Adams worked with DC and Marvel comics in the 1960s and 1970s, drawing characters like Batman, Superman, the Avengers, and the X-Men. He was one of the creative forces behind the Green Lantern/Green Arrow series of the early 1970s, tackling social issues such as drug addiction and racism.
His son Josh Adams said in a Facebook post that his father died at 2 a.m. Thursday morning.
“His career has been defined by unparalleled artistry and an unwavering character that has driven him to constantly fight for his peers and those in need. rights,” Josh Adams said in the post.
His daughter Zeea Adams Moss told CNN her father’s death was unexpected.
In a statement, DC Comics called Neal Adams “one of the most acclaimed artists to have contributed to the comics industry.”
Adams was born on June 5, 1941, and received his artistic training at the School of Industrial Arts in New York, according to the release.
At the age of 21 he began drawing the Ben Casey newspaper comic strip and in 1967 he went to DC Comics, where he drew covers for war comics and contributed stories for The Adventures of Jerry Lewis and The Adventures of Bob Hope.
“His big breakthrough came a year later when he began drawing Batman. The artist showed a natural affinity for the Dark Knight, and in 1970 DC publisher Julius Schwartz assigned the Batman comics to Neal and writer Dennis O’Neil,” the statement read. .
Jim Lee, DC’s publisher and chief creative officer, praised Adams’ illustrations of The Dark Knight.
“Neal Adams was an amazing illustrator, he changed the comics. I loved his take on Batman. It was flexible, acrobatic and dynamic. Neal’s work continues to inspire me. It’s a huge loss for the whole industry,” Lee said in a statement.