Staff Picks (June): Mike Grell Life Is Drawing Without An Eraser

When you think about the artist “Young Guns” of the late 70s and early 80s, you think about John Byrne, George Perez, Mike Zeck, Frank Miller, Jim Starlin, Bill Sienkiewicz, and Mike Grell. From the far-flung future of the Legion to the savage Pellucidar-styled world of The Warlord, Mike Grell became one of the best storytellers in comics.

In Mike Grell: Life Is Drawing Without an Eraser, Grell gives us insight in his own words into a career that spanned decades, publishers from DC, Pacific Comics, Eclipse Comics, First Comics, Image Comics, and a return engagement at DC Comics. Mike goes over his experiences in the industry from work for hire on Green Arrow and licensed properties like Tarzan to creator owed properties like Jon Sable and Starslayer.

Having Mike as a guest at my Atlanta Comic Con in the 80s I can attest to him being a true gentleman, not that I’d say otherwise; he’s too damn good with bullets and bow and arrows. I lost out on a Warlord cover back then but Mike, being the class act he is, drew a recreation of that cover for me that remains one of the prized possession of my collection.

 TwoMorrows’ Mike Grell: Life is Drawing Without an Eraser, in either the softcover or limited hardcover, is yet another fine addition to their library of books on comic creators and history.

Steven Leaf

Publisher: TwoMorrows Publishing
Item Code: JUN182065
Release Date: 9/5/18
SRP: $27.95

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