It is with a sense of great sadness that I relay the news that the legendary Neal Adams passed away on Thursday April 28 from complications with sepsis. Neal was one of the most highly regarded artists in the comic-book medium, and was a standard bearer to his peers always pushing for creator rights and fair pay.
Neal’s first dalliance in the comic book world was in 1967 with DC Comics, where at the time he mostly drew War comics. In 1968 he was tasked with redesigning the Batman, after over a decade of camp silliness, DC decided they wanted to bring back the dark, brooding detective version of the character more in line to his original 30’s and 40’s variant. Neal’s artistic style was the perfect choice for this assignment, his hyper realistic artwork fit the characters of Batman canon beautifully. Alongside the late, great Denny O’Neil, Neal gave us some of the greatest Batman, Green Lantern and Green Arrow stories ever told, with Neal’s stunning art always in perfect synergy with Denny’s scripting, they were literally the original Dynamic Duo of comics, and the comic book world is a much, much poorer place without them.
It was Neal and Denny who first introduced me, not only to the Caped Crusader, but the wonderful world of comics themselves, as a wide eyed six year old. My many thanks to them both for my enduring love of comic-books and especially The Batman. Our thoughts go out to Neal’s friends and family at this very sad time.
Delivered to you like a boxing glove arrow to the face is this weeks instalment of ‘Comic Cover Of The Week’, and our spotlight of excellence this week falls upon this stunning Patrick Zircher Green Arrow cover. Stunningly understated, the cover depicts a mean and moody Ollie Queen alongside his newest crime-fighting companion, with the issue exploring the mythology and origin of the emerald archer’s newfound four legged friend. As has become the norm for DC Comics in recent times, this weeks Green Arrow also ships with a variant cover, by none other than the comic book legend that is Neal Adams.
This cover harkens back to the halcyon days of the frequent team up between Green Arrow and Green Lantern, lovingly illustrated by Neal Adams who regularly drew their adventures throughout the 70’s and 80’s. The cover also ties in with the 75th anniversary celebration of Green Lantern, that’s right friends, seventy five years of Blackest Nights and Brightest Days.
Green Arrow #44 is available at your local comic book emporium right now. Written by: Benjamin Percy. Cover and interior art by: Patrick Zircher. Variant cover by: Neal Adams.