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Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes (LSH) by Michael Netzer and Joe Rubinstein

Artists: Michael Netzer (Penciller) ,  Joe Rubinstein (Inker)

13 Comments  -   5,522 Views  -   1 Like

Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes (LSH) by Michael Netzer and Joe Rubinstein Comic Art
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Pencils by Michael Netzer

1st Partial Inks on Blue Line by Joe Rubinstein

2nd Partial Ink by Joe Rubinstein

Original Adventure 247 splash

Adventure 247 (Original Proposal) by Michael Netzer

Later image sold on ebay



Artwork Details

Title: Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes (LSH) by Michael Netzer and Joe Rubinstein
Artist: Michael Netzer (Penciller)
Artist: Joe Rubinstein (Inker)
Media Type: Pen and Ink
Art Type: Commission
For Sale Status: NFS
Views: 5,522
Likes on CAF:
Favorited on CAF: 1
Comments: 13
Added to Site: 3/22/2011
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I've been an LSH fan since the earliest days of my comic collecting life. I got my first Adventure Comic featuring the LSH while sick with pneumonia in the 3rd grade and I've been hooked since. I own virtually every appearance from Adventure 247 ($25 back in the day) to today.

The Shooter/Swan/Klein era is remains my favorite art era, but the Dave Cockrum, Mike Grell and Michael (Mike Nasser) Netzer runs contributed mightily to my love the team.

As Mike Nasser, Michael Netzer worked with Joe Rubinstein and others to create a run of Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes that I enjoyed as much as any - Cockrum and Grell included. Their combined look really appealed to me - smooth clean lines and great design. I really liked it.

When Joe Rubinstein wrote to the comicart-l mailing list on Yahoo that Michael Netzer would begin taking commission requests, I jumped at the first chance.

In discussions with Michael, I offered a number of suggestions that didn't quite hit the spot for either of us. Though he did a really nice sketch of one of them (See Additional Images). Finally, I asked if there was an image that he would like to draw. He allowed that he had one that he'd wanted to do for some time - an image showing the joy of life in the LSH. I thought it was a great idea.

Joe took Michael's pencil drawing and made a blue line copy which he then inked. I think he did an exceptional job; the work really makes the piece pop.

I plan to frame them together so that people can see how the inker completes the image.

Oh, yeah. The original sketch of the Adventure 247 splash was eventually revised by Michael at Joe Rubinsteinís urging. I think he nailed it. They put it on eBay and I bid, but lost. 😭

If you want a commission from Michael, contact Aardwolf Signatures. You can reach Joe at

PS. Since I have a scan of the first sketch that Michael did for me, I thought I'd show the original Adv 247 splash and my Al Plastino recreation for comparison. Michael's image is very dynamic and I like it a lot, but I like the final product better.


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Member Since 2005

Posted on 3/22/2011

Great piece...beautiful perspective!

Ken Z  
Member Since 2006

Posted on 3/22/2011

Hey Alex, you must be flying high in the clouds right up there with them after getting this Beauty! Very Nice and congrats.

Patrick  Brooks 
Member Since 2008

Posted on 3/22/2011


Alex Johnson 
Member Since 2006

Posted on 3/22/2011

Michael Dunne wrote to the comicart-l, Stunning Alex, simply stunning, this so captures the joy of the Legion ( and comics) that I grew up with and the dynamic talents of Mike and Joe recapture a moment that seems to have vaished for our four color heroes. Thanks so much for sharing. regards Michael

Derek Muthart 
Member Since 2004

Posted on 3/22/2011

Very nice. Thanks for sharing.

Ted Latner 
Member Since 2005

Posted on 3/22/2011

That's fantastic! Congrats!!

Murray Roach 
Member Since 2005

Posted on 3/23/2011

Incredible! Captures the spirit of those books perfectly. Excellent work.

Timothy Finney 
Member Since 2006

Posted on 4/22/2011

This shows just how joyous and inspiring superhero art can be and why, when I was seven, I dreamed about getting a Legion flight ring.

Lloyd White 
Member Since 2007

Posted on 5/17/2011

What an inspiring piece---long live the Legion!

Maria Coppola 
Member Since 2011

Posted on 5/18/2011

Wow this is a great piece! Very full of characters!

Fred DeBoom 
Member Since 2003

Posted on 9/13/2011

AMAZING! This artwork is so wonderfully innocent and fun! Long Live the Legion!

Aidan (Re-Legion ) Lacy 
Member Since 2005

Posted on 9/14/2011

An abundance of delight and sheer joyfulness

Mike Pascale 
Member Since 2004

Posted on 5/9/2012

I shudder to think of the amount of time and effort (and perspective) that went into this--on both pencil and ink sides! Amazing piece, Alex. Would love to see the originals framed together--great idea.

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