In 1991 Steven Spielberg directed a sequel of sorts to Peter Pan and Wendy called Hook, starring Robin Williams, Dustin Hoffman and Julia Roberts. Don’t be upset if you haven’t seen it; it wasn’t that great. But a recent discovery has uncovered a hidden comics connection that makes the film a little more interesting.
Thanks to Billy Ingram, we can now see two paintings Neal Adams created for Hook that were shelved and then thrown away by the production company that commissioned them. Ingram, who worked for the company, saved the two 11-inch by 17-inch paintings in 1989 but forgot about them until earlier this year.
“When they moved from West Hollywood to Beverly Hills I rescued a few things from the trash, mostly random color xeroxes and a few large comps, and this was among them,” he writes on his blog. “I forgot I had these 2 paintings until I opened an envelope and discovered them 25 years later. It’s a miracle it didn’t end up lost to the ages, I remember Adam’s doing a bunch of spectacular paintings for Star Trek VI hopefully they exist somewhere, I wish I had kept a set of color repros.”
Here’s the two paintings in question: