The Neal Adams Gallery is launching one of “the Greatest” comic-art exhibits you’ll ever see.

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One of the coolest things about the Neal Adams Gallery in Manhattan is that the exhibit keeps changing.

We’ve been over there a few times already — click here for the grand tour — but there’s another reason to go back: Toy Fair this weekend.

See, with Superman vs. Muhammad Ali getting new NECA action figures and HeroClix miniatures (click here and here to read all about that) that’ll be shown off at the Javits Center, the gallery has decided to celebrate by exhibiting the original art from the 1978 classic — along with the collectibles.

You can buy some of the merch autographed too.

That’s just a sample.

And it’s not just Supes vs. Ali either. The gallery is also displaying original art featuring other characters — and collectibles inspired by them. (Some of the figures are based directly on Adams’ art, other examples are based on his influence.)

Check out some of what you can see up close:

— Green Arrow and Green Lantern artwork paired with Diamond Select Toys’ busts of Oliver Queen and John Stewart. Adams famously reinvented Green Arrow, leading to how he’s depicted today in animation and live action. He was also the co-creator of John Stewart.

John Stewart bust based on how he appeared in Justice League.

A couple of Adams’ recent Green Arrow variant covers.

— Batman artwork that celebrates one of the Caped Crusader’s most famous and dynamic poses — which has been reproduced by DC Collectibles as part of its Batman: Black and White series of statues. You’ll see Man-Bat art as well.

Sculpted by Jason Spyda Adams, Neal’s son.

— There’s even a section on Bucky O’Hare, who was created by Larry Hama and Michael Golden but published by Adams’ Continuity Comics in the ’80s. Bucky’s making a comeback with a new set of action figures too.

Prototype produced by Boss Fight.

Vintage Hasbro figures

Artwork by Michael Golden

— There’s even a bonus for eagle-eyed viewers: Original artwork from DC’s House of Mystery #186, which starred Adams’ daughter Kris. (No collectibles there, but the art from 1970 is a real treat.)

For me personally, the highlight is getting to see that original Superman vs. Muhammad Ali artwork penciled by Adams and inked by Dick Giordano up close (along with the Adams art from its pseudo-sequel, Harley’s Little Black Book #5, which has been up since earlier this winter. Click here.).

The gallery is located in Adams’ Continuity Studios at 15 W. 39th Street. Admission is free but you have to call before you go over (212-869-4170). For tons more info on the gallery and what you can typically see — and buy — there, click here.

So if you’re in town for Toy Fair — which runs 2/18 to 2/21 — or are just in the New York area, I highly recommend a visit to the gallery. Still, if you can’t make it this weekend, the Adams crew is planning on keeping the exhibit up until the end of the month. That said, it’s always changing, so make sure you call ahead.

Listen to Kris, and…

… over there as soon as you can.

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Author: Dan Greenfield

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