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#1227362 - Mon Oct 15 2018 07:01 PM Did anyone even know there was a new Neal Adams DEADMAN series?
Wonder Boy
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DEADMAN six-issue series (2017) story and art by Neal Adams
https://www.mycomicshop.com/search?TID=44710982


The reviews I looked at are all over the place.

My general sense is, it's a re-tread that has the flavor of the original, but like virtually all nostalgic new stories with old characters, is a pale shadow of the original.

The new Neal Adams art of the last 25 years or so doesn't appeal to me. For me, Neal Adams has lost it. If he drew like this in his best 1967-1978 period, I never would have looked twice at his work.

And the worst of it is when he "corrects" his best work in reprint editions, such as the DEADMAN hardcover, and the BATMAN ILLUSTRATED BY NEAL ADAMS vol 1, 2 and 3 hardcovers.




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#1227376 - Tue Oct 16 2018 07:58 AM Re: Did anyone even know there was a new Neal Adams DEADMAN series? [Re: Wonder Boy]
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His new artwork is still competent and often better than what passes for good art in modern comics but, yeah, he's not what he used to be.

And overall, he's just not a good writer.

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#1227378 - Tue Oct 16 2018 10:28 AM Re: Did anyone even know there was a new Neal Adams DEADMAN series? [Re: the G-man]
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I have to say, at least back in the day, Neal Adams DID script some good stories. Of the four SPECTRE issues Adams drew in 1968, Adams scripted SPECTRE 4 and 5. (Issue 2 was by Gardner Fox. Issue 3 was by Mike Friedrich, the best of the four).

Adams' best effort was writing issues of STRANGE ADVENTURES (Deadman), when the series was suffering from not having a steady writer. I think this was Adams' best writing effort. Adams scripted issues 212-216, which were on a par with the best previous issues.
STRANGE ADVENTURES 213 in particular I find one of the best issues of the series.
And also (less impressive) was writer/artist on Deadman backup stories in AQUAMAN 50-52.

Adams also did another good story as writer/artist, "Holocaust", in EPIC ILLUSTRATED 7. It was originally to be a Power Records book, was in inventory for 10 years, and completely rewritten for its published form.

To support your argument, G-man: SKATEMAN # 1 (and mercifully, the only issue).

And really, just about any of his Continuity comics of the 1980's/early 1990's make your argument. The art was decent, if often garishly colored. But the Adams writing was like something out of a late 1960's DC comic. They were like stories that appeared 20 years late, out of a time vortex.


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#1227425 - Fri Oct 19 2018 02:14 PM Re: Did anyone even know there was a new Neal Adams DEADMAN series? [Re: Wonder Boy]
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Neal Adams on Creating Batman's Iconic Look, Deadman and More
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8z03Np_fBAI

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#1227580 - Tue Oct 30 2018 01:14 AM Re: Did anyone even know there was a new Neal Adams DEADMAN series? [Re: Wonder Boy]
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Okay, I re-read those SPECTRE stories over the weekend, they were actually pretty horrible, writingwise. Even the Gardner Fox story (issue 2), and Freidrich story (3) were pretty sub-par.

The memory of them was better than the actual stories. Neal Adams has talent, but writing stories generally isn't one of his strong points.

There was a beautifully illustrated short piece "The Game" in HOUSE OF MYSTERY 178 with both story and art by Adams. Conceptually it was a very good story, but the dialogue was very clunky.

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#1227593 - Wed Oct 31 2018 06:46 AM Re: Did anyone even know there was a new Neal Adams DEADMAN series? [Re: Wonder Boy]
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Really, he's on a par with the late Bob Haney: some interesting ideas but clunky dialogue and inability to keep everyone in character
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