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:
In my Outre Neal Adams Interview-Part 2, with the legendary comic book artist Neal Adams, we get to some of my own favorite subjects worth talking about, such as the controversial Green Lantern/Green Arrow drug issue. As an aside, the images from those issues are from my own collection, which is one of the few times my obession with Neal Adams’ work was actually put to good use. Also dealt with is the provocative debate over people of color in comix, salvaging artists’ artwork, creating free agency for artists, saving the scheduled-to-be cancelled X-Men from oblivion, and, best of all, what he did for Superman creators Joe Shuster & Jerry Siegel. One other aside: Upon hearing Adams’ tell the tale of his efforts to get the Superman creators their long overdue recogintion, I felt no small sense of pride in knowing a childhood hero turned out to be a pretty righteous guy. How many people can you actually say that about nowadays? None that I can think of!
This is great stuff from The Man. Besides, I obviously have a few other interests besides Lee Marvin. And so, without further ado, Part II….
OUTRE cover for Part II of my Neal Adams interview.
Adams interview, page 1.
Adams interview, page 2.
Adams interview, page 3.
Adams interview, page 4.
Adams interview, page 5.
Adams interview, page 6.
Adams interview, page 7.
Adams interview, page 8.
Cover of Outre issue that included Part 1 of my Neal Adams interview.
Followers of this blog clearly know what a rabid fan of movies I am, but you might also be surprised to learn that I grew up loving comic books, with Neal Adams being my personal favorite artist of all time.
In my opinion, the 60s and 70s was a glorious time in pop culture and I loved being an avid purveyor of it! I never set out to be a writer of pop culture but when opportunity came a-knocking I tripped over the furniture to answer. One of the best such opportunities for me was being able to interview Neal Adams for Filmfax magazine’s sister publication, Outre back in 1999. A chance meeting with Adams at the San Diego Comic Con set the stage for the interview. I checked with publisher Mike Stein to see if he’d be interested in my pursuing the possibilty and Stein jumped at the suggestion. Word to the wise, by the way: NEVER do any such freelance work on spec. I learned that the hard way! There’s also an interesting back story (90% of the graphics are from my personal collection) but why waste time? Below is the first part of that three part interview. Enjoy!