Neal Adams Comic Art Values

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Original Neal Adams comic art is so sought-after that it is setting record prices whenever it comes to market.

He is one of the hottest tickets around at the moment. Several of his key issue comic books are the most sought-after of the Bronze Age.

Facts About Original Neal Adams Comic Art

Record Sale for Artwork:
$442,000 (original cover art for Green Lantern #76)

Official Website:
NealAdams.com

Key Comic Book Issues (click to view current market values):

Comic book artist Neal Adams. Image used under a creative commons license with the kind permission of WikipediaComic book artist Neal Adams. Image used under a creative commons license with the kind permission of Wikipedia

How Much is Neal Adams Artwork Worth?

The value of original comic art by Neal Adams varies massively. Finding an original interior page, or even a front cover art piece, by Adams is exciting, but it probably is not a goldmine.

So much depends on the subject matter. Apart from the one-off Green Lantern #76 cover, which set a new record recently, the most appealing art to collectors is Batman.

Neal Adams is considered the best ever artist to work on Batman and Detective Comics, and action-packed pages from these two titles with the caped crusader in the frames is always in strong demand.

Below are some examples of Neal Adams art which has sold in the past. While these serve as a guide to the value of his work, each piece of original comic art is unique.

Much of the value of a piece of art is down to luck -- is the right collector in the right place to pay the right price?

We have tried to provide a guide to roughly what you can expect if you sell something similar to us, but using our free comic art appraisal service is the best bet if you have something to value.

Cover art for Witching Hour #14 by Neal Adams. Click to see value of original Adams artwork
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Cover art for Witching Hour #14 by Neal Adams
Sold for: $1,900

Detective Comics #407 page 15 by Neal Adams. Click to see value of Adams work
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Detective Comics #407 page 15 by Neal Adams
Sold for: $6,500

Brave and the Bold #79 page 22 by Neal Adams. Click to see value of Adams original artwork
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Brave and the Bold #79 page 22 by Neal Adams
Sold for: $920

Challengers of the Unknown #74 splash page by Neal Adams. Click to see value of Adams artwork
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Challengers of the Unknown #74 splash page by Neal Adams
Sold for: $1,320

Ben Casey original daily strip by Neal Adams. Click to see values of original art by Adams
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Ben Casey daily comic book strip by Neal Adams, 1964
Sold for: $450

Batman #244 page 3 original artwork by Neal Adams. Click to see value of Adams art
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Batman #244 page 3 original artwork by Neal Adams
Sold for: $3,580


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Private Commissions by Neal Adams

While original comic book artwork from production pages or covers is where the big money is, Neal Adams collectors will pay good money for pieces commissioned by the artist.

They were never printed in comic books, but the unique Neal Adams style brings some of the most famous DC and Marvel characters to life.

Many are worth in the hundreds of dollars. Some examples are shown below.

Original portrait of Batman by Neal Adams. Click to see value of original art by Adams
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Original portrait of Batman by Neal Adams
Sold for: $1,900

Original portrait of Cyclops from the X-Men by Neal Adams. Click to see value of original Adams art pieces
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Original portrait of Cyclops from the X-Men by Neal Adams
Sold for: $550

Original portrait of Green Lantern by Neal Adams. Click to see value of original Adams art pieces
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Original portrait of Green Lantern by Neal Adams
Sold for: $330

Original portrait of Superman by Neal Adams. Click to see value of original artwork by Adams
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Original portrait of Superman by Neal Adams
Sold for: $650


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History of Neal Adams in Comic Book Art

Neal Adams got his break from Archie Comics when they ran a piece he had given them as a sample in Adventures of the Fly #4. This is his first recognized commercial work.

The page with this panel sold for more than $4,700 when it came to market.

Neal Adams' panel from Adventures of the Fly #4. This is his first recognized commercial work.
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Adventures of the Fly #4. Not especially valuable, but very important in Neal Adams' career!
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In 1962, Adams began working on the Ben Casey syndicated comic strip, which bore his signatures.

Original art from the strip sells for a few hundred dollars per piece typically.

His next major comic book work was on a vampire story at Warren's magazine title, Creepy #14.

His next major comic book work was on a vampire story at Warren's magazine title, Creepy #14. Click for value
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Neal Adams Interior Comic Art on Big Titles

Neal Adams has worked on such a broad and diverse range of titles, a full list would not be appropriate for this page.

He has done work on everything from DC romance titles to obscure and best-forgotten titles such as Skate Man.

Here is an overview of his work for Marvel and DC on the main titles.

Action Comics

  • #425 July 1973

Adventures of Bob Hope

  • #106 Aug/Sep 1967 - #109 March 1968

Adventures of Jerry Lewis

  • #101 August 1967 - #105 April 1968

Amazing Adventures

  • #5 March 1971 - #8 September 1971, #18 May 1973

Aquaman

  • #50 Mar/Apr 1970 - #52 Jul/Aug 1970

Avengers

  • #93 November 1971 - #96 February 1972

Batman

  • #219 February 1970 #232 June 1971, #234 August 1971, #237 December 1971, #243 - #245 October 1972, #251 September 1973, #255 Mar/Apr 1974

Brave and the Bold

  • #79 Aug/Sep 1968 - #86 Oct/Nov 1969, #93 Dec/Jan 1970, #100 Feb/Mar 1972, #102 Jun/Jul 1972, #112 Apr/May 1974

Conan the Barbarian

  • #37 April 1974, #44 November 1974, #116 November 1980

Detective Comics

  • #369 November 1967, #395 January 1970, #397 March 1970, #400 June 1970, #402 August 1970, #404 October 1970, #407 January 1971 - #408 February 1971, #410 April 1971, #468 Mar/Apr 1977, #600 May 1989

Green Lantern

  • #76 April 1970 - #89 Apr/May 1972

Superman

  • #254 July 1972, #272 February 1974

The Spectre

#2 Jan/Feb 1968 - #5 Jul/Aug 1968

Teen Titans

  • #20 Mar/Apr 1969 - #22 Jul/Aug 1969

Thor

  • #180 September 1970 - #181 October 1970

X-Men (Uncanny)

#56 May 1969 - #63 December 1969, #65 February 1970

Modern Comic Art by Neal Adams

Neal Adams variant covers on modern books are growing in popularity. Some are shown below.

Blank covers with CGC Signature Series sketches (click to see examples for sale on eBay) are an easy and relatively affordable way into collecting his artwork. Examples below include the signed Thor sketch on a blank New Avengers cover.



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