Thursday, September 1, 2011

A Neal Adams Gallery

Neal Adams was one of the first new Silver Age artists to break into  the stable of DC illustrators that had remained virtually a closed shop for a decade or more prior to his arrival. After attending the School of Industrial Art in Manhattan, he soon started working for Archie Comics  illustrating mostly humor strips before leaving for some brief syndicated strip work on Bat Masterson. His work in advertising with Johnstone and Cushing lead to the NBC TV property Ben Casey daily and Sunday strip, while also "ghosting" a few other strip features. A handful of stories with Warren Publications followed before he finally got his big break with National in 1967 doing a back up war story in Our Army at War. Being DC's lead cover artist, Adams revamped the look of superhero icons such as Superman, Batman, and Green Arrow, while developing new characters, before his historic and short stint on the X-Men and The Avengers at Marvel in 1969. Probably best know for redefining Batman with writer Denny O'Neal, his classic work on Green Lantern/Green Arrow ushered in relevant and serious themes never seen in comics before, challenging the Comics Code Authority with these exciting stories. The artist's dynamic photorealistic style revolutionized comic book art for the modern era, pushing the boundaries of the medium. As well as being one of the most important creators in the Silver Age, Neal was a leading advocate for creator's rights. Adams spearheaded the fight for Jerry Robinson to secure a pension and recognition for Superman creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Schuster. A co-founder of the graphic design  studio Continuity Associates, this award winning talent is still an important contributor in comic art today.



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