How the Kung Fu craze led to a famous Legion writer’s first Legion story

In the latest comic book saga reveal, find out how the kung fu craze gave an iconic Legion writer his first taste of superhero legion

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The kung fu craze led to Paul Levitz’s first work on the role of the Legion of Superheroes.



One of the most important truths in comics history (Paul Levitz must have used the term before, but it’s a pretty common one, but hey, feel free to credit Paul Levitz if you want! cool) was when comic book companies started paying attention to the pop culture craze, the surest sign that pop culture was over, which was clearly the case with DC and its attempts to profit from the kung fu craze of the early 1970s.

For example, the popular effort TV shows from the early 1970s…

What’s been done is Denny O’Neil’s TV show when DC debuted a kung fu-themed comic book designed to tie in with fashion Richard Long, Kung Fu fighter

Still, even thinking this is clearly way behind the actual timeline of the trend, DC’s publisher Carmine Infantino wanted to do more with the kung fu trend, and he turned to his editors to try and come up with more new ones. Ideas to fit into this fashion.

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At the time, Paul Levitz, 19, was Joe Orlando’s assistant editor, and Infantino asked him to come up with a kung fu comic book title. Levitz and Carl Gafford discussed the concept, and Gafford suggested why not use the Karate Kid from Legion of Superheroes, because then you can appeal to Legion fans and martial arts fans!

Orlando went, Levitz got a chance to write Karate Kid series, which debuted in early 1976.

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However, Infantino felt Levitz had too little experience writing the series at the time, so he told Orlando to get rid of him. David Michelinie participated in the second issue.

A year later, however, Infantino was fired and Danny O’Neill took over as editor of the magazine. Superboy and Legion of Superheroes Retired Murray Boltinoff soon lost his lead writer Jim Shooter to Marvel Comics (where Shooter worked as an associate editor. I wonder where Shooter is in the comics What happened to Wei?), so the book is free now that Levitz is a year older and no longer has Infantino around to stop him (not that Infantino would definitely stop him at the time, who Know?) So he got the gig Superboy and Legion of Superheroes Chapter 225……

I don’t know if he has any previous experience Karate Kid Influenced whether O’Neal gave him the book.I’d say it did, but only because it made the story more interesting (because Karate Kid Quests are arguably the Legion’s way of getting one of its most famous writers, which is a cool idea, right? ), but who knows.

His initial run was relatively shortened by DC’s implosion (DC dropped a lot of titles, and Levitz, as a clerk, felt it made more sense to give freelance writers who had lost their jobs on other book assignments because, unlike them, he had his own staff on top of his freelance work), but a few years later Mike W. Barr took over Superboy and Legion of Superheroes Written by Roy Thomas, but Thomas wasn’t that committed, so a deal was struck, and through some musical chairs between Thomas, Gerry Conway, and Levitz, Levitz ended up in Legion of Superheroes The second time, this time he wasn’t about to give up and went on to have a signature run on the book (not that his first run was bad, of course).

Thanks to Michael Eury and Paul Levitz for their great information via an informative interview in TwoMorrows’ Back Issue #68!

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