25p, June 1969
22 (Adams p/Cardy inks) 16p, Aug 1969

WEIRD WAR TALES
8 "Thou Shalt Not Kill" (Harper p/Adams inks) 7p, Nov 1972

WEIRD WESTERN TALES
12 (Adams p/Wrightson inks) 4p, July 1972 "El Diablo" backup story
13 (Adams p and i) 11p, Sept 1972, "El Diablo"
15 (Adams p and i) 12p, Jan 1973, "El Diablo"


WEIRD WORLDS
2 (Weiss p/Adams i * ) 12p, Nov 1972 "Pellucidar" backup series
3 (Weiss p/Adams i * ) 12p, Jan 1973 "Pellucidar"

WITCHING HOUR
8 (Adams p and i) 11p, May 1970
13 (Adams p/Giordano i) 4p, Mar 1971

WONDER WOMAN
220 (Giordano p/Adams uncredited partial inks) 20p, Nov 1975

WORLD'S FINEST
175 (Adams p and i) 17p, May 1968
176 (Adams p and i) 18p, June 1968



* = Adams credited as "Crusty Bunkers", which were artist-jam inks by Adams and whoever was helping him in the office of Continuity Associates that day, which could include folks like Dick Giordano, Al Weiss, Al Milgrom, Pat Broderick, Mike Nasser, and others.


Checklists for Adams' Marvel and Warren work to follow.


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#1232323 - Mon Jul 13 2020 01:54 PM Re: Neal Adams, his art and his influence [Re: Wonder Boy]
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Neal Adams, Marvel Work


AMAZING ADVENTURES
5 (Adams p/Palmer inks) 10p Mar 1971, Inhumans series
6 (Adams p/Verpoorten inks) 10p May 1971, Inhumans
7 (Adams p/Verpoorten inks) 10p July 1971, Inhumans
8 (Adams p/Verpoorten inks) 10p Sept 1971, Inhumans
18 (Adams p/Chiaramonte inks) 11p (of 20p) May 1973, Killraven series, pages 12-20 Chaykin p.

ASTONISHING TALES
12 (Adams, reproduced from pencils) 7p (0f 21p story), June 1972 Man-thing, rest of story art by J.Buscema/Adkins.

AVENGERS
93 (Adams p/Palmer inks) 34p, Nov 1971 "Kree/Skrull War" storyline
94 (Adams p/Palmer inks) 13p, Dec 1971 pages 1-6, 17-23 (Buscema p on pp 7-16)
95 (Adams p/Palmer inks) 21p, Jan 1972
96 (Adams p/Palmer inks) 21p, Feb 1972

CONAN THE BARBARIAN
37 (Adams pencils and inks) 19p, April 1974
44 (Buscema p/Adams inks * ) 18p, Nov 1974
45 (Buscema p/Adams inks * ) 18p, Dec 1974
116 (Buscema p/Adams inks) 19p (of 22p), Nov 1980 (pages 4-22 r from POWER RECORDS P-31, 1976) new pages 1-3 are Buscema p and i

EPIC ILLUSTRATED
7 (Adams p and i) 16p, Aug 1981, "Holocaust" (a previously unpublished POWER RECORDS book)

MARVEL FEATURE
1 (r from SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN 1) 10p, Nov 1975. Prev in b & w, in color here for first time

MARVEL TREASURY
6 (r MARVEL PREMIERE 10) 1975
15 (r SAVAGE TALES 4 ) 1977. Prev b & w, in color here for first time.

MARVEL PREMIERE (Doctor Strange)
10 (Brunner p/Adams inks * ) 19p, Sept 1973
12 (Brunner p/Adams inks * ) 19p, Nov 1973
13 (Brunner p/Adams inks * ) 19p, Jan 1974

POWER MAN
31 (Sal Buscema p/ Adams inks * ) 17p, May 1976

THOR
180 (Adams p/Sinnott inks) 20p, Sept 1970
181 (Adams p/Sinnott inks) 20p, Oct 1970

TOWER OF SHADOWS
2 (Adams p/Adkins inks) 7p, Nov 1969 "One Hungers"

UNCANNY X-MEN
56 (Adams p/Palmer inks) 15p, May 1969
57 (Adams p/Palmer inks) 15p, June 1969
58 (Adams p/Palmer inks) 20p, July 1969
59 (Adams p/Palmer inks) 20p, Aug 1969
60 (Adams p/Palmer inks) 20p, Sept 1969
61 (Adams p/Palmer inks) 20p, Oct 1969
62 (Adams p/Palmer inks) 20p, Nov 1969
63 (Adams p/Palmer inks) 20p, Dec 1969

65 (Adams p/Palmer inks) 20p, Feb 1970



Black and White Magazines:


DRACULA LIVES
2 (Adams pencils and inks) 13p, July 1973, "Dracula" (origin story)
3 (Weiss p/Adams inks * ) 12p, Oct 1973. Solomon Kane, "Castle of the Dead"
10 (Bob Brown p/Adams i * ) 16p, Jan 1975, Lilith, Daughter of Dracula, "The Blood Book"

KULL AND THE BARBARIANS
1 Adams 2p, intro illustrations of Kull, Red Sonja, Brule and Solomon Kane, May 1975
2 (Weiss p/Adams inks) 10p, July 1975, Solomon Kane "Hills of the Dead" part 1 (of 2)
(concluded in issue 3, Weiss p/Marcos inks 10p, no Adams art)

MARVEL PREVIEW
1 (Cockrum p/Adams inks * ) 10p Feb 1975, "Good Lord!", EC tribute story
20 (r of "Good Lord" in issue 1) first BIZARRE ADVENTURES issue, Sept 1980

SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN
1 Red Sonja (Estaban Maroto/Chua/Adams art) 10p, Aug 1974 b & w (r in color in MARVEL FEATURE 1)
2 Red Sonja (Chaykin p/Adams inks * ) 10p, Oct 1974
3 Blackmark (Gil Kane p/Adams inks, uncredited) 14p, Dec 1974
4 Blackmark (Gil Kane p/Adams inks, uncredited) 14p, Feb 1975
14 Conan (Adams p/"The Tribe" inks) 39p, Sept 1976
60 Adams storyboards for proposed Conan movie scene, 20 p reproduced from pencils, Jan 1981
83 (r Red Sonja story from issue 1) Dec 1982

SAVAGE TALES
4 (Gil Kane p/Adams inks) 21p, May 1974 (r in color in MARVEL TREASURY 15)
7 (Buscema p/Adams i) 16p, Nov 1974. Ka-Zar, "Dream Temple of Kandur Ra"

UNKNOWN WORLDS OF SCIENCE FICTION
1 (Adams p and i) 8p, Feb 1976 "A View From Without" ( r from fanzine PHASE 1, 1971)

DEADLY HANDS OF KUNG FU - SPECIAL ALBUM EDITION
1 (McLaughlin p/Adams inks * ) 10p, Summer 1974 (Iron Fist, chapter 1)

HAUNT OF HORROR
4 (Broderick p/Adams i * ) 12p, Nov 1974 (text story, with illustrations)

MONSTERS UNLEASHED
3 (Gil Kane p/Adams i * )13p, Nov 1973. "Birthright" - story with a Ka-Zar-like jungle character
(also r in MONSTERS UNLEASHED ANNUAL 1, 1975)
8 (r TOWER OF SHADOWS 2 in b & w, originally in color) Aug 1974


* = credited as "Crusty Bunkers", a pseudonym for partial art by Adams with assistance of artists in his Continuity Associates art studio.



Those black and white magazines were really hard to find when I purchased them back in the day. Not even so easy to find them online now.

Still to come, a checklist of Warren Magazine work by Adams, and other work for smaller and independent publishers.


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