|Cover art by Mike Grell and Joe Rubinstein|
"Dear Mr Groove
Speaking of Jim Starlin;a story I haven't read in more than thirty years is "Murder Most Foul" written/penciled by Mr Starlin and inked by Joe Rubinstein (co-writer:Paul Levitz ?, editor:Al Milgrom,colours/lettering by ?)in "Superboy and The Legion of Super-Heroes" number 239 (cover date May 1978). Do you know if it's available in any collection from DC?
Or maybe a future post,Oh Groovy One?
If I beg?Pretty please,with sugar on top."
How could Ol' Groove pass up a request like that? Besides being a very cool mish-mash of sci-fi, super-heroics, and crime noir, and besides the fact that Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes #239's (February 1978) "Murder Most Foul" brings together a high-powered talent team-up featuring Jim Starlin (plot/layouts), Paul Levitz (script), and Joe Rubinstein (finishes/inks), the story-behind-the-story is veeeeeeddy interesting!
Gemini?) was editing S&LSH and mentioned to Judo Jim that he could use some fill-in stories. S&LSH was a double-sized (34 story pages) mag at the time, mind you. Jim plotted and laid out "Murder Most Foul" which is actually the prelude to what was to be a 64 page epic for a planned S&LSH Spectacular (as part of DC Special Series) to be completed by the same team. The story was plotted and laid out, but plans for the Spectacular fell through, leaving the mystery hanging until S&LSH #'s 250-251 (January-February 1979). By the time the story saw print, inker Rubinstein was tied up with other projects and the 64 page story had been whittled down to 42 pages. Starlin wasn't a bit happy about the truncated story (not to mention that he'd laid out the comic playing to intended finisher Rubinstein's strengths leaving actual inker Dave Hunt pretty much holding someone else's bag since his style was so radically different from Rubinstein's), so he requested his name be taken off the credits. Editorial told Jim they needed a name for the credits...and Steve Apollo was born. That was pretty much it for Jim Starlin and the Legion. Should'a been a match made in heaven. Sure looked like one in ish 239! See for yourself...