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An Evening of Batman

September 12, 2019

Join Paul Levitz and Denny O’Neil for a conversation on the history and creators behind Batman.

$15 Non-Members | $10 Members | $7 Seniors + Students (Undergrad with valid ID)

Attendees to this event and automatically be entered for a chance to win a gift card to Midtown Comics! 

About the Speakers:

Paul 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.  

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 recent writing projects include WILL EISNER: CHAMPION OF THE GRAPHIC NOVEL (Abrams ComicArts, 2015) and Taschen’s 75 YEARS OF DC COMICS: THE ART OF MODERN MYTHMAKING (2010),  which 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., as well as comics including DOCTOR FATE for DC Comics and BROOKLYN BLOOD for Dark Horse Comics.

Denny O’Neil is an American comic book writer and editor, principally for Marvel Comics and DC Comics from the 1960s through the 1990s, and Group Editor for the Batman family of titles until his retirement.
His best-known works include Green Lantern/Green Arrow and Batman with Neal Adams, The Shadow with Mike Kaluta and The Question with Denys Cowan, all of which were hailed for sophisticated (for the period, in the case of his 1970s work) stories that expanded the artistic potential of the mainstream portion of the medium. As an editor, he is principally known for editing the various Batman titles. Today, he sits on the board of directors of the charity A Commitment To Our Roots. 

His 1970s run on Batman is perhaps his most well known endeavour, getting back to the character’s darker roots after a period dominated by the campiness of the late Golden-early Bronze Age. He particularly sought to emphasize Batman’s detective skills. This grimier and more sophisticated Dark Knight, as well as new villains such as Ra’s Al Ghul, brought Batman back from the verge of pop culture oblivion. His work would influence later incarnations of Batman, from the seminal comic “Batman: The Dark Knight Returns” by Frank Miller, to the movie Batman Begins in 2005.

During the seventies he was apparently committed enough to the resurrection of the darker Batman, that when forced to write in a Silver Age style, such as on The Super Friends, he generally used an alias.




September 12, 2019
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