Wednesday, 10 February 2016
Back in 1973 I was at art school and I was required to write a dissertation as part of the final year. I told them it would be about comics. In those days comics weren't as prominent as they are today, and completely absent from art schools. At the time I was besotted with the work of a relatively new artist (to me) Neil Adams. Without telling anyone I decided the whole dissertation would be about him. I submitted the finished thing and I was summoned to the office of the tutor in charge of dissertations. Since he'd never heard of Neil Adams he wasn't sure I hadn't made him up and the whole thing wasn't an elaborate hoax. I convinced him he was real and I was genuine (he conceded that Adams was a very good draughtsman) and I got quite a good mark.
All this to show what a big Neil Adams fan I've always been. I inked him once before but I've just seen this and I wish I could show it to the 22 year old me. All credit to the colourist who added immeasurable amounts of zing.