Paul Levitz: Five Decades at DC Comics

Andrew Sumner is joined on this week’s Hard Agree by the renowned long-term president and publisher of DC Comics: Paul Levitz! Paul talks with Sumner about his unique career and his amazingly eventful 48 years on the payroll at DC, where he was involved with a massive amount of positive change that affected both DC and the entire US comics industry. Paul discusses working on DC’s war books, particularly Men of War (starring Gravedigger) and Star Spangled War Stories (starring The Unknown Soldier); enjoying My Favorite Martian and Get Smart; loving Mort Weisinger’s Superman line; working with the legendary Steve Ditko and co-creating with Steve the Prince Gavyn Starman and Stalker (inked by the unique Wally Wood); the brilliance of James Robinson’s Starman, working with his hero Will Eisner on DC’s complete The Spirit Archives; the acclaimed comic-book alumnae of DeWitt Clinton High School in the Bronx; working with the illustrious Joe Kubert; the importance of family life and the delights of parenthood; working with the great Gerry Conway; his long association with the Justice Society of America; the underrated-but-abiding creative power of the Milestone Comics line; the brilliance of Curt Swan; the amazing publishing team at BOOM! Studios and Ram V’s best-selling, critically-lauded The Many Deaths of Laila Starr!

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3 thoughts on “Paul Levitz: Five Decades at DC Comics

  • October 15, 2022 at 5:33 pm

    Would love to listen. But just a disabled dinosaur now. Cannot afford paywalls. Bet it’s good.

  • October 17, 2022 at 5:06 pm

    Since this is moderated, this one is not for publication any way. I made my previous post at night. Just being on Social Security, budgets are tight. Hitting paywalls are always a bummer. But my own personal reality still getting used to. I first met Paul around 50 years ago. There’re about 50 places I need to sub into. They all add up, so I do none of them. Will see what shakes loose down the road. You can delete this now, best, Robert Beerbohm

    • December 8, 2022 at 10:23 am

      Robert, there shouldn’t be any paywall for this post. All our shows are released free for everyone to listen to on our website and on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts and more. On the website here you should see a play button below the show graphic. If you don’t see it let me know and I can help you be able to listen to the show, it’s a great one!


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