Thursday, April 28, 2016

Detective Comics #400 - Neal Adams art & cover

Detective Comics #400 dc 1st Man-Bat comic book cover art by Neal Adams
Neal Adams
Detective Comics v1 #400, 1970 - A scientist ingests a serum that transforms him into a human/bat hybrid. Man-Bat makes his very first appearance, just in time for the series' landmark 400th issue. Neal Adams delivers an overall fine effort, despite the clumsily designed bat-shaped panels on page 9. Most other scenes are artfully drawn, particularly the Man-Bat's shocked expression in seeing his face for the first time. Adams' most arresting image is his cover, depicting the main characters enlarged and hovering over a miniaturized city. This metaphor beautifully heightens the significance of their conflict. Even with the large masthead, the layout's components fit comfortably within the remaining space. This story was later reprinted in Batman Family #1 and Man-Bat v2 #1.  Other artists in this issue include Vince Colletta and Gil Kane. See today's posts or more Adams or Detective Comics issues. See also this blog's Adams checklist or Top 10 Adams comics.
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Adams cover pencils and inks = ****
"Challenge of the Man-Bat" Adams story pencils (Dick Giordano inks) 16 pages = ***
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Detective Comics #400 dc Batman Man-bat comic book page art by Neal Adams
Neal Adams
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More Adams posts:
Batman #251
Green Lantern #86
Weird Worlds #3

1 comment:

  1. I'm on track to meet Neal Adams - for the very first time - at this weekends Dragoncon, but as good as this issue was, I've chosen a favorite issue of DC Comics series, Weird Western Tales featuring El Diablo to have signed.

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