13 COVERS: A MIKE GRELL Birthday Celebration

Iron Mike turns 75!

Mike Grell was born 75 years ago on Sept. 13, 1947. It’s been six years since we’ve done a 13 COVERS birthday salute highlighting Iron Mike’s classic run on Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes, so that’s this year’s theme.


Joe Rubinstein inks

Jaws in space!


— Why MIKE GRELL Was Happy to Work on LEGION — and Even Happier to Leave It. Click here.

— 13 COVERS: A MIKE GRELL Birthday Celebration — 2016 Edition: LEGION. Click here.

Author: Dan Greenfield

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  1. Happy Birthday, Mike Grell! When I first got into comics, my brothers had passed down their DC comics to me, but your Legion book was one of the first I bought for myself. I thought his clean line work and inking style was perfect for a futuristic book like Legion. And I loved Cosmic Boy’s redesign! I just always thought “wow, the future of superhero costume couture is incredibly innovative! I followed his work from Legion to “Warlord,” “Starslayer” and “Jon Sable, Freelance.”

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  2. SO MANY awesome covers! Happy Birthday fellow Mike! Just a few bullet points about these selections!

    1. Issue 224: Bell-bottoms be damned; I still LOVE the design for Pulsar Stargrave!
    2. Issue 234: If kid me saw this cover, with my love for Composite Superman, I would’ve gone crazy for ANOTHER composite character!
    3. Issue 209: If teenage me saw this cover, Princess Projectra would’ve been my favorite Legionnaire. Wonder why…? 😉

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  3. Loved his Green Arrow and Jon Sable series.
    Happy Birthday Mike

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  4. Read all of his titles….but, LSH and GL were my favorites. Happy birthday, Mike.

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  5. I’m pretty sure LOSH #213 was my introduction to Mike Grell’s gorgeous renderings. An issue of Warlord featuring sultry, bikini-clad females was the first comic my mother ever took away from me. Thanks for the memories, Mr. Grell!

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