|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!