Thursday, 12 January 2017

KID'S KLASSIC KOMICS - STARLIN'S SUPERBOY AND THE LEGION...


Images copyright DC COMICS

I tend to think of  JIM STARLIN as a MARVEL artist,
probably because I first saw his artwork on the cover of The
MIGHTY WORLD Of MARVEL #2, and, with an occasional
exception, it's been mainly Marvel mags I've seen his art in ever
since.  However, here's a 1978 DC comic I picked up just a few
weeks back which features Jaunty Jim's take on SUPERBOY
And The LEGION Of SUPER-HEROES

The cover is by MIKE GRELL & JOSEF RUBINSTEIN,
but below is a trio of pages by Jim Starlin himself.  I'm bound
to say that the cover masthead is the most boring I can recall
ever seeing on a DC mag - or, in fact, any mag by any U.S.
publisher.  Anyone think I'm being too harsh?

Anyway - on to the pretty piccies...



10 comments:

Paul McScotty Muir said...

LSH was one of my all time favourite comics. I still have a lot of my original copies of the title in my collection going back to 1969 (Well it was "Superboy..." then) including this one- I think Starlin did a couple of other LSHs as well. My first memory of Jim Starlins work was on Captain Marvel 25 (one of those comics that when I see it I'am taken right back to when I saw it) I seem to recall he did an OMAC strip at DC in the early/mid 70s s well (perhaps as a back up tale ) One of the dwindling number of back issues I am still after is a Jim Starlin drawn Conan tale from the colour Conan the barbarian title (cant recall the issue) I don't think I ever saw that one (hint hint if you have that in your collection)

Britt Reid said...

The Superboy, Mon-El, and Wildfire/Erg-1 figures on the cover look like bulky Starlin bodies instead of Grell's leaner figures.
Possible Starlin did a layout that Grell fully-rendered?

Kid said...

I think the first American comic I saw with Starlin's work was also CM #25, PM. And I think I've got that Omac strip you refer to as well. Can't remember if I've seen his Conan ish 'though, so I doubt that it's nestling in my collection alas.

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I'd considered the same possibility myself, BR. Of course, perhaps he was just trying to make it look as Starlin-like as possible.

Colin Jones said...

That Jim Starlin Conan story was printed in the UK Savage Sword monthly #16 if I recall correctly.

Kid said...

Then I DO have it, CJ, 'cos I own all 18 issues of the mag, the very ones I bought back in the '70s. If you're right (and there's no reason why you shouldn't be), I'll post a few pages for PM.

Colin Jones said...

Kid, I said Savage Sword MONTHLY - #16 was dated February 1979.

russell said...

The Starlin Conan story first appeared in the B/W mag Savage Tales then was reprinted much later in the colour comic. Omac appeared in Kamandi and when it was cancelled it continued in the back of Warlord . They were collected a few years ago in an Omac special. As for the LSH it was Joe Rubenstien who finished over Starlin's layouts.

russell said...

Oops , Joe RUBINSTEIN ! Sorry it's early !

Kid said...

Oh, so you did, CJ. (I must've been too tired to catch it.) I've got a a reprint series (Conan Saga) of the b&w monthly, so the Starlin tale might be in one of those issues. I'll check when I get time.

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Thanks for the info, Russel, but I think the Starlin Omac story appeared sometime in the '80s in a comic called DC Presents (or something like that). I'm sure I've got it, so that's another thing I'll have to check when I get time. (Incidentally, Britt was suggesting that Starlin laid out the LSH cover, which Grell pencilled, then Josef Rubinstein inked.) How's the paper round?

Kid said...

Oh, wait a minute - I've just remembered that the DC Presents story was by George Perez, not Jim Starlin. (I'm sure Russell knows that too.)