Dan Adkins

Danny L. Adkins[1] (March 15, 1937[2] – May 3, 2013)[1][3] was an American illustrator who worked mainly for comic books and science-fiction magazines.

Dan Adkins
Dan Adkins c.1975
BornDanny L. Adkins
March 15, 1937
DiedMay 3, 2013 (aged 76)
Area(s)Penciller, Inker


Early life and career

Dan Adkins was born in West Virginia, in the basement of an unfinished house. He left the state "when I was about 7" as his family moved to Pennsylvania; Reno, Nevada; Phoenix, Arizona; New York; Ohio; and New Jersey.[4] When he was "about 11" years old, Adkins said, he had a bout with rheumatic fever that left him paralyzed from the waist down for six months.[5] Serving in the Air Force in the mid-1950s, stationed at Luke Field outside Phoenix,[5] Adkins was a draftsman. As he described the job,

If a change was made to a building on the base, we'd have to update the blueprints. I also drew a lot of electronics stuff, engine corrections, etc. After I got a second stripe as Airman Second Class, I became an illustrator, from about eight months after basic training, for the remaining three years I was in the service. When I got out, I was the equivalent of a staff sergeant. As an illustrator, I had a whole room to myself with equipment to turn out posters to put in front of the base library or movie theatre. We also did a magazine where we'd list all the happenings. We had to spend a certain amount of money per month in order to get the same amount the next month. And I couldn't come up with enough things to spend the money on, so I started a fanzine.[5]

Launched in 1956, that publication was Sata, filled with fantasy illustrations and reproduced on a spirit duplicator. In Phoenix, Arizona, Adkins met artist-writer Bill Pearson who signed on as Sata's co-editor. In 1959, Pearson became the sole editor of Sata, ending the 13-issue run with several offset-printed issues . Adkins contributed to numerous other fan publications, including Amra,[4] Vega[4] and Xero.[6]

At 19, Adkins began doing freelance illustration for science-fiction magazines. He moved to New York City at and when he was "about 24" years old was an art director for the Hearst Corporation's American Druggist and New Medical Material magazines. Ss he recalled:

We turned out 92-page biweekly medical journals. We had this big dummy room with all these shelves where we laid out every sheet. You had to order the galleys, what they called thumbnails, which is a block of print that's a photograph. I learned a lot there. I quit after about three months and went into advertising, working for Advertising Super Mart, where I did paste-up mechanicals, then Le Wahl Studios.[5]

Silver Age of comic books

Dr. Strange #169 (June 1968). Cover art by Adkins.

In 1964, during the period comic-book fans and historians call the Silver Age of Comics, Adkins joined the Wally Wood Studio as Wood's assistant. Wood and Adkins collaborated on a series of stories for Warren Publishing's black-and-white horror-comics magazines Creepy and Eerie. Adkins was among the original artists of Wood's T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents, for Tower Comics, drawing many Dynamo stories during his 16 months in the Wood Studio.[4]

He joined Marvel Comics in 1967.[7] working primarily as an inker but also penciling several stories for Doctor Strange and other titles. Adkins additionally worked for a variety of comics publishers, including Charlton Comics, DC Comics (Aquaman, Batman), Dell Comics/Western Publishing, Eclipse Comics, Harvey Comics, Marvel, and Pacific Comics.[4][8]

In addition to penciling and inking, Adkins also did cover paintings, including for Amazing Stories, Eerie (issue 12) and Famous Monsters of Filmland (issues 42, 44). His magazine illustrations were published in Argosy (with Wood), Amazing Stories, Fantastic, Galaxy Science Fiction, Infinity, Monster Parade, Science-Fiction Adventures, Spectrum, Worlds of If and other magazines.

In the 2000s, he illustrated Parker Brothers products, and his artwork for Xero was reprinted in the hardback The Best of Xero (Tachyon, 2004).[6]

Personal life

Adkins was married to Jeanette Strouse.[9]

Adkins died May 3, 2013, at age 76.[1][3]


  1. ^ a b c Danny L. Adkins at the Social Security Death Index via FamilySearch.org. Retrieved December 30, 2013. Adkins' death date is sometimes given erroneously as March 8, which was instead the date on which his death the week earlier had been announced.
  2. ^ Miller, John Jackson (June 10, 2005). "Comics Industry Birthdays". Comics Buyer's Guide. Archived from the original on October 30, 2010. Retrieved December 12, 2010.
  3. ^ a b Spurlock, J. David (May 8, 2013). "Rest In Peace Dan Adkins". Facebook. Retrieved May 8, 2013. After dinner with [Jim] Steranko, I hit the road back to New York only to be phoned by Steranko who had just received word from Adkins' son that Dan left this world last week.
  4. ^ a b c d e Adkins in Cooke, Jon B. (February 2000). "Dan Adkins' Strange Tales". Comic Book Artist (7). Archived from the original on October 21, 2007. Reprinted in Cooke, Jon, ed. (2009). Comic Book Artist Collection, Volume 3. TwoMorrows Publishing. p. 38. ISBN 978-1893905429.CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link)
  5. ^ a b c d Adkins in Thomas, Roy (Spring 2001). ""A Dream Come True!": A Candid Conversation with Dan Adkins about Wally Wood and Other Phenomena". Alter Ego. 3 (8). Archived from the original on June 26, 2012.
  6. ^ a b Lupoff. Dick. The Best of Xero. Tachyon, 2004.
  7. ^ A announced in the "Bullpen Bulletins" of Fantastic Four #63 and other Marvel comics released that month
  8. ^ Dan Adkins at the Grand Comics Database.
  9. ^ Photo caption, ALter Ego interview above: "Dan with Jeanette Strouse in 1956, at age nineteen. Photos courtesy of Dan & Jeanette Adkins."

External links

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