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Wednesday, December 15, 2010 

Paul Levitz strikes out again

DC's former publisher, one of their most pretentious staffers as I came to realize, gave an interview to the Comics Journal about 75 years for the company, and only succeeded in turning off plenty of readers again. He said in reply to the following:
WILSON: The ability to cross genders because if you talk with female readers, there appears to be a greater attention paid to Vertigo titles than those published in the mainstream DC realm.

LEVITZ: I’m not sure that young women are as interested in reading about superheroes. The fundamental dynamic of the superhero story has historically been more appealing to boys than to girls.
You mean there's no wish fulfillment for girls in superhero stories, or any other kind of inspiration or escapism? Sigh. There's a whole list of blogs here, particularly from the Tumblr server, who were put off by what they feel is Levitz signaling contempt for the female audience. And all I can say is that, after he greenlighted Identity Crisis, their worst way of saying they don't want a big female audience, he deserves whatever drubbing he gets.

Update: here's a response to Levitz's botch on Robot 6.

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