Happy Birthday, Paul Levitz!
Today is the birthday of incredible Legion of Super-Heroes writer Paul Levitz, born on this date in 1956. He is sixty years young!
Paul took over the writing credits on the Legion from Superboy/Legion # 225 in 1977 after Cary Bates and Jim Shooter both moved on from the series. He attempted to start his run off with a bang, killing off Chemical King and embroiling the Legion in Earthwar. However, this stretch was characterized by various artists and fill-in stories; his last story appeared in Superboy/Legion #251 in 1979, but by this point he had already been replaced by Gerry Conway.
He came back in late 1981 for Legion (v2) #284 and this time he stayed on the series an unbelievable eight years. As writer he worked with such artistic talents as James Sherman, Mike Grell, Joe Staton, Pat Broderick, Keith Giffen, Steve Lightle, and Greg LaRocque.
During his run Paul Levitz wrote more than 147 Legion of Super-Heroes issues. He took eleven years off from the Legion in 1989, then came back in 2010 and wrote another 47 Legion issues.
Of course, he also wrote countless other stories starring Batman, Superman, the Huntress, the Justice Society of America, and Aquaman, as well as many others.
Paul was an executive at DC and Warner Bros for several years, eventually becoming President and Publisher of DC from 2002-2009. He now teaches and writes on a freelance basis. His newest books include The Bronze Age of DC Comics and Will Eisner: Champion of the Graphic Novel.
You can find Paul Levitz at his site PaulLevitz.com.
There were so many things that Paul Levitz did or expanded during his tenure on Legion of Super-Heroes that we can't list everything, so please enjoy what we consider the most important Levitz Legion touches!
Killed Chemical King
Married Saturn Girl & Lightning Lad
The Earthwar Saga
Made Brainiac 5 Crazy
Developed Chameleon Boy as RJ Brande's son
Made Princess Projectra into Queen
Introduced Invisible Kid II
The Great Darkness Saga
Added The White Witch to the Legion
Married Princess Projectra & Karate Kid
Bore Saturn Girl & Lightning Lad sons
Killed Karate Kid
Re-created Lightning Lass
Created Sensor Girl
Re-introduced Emerald Empress
The Universo Project
Had Time Trapper Face the Infinite Man
Killed Magnetic Kid
Destroyed the technologically advanced future