Friday, April 19, 2019

Mike Grell Autographs and More!

 Back in 2015 I was pretty pumped to learn that Mike Grell was going to be at the Rhode Island Comic Con.

Many know that I consider the Mike Grell Legion books as my first comics ever and hold Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes #211 as my first comic. Grell holds a special place in my fandom for that reason. And that was going to be my first time having the opportunity to meet him.

As a sort of lifelong fan of Grell's I knew I would have a bunch of comics to bring to him to sign, Legion and otherwise. I also knew that most of my Grell Legion books are well-read and well-loved. So trying to decide which books to bring for autographs was a little tricky.

One book I knew I would definitely be bringing was Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes #204. That has the infamous 'Brainy builds a Supergirl fembot' story that put a pause on the Supergirl/Brainy romance for about a decade! For any Supergirl fan, this is a can't miss.

Grell was one of the bigger names at the con so I didn't have much time to chat with him. Interestingly enough, almost all the people in line with me were there to get Green Arrow and Jon Sable things signed. I seemed to be the only Legion fan there!

 I certainly have my little quirks about the Legion, one being my love for the little known and seldom used Calorie Queen.

So I also brought Superboy and the Legion Of Super-Heroes #212 to get signed. Several years later I was lucky enough to get Jim Shooter to also sign it.

That book also introduced Legion of Super-Villain members Magno Lad and Micro Lad.

Even though he didn't draw the interiors to Superboy and the Legion #226, I brought that for signature as well. Grell designed Dawnstar and this is her first appearance. He drew the cover.

I figured that at some point I would run into Grell again so I didn't force my hand to chat with him about his Legion days. Unfortunately, I haven't attended a con where he has been a guest again. So I'll keep hoping.

Anyways, just a couple more of these autograph posts in the future.


  1. It's always cool to hear which was a person's 'gateway issue' that got them into the team.

  2. I have a copy of Superboy and the LSH 209 signed by both Mike Grell and Jim Shooter. Got them at the Ottawa (Canada) Comiccon.