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Neal Adams

Neal Adams

Art

Nationality: American

Birth Place: New York City, NY

Biography:
Neal Adams (American b. 1941) was one of the first new Silver Age artists to break into the stable of DC artists that had remained virtually a closed shop for a decade or more prior to his arrival. In 1959, Adams sought out a job at DC only to be told, “there is no room for anyone new”, so the young aspiring artist took another job working on Archie comics. Neal also worked as a penciller and background artist on the Bat Masterson strip. After doing other side projects, such as Johnstone and Cushing’s comic strips, Adams decided to try his luck again and applied for DC a second time.

With an impressive portfolio and ambitious energy, the young artist was given a job at DC, and quickly went from the new kid on the block to the prodigious whiz kid. In his time at DC, Adams is credited as a colorist, inker, penciller, and writer. His wide range of illustration skills helped add a fresh take on many different titles including superhero icons Superman, Batman, and Green Arrow at DC and later the X-Men and Avengers at Marvel. He ushered in a dynamic photorealistic style of illustration that revolutionized comic book art for the modern era.

In 1971, Adams and Dick Giordano founded the graphic design studio, Continuity Studios, which initially focused on suppling motion picture storyboards. Today, Continuity offers a wide array of services from producing their own content, such as Bucky O’Hare and Nighthawk, to fulfilling other company’s production needs. During the 1970s, Neal also took an important stand as a creators-rights advocate who helped secure long overdo compensation for artists and contributed to the today’s practice of returning original artwork to the creator, most notably for Superman creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster.

Adams has won a slew of awards throughout his career, but his most notable include being inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in 1998, and Harvey Awards’ Jack Kirby Hall of Fame in 1999.

 

Neal Adams Original Art Values Sold at Auction

Item Realized
Neal Adams Green Lantern #76 Cover Green Arrow Original Art (DC, 1970)
Neal Adams Green Lantern #76 Cover Green Arrow Original Art (DC, 1970)....
Lot 92004
Auction 7152
Saturday, November 21, 2015
$442,150
Neal Adams Batman #222 Cover Beatles Original Art, Color Guide, and Printer's Proof Group of 3 (DC, 1970).... (Total: 3...
Neal Adams Batman #222 Cover Beatles Original Art, Color Guide, and Printer's Proof Group of 3 (DC, 1970).... (Total: 3 Items)
Lot 91024
Auction 7163
Saturday, May 20, 2017
$77,675.00
Neal Adams Detective Comics #407 Cover Man-Bat Original Art (DC, 1971)
Neal Adams Detective Comics #407 Cover Man-Bat Original Art (DC, 1971)....
Lot 91063
Auction 7169
Saturday, November 18, 2017
$54,970.00
Neal Adams Green Lantern/Green Arrow #87 Preliminary Artwork Layout Pages 1, 2, 5, and 6 Original Art (DC, 1971-72
Neal Adams Green Lantern/Green Arrow #87 Preliminary Artwork Layout Pages 1, 2, 5, and 6 Original Art (DC, 1971-72...
Lot 12001
Auction 121845
Sunday, November 11, 2018
$1,680.00
Neal Adams - The Spectre Illustration Original Art (undated)
Neal Adams - The Spectre Illustration Original Art (undated)....
Lot 15001
Auction 121839
Sunday, September 30, 2018
$384.00

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ItemCurrent Bid or Price
Neal Adams Brave and the Bold #84 Story Page 5 Sgt. Rock Original Art (DC, 1969)
Neal Adams Brave and the Bold #84 Story Page 5 Sgt. Rock Original Art (DC, 1969)....
Lot 93003
Auction 7192
Friday, November 16, 2018
$2,345.00
Neal Adams - Superman Specialty Illustration Original Art (undated)
Neal Adams - Superman Specialty Illustration Original Art (undated)....
Lot 94608
Auction 7192
Saturday, November 17, 2018
$600.00
Neal Adams Ben Casey Daily Comic Strip Original Art dated 7-9-66 (NEA, 1966)
Neal Adams Ben Casey Daily Comic Strip Original Art dated 7-9-66 (NEA, 1966)....
Lot 94609
Auction 7192
Saturday, November 17, 2018
$420.00
Neal Adams The Spectre #5 Page 1 Original Art (DC, 1968)
Neal Adams The Spectre #5 Page 1 Original Art (DC, 1968)....
Lot 94610
Auction 7192
Saturday, November 17, 2018
$650.00
Neal Adams and Dick Giordano Power Records PR-30 Batman: Robin Meets Man-Bat! Partial Stat Page 14 Ori
Neal Adams and Dick Giordano Power Records PR-30 Batman: Robin Meets Man-Bat! Partial Stat Page 14 Ori...
Lot 94611
Auction 7192
Saturday, November 17, 2018
$900.00

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