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).


In Comic Reader #164 was an announcement for a collection of Superman stories, which DC and Western Publishing wanted to publish. Do you know if this project ever saw print ? Or can you point me to somebody who might be able to answer this question ? All the best, Georg 30. November 2017

No idea, sorry.


Since modern day living is so strictly digital, how often do you check your social media (like Facebook) for things like fan mail? (I highly suggest checking your Facebook) 30. November 2017

Facebook pretty often, my own website not often enough (sorry). Twitter almost never these days.


Mr. Levitz, I just happened to re-read vol. 8 of the Legion of Super-Heroes Archives, which of course contains your introduction about E. Nelson Bridwell. You say “He became a part of the DC Universe,” presumably in one of the stories in that book, but I can’t find any homages or references to him. What have I missed? Apologies for such a trivial question! 30. November 2017

Dunno that I meant that Nelson was in any of those stories. He definitely was drawn into an INFERIOR FIVE issue that featured a tour of the DC offices in the late ’60s. But his legend is definitely a part of the DC Universe and the stories he contributed to the Legion (and his own creation, the original Secret Six) enhanced it.


Dear Mr. Levitz, next year, here in Brazil we will celebrate 25th anniversary of Vertigo with a book homage and, it would be an honour have your personnel statement regarding creation of imprint. Thanks and best regards 30. November 2017

One of the proudest accomplishments in my tenure at DC was the birth and success of Vertigo. Karen Berger launched a line of comics that attracted a new audience at a time when it was very challenging to do so, and went on to build a groundbreaking library of amazing titles. I once described her job as publishing things that made me uncomfortable, and I’ve never enjoyed being uncomfortable more.


Sir, big fan of the age of dc comic volume series…any specific reason why the dark age and modern age were cancelled for release and if is there any way to get a hold of them? Justin Waits 30. November 2017

I’m afraid there’s no current plans for those individual volumes. It amazes me that Taschen has done so many editions from the original, and I’m pleased everyone seems to keep enjoying (and buying) them…


Can you tell or show us more about the great DC warehouse adventure ? I think you said it was in Brooklyn where you saw a bunch of old DC’ s ? THANKS 12. January 2016

Back in my assistant editor days, probably in 1973 or 1974, Allan Asherman and I were dispatched to a Brooklyn warehouse where DC had some of its old files. I’ve long forgotten what we were sent there for (hope we found it), but it turned out to be a building that Warner Bros. owned and had inherited from the days when they made movies in New York City. Maybe it was First National, an early movie company that had been acquired by WB in the twenties that had originally owned it? In any case, the warehouse was a mile or two from my childhood home, and I’d walked past it many, many times without ever realizing it. Our prize find that day was one of George Reeves’ costumes, a brown and yellow one used for shooting the black & white episodes. Allan, a great expert on the Reeves shows and the earlier serials, understood what it was immediately.


Hello Paul, Just wanted to drop you a line and tell you that I thoroughly enjoyed your Champion of the Graphic Novel book. I was Will’s assistant in White Plains for about 4 years and was also in that great class in SVA along with Mike Carlin, Drew Friedman, Brian Postman and Gwen Sueling. You’ve done a great job! -Robert Pizzo www.robertpizzo.com 9. January 2016

Thanks, Robert. I especially appreciate reactions from folks like you who knew Will. His teaching years were one of the least documented parts of his life, and so many of his students were great to share their memories.


Hi Paul. Among all your writing and teaching efforts, have you put out a book on writing for comics or other genres? 6. January 2016

Nope. Done some single lecture/seminars on aspects of comics writing, and many years ago we did a long program at DC for some prospective new comics writers that I spoke at every week (and yielded the talented Mindy Newell and longtime Dark Horse editorial wizard Randy Stradley), but never any writing on the subject.


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