Neal Adams, the comic book artist who inspired multiple generations with his art, has sadly passed away aged 80. The news of his death has made fans remember some of his most iconic comic covers.

Neal’s wife, Marilyn Adams, told The Hollywood Reporter that the artist passed away on Thursday, April 28, 2022, in New York due to complications from sepsis.

The artist, who rose to prominence in the 1960s and early ’70s, first worked at DC on a character named Deadman. He then moved over to Marvel, working with the X-Men and the Avengers, before returning to DC and creating some of the most iconic Batman art.

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SEE: Neal Adams’ most iconic comic book covers

Neal Adams’ first collaboration with artist Dennis O’Neil was for Batman, for which he made the cover art. Under the direction of editor Julius Schwartz, the duo went on to revitalize the essence of Batman’s dark and brooding character.

The star also worked on other DC superheroes like Superman, Teen Titans, Green Lantern and more.

Besides his work with superheroes, Neal also drew the cover arts of horror comics like Do You Dare Enter The House of Mystery.

His first cover for Marvel was an X-Men art piece.

Neal and fellow artist Boris Vallejo were commissioned by Ballantine Books to paint the covers for Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Tarzan books in the mid-1970s.

As a result, after his superhero artwork, it’s his work on Tarzan paperback covers that gained the most love among fans.

Here are some of Neal Adams’ other iconic comic book covers.

Neal Adams created new villains for Batman

While working with writer Dennis O’Neil on Batman, the artist brought revolutionary changes to the look of Gotham’s superhero. His cover arts delivered realism and carried a sense of menace, befitting the dark knight.

After years of Batman being a kiddie superhero, Neal and Dennis’ work on the character made him an adult icon too.

The duo also created many new villains for Batman such as the Man-Bat and Ra’s al Ghul as well as the latter’s daughter, Talia, who later becomes Batman’s lover.

Liam Neeson and Marion Cotillard played the father-daughter duo in Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy.

Fans mourn the artist’s death

Fans had lots of amazing things to say about Neal Adams as they mourned the artist’s death.

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