Neal Adams

Fellow Comic Book Legends Defend Stan Lee

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As you may be aware, an ex-assistant of Stan Lee has recently launched a lawsuit against Lee, his wife Joan Lee, their daughter Joan Celia Lee, and two of their companies, “alleging multiple labor code violations, wrongful firing and intentional infliction of emotional distress.” A more detailed report of the charges paints a pretty harsh picture of Lee, but it seems he has a lot of comic book pros in his corner.

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One constant, at every con I have ever been too, has been Neal Adams catering too a full gaggle of fans as he smiled, autographed, and sketched for them. Adams is a legend, one of the golden Gods of the comic industry who is as famous for his work on Batman, X-Men, and the Green Lantern as he is respected for his role as a key advocate for creator rights and struggling comic professionals.

Tonight at the New York Comic Con, on Preview Night, I again spied that same sight: Adams holding court. This time though, there was a rare break in the crowd and a moment where I — somewhat selfishly — went over to shake the man’s hand, tell him how much I admired his work and then — in a real height of greediness — I asked if I could ask him a question or two for you folks, and he was nice enough to agree. Here is my question (and a half*) micro-interview with Neal Adams.

The New 52, and all the reboots: do you think that they kind of short change the work that you and your contemporaries have done?
Neal Adams: I don’t see how, I mean what does it do to short change?
Maybe it wipes away the history, takes away the incentive for people to go look at back issues?
Adams: I can’t even imagine such a thing, they’ll [the reader] go look at back issues. And we don’t know what their plans are, do we? It may totally re-present the whole thing. I mean, the only thing that I think about is it seems like they’re trying to start anew by redesigning costumes with really bad designs. It’s like Superman, will we ever see Superman again? Are they doing it because of the lawsuit? I don’t know what the answer is, it just seems like it’s all cloaked in mystery.

And I keep on seeing these guys with these armored suits with lines all over them and wondering whether or not this is a serious attempt at refurbishing characters or just an attempt to draw lines over the suits. I mean, it’s sort of up to the film companies to clutter up the suits isn’t it? Not up to the comic book companies. Artists don’t even like to draw all these lines. So is this a permanent plan or is this a shot in the dark or just screwing around?

I have no idea and I don’t think anybody does.

Do you think the current creators are doing enough for Golden or Silver age creators who are struggling right now?”

Adams: Absolutely. As far as I know, I don’t know any who are struggling, but any problem that comes up we solve it…

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Alright, here is where the half a question thing comes into play, and this is one of those “only at a Con” things that I witnessed. Mid-answer, Mr. Adams was greeted at his booth by visionary director and writer Guillermo del Toro who I then happily shook hands with before standing quiet while Adams and he exchanged pleasantries and Mr. Adams said that they should work together. Afterward, I blessed that possible future union, begged Mr. Adams to let me be the first to have witnessed a neat bit of comic book history — the birth of an Adams/del Toro collaboration — and then thanked him and let him get back to his sketching. As I said, only at a con.

Be sure to check out Mr. Adams’ website and keep an eye on Nerdbastards.com for all of your NYCC needs and for more exclusive — though less guerrilla type — interviews for you during the rest of New York Comic Con.

 

 

 

Welcome to the NerdBastards.com live blog of the Marvel Comic — The Next Big Thing panel from San Diego Comic-Con. Scheduled speakers are editor-in-chief Axel Alonso, editor Sana Amanat, and talent scout C.B. Cebulski.

The program states that Marvel will offer the latest news on their “plan for their biggest heroes and villanins, with some surprises along the way. We’re hoping that that means a little more information on the Marvel Universe after Avengers vs. X-Men, the soft reboot that is Marvel Now, and the fate of some characters that may not make it into the next generation.

Keep checking this page for updates during the panel.

(4:37) Alonso, Amanat, Cebulski, Marjouri Liu, Asmus, Daniel Way, Peter David, Abnett, Lanning, Jeanie Shaffiet, Neal Adams, in attendance.

(4:39) New Gambit book being talked up. Mann and Ausmus involved. Ausmus has a man crush on Gambit.

(4:43) Honeymoon issue of X-Men planned for Northstar and Kyle.

(4:45) Matt Fraction on Hawkeye, he thinks it will be the next Daredevil.

(4:46) Daniel Way is leaving Deadpool, no word yet on what he is going to be working on next… maybe D-Man: The Almost Avenger?

(4:50) Alonso says that Deadpool is his sons favorite character, not the end of the character, just the next phase.

(4:51) New Mutants to come to an end at issue 50.

(4:53) New mutants characters will show up in new and exciting and unexpected places. Also a joke about ending X-Factor falls very flat. (more…)

We’ve all had those jobs. The jobs that we want to storm out of, double-handed flip-offs on full display with a smile and a string of profane words so severe that they would make Andrew Dice Clay wash his own mouth out with soap. Sadly though, that’s just a fantasy for most of us. A “one day I’ll” that dances around in our brains during the blissful peace of a cubicle daydream. That’s why Chris Roberson (iZombie and Superman) is destined to become a momentary icon, not only did he tell his boss to go to hell, but that boss was DC Comics, and he did it in a very public, and embarrassing way by questioning their ethics and the way they treat writers.

Now, Roberson wasn’t explicit in speaking on the details of his mistreatment by DC, hell he didn’t even say he was mistreated — and who knows, maybe a few well placed tweets on the way out the door are merely the appetizers to a more stout statement on DC, everything is a teaser for another teaser nowadays, an ad for the big reveal. Maybe that’s how Roberson will play this, and maybe he won’t say anything more — focusing on his work and building a career away from DC. One thing is clear though, it takes guts to stand in against Goliath and it is something that is uncommon due to the long memory of powerful people. (more…)