Neal's pencil illustrations are quite different from even pencils he does before inking a comic. A pencil illustration has to capture everything within the piece as a finish, sothe shadows and mood have to be there. This makes the piece more attractive in it's pencil form than if he had inked it. This would be a good example of that. The details of the face draw you in while the quicker strokes become looser as you get further from the center of the focus. This piece represents an artists participation in the history of Batman. When you see it, you don't say "Oh, there is a Batman drawing." you say "There is a Neal Adams drawing of Batman." It is unmistakable, and has the qualities that represent what Neal's talents lends to the history of art.
Original Pencil Illustration by Neal Adams