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).


Were DC and Marvel comics from the golden age initially targeted to kids, teens, or adults? And why? 30. April 2020

Different editors probably had different ‘targets’ in mind…no one did any kind of real market research, or complex guidance in those days, it was all on instinct. And remember that the typical adult literacy/education level in those years was what we’d expect of very young kids these days.


I was wondering when the decision was made that the New 52 Legion run was an alternate world version, and what led to thar decision? 30. April 2020

I wrote the ending of the series to open the possibility that it was an alternate future because I felt that elements Keith had added to the plot of the last arc took it too far away from the future I envisioned. It wasn’t conclusive, though, just a possibility…you can choose for yourself.


Dear Paul, How can I get you out to our Fingerlakes Comic Con June 8-10 in Auburn, NY? 7. April 2018

My schedule for that period is very volatile, as my daughter’s due in early May, and grandchild-to-be takes priority. Can you send me details at [email protected] and perhaps I can make a last minute decision to appear?


Dear Paul, I have a Legion question for you. Was Medicus One, the 30th century orbiting hospital, supposed to be the re-created JLA satellite from the JLA/JSA LSH crossover in JLA 148? 22. March 2018

Nope. More influenced by the Sector General stories by James White, which chronicled a space station hospital that treated all sorts of alien beings.


Dear Paul, I am doing a critical analysis of Silver Age Green Lantern and was wondering if DC or anyone else had John Broome’s or Julius Schwartz’s papers relating to the reboot. Thank you. 8. January 2018

Doubt it. DC didn’t save any such ‘papers’ in those years or for decades thereafter. It’s possible Peggy Broome is still alive (I’ve lost track), but it would be very unusual for a comics writer of that generation to save any drafts or notes, much less to pass them along.


Dear Paul, I’ve just read Justice Society # 66 on Diversions of the Groovy Kind. Strangely, the story featured Das Island as a location. My late father worked on Das Island between 1975 & 1990, so I wondered what made you pick Das as a location, for Justice Society # 66? Thank you. 30. November 2017

Sorry, no memory of how that happened.


I recently saw a Sunday sample from a proposed Jonah Hex newspaper strip by Mike Fleisher and Russ Heath. Not surprisingly, it was gorgeous and makes me think of what could have been. But I never heard a peep about this before. Any insight into its background – who proposed it, when this was, how far the idea got? 30. November 2017

Pretty sure Joe Orlando was developing that out of DC’s special projects team in the late ’70s, when we were working with the Tribune Syndicate on Superman. There was also a Shelly Mayer Sugar & Spike project, if memory serves. Both would have been amazing if they could have happened.


Dear Mr. Levitz; I read the last two trades of your last Legion run. I thought the absolute zero freezing electrons resolve was clever and I appreciate your insertion of science fact resolves in your stories and I wish more writers used their opportunites with a youth audience to sneak in technology appeal. I think you missed a storytelling opportunity with R.J. Brande’s exit though. If the Legion had to self finance thru crowdfunding that would be a new and interesting storytelling route. Unpopular members could be voted out, inappropriate teams could be chosen to tackle threats, letting the in-story Legion followers work against the Legion while subsidizing their adventures would be a promising plot development imho. I’m sad the Legion seems to have concluded for the time being. I first encountered them thru a few issues in an older cousin’s comic collection and never was able to find other Legion material until I took a look into Comixology. I think your work is pretty daring while remaining upbeat, a tough trick to pull off, the villains always seem formidable and the heroes vulnerable but the books were never dour. If I can ask your opinion of another creator, what do you think of Jerry Siegel as a writer? I never see him listed as an all time great but I think the few stories of his I’ve read were remarkable. 30. November 2017

All of us who do super heroes work on Jerry’s shoulders. I loved much of his ’50s and ’60s Superman family work, and his handful of Legion stories.


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