Legendary Comic Book Creator Neal Adams Passes Away at 80

News broke recently of the passing of Neal Adams at the age of 80 (June 15, 1941 – April 28, 2022).  Adams was an absolute titan of the comic book industry, with an artistic and storytelling style that changed the landscape of comics.  His influence over young and inspiring creators was legendary, and his advocacy for creator rights not only helped creators who came after him, but helped support the creators before him as well!

Although Adams is gone, he has left behind an incredible body of work, and what beautiful work it is.  From his eye-catching covers, to his notable title runs, to his character creations, Neal left a legacy in the comic book industry that will be remembered for generations to come.  Today, we will take a moment to remember some of our favorite moments in Neal Adams wonderful career.

From everyone at The Splintering, thank you Mr. Adams for your contributions to the medium of comic books.  You will be remembered fondly, and often.

First introduced in Detective Comics #400 (June 1970), Man-Bat was co-created by Neal Adams and was popularized in both Batman the Animated Series as well as the Batman: Arkham video game franchise.
Ra’s Al Ghul may not roll off the tongue, but after being co-created by Neal Adams in Batman #232 (June 1971), he went on to appear in both Batman the Animated Series and the Christopher Nolan film Batman Begins (2005).
I challenge you to come up with a more iconic cover to a comic book that isn’t a #1, first appearance, or death of a character. Green Lantern #85 (September 1971) showed readers the dangers of drug use. Say No To Drugs!
For a generation of fans, John Stewart was The Green Lantern, thanks to his time on the Justice League animated series. Neal Adams co-created John Stewart in the pages of Green Lantern #87 (January 1972).
The comic book event of the year (March 1978) was the battle of titans in the pages of All New Collectors Edition #56. Not only did the pages feature a boxing match for the ages, Superman vs. Muhammad Ali, but the cover featured a slew of cameos, including U.S. President Jimmy Carter, Lucille Ball, Johnny Carson and the Jackson 5.
Why place a reprint book of Deadman #1 (May 1985) on this list of influential books by Neal Adams? Well, this reprint issue introduced me to the world of Deadman and helped cement me as a lifelong fan of comic books.

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