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Paul Levitz is a comic book fan who has worked as editor/publisher of The Comic Reader, editor of the Batman titles and others, writer of more than 300 stories―including an acclaimed run on Legion of Super-Heroes―and a DC Comics executive, finishing his 38-year stint with the company as President and Publisher. He returned to writing in 2010 with a new series of Legion stories and other projects.

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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Taschen (July 15, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3836535769
  • ISBN-13: 978-3836535762
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 1.6 x 13 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,181 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Paul Levitz was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1956, and entered the comics industry in 1971 as editor/publisher of The Comic Reader, the first mass-circulation fanzine devoted to comics news. He continued to publish TCR for three years, winning two consecutive annual Comic Art Fan Awards for Best Fanzine. His other fan activities included editing the program books for several of Phil Seuling's legendary New York Comic Art Conventions,. He received Comic-con International's Inkpot Award in 2002, the prestigious Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award in 2008, and the Comics industry Appreciation Award from ComicsPro (the trade association of comic shop retailers) in 2010. Levitz also serves on the board of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.

Levitz is primarily known for his work for DC Comics, where he has written most of their classic characters including the Justice Society, Superman in both comics and the newspaper strip, and an acclaimed run on The Legion of Super-Heroes, a series he's recently returned to write. Readers of The Buyers' Guide voted his Legion: The Great Darkness Saga one of the 20 best comic stories of the last century, and visitors to the site selected the same story as #11 of the Top 100 Comic Book Stories of All Time. DC Comics has just issued a new hardcover edition of Legion: The Great Darkness Saga, which made the New York Times' Graphic Books Bestseller List.

Cumulatively, Levitz has written over 300 stories with sales of over 25 million copies, and translations into over 20 languages. As a DC staffer from 1973, Levitz was an assistant editor, the company's youngest editor ever, and in a series of business capacities, became Executive Vice President & Publisher in 1989 and then served as President & Publisher from 2002-2009. He continues as a Contributing Editor, but is now concentrating on his writing.

His current writing projects include Taschen's 75 YEARS OF DC COMICS: THE ART OF MODERN MYTHMAKING, which the LA Times praised for "its colossal ambitions, insights and collected rarities" and the NY Times called "richly conceived history."

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23 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Mutant Press on July 3, 2013
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I wanted to love this book. I really did. I grew up during this era, and as a baby boomer that started reading comics in the early sixties, this should have been a brilliant tour down memory lane. The previous volume on the Golden Age was outstanding, so I expected no less. But the choice of material used and the copies of the comics used left a lot to be desired. I have owned some of these comics in my life, and frankly, DC should have spent a few bucks to get better grade issues for reproductions. Many of these had rolled spines, cracks, dings and they looked like the cat dragged them in. In a $59.99 copy table book like this DC needs to have better quality images. Two Morrows has published a wonderful book on the Silver Age from 196-1964 that is far superior to this. I wanted to see more DC Science Fiction such as The Space Museum or Atomic Knights. Coverage of DC on their wonderful mystery comics was sparse at best. I did like the Flash coverage, but again, the condition of the comics used was rag tag. Don’t they have file copies of these in better shape?
And why so much about the campy, wretched Batman TV show? One page would have sufficed. I would have preferred a cover gallery of Infantino and Adams covers instead.
So, please DC, reprint in color Strange Adventures and Mystery in Space. I have the Adam Strange volumes, and they are nice, but there is a plethora of wonderful sci-fi tales from the late 50’s to the 60’s that need to be preserved, like Atlas has done with their late 50’s tales.
What I did enjoy were the old photos of newsstands filled with the comic books of the day. It was such a different time, before the direct market and comic shops.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mark Strelecki on July 29, 2013
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Talk about a trip down memory lane! Paul's wonderfully BIG hardcover book is at times an interesting read as well as a nostalgic tribute to the glory and beauty that was the Silver Age of comics. Full page reproductions of comics, as well as tons of other pictures will remind you of the time when you were an active consumer of comic books, and make you feel good all over, again. I have just started reading this huge tome and I will say that each time I sit down with it, I am struck by the power of the imagery as well as the words, and I remember why I was so interested in collecting "back in the day". Yes, I not only purchased my stuff off the comic racks in the local supermarkets and magazine stands in the drug store, but also from back issue merchants like Howard Rogofsky and Grand Book Center in New York. The Silver Age was an explosive time in the comics business, and some of the stories Paul tells will enlighten you, while all of them will entertain you. Thanks for a great book!
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By William Jackson on July 11, 2013
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Some comic book fans are DC fans or Marvel fans. Well, when I started reading comics there was no Marvel. Not only
was there no Marvel, but there were only three, yes three super heroes---SUPERMAN, BATMAN, WONDER WOMAN.
i know the " silver age " started with SHOWCASE # 4 ( pictured on the book cover ) but really the " silver age " didn't
start until December of 1959 with THE FLASH # 105 ( Imagine, a comic that started with no number one issue ) I know
why it didn't, but buy this book and find that out. After the success of the FLASH, as they say----the rest is history---
THOR, NICK FURY, DOCTOR STRANGE, the HULK, the revival of CAPTAIN AMERICA, the X-MEN and from other
publishers MAGNUS, ROBOT FIGHTER, DOCTOR SOLAR, THE FLY etc.. I know, I got carried away---this book
only covers the " silver age " of DC but that is more than enough----400 pages of DC history that a lot of us baby
boomers grew up reading. I still have some of those comics today---the FLASH all the Infantino issues, GREEN
LANTER all the Kane and Adams iusses, and the Kubert SGT. ROCK issues. All I can say is buy this book and
enjoy !!!
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22 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Sandy on June 20, 2013
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Big Book! NOT Digest sized! VERY nice paper, stunning layouts. Each page contains more joy and wonder than the entire MAN OF STEEL 2013 movie. Proving once again, Comic Art trumps a State of The Art Movie, even here in the 21st century. Definitive book on the DC Silver Age. Pleasantly surprised by the 9" x 12" size, anticipating one of those Taschen smaller editions. A SUPER BOOK. Already looking forward to the Bronze Age release in Spring 2014.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. C. Gullo on September 26, 2013
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My wonder years were 1976--1986 and this book by long writer of the LEGION OF SUPER--HEROES, Paul Levitz, covers many of my real collecting years. Remember the "DC Comics explosion/ implosion"? The crisis on infinate earths? The Green Lantern / Green Arrow revelence issues of the early 1970s. My brother bought most of those at our local comic shop in the late 1970s. Superman of E2 marrying his sweetheart Lois Lane? All covered here. Pretty pages of four color wonder. High recommended. And you can always use the book as a dumbell! Heavy!!
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