Tagged: Mike Grell

SDCC: Legion of Superheroes Panel

At a convention known for its fans’ devotion and passion, Legion of Superheroes devotees are truly in a league of their own.

Throughout Saturday’s “Legion of Superheroes Panel,” fans from across the globe shared their personal connections to the DC superteam with panelists, Paul Levitz, Mike Grell, Keith Giffen, Colleen Doran, Geoff Johns, Tom Bierbaum, and Mary Bierbaum, as well as questions about the varying specifics of a series that has one of the broadest mythos of any in the comic universe.

Being such a beloved series, its no surprise that many in attendance were extremely concerned about the future of the series. Johns let out a minor spoiler, revealing part of Una’s character arc: “You turn the page and she’s multiplied into like a hundred of her and she says ‘I don’t know how I ever got anything done with just three of me,'” he added. “She’s going to be called ‘Duplicate Damsel’.”

Continuing, Legion of Three Worlds writer Johns certainly tried to ease any fears that his run would be lacking anyone’s favorite character, asserting that George Perez, “wants to draw every Legionnaire ever.” Unfortunately, the Superpets will not be making an appearance.

A question about the lack of African-American representation in classic Legion stories drew muffled sighs from the more senior members of the panel. Levitz responded by saying, “I think it’s important to look at the broader context, that’s the way things were being done in comics in ’67 or ’68.”

Levitz went on to say that the Teen Titans were going to introduce the first black superhero, however DC ardently opposed this move and redrew the character as a white character. Allegedly the creative team was blacklisted for a year.

“[There was] a certain trepidation that they wouldn’t do it right,” Mike Grell said, and then added his own anecdote about the trouble he had adding a black Legionnaire, “It was a story about a Science Policeman who makes a mistake at the beginning of the story, and corrects the mistake and becomes a hero by the end of the story… My editor said, ‘No you can’t do that, they’ll send letters.'”

Fortunately, Grell was not completely cowed by DC’s demands, “As my silent protest, I very mildly redrew the character, and sure enough we got letters saying, ‘Hey, that’s a brother painted pink.'”

All of the panelists had numerous fond memories of working with The Legion of Superheroes, and no dearth of appreciation for the fans, but perhaps Levitz summed it up best when he said, “We got to play with some really cool toys, and the only reason we got to play with them was because you guys kept coming around and saying, ‘Go ahead, have fun with them.'”

ComicMix Radio: Mike Grell And Warlord Back Together

ComicMix Radio: Mike Grell And Warlord Back Together

 Saturday at Comic Con  ’08 has set a number of records and not just for the bodies walking the floor. A few news "bombs" were dropped about new characters and comics, like

  • Impact and Milestone returning to the DC Universe
  • ComicMix’er Mike Grell returns to the character that started it all
  • Some insight into the lady director bringing The Punisher back to the big screen

 And then we get visits from Jamal Igle, Michael Davis and "Bumblebee" himself, Mark Ryan. It’s a full house so step in and  Press The Button


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Overheard at San Diego 2008, part 3: Warlord, Milestone, and S&M

Overheard at San Diego 2008, part 3: Warlord, Milestone, and S&M

Look, I’m not all that inconspicuous– I’m 6’6 with bushy hair and a ComicMix t-shirt. If you keep saying interesting things within earshot of me, it’s not my fault. (Okay, I have lots of spies and moles out there too, but that’s still no excuse.) So if you’re a famous comics writer who’s looking to hire a dominatrix while you’re in town, just use Google like the rest of us, okay?

First, the things where I’m completely removing the sources except that I heard them at the Manchester Hyatt, but expect to hear them confirmed at DC Nation panels before the weekend is through:

  • Mike Grell (Jon Sable Freelance) will be returning to his most famous creation at DC, The Warlord, in time for the character’s 35th anniversary. This from a Mike Grell panel on Friday from Mike Gold, who commented, "I haven’t worked for DC for years, what are they going to do to me for telling?"
  • Milestone is coming back, and will be (pardon the choice of words) integrated into the mainstream DC universe. How they’ll do this exactly is unclear, and we won’t commit potential spoilers by speculating… but there are a couple of ways they could do so.

And with those out of the way, back to the other tidbits overheard…


Jon Sable, Freelance: Nuke New York?

Jon Sable, Freelance: Nuke New York?

Ah, Christmas in New York!  The decorations, the good will, the beautiful tree in Rockefeller Center!  In today’s brand-new episode of Jon Sable, Freelance: Ashes of Eden, by Mike Grell, the city is all that and more — because the terrorist Bashira has a nuclear weapon, and Jon and Maggie have to find her in time!

Credits:Glenn Hauman (Colorist), Glenn Hauman (Assistant Editor), John Workman (Letterer), Mike Gold (Editor), Mike Grell (Artist), Mike Grell (Writer), Shannon Weaver (Colorist)

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Jon Sable, Freelance: A Nuke as Big as the Ritz

Jon Sable, Freelance: A Nuke as Big as the Ritz

In today’s brand-new episode of Jon Sable, Freelance: Ashes of Eden, by Mike Grell, Jon gets to the bottom of the scheme behind the scheme to steal one of the world’s biggest diamonds.

Is it a plan to enrich the rich — or is it something much, much worse?

Credits:Glenn Hauman (Colorist), Glenn Hauman (Assistant Editor), John Workman (Letterer), Mike Gold (Editor), Mike Grell (Artist), Mike Grell (Writer)

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Michael George and the Pittsburgh Comicon

Michael George and the Pittsburgh Comicon

Well, this has been an interesting morning.

I awoke to a slew of e-mails from people either asking me about, or trying to get me to not go to, the Pittsburgh Comiccon. Not that I had decided one way or the other, although a lot of friends of ours (including ComicMix’s own Timothy Truman, Mike Grell and Robert Tinnell) will be there. It’s a good show.

This boycott is in response to yesterday’s conviction of Michael George, who, along with his wife Rene, is the promoter of the show. Michael was convicted in Michigan of murdering his first wife 18 years ago. The details of both the crime and the conviction are in the Macomb Daily.

I understand the sentiments of those who feel that they do not want to support a convention run by a convicted murderer. But I strongly believe such feelings are misguided.

First of all, the Pittsburgh Comicon is also a major charity event. Last year, for example, they raised nearly $30,000.00 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation and some $5,000.00 for the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. Both are quite worthy causes.

But, more important, Michael George will not benefit from the profits of the show. Quite frankly, he’s set for life – if spending the rest of your life in a Michigan State penitentiary is your idea of “set for life.” It’s Rene who will lose out if this show winds up in the red.

After a long and horrific trial, Rene probably can use a few bucks. No doubt she’s looking at massive legal bills that were hardly of her making – despite her relationship with Michael, she didn’t kill anybody. She now has to create an entirely new life from the ground up; as such, she’s another victim of Michael’s efforts.

I don’t know if I’ll be at the show as I’ve got commitments to other shows and I can only spend so much time on the road, a lesson I learned the hard way last year. But I’m going to try. It’s a good show, Rene is a good person and the Pittsburgh Comicon no longer has anything to do with the sad horror that is Michael George.

Mike Gold is editor-in-chief of ComicMix.


Jon Sable, Freelance: Tortured!

Jon Sable, Freelance: Tortured!

In today’s brand-new episode of Jon Sable, Freelance: Ashes of Eden, Mike Grell’s hero remains tied to a chair, naked, tortured, and still with the smart mouth.  

There’s bleeding. There’s spitting. There are leprechauns.

Will anyone get out of this alive?



Credits: Glenn Hauman (Colorist), Glenn Hauman (Assistant Editor), John Workman (Letterer), Mike Gold (Editor), Mike Grell (Artist), Mike Grell (Writer), Shannon Weaver (Colorist)

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Jon Sable: Tuesday!

Jon Sable: Tuesday!

When last we saw Jon Sable, he was captured next to the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree.

In today’s brand new episode of Jon Sable: Freelance, by Mike Grell, Jon is tied to a chair, naked, and being tortured. Will he be strong enough? Will he talk?

And will they ever ask him a question?