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Paul Levitz

Paul Levitz at Comic-Con International in 2002
Born October 21, 1956 (1956-10-21) (age 50)
Brooklyn, New York
Nationality American
Area(s) Writer, Editor, Publisher
Notable works Legion of Super-Heroes, Batman

Paul Levitz (born 21 October 1956) is an American comic book writer, editor and executive. Currently the President of DC Comics, the oldest comics company in the United States, he has previously served as a writer, editor, vice president, and executive vice president at DC. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... This article is about the fan convention. ... October 21 is the 294th day of the year (295th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 71 days remaining. ... Year 1956 (MCMLVI) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... NY redirects here. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... October 21 is the 294th day of the year (295th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 71 days remaining. ... Year 1956 (MCMLVI) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... A comic book is a magazine or book containing the art form of comics. ... DC Comics is an American comic book and related media company. ...


Levitz was born in Brooklyn, New York to Hannah and Alfred Levitz. He attended Stuyvesant High School during which time he co-wrote and published a popular comic fan magazine, "The Comic Reader." He later enrolled at New York University but left before graduating to work full time at DC Comics, where he had begun working during high school. This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... Stuyvesant High School, commonly referred to as Stuy, is a New York City public high school that specializes in mathematics and science. ... New York University (NYU) is a private, nonsectarian, coeducational institution in New York City. ...


Since the mid 1970s, Levitz has been an integral part of DC. Along with publisher Jenette Kahn and managing editor Dick Giordano, he was responsible for the 1980s revitalizing of the company's entire line of heroes—such as Superman, Batman, Flash, Wonder Woman, the Justice League and Green Lantern. Others who played vital roles in the process were writers Marv Wolfman, John Byrne and Alan Moore, artists George Perez and Keith Giffen, and editor Karen Berger. Also, Marvel Comics' then editor-in-chief Jim Shooter, played an inadvertent role in the revitalization when he fired or alienated many important Marvel creators whom DC was delighted to pick up. The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979. ... Jenette Kahn is an American comic book editor and executive. ... Richard Joseph Dick Giordano (born July 20, 1932) is an American comic book artist and editor best known for introducing Charlton Comics Action Heroes stable of superheroes, and serving as editor of then industry-leader DC Comics. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Superman is a fictional character and comic book superhero , originally created by American writer Jerry Siegel and Canadian artist Joe Shuster and published by DC Comics. ... Batman (originally referred to as the Bat-Man and still referred to at times as the Batman) is a DC Comics fictional superhero who first appeared in Detective Comics #27 in May 1939. ... The Flash is a name shared by several DC Comics superheroes. ... Wonder Woman is a fictional DC Comics superheroine co-created by William Moulton Marston and wife Elizabeth Holloway Marston. ... The Justice League, sometimes called the Justice League of America or JLA for short, is a fictional DC Universe superhero team. ... For the DJ, see DJ Green Lantern. ... Cover to Crisis on Infinite Earths #1, which was written by Wolfman. ... John Lindley Byrne (born July 6, 1950) is a British-born naturalised American author and artist of comic books. ... Alan Moore (born November 18, 1953, in Northampton) is an English writer most famous for his influential work in comics, including the acclaimed graphic novels Watchmen, V for Vendetta and From Hell. ... George Pérez (born June 9, 1954 in The Bronx, New York) is a Puerto Rican-American illustrator and writer of comic books. ... This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ... Karen Berger is the editor of the Vertigo imprint of DC Comics and one of the most influential comic book editors of the 1990s. ... Marvel Comics is an American comic book line published by Marvel Publishing, Inc. ... Cover image of Harbinger #1 from Valiant Comics Jim Shooter (born September 27, 1951 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is an American writer, occasional fill-in artist, editor, and publisher for various comic books. ...


Levitz has also worked as an editor, most notably on the Batman line of comics. As a writer he is best-known for his work on the title The Legion of Super-Heroes, which he wrote off and on from 1974 until 1989. Of particular note are his collaborations with artists Michael Netzer (Nasser), James Sherman and Keith Giffen. He also wrote the Justice Society series in All Star Comics during the late 70's after Gerry Conway left the book. He was the co-creator of the Earth-2 Huntress with artist Joe Staton and of Lucien the Librarian with artist Nestor Redondo. Levitz recently returned to writing the JSA with issue #82 of JSA. The Legion of Super-Heroes is a team of comic book superheroes in the future. ... Michael Netzer, born Michael Nasser on 9 October, 1955[1], is best known in the comics industry for the work he produced in collaboration with DC Comics, Marvel Comics[2], and Continuity Studios in the late 1970s, as well as for his online presence dedicated to bringing the comics... James S. Sherman was Vice President of the United States under President William Howard Taft from 1909 to 1912. ... This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ... The Justice Society of America, or JSA, is a team of fictional superheroes whose adventures have been published by DC Comics. ... This article is about the 1940s comic book series. ... Gerard F. Gerry Conway (September 10, 1952 - ) is an American writer of comic books and television shows. ... The Huntress is a superheroine from DC Comics. ... Joe Staton (born January 19, 1948 in Tennessee), is an American illustrator and writer of comic books. ... This is a list of characters appearing in The Sandman comic book, published by DC Comics Vertigo imprint. ...


While he has sometimes provoked controversy — for example, an attempt to tone down sexual references in the title The Authority spawned a public fight with its then writer, Mark Millar — Levitz's reign at DC helped the company weather steeply declining sales for superhero comics in the late 1990s. Levitz was also instrumental in the push towards graphic novels and trade paperback collections, which could be sold in bookstores and have a longer shelf life than the traditional monthly pamphlet format. The Authority is a superhero comic book published by DC Comics under the Wildstorm imprint. ... Mark Millar (born December 24, 1969) is a Scottish comic book writer born in Coatbridge. ...


Levitz married Jeanette Cusimano in 1980 and has three children. One of the characters he introduced to the Legion in his second run on the book, GiGi Cusimano, was named after his wife. He currently resides in Chappaqua, New York with his kids Nicole, Philip, and Garret. Chappaqua is a hamlet and census-designated place in northern Westchester County, New York. ...


External links

  • 2003 interview by Rik Offenberger

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Paul Levitz - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (437 words)
Paul Levitz (1956 -) is an American comic book writer, editor and executive.
Levitz was born October 21, 1956 in Brooklyn, NY to Hannah and Alfred Levitz.
Levitz was also instrumental in the push towards graphic novels and trade paperback collections, which could be sold in bookstores and have a longer shelf life than the traditional monthly pamphlet format.
Paul Levitz - definition of Paul Levitz in Encyclopedia (361 words)
Paul Levitz is an American comic book writer, editor and company executive.
As of 2003 he was the President of DC Comics, the oldest comics company in the USA.
While he has sometimes provoked controversy — for example, an attempt to tone down sexual references in the title The Authority spawned a public fight with its then writer, Mark Millar — Levitz's reign at DC helped the company weather steeply declining sales for superhero comics in the late 1990s.
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