Here, in all its glory, is the finale to my interview with artist Neal Adams from 1999’s Outre Magazine. As an aside, I’d like to mention (with no little sense of pride) that Adams himself enjoyed the first 2 installments so much he contacted the publisher, Mike Stein, and asked to do the cover. Pretty cool, huh?
The issue’s letter section also had a reader who wrote in commending the earlier installment, specifically, Part II. Unfortunately, he then goes into typical fanboy mode with a lengthy history of Superman’s influences, completey missing he point of Adams story:
I like the fact that Publisher Mike Stein set him straight with the following comment:
“Seigel and Shuster never denied that Gladiator was one of their inspirations in the creation of Superman, frequently mentioning it in interviews throughout their careers. The fact is that it’s their creation that we all remember, and which made countless millions for DC and Warner Bros. while they langusihed in relative poverty. The word for that isn’t ‘irony.’ It’s ‘tragedy.’ ”
Way to go, MIke! And now, without further ado, part III of a Conversation with Neal Adams: