Neal Adams Obituary – Cause of Death
Neal Adams, the legendary comic book artist who reinvigorated Batman and other superheroes with his photorealistic stylings and championed the rights of creators, has died. He was 80.Adams died Thursday in New York of complications from sepsis, his wife, Marilyn Adams, told The Hollywood Reporter.
During his Batman run, Adams and writer Dennis O’Neil brought a revolutionary change to the hero and the comics, delivering realism, kineticism and a sense of menace to their storytelling in the wake of the campy Adam West-starring ’60s ABC series and years of the hero being aimed at kiddie readers.
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Neal Adams, the legendary comic book artist who drew Batman, Green Lantern, Green Arrow, the X-Men, the Avengers and countless more superheroes, has died. https://t.co/NyWv9Hj9ri
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Adams jolted the world of comic books in the late 1960s and early ’70s with his toned and sinewy take on heroes, first at DC with a character named Deadman, then at Marvel with the X-Men and the Avengers, then back at DC with his most lasting influence, Batman.
Neil Adams was born on June 15, 1941 in New York City. He has lived and worked in and around New York for most of his life. As a child, thanks to his father’s military career, he traveled extensively and lived on bases around the world.
Adams attended Manhattan’s Industrial Arts High School, graduating in 1959, and within a few years began to make his mark in comics. Beginning in 1960, Adams began drawing superhero comics and hoax pages for Archie Comics under editor Joe Simon.
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Adams fought for comic rights, held regular Q&A sessions with fans on social media, and created or created a number of popular characters, including John Stewart, Ra’s al Ghul, and Man-Bat.
In addition to his contributions to Batman, Adams will also be remembered as the Green Lantern/Arrow artist, who, along with O’Neal, resurrected both characters and helped redefine them for a new generation of readers.
The Green Lantern/Arrow comics are an examination and critique of contemporary culture, including racism, poverty, and other issues that rarely appeared in DC books before O’Neal and Adams.