Monday, 14 April 2014

NEAL ADAMS' BATMAN COVER GALLERY - PART ONE...


Pencils by CARMINE INFANTINO, inks by NEAL ADAMS.
Images copyright DC COMICS

Raise your hand if you like the art of NEAL ADAMS.  Wait 'til I count 'em - one, two, three - h'mm, the pubs must still be open.  Never mind, I'll just assume that everybody likes Natty Neal's awesome artwork and present a series of covers either pencilled and inked by him, or inked by him over another's pencils.  That way, we get the best of both worlds.  Ready?  Then away we go!  (See?  Who says intros have to be long and boring?  Sure wasn't me!) 

Pencils & inks by NEAL ADAMS

Pencils & inks by NEAL ADAMS

Pencils and inks by NEAL ADAMS

Pencils & inks by NEAL ADAMS

Pencils & inks by NEAL ADAMS

Pencils by NEAL ADAMS, inks by DICK GIORDANO

Pencils by NEAL ADAMS, inks by DICK GIORDANO

12 comments:

Gey Blabby said...

You can't go wrong with a Neal Adams post, even with his earlier stuff when he was still finding his way - and even when it features (yikes!) what looks like the recoloured versions that he inflicted upon us in later years.
For someone with such a strong individual style, I always found Adams to be surprisingly restrained when it came time to ink the work of other artists. Whether working over Infantino on Batman, or Kane and Buscema on Conan, he rarely overpowered the pencils of the original artist to their detriment.

I guess I was just lucky enough to be at the right age as he was coming into his prime.

baab said...

Solid figures in every cover.

Paul McScotty -Muir said...

Have to say that as a kid I always preferred DC covers they just so quirky with the gorillas etc - As for Neal Adams, he pretty much was the only reason I'm still a comic fan to this day - I just loved his art and collected everything I could get of his as a kid then one day I was in my 20s still collecting his stuff and by then it was too late...I was hooked. This isn't his best cover work (although would love to have a couple of these that I don't have) and although I love his covers it was his interior art (especially his earlier stuff on Green Lantern / Green Arrow)that put him in a different league -I still think his arts pretty amazing when he is on song (ie parts of hid "Batman Odyssey" was amongst his best art) his storytelling however is another matter - Yeah I admit it Im still an Adams fanboy

Kid said...

GB, Baab and McScotty - glad you liked the covers and there'll be more to come soon.

CJ, you keep pulling your comments for some reason - I never even got a chance to reply. Anyway, DC comics were freely available in Britain, so in that sense, they DID 'come here'.

Colin Jones said...

Kid, I only delete comments that on second thoughts don't seem very interesting. I dispute that DC comics were freely available - I remember that Marvel were easy to find with the Marvel UK comics, the Treasury Editions and even imported U.S. Marvels but I never saw a single DC comic till about 1982 when I was 16. Obviously they were around as you were buying them but they were not "freely available" or I'd have seen them and I certainly would have noticed them if they were on sale !

Kid said...

Well, I can't speak for your neck of the woods, CJ, but back in the '60s, DC comics were far more freely available than Marvel comics. Same goes for the '70s and '80s wherever I went. (Especially as Marvel didn't distribute some mags in the U.K. in the early '70s for fear of harming sales of their British editions.) So your experience seems to be at odds with just about every buyer of American mags that I've ever spoken to. Perhaps DC comics were so popular where you lived that they sold out almost immediately, which is why you never saw any, but, like I say, you're the only person I know of who's had that experience. I've heard plenty people say it about Marvel mags 'though.

Colin Jones said...

I must admit that it baffles me when you explain it like that but,nevertheless,I grew up totally unaware of DC characters apart from TV shows like Bat-Man and Wonder Woman. As a result I never formed a "bond" with DC and the characters mean nothing to me (I did watch Man Of Steel on DVD at Christmas though just to see what all the fuss was about).

Kid said...

I knew about Superman and Batman long before I ever knew about Marvel characters. My first encounter with a Marvel character was probably The Hulk when he was reprinted in Smash! - although, even then, I didn't know he was from Marvel. I don't think I saw my first American Marvel mag until about '67 or '68. Having said that, however, maybe I saw them without ever noticing them. Could it be the same with you as regards DC mags? You know, maybe they were there, but you either didn't notice them or now just don't remember seeing them at the time?

Paul McScotty -Muir said...

In the 70s / 80s I lived in serveral towns just outside Glasgow and in Edinburgh and worked and lived in London for a few years and DC were always availbale in newsagents, in fact at this time they were the most abundant as the Superman films were out and some US Marvel titles were cut back to make way for the UK weekly / monthly reprints -Saying that at home (Glasgow area) we had access to lots of companies comics like Atlas, Warren, King , Dell and Charlton. I first remember Marvel characters via the reprints in the Alan Class mags then like yourself via Smash.

Kid said...

Ah, those were the days, eh, McScotty?! Trawling 'round the various newsagents in different neighbourhoods, trying to find either the next issue or the previous one to the mag you'd just bought. Happy days indeed.

John Pitt said...

That is EXACTLY what it was like - doing the rounds of all the newsagents and they really WERE great days.
Here in the North - East, throughout the 70's & 80's DC and MarvelUS were pretty evenly available, although none of the Marvel mini series were ever stocked. But during the latter half of the 80's both lots mysteriously disappeared without a trace, never to return.
As a lad, I lived in the Midlands in the 60's, where DC was freely available, but Marvel didn't inhabit the Spinner racks until after Smash. I always remember the very first time I saw them - I went in to buy a DC comic and saw all these characters who I didn't know ( they didn't have any Hulks ), so I went for Spider-Man meets the Avengers . To quote their catch - phrase :- 'Nuff said!

Kid said...

Good to see that my post let you relive a happy time, JP. All the responses did the same for me.

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