Prior to sculpting his signature style on iconic DC runs of Batman, Green Lantern/Green Arrow and Superman in the late '60s and '70s, superstar artist Neal Adams first cut his creative teeth on the red-costumed, pale-faced vigilante called Deadman.
Deadman, a former trapeze artist named Boston Brand who is murdered and becomes a ghostly avenger imbued with the power of an ancient Hindu god, was created by Carmine Infantino and Arnold Drake and first appeared in 1967's Strange Adventures #205.
Infantino passed the torch to the young Adams, who provided the evocative pencils until the Deadman tales ended in Strange Adventures #216. Adams also did double duty as a writer of the series for the final few issues when Jack Miller exited.
Over the years, Adams has occasionally gone back to Deadman for limited-edition prints and graphic novels, always redefining and pushing the phantasmic crimefighter beyond his comfort zone.
Now Adams is returning to his roots to settle unfinished business and celebrate the 50th anniversary of Deadman in a new six-issue mini-series from DC that drives the character into unexplored territory, as only a New York comic book legend can.
Here's the official synopsis:
“Journey into Death” part one! When we last left Deadman, the true story had barely begun! Deadman’s death was unsolved, and his fate was intertwined with that of his parents and siblings. Even the Dark Night Detective couldn’t solve the mysteries of Boston Brand’s fantastic secrets! Now, Batman is back, confronting Deadman about who was really behind his death. Was Boston Brand’s assassination a test for the League of Assassins? Why does Batman think Ra’s al Ghul was involved? And why does Deadman need the help of Zatanna, Phantom Stranger, Dr. Fate, and the Spectre to defend Nanda Parbat?
Diving back into Deadman has been on Adams' bucket list for a long time, and this new series with art and words by the master will also be published with a special glow-in-the-dark Halloween cover. Loyal fans have asked him why this is the perfect time to revisit the past.
"First, I never finished the story way back when," Adams told SYFY WIRE. "Second, the story is not about the adventures of Deadman, like the adventures of Batman or the adventures of Green Arrow. This story is about Deadman, he is bloody dead. This is the greatest story of his life. You don’t get dead and there not be consequences.This story is a BIG story. It is not metaphysical or any way weird. It’s just an incredible adventure. I caution everyone, read every word. Again, read every word."
Deadman #1 haunts comic book stores November 1.