Neal Adams, covered: Famed artist reflects on his classic covers

Aug. 20, 2012 | 5:12 p.m.

For comic book fans of the 1960s and 1970s, the name Neal Adams was an especially electrifying signature to see on a cover — there was no artist in the era that was more distinctive or dynamic than the man who brought an especially evocative commercial art sensibility to Batman, Green Lantern and the X-Men. For the newest episode of “Hero Complex: The Show,” we talked to Adams about some of his most memorable covers and the unpredictable art of superhero iconography. The interview, the first of two parts, was conducted on the floor of Comic-Con International in San Diego — it was on the convention’s second day in the hour before the show opened, in case you were wondering why the crowd was so thin.

— Geoff Boucher


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7 Responses to Neal Adams, covered: Famed artist reflects on his classic covers

  1. Craig says:

    When I was a teenager, I and my buddies were always looking for Neal Adams covers. He seemed to be the always have exciting art and I joust loved looking at his work. I got to meet him at ComicCon a few years ago (as a fan, of course) and I still brag about it.

  2. Polo says:

    Nice video! It's cool to get the scoop on how the times are reflected in comics. Neal's definitely one of the greats! Oh one more thing. To anyone who hates being among the crowds at the Comic Con, do this; hang out in the comic dealer area. Nobody really goes there anymore. Thanks Hollywood! :)

  3. Dave says:

    Neal Adams underrates his talent–the iconic became new again under his hand–that Superman cover is classic-

  4. Dave says:

    this guy is to comic art what Jimi Hendrix is to guitarists–HUGE–a god of the industry

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  6. Greg says:

    As a kid in the days of GL/GA and his oh so gothic Batman, I will always be grateful for the for the creative work of Neal Adams.

  7. Tony says:

    Great anecdotes by the legendary Mr.Adams. Thank you!

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