Stan Lee and Paul Levitz
Taschen’s Creed Poulsen forwarded this account of the recent book party in Los Angeles for 75 Years of DC Comics: The Art of Modern Mythmaking, Paul Levitz’s amazing history of DC Comics. The pictures make it.
To continue the celebration of TASCHEN’s acclaimed fall title 75 Years of DC Comics: The Art of Modern Mythmaking, the TASCHEN Store Beverly Hills hosted legendary comic book writer and Editor Paul Levitz, who made his third and final stop of the year for the DC book launch tour. Over 200 guests were treated to beer and wine, and given the opportunity to take their picture with Batman (who showed up in his mint condition Batmobile, a replica from the 1966 Television series), Superman, or take pictures upstairs in the DC inspired photo booth which was provided by Sammy’s Camera.
For the second night in a row, three award-winning American comic book writers: Marv Wolfman (creator of Blade for Marvel Comics), Len Wein (co-creator of DC’s Swamp Thing and Marvel’s Wolverine characters), and Mark Evanier (Author of the Jack Kirby Biography) came to a DC Comics event to show their support for the book. A special appearance was also made by actor Aaron Smolinski, a DC cult favorite who appeared in both Superman 1 and Superman 3 films, and many members of the press, most notably The Los Angeles Times, Bloomberg News, Esquire, OUT, E! Entertainment, The Wall Street Journal The Hollywood Reporter, as well as Getty and Wire images, and Film Magic Images.
The highlight of the night however, came when comic book legend Stan Lee (Founder of Pow! Entertainment and Co-Creator Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, X-Men, Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, and more) made an appearance at TASCHEN Beverly Hills to support both Paul and the book. As a number of cameras flashed outside the store, Stan Lee was overheard by TASCHEN Art Director Josh Baker saying to Paul Levitz, “Anybody who can lift this book is a superhero.”
TASCHEN America would like to thank Paul Levitz for traveling all the way from New York to support the book both last night at The Hammer museum, and tonight at the TASCHEN Store Beverly Hills. His participation as well as all those in attendance made our last event of the year a successful one.
(Photos Courtesy Amy Kaplan)
Batman with Batmobile
Marv Wolfman, Paul Levitz, Mark Evanier, Len Wein, Don Glut
Nina Wiener, Paul Levitz, Josh Baker
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.