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Sunday, May 1, 2022

Paul Levitz's "Neal Adams: Force of Nature - An Appreciation"

Above, Paul Levitz and Mrs. Jerome Siegel at the Superman week
 luncheon in Los Angeles, July 2001. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

When his "big burst" upon the comics scene came around 1967-68, my first reaction was neither liking his work nor hating it. It was just so different. Later, when he started drawing Batman and Deadman stories, his work really grew on me.

Above, Superman #204 cover by Neal Adams.

Neal Adams was a giant in the comic book industry. His passing two days ago caused a huge outpouring of appreciation of his artistic talent and leadership in artists' rights that revolutionized the comic book industry.

Above, Neal Adams and yours truly at the 2012 Comikaze Expo in Los Angeles.

One such outpouring of appreciation came from former DC Comics President Paul Levitz that was posted at 13th Dimension. It is an excellent read. 

It begins with:

Comics has lost a force of nature. Neal Adams was a magnificent artist, but that might have been the least of his talents. It would have been enough if he had just been an artist, of course: being one of the two newcomers to comics in the 1960s (with Jim Steranko) that rekindled the aspirations of a generation to reshape the pages of comics; drawing the definitive Batman that Neal would argue with his customary modesty would make possible billions of dollars of revenue for the company; moving the world of American comic art back from design (exemplified by Carmine Infantino) and exaggerated cartooning (as leaped from the pencil of Jack Kirby) to a new balance of dynamism and illustration; and entertaining so many millions of us.

To read the rest of Levitz's appreciation of Neal Adams, go here

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