Neal Adams, the iconic comic book artist who breathed new life into Batman and other superheroes with his photorealistic style and championed creators& rights, has passed away. He was 80 years old. Adams died of sepsis complications in New York on Thursday, according to his wife Marilyn Adams as stated by the reporter.
Adams toned and sinewy take on heroes shook the world of comic books in the late 1960s and early In 1970s, first at DC with a character named Deadman, then at Marvel with the X-Men and the Avengers, and finally back at DC with Batman, his most lasting influence.
About Neal Adams
Adams was born on June 15, 1941, in New York City, and attended the Manhattan School of Industrial Art. He was early on drawn to comic books, and when he was being rejected by DC in the late 1950s, he wrote funny gags for Archie Comics. He also dabbled in commercial advertising, employing comics- the inspired visual style that would eventually influence his work for DC and Marvel and help him distinguish.
In the 1960s, Adams also worked on a daily comic strip starring Ben Casey for several years. He was a regular on the convention scene, where he was beloved, cantankerous, and a repository of comic book history who liked being a raconteur, and he knew the value of fan support. Along with his 45-year-old wife and Josh, he is survived by two more sons, Jason and Joel; daughters Kris and Zeea; grandchildren Kelly, Kortney, Jade, Sebastian, Jane, and Jaelyn; and great-grandson Maximus. His three sons, as well as Zeea, are all comic book or fantasy artists.
The Batman and Neal Adams
By the end of the decade, he landed at DC, where he worked on covers, backup tales, and later lead stories. He had pretty much established his style by the time he was assigned Deadman in the title Strange Adventures, and it was only a matter of time until the industry noticed. He won an Alley Award for " the unique perspective and dramatic vibrance" he brought to the medium with Deadman, which was a surprising hit.
The " Batman" run with Adams and writer Dennis O Neil is legendary, with the duo restoring a sense of gritty realism to the character in the decade after Adam West's famous but campy live-action TV program from the 1960s. For many fans, Adams’s crisp depiction of Batman, frequently drenched in blue and grey, remains a defining picture of the character to this day. Adams is up there with the likes of Frank Miller is one of the most impactful creators to ever touch the hero.