Detective Comics No. 403 was one of the comics that sent me to the typewriter in praise of Adams’ work.
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the Detective Comics 407 letters page
“The Neal Adams cover was a typically excellent Adams job. But, as so many of Neal’s covers have been, this one’s effectiveness was (at least) halved by those ever-present, ever-ugly word balloons. Allow me to register my dissatisfaction with the present Detective logo. It’s too cluttered and bulky.”A snotty kid, huh? (But I was ahead of my time. You just don’t see a lot of word balloons on comics covers nowadays.)
|Neal Adams, March 18, 2016|
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of letters from Schumer and Brennert
Note: In that 1970 fan letter, I was unduly tough on the great Dennis O’Neil and the late Frank Robbins, both of whom did outstanding work over the years. Did I mention I was 15?
Also note: Comic book letters pages were an incubator for creative talent. Also in that issue were letters from future comics (and other media) pros Arlen Schumer, Alan Brennert and Clem Robins.