So while I can’t answer too many questions — confidentiality issues, general decency, and limits on the number of hours in the day I can spend here — I’ll try to answer questions that seem of general interest as often as I can.

General caution: please don’t ask me to review portfolios, scripts, or help you get work (time just doesn’t permit).

Do you know who has the archives of The Comics Code? Columbia appears to have 1974-1994, but I can’t find anything before that. Who has it? 4. April 2023

No idea.  I doubt that they survived.

Not a question–just wanna say the Avengers series is what comics should be: Fun. 4. April 2023


Hi: We are working on our next Cosmic Con. It is timed around Superman’s 85th anniversary. We would like to know if you would be interested in attending as a guest to our show. In Queens NY. tnx, albert 4. April 2023

Sorry, not back on the con circuit yet.

Dear Mr. Levitz, Was re-reading the Great Darkness Saga and just noticed before we even see the Superman Servant of Darkness, Legion Annual #1 showed one that was “crushed by a misguided hunk of metal”….which previous character was this initial Servant of Darkness based upon? 20. January 2023

Uhhh…memory fails me?

A question that’s come up on the JSA FB page recently. Were the JSA stories in Adventure 463 and 464 originally intended for All-Star 76? The fact they add up to 25 pages made us wonder. Thanks for all you do! 20. January 2023

I don’t think so, my memory is that only the one issue was left over from ALL-STAR and chopped up into ADVENTURE>

Hi Paul I’m a great admirer of your work and contributions to our hobby over the decades, my question is has there ever been a crossroads in your professional life where looking back now in hindsight you may have gone down a different road ? 5. November 2022

Not hindsight, but there were a few career opportunities that I either turned down or didn’t develop that might have led me away from comics into the world of animation or once to Court TV.  No complaints about not taking those paths.

Hi Paul. As a side note as a contemporary in age I am envious of your career as you seem to have merged your hobby, passion and professional life and continue to do so. Like you I fondly recall the Roy Thomas era of the Avengers ( including the introduction of such characters as Ultron, New Masters of Evil, Vision, Yellowjacket, Valkyrie, Red Wolf et al) and look forward to your interpretation of the Avengers!. My question is that I understand that you have acquired a substantial number of comic books. Over the last 50 plus years I similarly have accumulated a vast number of books. How have you preserved and organized such accumulation. In various posts I have seen references to a binding and a filing system. I would love to hear in detail your process in preserving and the organization of your collection. Thanks and continued good fortune 16. October 2022

So my approach was fundamentally financially unsound but full of personal delight.  My collection is all bound into hardcover volumes, mostly of a dozen to sixteen issues of each title.  This makes them easy to read, but far harder to sell, though I’ve never had the temptation to do so.  (We’ll see if my kids end up donating the whole thing or holding onto it.)  The volumes are stored on moveable libary shelving from a company called Spacesaver  ( which Maggie thompson recommended to me.  I rearrange things from time to time, but generally have kept collections separate by publisher, and alphabetical within them, with book-format versions shelved somehwat separately.

Hello and sorry for the inconvenience. Romeo Tanghal told me that you could clarify this doubt for me. My name is Paolo Pompa eand I’m a Italian collector of original comic art. I recently purchased a sequence of original plates on Comicconnect. The description does not clarify whether the story was ever published. Can you help me clarify? Dick Ayers pencils/Romeo Tanghal inks; partial story; pgs 7-11; 1979; image size 10″ x 15″ ea. Nice 5 page sequence by Ayers and Tanghal, from a possibly unpublished Code Name: Gravedigger story, Men Of War was cancelled with issue #26 and it’s unclear if this story was ever used. Pen and ink. Art is in excellent condition. Signed by Tanghal on pages 8-11. 27. July 2022

Without seeing the pages, I can’t guess.  There was SHOWCASE edition of MEN OF WAR that I think included all the finished Gravedigger stories, so I’d suggest you track that down and see if there’s a match?

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