Neal Adams is a self proclaimed commercial artist. A childhood
comic-book reader who, after developing his talents, was
rejected in 1959 by DC Comics. He was told, "The industry
is closed. There is no room for anyone new."
In frustration, Adams did Archie comics (which he is very
proud of), penciling and background work on the Bat Masterson
strip, by Howard Nostrand, then took on advertising, storyboard,
and comic-strip jobs through Johnstone and Cushing.
Inspired by illustrators Bob Peak, Bernie Fuchs and Al
Parker, he developed a top level illustration portfolio.
The portfolio was appreciated so much, it was stolen!
He was offered the Ben Casey newspaper strip which he voluntarily
ended after 31/2 years of sizable success. The theft of
his illustration portfolio lead him to visit Archie Goodwin
at Jim Warren's Creepy and Eerie magazines.
Adams brought a wide variety of illustration techniques
to his work for the Warren magazines.
He then decided to try D.C. Comics for a second time. Inspired
by Joe Kubert, Russ Heath and Mort Drucker,
he was originally drawn to DC's war books.
Though a freelancer, Adams made himself welcome enough
to work in house. The new kid quickly become the whiz kid.
In 1968, Adams was illustrating the Spector and followed
Carmine Infantino on Deadman in Strange Adventures, which
brought him to the attention of the entire industry. In
an effort to breakdown oppressive, unspoken "rules"
in the comic book business, Neal openly approached Marvel.
Stan Lee received DC's young superstar with open arms.
Neal's ensuing X-Men equaled Marvel's premier talents -
Kirby and Steranko - and saved the title from immediate
cancellation. Adams has consistently worked in favor of
creator's rights in the comics industry and was instrumental
in winning much needed royalties for Superman creators,
Jerry Seigel and Joe Schuster. As DC's top cover artist,
Neal proved his ability to portray Superman and Batman,
he soon moved on to Batman stories. Adams successfully updated
the property from the campy '60s TV-show persona to his
revolutionary, modern version of the original dark avenger
His Batman work serves as a prototype and inspiration for
every illustrator of the character to this day. The caliber
of this work with writer Dennis O'Neil (who also worked
with Neal on the award winning Green Lantern - Green Arrow
series) is born out as O'Neil remains editor over the entire
Batman line to date. Adams topflight work for the two mega
publishers continued through the mid-70s when he felt it
the time for expansion. Cutting edge advertising animatic
work, Tarzan book covers, theatrical costume and stage design,
amusement park ride design, and magazine work, including
National Lampoon, was part of the expansion that
led to the opening of Continuity studios.
Continuity has developed various properties, of it's own
and others including Bucky O'Hare, Skeleton Warriors, CyberRad,
Ms. Mystic, Nighthawk, etc. for TV and comics. Continuity
may be the top storyboard studio in the world!