Legendary Comic Book Artist Neal Adams Passes Away At 80

by Thomas Tuna

Neal Adams–a comic book artist so good he was inducted into three different Halls of Fame–this week passed away at the age of 80.

Adams passed away in New York City of complications from sepsis, his wife Marilyn told The Hollywood Reporter.

Adams–perhaps best known for his collaborations with writer Denny O’Neil on memorable runs of Batman and Green Lantern/Green Arrow–really began his comic book career drawing horror scripts for editor Archie Goodwin at Warren Publishing in the late 1960s. Adams put his distinctive stamp on several horror stories for such titles as Eerie and Creepy.

When Adams moved to DC Comics, he co-created and drew Deadman, an assignment that garnered him the 1967 Alley Award for Best Cover. Soon after, he also drew covers and interior art for The Spectre, and became DC’s primary cover artist into the 1970s.

During his long career, Adams piled up mountains of accolades, including several Alley Awards, Shazam Awards, an Eagle Award and an Inkpot Award. He was inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in 1998, into the Jack Kirby Hall of Fame in 1999 and into the Joe Sinnott Hall of Fame for his lifetime achievements in 2019.

Adams is survived by his wife Marilyn; sons Josh, Jason and Joel; daughters Kris and Zeea; grandchildren Kelly, Kortney, Jade, Sebastian, Jane and Jaelyn; and great-grandson Maximus.

The staff of Horror News Network extends its sincere condolences to Adams’ family, friends and colleagues.


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