Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Christmas 2016: 2500th Post! "The Millennium Massacre" by Levitz, Grell, and Colletta

Merry Christmas, Groove-ophiles! Along with the holiday festivities, seems we have a Groovy Milestone to celebrate today, as well: our 2500th post! Man, that's a lotta comics! Thanks for the years (!) of loyalty, O Wondrous Denizens of Groove City! Ol' Groove loves ya, baby! Let's keep on truckin', 'cause there's plenty more wonderment to come! Now, onto our special post!

Jingle Bells! Silver Bells! The sounds of Christmas. But wedding bells? Well, back around Christmas 1977, if you had two bucks and could find All New Collectors' Edition #C-55 featuring the Legion of Super-Heroes, you got a very different kind of Christmas present from DC: the wedding of Lightning Lad and Saturn Girl! Produced by the series' (mostly) regular team of Paul Levitz and Mike Grell (with  inks by speed-demon Vinnie Colleta), this time-spanning epic was definitely a worthy event for DC's gi-normous tabloid-sized series!


  1. Congrats on your 2500th post. Love your site, brings back a lot of memories of me as a kid reading and collecting lots of comic books during this time which, in my opinion, is the best era for comic books, bar none. I remember buying this A.N.C.E. at the local supermarket and spending hours reading and re-reading it Always been a fan of Grell and his work on Legion and The Warlord. This remains one of my favorite Legion stories I even recently re-purchased a near mint copy of it on E-bay. That's how much I've always liked the book. Here's to another 2500 posts, Groove! Happy Holidays and have a Great New Year.

  2. Excellent! Congratulations on yet another milestone, Groove. Also, what a great, great comic to share. Cheers!

  3. 2500! Groove that is awesome, congratulations and here is to 2500 more, and thank you for all of the time and effort you put in, it is much appreciated.

  4. Groove-congrats and can't wait for your 5000th post!

    I could be eligible for social security then:(

    Oh well... Time for a cup of Joe and to sit down and read this gem! I'm not familiar with it. Cheers and Thanks!

  5. Oh man, the one time they printed Mike Grell's art really big it had to be inked by Vince Colletta. Grell was his own best inker, and Colletta was the worst I've seen on Mr. Grell.

    1. I asked Mike Grell at a convention, while he was signing my copy of this tabloid, how he felt about being inked by Vince Colletta. His response: "Vinnie the hack? I shouldn't speak ill of the dead".

  6. Wow ... that's a GREAT book! I sure wish we understood Superman today as well as we did in the Groovy Age!

  7. Congrats Grove, on the 2500. you do have the best comics blog on the net. actually doing the whole stories not just talking about then is priceless. The period you cover is the best in comics history.

    This issue, thank you for the Xmass president!It was wonderful I love the legion!Fine episode agaisnt one of their classic foes. Two minor peaves. (1) it says the whole Legion was together but no Matter Easter, No Duo Damsel, no Chemical King, no Inadvisable Kid (although may have been dead). (2) the undid the bad timeline that should undo LL sand Imra's marriage. gotta do it again.

    Long Live the Legion!

  8. I agree with W Dale Houston on the damaging effect Colletta had on Grell's pencils. My assumption would be that Grell was behind on deadline which led to Colletta picking up the slack. IN addition, Colletta was the art director at the time. Too bad Grell or any able inker like Bruce Patterson, pr Dick Giordano couldn't ink it at the ime. Story was excellent, which is pretty typical of Paul Levitz especially on a Legion story. Levitz's best contribution to the Legion was his later writing style where the only captions would be locations. No thought balloons. Expository dialogue would have to be spoken usually between two characters.

  9. Congrats on 2500 posts! I love the memories that your blog brings back. I remember finding this about a month after it was released in news stand type store on a cold January morning. A giant sized comic, a new story, time travel, Mike Grells art...Wow! Life was great that day. The inks do water down the art tho.


    As all the others have said, Thank You Very Much for all the time and effort you put into this.

    I just happened to check it out from the link at the CROM Conan fan blog about a year ago and now I check it every day! Not only do I get to see great art, stories and memories, but learn a lot about the history of comics.

    Please keep up the great work, and have a wonderful Holiday Season!

  11. Congrats on your 2500th post Groove! My how time flies, just keep on doing what you do Groove!

    - Mike from Trinidad & Tobago.

  12. How great has it been to see the burgeoning groovy age reprint catalogue since this blog started.
    Thanks for showing us day by day that there's lots more to come.

  13. 2500 posts! I've only recently found your site Groove, but you've shown me more than a few comics I've missed over the years. The Levitz/Grell period for the LSH is my favorite for these characters, and this story is an excellent example. Keep up the fantastic work!



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