Friday, May 10, 2013

R.I.P. Dan Adkins

Just learned that Dan Adkins passed away last week. Dan was a superb artist, getting his Groovy Age start under Wally Wood during his T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents days, then penciling, inking, and occasionally painting for Marvel, DC, and Warren. Below are just a few examples of Mr. Adkins prowess as a cover artist...

...and some original art scans (thanks, Google!) that show off Dan's masterful inking skills over some of the Groovy Age greats...

Paul Gulacy pencils

As you can see, Dan Adkins was a singular talent. He was also a great talent scout, helping bring mega-talents like P. Craig Russell, Val Mayerik, and Paul Gulacy into our four-color world. Thanks for everything, Dan.


  1. Few inkers worked as well over Gulacy as adkins--including Gulacy.

  2. Sadly, another great from when comics were good is now gone. At least his artwork survives.

  3. Really huge fan of THUNDER Agents.

  4. Thank you,Mr Adkins.
    /Mr Anonymous

  5. There was nothing wishy-washy about his style of inking. Of the ones who inked over Smith on the early Conan stories, I thought he was the most effective. Same with Gulacy. His use of blacks was outstanding, and gave his figures a real solidity. And that Dr Strange cover is a beauty.



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