Official Press Release
The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund last night announced that Paul Levitz has accepted a seat on its Board of Directors. The announcement came Sunday night during a dinner with members of DC's retailer focus group (the RRP) preceding Diamond's Baltimore Retailer Summit.
"This is fantastic news for the CBLDF and for the comics community as a whole," CBLDF President Chris Staros said of Levitz joining the board. "Paul brings over 30 years ofexperience in nearly every facet of the comics business and a commitment to the artform that is unparalleled.Ê His extensive knowledge, enthusiasm, and experience will only make the Fund a stronger organization."
CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein concurs."Perhaps more than any other person in the field, Paul Levitz has been most responsible for comics' ongoing welfare and stability," Brownstein said. "As the head of DC Comics, he encourages the unwavering support of our Direct Market retailers, while simultaneously growing the artform by taking chances on innovative content across ever-diversifying genre lines. The commitment that Paul has demonstrated to our retailers, creators, and medium over the course of his career can't help but serve the Fund well during his tenure on our Board."
"The First Amendment is crucial for allowing truly diverse voices to be published, and the CBLDF has served as a strong rallying point for our industry to unite in ensuring its protection is shared by all," Levitz said. "I'm honored to have been invited to jointhe board, and hope to help it continue and expand its work in a time when comics are dramatically expanding their creative range."
Levitz joins Chris Staros, Peter David, Neil Gaiman, Milton Griepp, Greg Ketter, Frank Mangiaracina, and Louise Nemschoff on the CBLDF Board of Directors.
About Paul Levitz
Paul Levitz was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1956, and entered the comics industry in 1971 as the 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 book for several of Phil Seuling's legendary New York Comic Art Conventions, and he worked briefly for Seuling at SeaGate Distributors, the original direct distribution company. He also served on the editorial board for the original edition of Jerry Bails' Who's Who in American Comic Books.
Levitz is primarily known for his work for DC Comics, a company he's been associated with for over 30 years. Beginning as a freelance writer of text features, he went on to write most of the classic DC characters, including Batman, Wonder Woman and the Superman newspaper strip. His most popular writing was done is his 13 years on the Legion of Super-Heroes, including an 8-year uninterrupted run, one of the longest in super-hero comics history, and on Justice Society of America.
Levitz joined the editorial staff of DC in 1973 as an assistant editor, and became editor of the Batman titles before shifting from the editorial to business side in 1980. Since then, he has been Manager of Business Affairs, Vice President -- Operations, Executive Vice President, and, since 2002, President &Publisher.
Levitz lives with his wife and three children in the hills of Westchester County, New York.
About the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund
The CBLDF was founded in 1986 as a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of First Amendment rights for comic book retailers, publishers, and authors. Since its establishment, the Fund has provided free legal advise and counsel in dozens of First Amendment cases and has participated as amicus in several First Amendment related "Friend of the Court" briefs. Donations and inquiries should be directed to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund at P.O. Box 693, Northampton, MA 01061 or firstname.lastname@example.org.ÊMore information about the Fund can be found athttp://www.cbldf.org