Cornelia (Cory) Adams, a legendary colorist of our industry, passed away Tuesday, November 15, 2016 from breast cancer, a battle she has been fighting for over 25 years. Cory Adams was the ex-wife and coloring partner of Neal Adams.
Cory was a groundbreaking colorist and one of the most influential women in comics. Neal and Cory developed the techniques needed to push flat comic book color towards realism and movie-like quality and changed the look of coloring in this industry many times. In the early 1970s they pushed DC and Marvel to do better color, in the early 1980s they brought in bluelines and airbrushing and through the 1990s with computer coloring. Cory gave the Bucky O’Hare Aniverse its distinctive colors as one leg of the four-legged chair that is Bucky O’Hare.
Her house and fantastic cooking was always open to any stray comic artist that needed a place to be with family. She was quiet and never wanted any recognition or fame so few knew how important and revolutionary she was…she will be missed by not just her family, but everyone who met her or worked with her. She worked with Neal Adams, Michael Golden, Russ Heath, Joe Kubert, Al Williamson and many others. She was also an athlete, competing in the Roller Derby, as an indoor track bicycle racer, a speed-skater and a marksman. She learned Photoshop when she was in her sixties and did it better than almost anyone. Cory is survived by her four children, Kris, Joel, Jason and Zeea, three grandchildren, Kelly, Kortney and Jade and by her one-year old great grandson Maximus Logan. She was an integral part of everything Neal and Continuity embarked on.
Any who knew Cory loved her, her happy laughter and her outgoing positive, forgiving and accepting attitude for anyone she ever met. If you know her, you know exactly what we mean. If you never met her, you missed knowing a wonderful human being.
She will never be forgotten.
Highlights of Cory Adams Coloring:
Superman Vs. Muhammad Ali
X-Men #56 – 63, 65
Batman #219 (Silent Night of the Batman),#232 (First Ra’s Al Ghul), Batman #234, #237, #243, #244 (Ra’s Al Ghul)
Detective Comics #400 (First Man-Bat)
Legendary Green Lantern/Green Arrow Series by Dennis O’Neil and Neal Adams
Mister Miracle #25 by Michael Golden and Russ Heath
Revengers staring Megalith #1
Her Personal Favorites:
House of Mystery #186 – “Nightmare”
Bucky O’Hare Graphic Novel
Neal Adams’ Monsters