Adams worked on both DC and Marvel comics in the 1960s and 1970s, drawing characters such as Batman, Superman, Avengers, and the X-Men. He was one of the creative forces behind the Green Lantern / Green Arrow series from the early 1970s, which addressed social issues such as drug abuse and racism.
His son, Josh Adams, said in a Facebook post that his father died at 2 a.m. Thursday morning.
“His career was defined by unsurpassed artistic talent and an unwavering character that drove him to constantly fight for his peers and those who needed it. He would become known in the comics industry as one of the most influential creators of all time. and fights for social and creative rights, “Josh Adams said in the post.
His daughter, Zeea Adams Moss, told CNN that her father’s death was unexpected.
In a statement, DC Comics called Neal Adams “one of the most acclaimed artists who has contributed to the comic book industry.”
Adams was born on June 5, 1941 and received his art education at the School of Industrial Arts in New York City, according to the statement.
At the age of 21, he began drawing Ben Casey’s syndicated newspaper strip, and in 1967 he went to DC Comics, where he drew covers for war comics and contributed stories to Jerry Lewis’ fairy tales and Bob Hope’s fairy tales.
“His big breakthrough came a year later when he started drawing Batman. The artist showed a natural affinity for Dark Knight, and in 1970, DC editor Julius Schwartz awarded the Batman comics to Neal and author Dennis O’Neil,” it reads. the declaration. .
Jim Lee, DC Publisher and chief creative officer, praised Adams’ illustrations of Dark Knight.
“Neal Adams was a great illustrator, he changed comics. I loved his bid for Batman. It was agile, acrobatic and dynamic. Neal’s work continues to inspire me. This is a huge loss for the entire industry,” Lee said in a statement. .