Happy 80th Birthday Neal Adams!

Above, Neal Adams and yours truly at the 2012 Comikaze Expo in Los Angeles.

by Armand Vaquer

Neal Adams, the comic book artist who many (including me) consider to be the definitive Batman artist, turned 80 today.

Adams recently was released from the hospital after a bout with sepsis. Thankfully, he overcame it and is enjoying his birthday.

It is hard to believe Neal Adams is 80. Then again, it is also hard to believe that I'm 67. But, there you go.

I became aware of Adams's work around 1967 when he started drawing covers for DC's Superman Family of comic books. Then, he started doing some Batman/Superman stories in World's Finest Comics.

Not long after that, he started illustrating stories in Batman and Detective Comics. And, around about that time, he took over the illustrating chores for the Green Lantern/Green Arrow series of stories in the Green Lantern comic book. Adams also illustrated Deadman stories, some included Batman. Those were great reads.

I got to meet Adams at the 2012 Comikaze Expo at the Los Angeles Convention Center. I was there as a panelist on Godzilla.

Adams is still very much artistically active and appears at numerous comic book and science-fiction conventions around the country.

A big Happy Birthday to Neal Adams!

DC Comics Launches Global Celebration For Wonder Woman's 80th Anniversary

From DC Comics

DC, Warner Bros. Global Brands and Experiences and WarnerMedia are bringing the “Wonder” to International Women’s Day by launching a global celebration that honors the 80-year legacy of DC’s Champion of Truth and Warrior for Peace -- Wonder Woman. Embracing the call to see the world through Wonder Woman’s eyes and to “Believe in Wonder,” the 80th Anniversary celebration illuminates the Super Hero’s timeless and relevant message of hope and empowerment with original content, commemorative comics, books, and global fashion collections and experiences. This multi-month campaign will culminate with a worldwide celebration of Wonder Woman Day on October 21.

Wonder Woman’s 80th Anniversary celebration features content, comics, books, fashion and much more:

The iconic, fan favorite Wonder Woman television titles are reborn with the new “retro-remix” video, tapping into the nostalgia of Wonder Woman and featuring Gal Gadot doing the signature spin that Lynda Carter made famous in the original series.

On Sunday, March 7 talent kicked off the celebration via their social channels:
Lynda Carter - Instagram
​Gal Gadot - Facebook, Instagram, Twitter

DC and WarnerMedia announce a power-packed video inspired by Wonder Woman showcasing the impact of women around the world and the powerful women connected in the Company’s content and products. This year, WarnerMedia will produce videos that shine a spotlight on 80 “Women of Wonder'' including real women, network journalists and talent, cultural figures, experts, influencers and celebrities who – like Wonder Woman herself – are advancing representation in their fields, acting as real-life superheroes and giving us reasons to “Believe in Wonder.”

​World renowned designers Venus Williams, Camilla, and Azede Jean-Pierre collaborated with Warner Bros. Consumer Products on Wonder Woman inspired fashion collections. EleVen’s “I Am Wonder Woman” activewear line by international tennis champion and entrepreneur Venus Williams is available now. Also available, is a luxurious limited-edition collection from Australian designer Camilla, and later this month award-winning designer Azede Jean-Pierre will reveal a custom collection featuring never-before-seen artwork.

​Beginning today, DC honors the creation and legacy of Wonder Woman making All-Star Comics #8 (the first appearance of Wonder Woman), Sensation Comics #1 (the first comic headlined by Wonder Woman), and Wonder Woman #1 (1942) free to read on the ultimate fan destination for DC: DC UNIVERSE INFINITE.

Also announced today, Wonder Woman 80th Anniversary 100-Page Spectacular will bring together some of the greatest storytellers in comics and entertainment for a tribute to Wonder Woman in a collectible keepsake. Available this October on Wonder Woman Day, fans can look forward to original stories and a beautiful art montage by Eisner Award-winning artist Yanick Paquette (Wonder Woman: Earth One) with colors by Nathan Fairbairn.

The hit movie Wonder Woman 1984 starring Gal Gadot releases in Digital HD on March 16 in the U.S., and then on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD on March 30. In addition, the animated feature Justice Society: World War II will be available on Digital on April 27 and on 4K and Blu-ray on May 11. Throughout March, Wonder Woman 1984 will also release digitally across international territories and will be available on participating digital platforms.

DC is debuting custom art that pays tribute to Wonder Woman’s legacy while looking ahead toward her future. The pop art design was created by INNOCEAN USA, which also designed the 80th anniversary logo, and drew its inspiration from the iconic cover of Wonder Woman #4 (2016) by artist Nicola Scott.

Additional content and experiences honoring the power of women and our own Wonder Woman:

DC celebrates Wonder Woman’s 80th Anniversary with an assortment of comic books and original graphic novels for any fan of the amazing Amazon:

Nubia: Real One – Available now, this young adult graphic novel celebrates the heroism of Wonder Woman in a reimagining of the story of her twin sister, Nubia. Originally created for the comics in 1973 (Wonder Woman #204), this YA version, written by celebrated author L.L. McKinney features art by Robyn Smith and takes readers on Nubia’s heroic journey against the backdrop of modern-day racism and inequality.

Wonderful Women of History – Available September 28, 2021, this young adult graphic novel continues DC’s rich legacy of celebrating inspirational figures throughout history and hearkens back to the original “Wonder Woman of History” feature series that ran in the back of issues of Sensation Comics and Wonder Woman from 1942-1954. Presented in a graphic novel style, the anthology profiles women from all walks of life who are inspiring young readers today to be the leaders of tomorrow who learn, build and dream.

Sensational Wonder Woman Vol. 1 – Available in comic book stores, book retailers and on digital platforms on October 5, this book collects the first six issues of an anthology of self-contained Wonder Woman stories from some of the industry’s most popular writers and artists.

Wonder Woman Earth One Vol. 3 – Available at comic book stores, book stores and on participating digital platforms, Wonder Woman: Earth One Vol. 3 is the epic conclusion to the New York Times bestselling original graphic novel series from the acclaimed team of writer Grant Morrison and artist Yanick Paquette.

DC UNIVERSE INFINITE: New Wonder Woman selections will be made available to read for free each month along with curated collections celebrating essential stories through the decades. And keep an eye on the DC Community Book Club for some upcoming Wonder Woman offerings and epic conversations with fellow fans!

DC Shop: Get your exclusive ‘Believe in Wonder’ Wonder Woman 80th Anniversary T-shirt here.

Digital Stories: Fans of all ages can enjoy listening to four brand new You Choose Wonder Woman Stories from Capstone available via Google Assistant here today! Google users can also say “Hey Google, talk to Wonder Woman Stories” or “Talk to You Choose Wonder Woman Stories” to pull it up on their device. Additionally, Serial Box will release their Wonder Woman: Heartless serialized story exclusively via the Serial Box app. That story is available for pre-order now and will be released on March 25.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will offer the feature film Wonder Woman 1984 on Digital HD on March 16 in the U.S., and then on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD on March 30. In addition, the animated feature Justice Society: World War II will be available on Digital on April 27 and on 4K and Blu-ray on May 11. Throughout March, Wonder Woman 1984 will also release digitally across international territories.

HBO Max: Wonder Woman (2017) starring Gal Gadot and every episode of the Wonder Woman television series starring Lynda Carter are available this month on HBO Max.

Warner Bros. Games will recognize Wonder Woman’s anniversary all year long via special promotions and activations in its popular ongoing game titles like DC Universe Online, Injustice 2, and DC Legends. Additionally, Nintendo will join the celebration on June 4, 2021 when it releases DC Super Hero Girls: Teen Power, a brand-new title for the Nintendo Switch system starring Wonder Woman in a lead role alongside Batgirl and Supergirl as they try to protect Metropolis from a fearsome group of foes.

DC Wonder Woman Virtual Run (5K or 10K) from Rugged Races in partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products will return for a second year after record-breaking participation in 2020. Families and individuals will find that the virtual run is a great way to get moving and bring some of Wonder Woman’s unconquerable warrior spirit into their lives. Runs open for registration in July. More information is available at dcwonderwomanrun.com.

International Activities:

Warner Bros. World™ Abu Dhabi is set to host Women of Warner. Taking place on March 8 from 6 pm to 10 pm, guests are in for a spectacular celebration of International Women’s Day. Warner Bros. World will introduce the ‘Wonder Woman Exhibit’ in Treasures of Hollywood at the Warner Bros. Plaza. Running until May 18, the ‘Wonder Woman Exhibit’ will feature the Wonder Woman costume as worn by Gal Gadot and Steve Trevor’s costume as worn by Chris Pine, among many other original items from the Warner Bros. Pictures film, Wonder Woman.

Warner Bros. Mexico recently launched an exclusive new Wonder Woman 80th-branded collection in C&A stores, featuring fashionable apparel for the entire family.

Warner Bros. UK will have Wonder Woman 1984 available to own digitally on 8th March and available for purchase on 4K, Blu-ray, DVD from 22nd March.

The History of Wonder Woman
Wonder Woman first appeared in All Star Comics #8 on October 21,1941 in a back-up story meant to test her appeal at a time when female Super Heroes were rare. An instant favorite, Wonder Woman was soon headlining her own standalone title less than a year later. Subsequent generations came to know the Amazonian princess with silver bracelets on her wrists and a magic lasso by her waist via her hit 1970’s television series as well as roles in animated shows and movies. The groundbreaking 2017 film Wonder Woman by director Patty Jenkins and starring Gal Gadot was the largest grossing live action film ever for a female director at the time of release. The sequel, Wonder Woman 1984 premiered on HBOMax and in theaters globally December 25, 2020. Warner Bros. Pictures confirmed the third Wonder Woman movie starring Gadot will also be written by Jenkins.

Fans can join in on social media using hashtags #WonderWoman80 and #BelieveInWonder. Visit wonderwoman80.com for the latest news and updates.

The History of Wonder Woman
Created by William Moulton Marston, a psychologist who was a pioneer in the area of lie-detection, Wonder Woman was conceived as a new type of Super Hero who used wisdom and compassion, not just her fists, to triumph over evil. Born and raised on Themyscira, Diana is the immortal daughter of the Amazonian Queen Hippolyta. After training to be the ultimate warrior, she chooses to leave her paradise island home and join the world of mortals, where she becomes a champion for justice and equality as Wonder Woman. She was imbued by the gods with powers including super-strength and gifted with a lasso that compels anyone bound by it to tell the truth. Wonder Woman is the only female comic book character to have her own stories continuously published for the past three-plus quarters of a century. 



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Superman Meets "The Phantom Quarterback"

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Superman #264 June 1973 DC Comics Grade VG/F - $6.99

Script by Cary Bates, pencils by Curt Swan, inks by Murphy Anderson.

Former Metropolis Meteors star quarterback is walking down the street when he sees a baby falling from a building. He saves the infant, but awakens an old knee injury that he gained during his pro football years. A scientific "miracle worker" named Frederic Fowe witnesses the spectacle and offers to treat Steve's injuries. He uses a special solar healing ray which quickly restores Lombard to proper health. However, the ray also demonstrates an unusual side-effect, as it creates a solar-powered energy being based upon Steve's likeness. The energy being adorns itself in one of Steve’s old football jerseys and becomes the Phantom Quarterback.

The Phantom Quarterback bounds across Metropolis committing random acts. Superman arrives on the scene, and determines that the entity is more a nuisance than an aid, and so he launches the creature into outer space where it impacts with a sunspot on Earth’s sun.

Later, Morgan Edge of WGBS hires Steve Lombard to work for him as a sportscaster. Clark Kent and Lois Lane immediately take a disliking to Steve who irritates them with his aloof attitude and quirky behavior.

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Superman #182 (1st Series 1939) December 1965 DC Comics Grade Fine

Cover pencils by Curt Swan, inks by George Klein, script by Jerry Siegel, pencils by Curt Swan, inks by George Klein,

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Blind Clark Kent

A flash of light that would have blinded a normal man forces Clark Kent to pretend he has been blinded, leave the Daily Planet, and try his hand a being a butler and an English disc jockey.

The Menace of the Terrible Toyman!

The Toyman gets out of jail and uses a Superman robot to commit crimes, pretending that the real Superman has been mesmerized by tiny Superman dolls he is selling.

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Amazing Spider-Man & Silk #1 (Fried Pie Variant Edition) May 2016 Marvel Comics Grade NM

Written by Robbie Thompson. Art by Todd Nauck. Cover by W. Scott Forbes.

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Spider-Man and Silk aren't necessarily pals right now, but they've got no choice but to work together when they accidentally travel back in time to just BEFORE they got their spider-powers! Now, they have to get along while stopping a threat to the timeline...WITHOUT accidentally wiping out their own powers! Writer Robbie Thompson (Silk, Venom: Spaceknight) teams with artist Todd Nauck (Nightcrawler, Amazing Spider-Man) to bring us a tale of Amazing Anachronistic Arachnids! Collecting the first two chapters of the Infinite Comic series. 36 pages, full color. Rated T+

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Amazing Spider-Man #1 Fried Pie Variant Cover October 2015 Marvel Comics Grade NM - $11.99

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Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider Man #1 Fried Pie Variant Cover August 2017 Marvel Comics Grade NM - $9.99

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Guardians of the Galaxy #1 Fried Pie Variant Cover July 2017 Marvel Comics Grade NM - $15.99

Superman #237 May 1971 DC Comics Grade VF

Cover pencils by Neal Adams, inks by Dick Giordano, script by Denny O'Neil, pencils by Curt Swan, inks by Murphy Anderson

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"Enemy of Earth":
Superman is carrying a virus that turns the people of Earth into monsters.

In the fourth part of the Sandman Saga storyline, Superman rescues a space pilot from a failed test flight when he notices that the space pilot is mutated. Believing that he has carried space microbes with him in his reentry from space, Superman tries to cleanse himself of them by exposing himself to a radiation belt. As he returns to his civilian identity of Clark Kent at the WGBS news desk, he notices that the sand-created Superman figure is nearby and tries to make contact with him, but the moment he touches the figure, an explosion knocks Superman through the roof and into the WGBS building, where he causes more people to mutate.

 Realizing that he is not fully cleansed of the microbes, Superman decides to exile himself into space where he can do no harm. However, he ends up seeing Lois Lane crash-land with a pilot into a Central American jungle where she is both attacked by terrorists and then later about to become a meal of millions of hungry ants. Though at first unable to help her, Superman discovers that only one of his hands is free of the mutating microbes, the hand that touched the sand figure. He again encounters the sand figure and this time triggers off an explosion that cleanses him completely of the microbes, but now has weakened Superman to having lesser abilities than before. He saves Lois and the downed pilot and bring them to safety. However, the sand figure appears unto Superman again, saying that he is now becoming him, and he fears that the two of them can't be in the same world together.

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H.P. Lovecraft's The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath #4 1997 Mock Man Press Grade VF


Comic Adaptation By Jason Thompson (script and art).

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“Three times Randolph Carter dreamed of the marvelous city, and three times was he snatched away while still he paused on the high terrace above it.” Randolph Carter embarks on an epic quest across a world beyond the wall of sleep, in search of an opulent and mysterious sunset city. When he prays to the gods of dream to reveal the whereabouts of this magical city, they do not answer, and his dreams stop altogether. Undaunted, Carter resolves to go to Kadath, where the gods live, and beseech them in person. However, no one has ever been to Kadath, and no one even knows how to get there—but that won’t stop Randolph Carter from trying.

From the novel. Part four of a five issue series. B & W.

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Daredevil #36 October 2002 Marvel Comics Grade VF

Cover art by Alex Maleev. One Hundred Percent Untrue, script by Brian Michael Bendis, art by Alex Maleev;

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Matt denies to the press that he and Daredevil are one and the same; The Widow tries to coax Matt into going out with her as DD but is turned down flat; Matt meets with Vanessa who informs him that she is leaving the country for good and has sold the Kingpin's business to an unnamed buyer; Elektra shows up for a last panel confrontation with Matt. 36 pgs.

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Jessica Drew returns to her classic costume in new arc starting in SPIDER-WOMAN #11!

From Marvel Comics

After ten explosive issues, Jessica Drew’s hit solo series continues this April! Throughout this thrilling run, Spider-Woman has overcome Hydra, confronted her nefarious mother in a wild family reunion, and learned more about her past then she’s ever wanted to. And writer Karla Pacheco and artist Pere Pérez are just getting started. The always-unpredictable saga of Jessica Drew continues in April and the titular hero will be suiting up once more in her original costume.

See Spider-Woman’s costume in all its glory in Junggeun Yoon’s cover right here!

Designed by legendary comics pioneer Marie Severin, Spider-Woman’s classic costume is as timeless as it is iconic. Now, it once again returns in the pages of SPIDER-WOMAN as Jessica Drew suits up for her next mission starting in SPIDER-WOMAN #11.

Here’s what Pacheco had to tease about the new arc:

“We’ve taken Jessica Drew through a gut-wrenching, action-packed wringer these past 10 issues, and we aren’t letting up as we head into our next adventure! With the mysteries of Wundagore behind her, Jess is finally feeling like herself again, and longing to get back to a “normal” life. But what exactly IS normal for Spider-Woman?

“In Issue #11 we see Jess setting aside her latest suit (for now), and gearing up once again in the iconic red and yellow costume -- albeit with a few new touches and some surprises -- courtesy of the always inventive Pere Perez. She’s safely home and ready to resume her life with Gerry and Roger... but of course nothing is that simple for the one and only Spider-Woman. We’re launching Jess directly into another over-the-top story, featuring incredible new villains, unbelievable action from Pere, and of course, me ripping everyone’s hearts again as I chortle with evil glee.

“Also there will be monster trucks.

“Can’t wait for everyone to get their hands on this, it’s classic Jessica Drew with the ‘Pacheco & Pérez’ twist, and honestly, it’s fun as hell.”

Don’t miss the grand return of Jessica's classic threads when SPIDER-WOMAN #11 hits stands in April!

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Grimm Fairy Tales Volume Two Snow White Cover July 2012 Zenescope Entertainment Grade NM

Snow White Cover Volume 2 - 5th printing. Collects Grimm Fairy Tales (2005) #7-12.

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For more than two hundred years the powerful stories of the Brothers Grimm have enchanted millions of readers around the world. Grimm Fairy Tales explores a much darker side of these classic stories. Adapted directly from the original works, stunning illustration and vivid storytelling bring these tales to life. This is a world where morality is tested and the results of one's actions have shocking consequences. Snow White, Jack and the Beanstalk, Bluebeard, The Frog King, Goldilocks, and the Pied Piper are collected in Volume #2. Softcover, 168 pages, full color.

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