DescriptionNeal Adams Green Lantern #76 Cover Green Arrow Original Art (DC, 1970). One of the most "Key" of all key Bronze Age books! The effect that Neal Adams had on the comic industry as it transitioned from the Silver Age to the Bronze Age was enormous. Every character he touched, even just on the covers (such as Superman and Superboy) were reinvigorated, and this is without a doubt the most memorable and important cover the great artist ever crafted... ushering in the Bronze Age and an entirely new approach to socially relevant comics storytelling. In short, this is one of the most important pieces of comic art to ever appear on the market. Adams' iconic cover is striking and symbolic. This issue broke more than just the lantern on the cover! Adding Arrow's name to the title and logo of the book was genius. It created the first "buddy book" in the comic industry... the equivalent to the "buddy movie" genre. It also allowed writer Denny O'Neil to launch into a 13 issue run that dove into political and sociological themes like no comic had before. This was DC comics getting "relevant." This stunning piece of comic book history is created in ink over graphite on Bristol board with an image area of 10" x 15". The page is lightly toned with some glue residue in the logo area. There is some rippling in the right side from previous moisture exposure. All text/logo is a recreation on an acetate overlay, although the text "Never Again" is penciled in on the page. It comes with a copy of the printed comic in approximately Good condition. The original art is in Very Good condition.
We are proud to present one of the seminal pieces of comic art history. This auction will take place with Neal Adams' complete approval and blessing, and for this unique event, Mr. Adams will share in the proceeds. In addition, a portion of the proceeds for this art will also be generously donated by the consignor to the Hero Initiative, the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book creators in need.
Following is a statement by Neal Adams regarding his participation:
The Green Lantern Green Arrow #76 cover (and subsequent series of books) changed the direction of comics when it was first published. That first cover set the tone of that change and is easily recognized by everyone in our industry around the world.
Now with that same cover at this auction, I would like to announce a New and Historical game-changer for collectors, historians and fans alike. Please let me be very clear. Whatever the origin and history of this cover has been since I first drew it, I'm here now announcing that, at the completion of this auction and during the auction I, Neal Adams, its creator and artist,...100% approve of this auction, the sale and subsequent ownership of this cover.
That since the proprietor of the cover has agreed to equitably share the income of the auction with me and my family I hereby validate sale and ownership of this piece and I will, in fact, supply a Certificate of Authenticity to the highest bidder of the auction, and the ownership of this cover will never be questioned by me. This sharing of profit with the creator, of the sale of artwork produced back in those days when ownership has ever been in question, will in this case and may in all cases go far in bringing underground artwork into the light of a fair and open marketplace.
To all of you who participate in this auction, I wish you well. The highest bidder of this auction will own a cover that changed an industry.... For the Better!
Best regards and good will to everyone,
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