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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