Neal Adams, one of the all-time masters of the comic-book medium, has a New Year's surprise awaiting fans in February. DC Comics is releasing 25 variant covers for its flagship line with Adams re-creating and reimagining many of his own most memorable DC covers of the '60s and '70s from titles like Batman, Detective Comics, Superman, Green Lantern, Green Arrow, Deadman and many more.
Adams revolutionized the look and style of comics with his modern attention to detail and fluid, dynamic compositions. It is rare to find one serious comic artist working today who was not somehow influenced by his visionary contributions and tireless outpouring of work over the decades. Anybody who visits a signing event or comic convention in 2016 that he attends needs to go shake hands with the amiable man who resurrected the Dark Knight and chat with him about his incredible career.
Believe me, the native New Yorker pulls no punches and is refreshingly frank and brutally honest about any topic discussed, which leads to some colorful conversations that will last you your entire life. There are few of these true legends left, and Adams has been in rare form lately, as prolific as ever and eager to share priceless nuggets about his myriad creative inspirations and longevity in the industry with fans, aspiring artists and avid collectors. Watch for his new DC miniseries, Superman: The Coming of the Supermen, also flying come February.
Adams explained exactly how this whole variant cover project came about in an interview with IGN:
"DC Comics came up with the idea that I was going to do a whole bunch of covers, right? And they were all going to appear at the same time, and they're all going to be homages to this apparently legendary comic book artist. So I said, 'Who is the comic book artist?' They said, 'Uh... Neal Adams.' [Laughs] 'You guys have to be kidding? Really?' 'No, no! You'll do homages to your covers!' 'No, that's crazy!' 'No, it would be great! It'll be cool! Except each cover would have different characters for different books.' 'Really? Like, so Robin isn't dead, and Batman isn't over him? It's somebody else?' 'Yeah.' 'Oh!' These people are crazy. But it sounds like a great idea. So apparently we're doing that, and we're getting a different inker to ink each cover, which is crazy too. I don't know exactly how they're going to place them or how they're going to do them, but I will tell you this: I have penciled every single one of them, and they're in the hands of DC Comics. That's right. If this isn't the craziest, weirdest, most wonderful idea I've ever heard, I can't imagine what it is."
Have a look at this amazing collection of original pencil pages and tell us which variants you're bound to buy.
(Via Comics Beat)