Every day this month I will share with you the first (at least as far as I know) U.S. professional work by a notable comic book creator. Here is an archive of the creators who have been featured so far.
Today's featured creator is Paul Levitz!
Paul Levitz is best known for his work behind the scenes for DC Comics, where he was the Publisher from 1989 through 2009 and the President from 2002 through 2009. He is also well known for his tremendous work on the Legion of Super-Heroes, which he recently returned to work on as the writer of their current ongoing series.
Levitz got his start at DC Comics when he was just a teenager in the early 1970s. He was a popular writer for a fanzine, The Comic Reader, and through his work on the magazine he started up relationships with the folks at DC. Eventually, Joe Orlando began to give him freelance work. Mostly low key stuff, like a text page here, an introduction there (I'm not sharing those with you because, well, that's not particularly fun) plus some mystery stories that I don't know about (what issues, etc.) until eventually, at the end of 1974, Levitz got a break writing superhero comics.
He wrote a story for Adventure Comics #437...
and then the beginning of a run of stories in Weird Mystery Tales, beginning with #15...
Once he begun at DC, he never stopped, and nearly 40 years later, Levitz is still there, still putting out quality comics!