Comics’ greatest living artist will be here every day this month with EXCLUSIVE commentary and behind-the-scenes looks at his work — yesterday and today.
NOTE: For the full NEAL ADAMS MONTH INDEX, click here.
A little while ago, DC Comics announced that February was going to be Neal Adams Month, that comics’ greatest living artist was going to be producing 27 variant covers, with a twist.
The idea was that Adams would re-do some of his best-known work but would be switching characters around, so that something like this …
… would become this:
In addition, the covers would be inked and colored by other artists, though it wasn’t completely clear who would be involved.
As I wrote at the time, I had reservations. Turns out, so did Adams — but as you’ll see throughout the month, his feelings toward the concept changed from trepidation to utter enthusiasm.
Seeing is believing. And from what I’ve seen behind the scenes, this is a magnificent project — absolutely magnificent.
Now we’ll be able to share it with you — with a wealth of EXCLUSIVE commentaries from Adams himself. We’ll also be talking to many of today’s biggest artists about his enduring legacy and what it was like collaborating with him.
I spent several hours at Adams’ Manhattan studio and we discussed each cover — inked by powerhouses like Frank Miller, Dave Gibbons, Walt Simonson, Jim Lee, Bill Sienkiewicz, Kevin Nowlan and many others — in great detail, looking at the originals and how they morphed into these modern masterpieces.
So here’s what you have to look forward to:
— Every day in February, we will be featuring Adams’ EXCLUSIVE commentary on a different cover. These will run roughly in the order of publication, timed to which covers will be coming out in a given week. (Here’s Adams’ classic Green Lantern #76, re-done for Green Arrow #49 — inked by DC co-publisher Jim Lee and colored by Alex Sinclair)
— EXCLUSIVE behind-the-scenes artwork, from pencils to inks to colors to finished covers.
— BONUS EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEWS with the top artists who were handpicked to work on the project — many of whom asked to join in because they so badly wanted to work with Adams.
— There will be many surprises — and we’ll also be looking at his next big project: The Coming of the Supermen — the miniseries that begins later in the month.
Any fan of great comics art and history will find something of interest, I promise you.
NEXT: NEAL ADAMS MONTH begins in earnest with Neal’s revealing commentary on Batman #227/Detective Comics #49. (Click here.)
For the full NEAL ADAMS MONTH INDEX, click here.
You can also find more on Neal Adams at his website, here.