Neal Adams, legendary cartoonist and Batman artist, dies at 80

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Neal Adams, the legendary cartoonist behind Batman and several superheroes, is dead. He was 80.

Adams’ wife confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that he died Thursday due to complications from sepsis.

James Gunn, the director behind “Guardians”, tweeted: “RIP to Neal Adams, one of the greats.”

DC Comics ‘official Twitter account also issued a statement in which they noted that “the modern comic book landscape would not be what it is today without Adams’ incomparable work”.

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Neal Adams, the cartoonist behind Batman and several superheroes, is dead.  He was 80.

Neal Adams, the cartoonist behind Batman and several superheroes, is dead. He was 80.
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“Neal portrayed heroes as both super and human on an equal footing. His work with Batman, Green Lantern and many more was revolutionary. DC joins the world in mourning his loss,” the tweet concluded.

Adams got his start in 1959 when he started drawing for Archie Comics. He went on to draw for DC’s Superman series before creating the two most iconic characters of his career, Batman and Specter, Variety reported.

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Neal Adams, June 1979

Neal Adams, June 1979
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He collaborated with Dennis O’Neil on “Batman” as well as on “X-Men.” They also spearheaded the “Green Lantern / Green Arrow” series, focusing on “real-world issues,” according to the business.

In addition to his iconic art, O’Neil co-founded the Comic Creators Guild in 1978.

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He leaves behind his wife, five children, six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

A representative of Adams did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

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