DC Comics has released a comic book paying tribute to legendary artist Neal Adams, following his passing earlier this year. The three-page story, which is called ‘The Endless Line’, began publishing across all DC titles from Tuesday, July 19, is written by Tom King and drawn by Neal’s son, Josh Adams. . The story, which you can check out in a tweet from King below, features excerpts from an actual interview Adams did with The comic book newspaper in 1982, with the wisdom he grants drawing a sketch for one of his characters, Deadman.
— Tom King (@TomKingTK) July 19, 2022
The last page of the story shows a line of other characters Adams is known to line up for sketches for, including Batman, Green Arrow, Black Canary, and Green Lantern. The story also includes quotes from some of Adams’ contemporaries and fans, including Jim Lee, Frank Miller and Roy Thomas, which highlight his prolific work as an artist and creative rights advocate.
Adams has had a monumental career in comics, including seminal work on Green Lantern/Green Arrow and Batman alongside Dennis O’Neil, and Dead man with Arnold Drake.
“Dead man is, in a weird way, number one,” Adams said. ComicBook.com in a previous interview. “Dead man, I couldn’t finish the story. When I did Dead man…I didn’t tell anyone the rest of the story. we just introduced the character. No one knows who Deadman is and what his relationship is and what’s going on with him and his true story. You just have to see the beginning. So when I finished, other people picked it up. They started doing “The Adventures of Deadman,” like any other comic book superhero…but no, that’s not what it’s about. This is Deadman. He has a story to tell and he is dead.”
Adams was also known for his attempts to create a union for comic book creators, as well as advocating for the return of original pages to himself and other artists. He also fought for better pay for Superman creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster.
Adams died at the age of 80 on April 28, 2022. According to Adams’ family, he died of complications from sepsis.
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