Friday, August 17, 2012

Neal Adams - Green Lantern

2012.08.04 The Great Allentown Comic Con! (Pa)

Neal Adams is known for helping to create images of several well-known DC Comics characters: Superman, Batman, Green Arrow, Green Lantern and Deadman...

Adams broke into the comics industry with Archie Comics providing some pages for The Fly, 1960. this led to work drawing backgrounds for the Bat Masterson newspaper comic strip with Howard Nostrand. After some freelance work in advertising, Adams was invited to draw samples for the newspaper comic strip Ben Casey in 1962...

At Warren Publishing, Adams' provided work with Archie Goodwin for "Curse of the Vampire", Creepy 1967. Adams' debut with DC came in 1967 on the anthology was series "Our Army at War". Adams would finally contribute to the Superhero comics with an Action Comics cover, featuring Superman, followed by Superman's Girlfriend Lois Lane, Detective Comics, The Brave and the Bold, World's Finest Comics...

In 1969, while still freelancing for DC, Adams began working for Marvel Comics drawing for X-Men and horror anthologies...

The stamp commemorating DC Comics' Green Lantern, issued in 2006, comes from the Green Lantern-Green Arrow #76 cover, April 1970, featuring Adams' artwork. It was this issue that revamped the characters of the Green Lantern and Green Arrow. Adams and Dennis O'Neil brought together two very different heroes and took their story through social issues as well as the typical superhero adventure...

Adams would go on to illustrate - Tarzan, Megalith, Bucky O'Hare, Ms. Mystic, the Spectre, JLA, Teen Titans, Elongated Man, Avengers, Conan the Barbarian, Thor, Batman and Robin, Vampirella, and many others.

Adams was inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame 1998 and the Jack Kirby Hall of Fame 1999, voted Favorite Comic Book artist 1977, 1978, Inkpot Award 1977...

It was a pleasure spending a few minutes with Neal Adams, a delightful man and excellent artist...we all know bow ties are cool, but Adam's was wearing a Joker tie, also cool...

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