A Comic Legend Comes To London
♦ This Wednesday, former DC president and longtime Legion of Superheroes writer plus the man who has been out there to celebrate DC’s long history Paul Levitz came to sign at Forbidden Planet in London. Tripwire was there and so here’s a few photos of the man himself…
Here’s some of Levitz’s bio taken from his own website
As an executive, he led the DC Comics division of Time Warner as its senior business officer for three decades, and ultimately as President & Publisher from 2002-2009. During that time, he was intimately involved in growing the company into a cultural force with media successes as diverse as the highest grossing comic book film ever (THE DARK KNIGHT), the longest running comic book television series (SMALLVILLE), establishing the graphic novel as one of print publishing’s few success stories of the new century, and extending the life and reach of its classic franchises in multiple media and industries through licensing, as well as acquiring and building new properties. His responsibilities included interacting with senior executives of the division’s partners, including Hasbro, Mattel, General Motors, Random House, Hachette, Summit Entertainment, and virtually all divisions of Time Warner.
As a creative figure, he began as an entrepreneur in high school as editor/publisher of The Comic Reader, the first mass-circulation fanzine devoted to comics news, winning two consecutive annual Comic Art Fan Awards for Best Fanzine. He went on to write over 400 stories of iconic characters including Superman and Batman, with sales of over 25 million copies, and translations into over 20 languages. His stories have been compiled in 22 graphic novel editions, three of which have appeared on The New York Times Graphic Books Best Seller list. One of his 9-11 response stories was exhibited at the Library of Congress, and the television series BIRDS OF PREY was partially based on his stories.
His book, 75 YEARS OF DC COMICS: THE ART OF MODERN MYTHMAKING (Taschen, 2010) won the U.K.’s Eagle Award for Favourite Comics-Related Book, Munich’s Peng Pris and the Eisner Awards for Best Comics-Related Book in the U.S. The $200 book went to a second printing, and he has revised and abridged it for a series from Taschen, beginning with THE GOLDEN AGE OF DC COMICS, THE SILVER AGE OF DC COMICS, and THE BRONZE AGE OF DC COMICS.