Paul Levitz’s Public Letter of Resignation

Paul Levitz resigns as President and Publisher of DC Comics.

Paul Levitz, who has been the President and Publisher of DC Comics
since 2002, resigned today as Diane Nelson takes his role as head of DC
Entertainment.  Levitz released a public letter of resignation via DC’s The Source blog:

Dear Friends,

Thank you for your efforts, your support, and your contributions to
DC Comics over the long years that I’ve had the honor of serving as
part of DC’s leadership team. Together, our staff, creative
contributors, readers, retailers and business partners have helped
bring us to the beginning of what looks to be a new golden age for
comics in the United States, and one that will bring more respect for
the talent and the medium.

It will come as no surprise to anyone who’s heard me answer a comic
convention request, “When are you going to do more Legion stories?”
that I’m going to step away from my executive desk in coming months to
resume my writing career, in comics and hopefully other forms as well.
One of the lessons I learned from my many great teachers, from Frank
McCourt through Joe Orlando and Jenette Kahn, is that creative work is
more enduring than executive acts, and I look forward to adding to the
stories I’ve told. Expect to see my byline at DC, as it has appeared
for almost 37 years, adding what I can to a mythology and company that
has my enduring affection, and expect to see me around the world of
comics, which I hope never to leave. I already hear Karen and Dan
sharpening their blue pencils with glee, waiting for my first pages.

DC will remain in the hands of the people who have had ultimate
responsibility for its success throughout the past two decades, the
management team of Warner Bros., headed by Barry Meyer and Alan Horn.
They have encouraged our growth as a creative enterprise, and I have
confidence that the people they will select to join the DC team,
beginning with Diane Nelson, will do their best to make DC a success.
While that transition process is taking place, I’ll continue to run DC
until the baton can be carefully passed, and afterwards will have a
role in which I can provide my advice and help.

On a personal note, I deeply appreciate the warmth and friendship I
have found in these halls since my first visit, as a 13 year old comics
fan. The relationships I have made here, including one that began in a
DC circulation meeting and developed into the first DC marriage in four
decades (thereby rebooting a grand tradition?), have been and will
remain central to my life.

And now, if you forgive me, the future is calling.

Syndicated from The Outhouse – Comic Community Run By Fanboys, For Fanboys
Posted originally: 2009-09-09 12:40:34

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