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DEADMAN'S EXTREME MAKEOVER

Debuting in Strange Adventures #205 (October, 1967, cover pictured in the ad above), DEADMAN was a murdered circus acrobat who lived on in spirit form so he could find his own killer. The first Deadman story was the only one illustrated by Carmine Infantino, who created the character's circus costume, cadaverous white mask, and physical appearance. Infantino left the book after the first issue, and was replaced by Neal Adams. Adams' first Deadman story, Deadmanappearing in SA #206 (cover pictured below), was inked by George Roussos, but when Adams first saw how Roussos had inked his pencils, he was NOT pleased with the result.

In the introduction to the Deadman hardcover collection
, Neal Adams wrote, "George's inks came in, and my heart sank. He had carried on the style of the first book. It was I who had screwed up. I had given him realistic pencils instead of stylized pencils, and George had stylized them ... I decided I would ink the series myself, and so I did, all the way to the end. The only missing link was that I hadn't inked my first story, and now I've finally corrected that for this special reprint edition."

BELOW: slipcover illustrations for the massive, full-color Deadman hardcover collection.
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OK reader, here we go! A side by side comparison of the original, George Roussos-inked versions of Neal Adams pencils for "An Eye For An Eye" as published in Strange Adventures #206, side by side with Adams' extreme makeover of his own pencils, featuring his own new inks and coloring...
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SUPER-SPECIAL SURPRISE TREAT!
I, Robby Reed, creator of this site and author of this sentence, proudly present one of the GEMS of my entire vast comic collection: The inscription on MY copy of the Deadman Hardcover Collection (yes, that's my real name you see there, as inscribed in silver ink by the one and only Neal Adams!):
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THE END!

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