GOING APE: LIKE FATHER,
Adams, one of the enduring favorites of Tarzan artist fans, has passed
his considerable talents on to his son Jason, a young sculptor of great
promise who studied at the famous School of Visual Arts in New York. Jason's
art training included illustration, air brush, fine arts and 3-D design,
but after graduation he taught himself how to sculpt, since none of his
art courses offered classes in this field.
His full name is Jason Spyda Adams, and he has founded “Spyda Creations”
which you can check out on his website at
You may already have seen some of the toys he has designed in the past,
but he is now devoting his time and talents to designing and sculpting
his own original works and, occasionally, working on designs created by
his famous father. One of his father's designs was published in 1984 in
Set C of the Neal Adams Portfolio (see below), and Jason has used it as
a model for “Going Ape.” Kit building fans are familiar with his resin
kits featuring such characters as Ribald the Black Guard, Catrina the Sacrifice,
and Mike Robot Killer. The artist has also been illustrating articles on
human anatomical studies for Kitbuilders Magazine. He believes that
a sculpture should be interesting to look at from all angles, and "Going
Ape" certainly fills the bill. The ape kit comes in four pieces and is
ten inches tall. It contains a certificate of authenticity signed by both
father and son.
The "Going Ape" kit is $150 plus $10 shipping and can be ordered from
the Spyda Creations website. No phone number or postal address is listed.
Some other sculptures are available pre-painted, although this one is not
yet. The artist also says he is interested in doing it in a cold cast bronze
edition some day.