Our first Podcast was fairly brutal towards someone I really think is likely a very rad person, Neil Adams. So, as an attempt to make up for a few slights we may have given away I’ve decided to dedicate this post to why no only I like Neal Adams, but why you should too! Without further ado, the top 5 reason Neil Adams is Rad!
REASON 1: He just looks like a nice guy.
Doesn’t he just look like your friend’s grandfather that’s just about to force you to go to dinner with his whole family?
His looks of course are the smallest of his BADASSERY!
REASON 2: Creator rights
Adams is widely recognized as one of the loudest advocates of creator rights in the industry. His pioneering industry activist has benefited many many other artists. Before the move in the 70s and 80s towards creator rights comic publishers made tons and tons of money and the creators of the characters fought to survive. It was not just the little guys that had a hard time making due. Adams was the loudest voice for securing the financial future of Superman’s co-creators, the founders of the Superhero genre, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster.
REASON 3: He is redonklusly good at his job.
Let off the fact that he and Dennis O’Neil double handedly saved Batman from being a campy, derivative mess, again. Adam’s Batman is dark and gritty, but he clearly loves his job. So, so many of his shots have him just hiding a smile.
Adams manages to draw a Batman that is both human and exceptional, both driven and light hearted, both gritty and kind. He strikes the balance between the Morrison “I am the living embodiment of the underworld” and the 60s “I am a crazy doopey looser” and finds a believable man, driven to better the world with a deep love for that world. He is a pleasure to see in action.
REASON 4: “Relevant” comics
Now at some point I may force Lee to do a Podcast just on my Green Lantern/Green Arrow is an over-hyped piece of garbage and why the Longbow Hunters should, in any just world hold the place of GL/GA in the Geek Consciousness, but until that happens let me say this:
Flawed, silly, overwritten, ham-fisted and meandering, Green Lantern/Green Arrow pushed the edges of what a comic could be. It starred hero who acted a lot like people. It asked us to take a moment while reading a comic book to think about making the world a slightly better place. It critiqued unearned power. Along the side of those social goals it made a lot of fundamental, and on balance good, changes to the Green Lantern Mythos.
Also its the spiritual predecessor to the Rise of Arsenal, so it has that to answer for…
REASON 5: He created and owns Miss Mystic!