Dan Adkins was an artist comic books and science fiction magazines. Born in Midkiff, West Virginia, Adkins worked as a draftsman when he was serving in the Air Force in the 1950s. He launched his own fanzine, called Sata, in 1956. During this period, he also contributed to other fan publications like Amra, Vega and Xero. He settled in New York City, where he freelanced for science fiction magazines and several commercial studios.
Adkins started his career in comics in 1965, when he joined Wallace Wood's studios. He cooperated with Wood on stories for the Warren magazines Eerie and Creepy, and also worked on 'T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents' for Tower Comics and Marvel's 'Sub Mariner'. During his career, he worked on many other Marvel titles, often as an inker, including 'Dr Strange'. He was also an assistant on the 'Rip Kirby' strip, that was originally created by Alex Raymond. Other publishers he worked for are Charlton, DC ('Aquaman', 'Batman'), Dell, Eclipse, Harvey and Western Publishing.
He has made magazine illustrations for Argosy (with Wood), Amazing Stories, Fantastic, Galaxy Science Fiction, Infinity, Monster Parade, Science Fiction Adventures, Spectrum, Worlds of If and other magazines. He drew for Parker Brothers products during the 2000s.