Originally posted by Michael D.:
2) Last time I checked in there was a discussion (by Erik Larsen among others) about Neal Adams re-drawing portions of the Complete Neal Adams Batman hardcover (#1 of 3). I have a number of the original issues and there was definitely a lot of redrawing. Has Neal copped to it? Has he explained why he did it? The hardcover makes mention of the "evolution" of Neal's approach to drawing Bats, but how can a proper observation of a gradual evolution be achieved when a 2003 Adams Batman face is stuck on a 1974 Adams Batman body?
As far as I can recall (and I'm sure other posters will correct me if I'm mistaken), Neal said back in the day DC made changes to the artwork, and the changes were by other artists. He was now offered the opportunity to "correct" some of the things he was not happy with.
I forget all the details, but during the creation of this volume Neal was told to stop "correcting" panels and that's why certain pages may seem a little disjointed. He wasn't given the opportunity to go through every story. It may have had to do with money. Neal wanted to keep the price of the volumes down. It was originally solicited with a $75 cover price, but was later changed to $50.
I personally think the artwork should have been left alone, except for color corrections. It is pretty apparent what were the "original" panels versus the "corrected" ones.
However, this didn't stop me from enjoying the book, or looking forward to the next volumes.