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Neal Adams

Legendary comics artist of Superman, Batman, Green Arrow/Green Lantern, X-Men and many more. Co-Creator of classic characters Ra’s al Ghul, John Stewart and Man Bat.

Neal Adams had legendary ‘runs’ on Batman, X-Men, Green Lantern/Green Arrow and Deadman. Adams rescued Batman from the campy TV show, and transformed him into his present, “Avenger of the Night” persona. When people say ‘modern Batman,’ they mean Neal Adams’ Batman. His run led directly to the realistic incarnation seen in Batman Begins, and the The Dark Knight movies. Creator of Ras Al Ghul , now featured in the Arrow series, and pretty much created the Green Arrow, and Merlyn characters we see in the Arrow TV show.

This year Neal is having a huge year. February was “Neal Adams Month” with 28 homage covers for DC, penciled by Neal and inked by other artists the likes of Jim Lee, Frank Miller, Brian Bolland, Simon Bisley, and Walt Simonson.

He has a Batman Omnibus, and a Green Arrow, Green Lantern Absolute that shipped this month, and his six-part Coming of the Supermen mini series is a huge hit. It features what we refer to as, “Your Superman”. Superman, with powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal men. Neal is also channeling Jack Kirby’s New Gods!

And if that’s not enough, in April, Neal’s Graphic Novel called Blood will be coming out from Dark Horse. It will feature the first animated lenticular lens cover ever done in this Industry! Neal is really on fire.

He is currently working on a Harley Quinn book, which is destined to be winner.

There is yet another huge project Neal is working on, but that would be telling.

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Neal Adams’ first Deadman cover won the 1967 Alley Award for Best Cover. A Batman/Deadman team-up in The Brave and the Bold #79 (Sept. 1968), by Adams and writer Bob Haney, tied with another comic for the 1968 Alley Award for Best Full-Length Story; and in 1969, Adams won the Alley Award for Best Pencil Artist, the feature Deadman was elected to the Alley Award Hall of Fame, and Adams received a special award “for the new perspective and dynamic vibrance he has brought to the field of comic art”.

He also won Shazam Awards in 1970 for Best Individual Story (“No Evil Shall Escape My Sight” in Green Lantern vol. 2, #76, with writer Dennis O’Neil), and Best Pencil Artist (Dramatic Division); and in 1971 for Best Individual Story (“Snowbirds Don’t Fly” in Green Lantern vol. 2, #85, with O’Neil).

Adams won the 1971 Goethe Award for Favorite Pro Artist, as well as the 1971 Goethe Award for Favorite Comic-Book Story for ““No Evil Shall Escape My Sight” (written by Denny O’Neil) in Green Lantern/Green Arrow #76.

He won an Inkpot Award in 1976, and was voted the “Favourite Comicbook Artist” at the 1977 and the 1978 Eagle Awards.

In 1985, DC Comics named Neal Adams as one of the honorees in the company’s 50th anniversary publication Fifty Who Made DC Great.[92]

Adams was inducted into the Eisner Award’s Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in 1998, and the Harvey Awards’ Jack Kirby Hall of Fame in 1999.

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