One question with Neal Adams

One question with Neal Adams

I was at The Great Philadelphia Comic Con earlier today, and the legendary Neal Adams was, too. Adams has had a full career in comics, but for me—an absolute Batman nut—his work on Detectives Comics with Denny O’Neil rises to the top.

Detective Comics #1000 came out last month, and both Adams and O’Neil were involved, but not together: Adams drew a story written by Christopher Priest, and O’Neil worked with the artist Steve Epting. So when I approached Adams’ table this afternoon, I had one question on my mind: why?

It turns out, the answer is actually quite simple: O’Neil had already signed on to work with Epting, and Adams had no intention of interfering—“you don’t hurt another artist,” he said. And it turns out, according to Adams, that Priest had wanted to work with him since Priest’s days in DC editorial, so it seems to have worked out.

Those of us lamenting what seems like a missed opportunity might have one shred of hope left, however: after describing a positive, relatively drama-free working relationship between he and O’Neil, he said that the two might even work together again in the future. Here’s hoping it will involve the Dark Knight!

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