Sunday, March 29, 2009
Favorite Panels #7 - Neal Adams
This Eisner-inspired image of Batman comes from Denny O'Neil and Neal Adams' classic Ra's al Ghul stories that ran in Batman and Detective Comics in the early 70s, and which were reprinted in the 1987 mini-series, The Saga of Ra's al Ghul. I've probably owned these comics for over a decade, but was finally inspired to actually sit down and read them by this interesting post over at the Comics Reporter about five alternatives to buying new comics every week, followed up by this discussion of the Baxter paper reprint series from the early 80s over at Comic Book Galaxy (the follow-up post here has a good list of all of these titles). These Batman stories actually hold up pretty well nearly 40 years later, although some of O'Neil's narration seems a little over-baked by today's standards. Still, Neal Adams' take on the Caped Crusader is among the greatest all time, and that's saying something considering how many superb artists have drawn Batman over the years. And the coloring by Cory Adams really shines on the Baxter paper, which preserves the art's lustre much better than the original newsprint versions.