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:
Way back in 1996, I was already a few years into my research for Lee Marvin Point Blank and wondered what I could do with the incredible mound of information I had already amassed while impatiently waiting for a major publisher to knock on my door and drown me in advance money. I asked a learned friend of mine and he suggested I contact an appropriate magazine to see if they might be interested in publishing some of my info.
I discovered Filmfax and at the time, their newly imprinted sister publication, Outre’. I first asked about printing my Wood Strode interview, but when the managing editor discovered I interviewed Strode for my Lee Marvin bio, he suggested writing about Marvin. The Strode piece, along with several others did eventually see the light of day in the pages of Filmfax and several other articles came my way writing for them over the next decade or so. I enjoyed writing for the quirky periodical the managing editor Mik Stein referred to as ‘Intelligent fun,” but I really wanted to see my bio come to fruition. Little did I know that it would take nearly TWO DECADES! Ah well, such is life. In the mean time, below is the article I wrote in it’s entirety (including the provocative cover!) from the earliest research for Lee Marvin: Point Blank. Readers of Lee Marvin: Point Blank may discern some interesting changes. Those yet to read the book are in for a treat. Don’t forget to click to enlarge. Enjoy….