Deadman No. 1 Cover by Neal Adams

September 7, 2023|In General

It was the perfect showcase for Neal Adams to work on as his first regular feature at DC Comics. Deadman – appearing in Strange Adventures – had touches of mysticism inside a Fugitive framework. And Adams drew the hell out of it.

It was also a finite series and that made it easier for DC to reprint in 1985 in their new deluxe Baxter format. I had Deadman’s appearances in The Brave & the Bold, plus many of his appearances in other books in the 1970s/80s, but wouldn’t see any original Strange Adventures for some years to come. After reading the reprint series I finally knew why the character (and its creators) had made such an impression on those who’d read the stories.

Here’s the first cover of the reprint series. New colour by me.

Deadman 1 published by DC Comics

As published.

Deadman 1 cover art by Neal Adams

Production stat of the original art.

Comic book production art by Scott Dutton

Art made production ready.

Comic book colouring by Scott Dutton

New colour version.

Comic book design and packaging by Scott Dutton

Re-created trade dress added.

Comic book design and packaging by Scott Dutton

Alternate version.