Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Stuff I can't talk about, AGAIN.

Interesting pre-convention sketches sit on my desk, just under my sketch for a very special cover that I can talk about soon.I have also just inked the cover for the last chapter of the first half of the "Blood" saga.

Blood has confronted the first of his true enemies, and his response is very nasty indeed. Is Blood a good guy or a bad guy? Well I can tell you two things about it. First he's dead, and second, as a result he's gotten even nastier than ever before.

I wish I could tell you more about exactly what I'm doing. I'm working on a short story for DC Comics, and I've been forbidden to talk about it, and I'm very anxious to talk about it. Oh well, it'll be soon enough.

How 'bout this. One of the pre-convention sketches requested by a very adventurous fan, has the predator, battling an otherwise famous "Jungle Man". Okay I'm being too obvious.

Is this enough for today?

Art Store Announcement

Neal Adams Art Store ANNOUNCEMENT!
Neal has been finishing up all of his commissions that have been ordered ahead of shows, (which I have been telling you about. You can call Continuity at 212-869-4170 and ask for Jason and have a commission piece tailor made for you and pick it up at a show or have it fed ex'd to you. We have great payment plans as well.!) As I was saying, Neal while doing comissions as also done some really nice, NICE, pieces that we have up for sale on our site. We have a new gallery that displays these new pieces athttp://www.nealadams.com/index.php/2012-05-08-15-01-32/art-store-gallery You have to check it OUT!

Sunday, April 14, 2013


When I went to the School of Industrial Art, the only vocational art high school in the world, as far as I know, Sol Harrison, Head of Production at DC Comics, came to visit our school. He spoke of how bad the comic book industry was, and that it was a failing industry, even though many alumni from SIA, continued to due work there.

I'm sure his talk was devastating to some, but all I saw was the original art pages that Sol had brought with him, that lined the auditorium. At the end of his talk that I really never heard a word of, because he was, well...boring, and probably since he didn't want to carry them back to DC Comics, he offered to leave the pages behind, to be divided between the cartooning students.

You may have seen a pack of hyenas on the Discovery Channel pursue and devour their prey! This was us, of course. Within 30 seconds we had devoured our spoils, and now the business of trading-up with each other, to improve our position and secure our personal favorites, began. I got more pages than anyone else, because I leap-frogged the desks to get to the pile. But others had snagged prizes as the teacher tried to deal with it fairly. I had two Wayne Boring Supermans, but somebody had a Joe Kubert page. Wouldn't he rather have two Wayne Boring Superman's? Yes, the sucker would. I got an Eli Katz, but I didn't recognize the name on the back, Eli Katz. I kept it anyway. Turned-out to be Gil Kane. Then I got a Dan Barry. It wasn't an exciting page, but boy, was it well-drawn. I had two Ross Andrews and a Flash. But somebody had a Pow-Wow Smith penciled and inked by Carmine Infantino. What to do, what to do?

Would this sucker take a Flash penciled by Carmine, and inked by Joe Giella, and a Ross Andrew? He did. I went off chortling to myself. Now you might think Carmine inked by other, even good inkers like Joe, was the same as Carmine inked by Carmine, it wasn't, and of course I love Joe Giella's work, and the guy. The work inked by Carmine almost wasn't comic book work. It had this scritchy, sketchy line. Almost like Carmine was still sketching while he was inking. Pow-Wow Smith's eyeball didn't look like an eyeball at all, it looked like a sketchy, glowing sun was the cornea, and it was trying to tell me it was something else.

Anyway, time went by, I didn't get to work for DC Comics. Nobody did. I worked for everyone else in the world. I did work for Archie Comics, Advertising Illustration, comics for advertising, and even a Syndicated Comic Strip.

Regular comic books were indeed, apparently, a terrible business to be in, as Sol Harrison had said. But things were beginning to change. Jack Kirby had arrived at Timely Comics and he and Stan were scaring the b'jesus out of DC Comics. I found myself temporarily in need of work. Even the Eu-ych Comic Books (any port in a storm).

I got to see Bob Kaniger at DC, the war comics editor, and began my real career down the road of self-destruction, into comic books. First visit, I walked by a room with two editing desks and a drawing table. I asked about the guy at the drawing table, the only artist, who worked daily at DC Comics on the premises. It was Carmine Infantino. A couple of weeks later, I forced myself to introduce myself to him, and this is what I used as the excuse of that introduction. I brought in that Pow-Wow Smith original to hand to him. He was gracious, mildly interested, (apparently artists just handed in pages and watched them disappear into the draws and even cut-up and destroyed, I later found). But keeping them was not a priority. Getting paid $50. a page, was. And so I loosed my treasure into Carmine's hand. I cannot tell you how much it meant to me, while I kept it, and then when I gave it back to Carmine. I honestly don't have the words for it.

I was able to give Joe Kubert back the two pages I had of his. He thanked me too. But I could see in all of this, that the world that Joe Kubert lived in, and the world that the brilliant, individualistic, stylistic, Carmine Infantino lived in, was going to have to change. They didn't realize their own greatness, only I did. Just to have those pages, for the six or seven years that I had them, inspired me, more than you can imagine.

I know everybody else has a different view of Carmine Infantino, and that you folks can't really share this view of mine. I can only tell you that it was profound and significant, and I wish I could share the real feeling of that time with you.

I wish Carmine had put out all those cigars so he could still be with us.

And DC Comics, when in God's name, are you going to reprint all of Carmine's work for us, you knuckleheads?

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Neal is Doing Mike Carbo's one Day Show

Hi Everyone,
 Neal will be doing the One Day Mike Carbo's Marketplace this Saturday, April 13th from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM. We are bringing everything since the show is in our Hometown NYC.
We will have Books, Prints, Original art, Original Sketch Cards, Drawings on the blank comic covers and more original art.
Neal will be drawing through the show so if you ever wanted to have Neal draw a piece in front of you this is the time to do it. Or you can pre-order a piece by calling Continuity at 212-869-4170 and asking for Jason Adams who can work out your piece with you and  he has very good payment plans. You can go to our site at www.nealadams.com and go to the Store and see the different types of original art we have and order up what you might want today Thursday the 11th and we will have it ready for you at the show. This is a day not to miss.
We have made a lot of prints of Neal's famous Barbarian pieces that will all be for sale. You can commission art at the show as well.
This will be the Best Saturday! Come on down and have a Great Conversation with Neal.


Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Kansas City here we come!

Okay, last pre-order, Batman done, for the Planet Comicon Convention in Kansas City.

If you want a commission, you'll have to wait until I get there, Buckeroos. You can still buy drawing and other stuff here on the site, and Jason will get it to you. But commissions will have to wait until Saturday, unless you can sneak-in during set-up.

In fact at Wondercon, some dealers came over during set-up and made, guess what, deals. Of course, dealers don't get to travel the convention floor very easily once the convention has started. And just outside of Wondercon, and up the block, was Disneyland and Disney California Adventure, along with Knott's Berry Farm.

Is barbeque really great in Kansas City? That's what I hear. See you there!

Can't find us?

Well we're going to ust under that big old sign. You can't miss it!