May 19 2022

Neal Adams Father Left When He Was Ten

This story about Neal Adams from Bleeding Cool tells the tale of Neal’s father leaving when he was ten years old:

Frank Cho also wanted to talk about Neal Adams’ childhood. At an otherwise “dead” show, when they went to eat together, Frank got the chance to ask Neal about his background. Neal’s dad left his family when he was young so Neal became the “man of the house” aged ten. His mother had opened up a boarding house, and Neal told Frank stories of the people who went through the house.

Klaus Janson believes that because Neal’s father left, Neal became very protective of his mother, and that’s what he was like as an adult. He took care of people, and kids, becoming the daddy of an entire generation. And that everyone knows what he did representing Superman’s creators Siegel and Shuster, against DC Comics, to get some kind of recompense for the character when the movie hit, establishing artists’ rights including royalties and share, as well as getting original artwork back for creators, something that has helped so many in their older age.

Source: Neal Adams/George Pérez Tribute Panel At Lake Como Comic Art Festival


May 02 2022

R.I.P. Neal Adams

The great Neal Adams has died at the age of 80 from complications of sepsis.

My first encounter with Neal was not from Batman or Superman or Deadman. It was his creator-owned titles in Continuity Comics.

Continuity Comics Logo

Continuity Comics Logo

I found these on the street for a buck an issue back in the 90s. The art is what caught my eye.

It just POPPED in a way that you have to see to understand. Obviously Neal’s work on Batman is untouchable. But these were characters he created. To my knowledge they never went anywhere, which is a shame. Toyboy would make a great movie (uber rich 12-year-old who makes gadgets and fights crime, hello?) and the epic sweep of Armor and the Silver Streak compares well with Star Wars.

Megalith is also worth mentioning. He’s kind of a weight lifter version of Captain America. I could totally see The Rock playing him. He achieves the mind/body connection and can control all of his muscles with his mind. It’s awesome. Hopefully the family will release some trade paperbacks, or you can get them on eBay for not a lot of money. I’m not selling you mine because I love them and because Neal was kind enough to sign a couple of them.

I interviewed Neal for Babble.com way back in 2008. I’m looking for the audio and trying to find out if it’s OK to release it since it was an interview for print, not a podcast. If you want to hear a solid Neal Adams interview, try the Word Balloons podcast.

If you want to read some of Neal’s work, here are some links:

RIP to one of the greats. Thank you for everything you did.

one of the gods of 20th century comics; an artist who didn’t just define the look of superhero comics, but also pushed back on assumptions of how the industry itself could, or should, run.

Source: R.I.P. legendary DC Comics artist Neal Adams (AV Club)


May 02 2022

Neal Adams Was a Father

“Neal Adams’ most undeniable quality was the one that I had known about him my entire life: he was a father,” Josh Adams wrote on Twitter. “Not just my father, but a father to all that would get to know him.”

Source: Neal Adams, comic book legend and defender of artists’ rights, dies at 80 : NPR


Nov 08 2021

Ghostbusters Daddy Issues

‘Ghostbusters: Afterlife’ director Jason Reitman used his ‘complicated’ relationship with his father to take on the franchise he’s avoided his whole life

It must be nice to work out your issues publicly like this. I guess I do that too with my standup. I haven’t done much about my dad yet but I’m working on it.

Source: ‘Ghostbusters: Afterlife’: Jason Reitman Takes on the Family Franchise


Oct 18 2021

Stop Sending Robin Williams Impression Video To Zelda Williams

I can’t believe we have to say this but stop sending the Robin Williams impression video to Zelda Williams.

Weird? Hell yeah. It’s an amazing impression but come on. Sending it to his daughter is just mean. And weird. Did we mention weird?

I’m forced to think about my dad every time I see a TV show or movie with daddy issues and that’s pretty often because I love superhero stuff. My dad was not famous. And Robin Williams wasn’t just famous, he was mega famous. He’s everywhere. So she has to think about her dad, who died in a terrible way, constantly. “Spamming” the video to her is cruel. Cut it out.

Source: Zelda Williams wants people to stop sending Robin Williams impersonation video to her – CNN


Jul 23 2021

Dave Grohl and Violet Grohl – When We Were Young (Adele Cover) – YouTube


Jun 06 2021

Amazon Prime Day 2021 deal gives bonus $10 credit with $40 gift card | Ars Technica

To get the deal, you’ll have to use the code “GIFTFORPD21” at checkout or tap the “Apply code to your account” button located on the offer’s landing page. You should then see a notice at checkout that confirms your eligibility for the credit, which Amazon will then email to you and apply to your account within two days. The company says you’ll have to use the credit before August 8, and the credit itself can’t be applied to items sold by third-party vendors on Amazon’s store. You can only utilize the offer once per account, and again, the deal is only for Prime members, since Amazon’s aim here is to generate more users and sales activity ahead of Prime Day. All that said, if you buy a card for yourself, the deal effectively gives $50 in Amazon money for the price of $40. Amazon says the offer will run through June 20 or while supplies last.

 

Source: Amazon Prime Day 2021 deal gives bonus $10 credit with $40 gift card | Ars Technica