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Batman, drawn by Neal Adams. Courtesy of DC Comics.

WATCH: Neal Adams on making Batman scary again

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Dec 19, 2017, 1:30 PM EST

Comic book royalty Neal Adams has been putting pencil to paper for the past 50 years, drawing nearly every major character in the DC and Marvel stables. But his greatest legacy is his transformative work on Batman in the late '60s and early '70s.

As Detective Comics was about to be cancelled by DC, Adams took over and injected a serious tone and dynamic realism to the character that had become a campy icon due to the popularity of the Batman TV series. The New York-based artist and illustrator brought a more somber, gritty persona to the Dark Knight and his nocturnal environments, thus setting the stage for his metamorphosis into the brooding, complex crimefighter we know and love today.


SYFY WIRE recently had a sit-down with Adams and learned the process that changed the direction of the Caped Crusader, how his team-up with writer Denny O'Neil revived the World's Greatest Detective in 1970 by removing the satire and dragging him into the heat of the night to claim his mantle as a grim vigilante to be feared.

Additional material by Jeff Spry.