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    Julius Schwartz
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In 1932, Schwartz co-published (with Mort Weisinger and Forrest J. Ackerman) Time Traveller, one of the first science fiction fanzines. Schwartz and Weisinger also founded the Solar Sales Service literary agency (1934-1944) where Schwartz represented such writers as Alfred Bester, Stanley G. Weinbaum, Robert Bloch, Ray Bradbury, and H. P. Lovecraft, including some of Bradbury's first published work and Lovecraft's last. In addition, Schwartz helped organize the first World Science Fiction Convention in 1939.

In 1944 he became an editor at All-American Comics (which later merged into DC Comics). He recruited Bester to contribute to the company's line of comic books. In the 1950s he oversaw the revival of superheroes such as the Flash, Green Lantern, Hawkman and the Atom, which led to the Silver Age of comic books. This revival has been cited as an inspiration for the transformation of Marvel Comics in the 1960s. The Schwartz-edited line of titles was regarded by many as being more creative and dynamic than other DC titles of the time, notably the Superman line edited by Mort Weisinger.

In the 1960s, Schwartz began editing the Batman titles, helping craft the "new look" Batman which indirectly led to the Batman television series. He also helped writer Dennis O'Neil and artist Neal Adams come to prominence at DC Comics.

From 1971 to 1985 Schwartz was the editor of the Superman titles, helping to modernize the settings of the books and move them away from "gimmick" stories to stories with more of a character-driven nature. This included an attempt to scale back Superman's powers while removing kryptonite as an overused plot device. This proved short-lived, with Schwartz bowing to pressure to restore both elements in the titles.

As an editor, Schwartz was heavily involved in the writing of the stories published in his magazines. He worked out the plot with the writer in story conferences. The writer would then break down the plot into a panel-by-panel continuity, and write the dialogue and captions. Schwartz would in turn polish the script, sometimes rewriting extensively.

Schwartz featured as a character in the Ambush Bug titles by Keith Giffen, which he also edited.

Schwartz retired from DC in 1986 after 42 years at the company, but continued to be active in comics and science fiction fandom until shortly before his death. As a coda to his career as a comic book editor, Schwartz edited seven DC science fiction graphic novels, adapted from classic science fiction works by Harlan Ellison, Robert Silverberg, Bradbury, and others. In 2000 he published his autobiography, Man of Two Worlds: My Life in Science Fiction and Comics, co-authored with Brian Thomsen.

His wife, Jean (who had been his secretary before they married), died in 1986 from emphysema, after 34 years of marriage. Schwartz's relationship with Jean had been particularly close, and he never remarried or dated following her death. Not many years later, Schwartz's stepdaughter Jeanne — Jean's daughter from a previous marriage — died from the same illness under similar circumstances.

He remained a "Goodwill Ambassador" for DC Comics and an Editor Emeritus up until his death. He was a popular guest at comic book conventions, often attending between ten and twelve conventions a year. Schwartz was so popular that he could often not get through a meal in convention hotel restaurants without being asked to sign autographs and answer comic book history questions from fans.

In 1998, Dragon*Con chairman Ed Kramer established the Julie Award, bestowed for universal achievement spanning multiple genres and selected each year by a panel of industry professionals. The inaugural recipient was science fiction and fantasy Grand Master Ray Bradbury. Additional awards, presented by Schwartz each year, included Forrest J. Ackerman, Yoshitaka Amano, Alice Cooper, Will Eisner, Harlan Ellison, Neil Gaiman, Carmine Infantino, Anne McCaffrey, Peter David and Jim Steranko.

Schwartz received a great deal of recognition over the course of his career, including the 1962 Alley Award for Best Editor, and the Shazam Award for Superior Achievement by an Individual in 1972 for bringing the Marvel Family back into print.

Schwartz died on February 8, 2004, at the age of 88, after being hospitalized for pneumonia. He was survived by his son-in-law, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, whom he encouraged to refer to him not as "Great-Grandpa" but as "Super-Grandpa."

After Julius Schwartz passed away, DC Comics celebrated his contributions to comics by publishing eight stand-alone special issues of DC Comics Presents inspired by eight classic Silver Age covers. Each issue featured two stories based on a classic DC Comics cover of the past, reflecting Schwartz's frequent practice of commissioning a cover concept, then telling the writers to create a story around that cover. Schwartz or a doppelganger thereof appeared in all eight issues, serving various roles in the stories.

Date of Birth: 06/19/1915
Birthplace: The Bronx, NY
Date of death: 02/08/2004


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Adventures of Superman: Gil Kane (2012)
All Star Comics Archives (1991)
All-New Collectors' Edition (1978)
All-Star Comics (1940)
All-Star Companion (2004)
Amazing World of DC Comics (1974)
Atari Force Special (1986)
The Atom Archives (2001)
Batman (1940)
Batman Black & White (2001)
Batman Black and White (1996)
Batman: Gotham Knights (2000)
Batman: Schwarz und Weiss (2002)
Batman: The Dynamic Duo Archives (2003)
The Big All-American Comic Book (1944)
DC Comics Presents (1978)
DC Special Blue Ribbon Digest (1980)
DC Universe: The Stories of Alan Moore (2006)
Detective Comics (1937)
The Flash (1959)
G.I. Combat (1952)
The Greatest Team-Up Stories Ever Told (1990)
Hawkman (1964)
Hawkman (1989)
Hawkman Archives (2000)
JLA/Avengers: The Collector's Edition (2004)
Secret Hearts (1949)
Showcase Presents: Young Love (2012)
Superman vs. Shazam! (2013)
Weird War Tales (1971)
Wonder Woman (1942)

52: The Companion (2007)
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Absolute Green Lantern/Green Arrow (2015)
Across the Universe: DC Universe Stories of Alan Moore (2003)
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Adam Strange Archives (2004)
Adventure Comics (1938)
The Adventures of Rex the Wonder Dog (1952)
Adventures of Superman: Gil Kane (2012)
Adventures of Superman: José Luis García-López (2013)
All Star Comics Archives (1991)
All-American Comics (1939)
All-American Western (1948)
All-Flash (1941)
All-New Collectors' Edition (1978)
All-Star Comics (1940)
All-Star Western (1951)
Amazing World of DC Comics (1974)
Ambush Bug (1985)
Ambush Bug Nothing Special (1992)
Ambush Bug Stocking Stuffer (1986)
Amethyst (1985)
The Art of Walter Simonson (1989)
Atari Force Special (1986)
Atom (1979)
The Atom and Hawkman (1968)
The Atom Archives (2001)
The Atom (1962)
Batgirl: The Greatest Stories Ever Told (2010)
Batman (1940)
Batman Arkham: Clayface (2017)
Batman Arkham: Hugo Strange (2018)
Batman Arkham: Joker's Daughter (2017)
Batman Arkham: Man-Bat (2017)
Batman Arkham: Mister Freeze (2017)
Batman Arkham: Poison Ivy (2016)
Batman Arkham: Scarecrow (2016)
Batman Arkham: The Riddler (2015)
Batman Arkham: Two-Face (2015)
The Batman Family (1975)
Batman Illustrated by Neal Adams (2003)
Batman In The Seventies (2000)
Batman In The Sixties (1999)
Batman Through the Ages (2007)
Batman Vs. Two-Face (2008)
Batman-Sonderheft (1976)
Batman: A Celebration of 75 Years (2014)
Batman: Featuring Two-Face and The Riddler (1995)
Batman: Scarecrow Tales (2005)
Batman: Tales of the Demon (1991)
Batman: The Demon Awakes (1989)
Batman: The Dynamic Duo Archives (2003)
Batman: The Greatest Stories Ever Told (2005)
Batman: The Joker's Revenge (1990)
Batman: The Strange Deaths Of Batman (2009)
Batman: The TV Stories (2014)
Batman: Vow from the Grave (1989)
The Best of DC (1979)
Big Town (1951)
Black Canary (Australian) (1982)
Black Canary Archives (2001)
Blue Beetle (1986)
Blue Devil (1984)
The Brave and the Bold (1955)
Captain Action (1968)
Catwoman: Nine Lives of a Feline Fatale (2004)
Christmas With the Super-Heroes (1988)
Comic Cavalcade (1942)
Countdown Special: OMAC (2008)
Countdown Special: The Flash (2007)
Creature Commandos (2014)
Crisis on Infinite Earths (1985)
Crisis on Multiple Earths (2002)
Crisis on Multiple Earths: The Team-Ups (2005)
Crossover Classics (1991)
Danger Trail (1950)
The Daring New Adventures of Supergirl (1982)
DC 100-Page Super Spectacular (1971)
DC Comics Classics Library (2009)
DC Comics Presents (1978)
DC Comics Presents: The Flash (2011)
DC Goes Ape (2008)
DC Graphic Novel (1983)
DC Holiday Special 2017 (2018)
DC Retroactive: Batman - The '70s (2011)
DC Retroactive: Flash - The '70s (2011)
DC Retroactive: Green Lantern - The '70s (2011)
DC Retroactive: JLA - The '70s (2011)
DC Retroactive: Superman - The '70s (2011)
DC Retroactive: Superman - The '80s (2011)
DC Silver Age Classics (1992)
DC Special (1968)
DC Special (1975)
DC Special Blue Ribbon Digest (1980)
DC Special Series (1977)
DC Super Stars (1976)
DC Universe by Alan Moore (2012)
DC Universe Illustrated by Neal Adams (2009)
DC Universe Special: Justice League of America (2008)
DC Universe vs. The Masters of the Universe (2013)
DC Universe: Secret Origins (2012)
DC Universe: The Stories of Alan Moore (2006)
DC's Greatest Imaginary Stories (2005)
Deadman (2011)
Deadshot: Beginnings (2013)
Detective Comics (1937)
Detective Comics Classics (2011)
Detective Comics: Batman 80th Anniversary Giant (2019)
Diana Prince: Wonder Woman (2008)
Dynamic Classics (1978)
Elson's Presents Super Heroes Comics (1981)
The Essential Showcase 1956-1959 (1993)
Even More Secret Origins (2003)
Flash Annual No. 1 Replica Edition (2001)
The Flash Archives (1996)
Flash Comics (1940)
The Flash Omnibus (2014)
Flash Rogues: Captain Cold (2018)
The Flash vs. The Rogues (2009)
The Flash (1959)
The Flash: A Celebration of 75 Years (2015)
The Flash: The Greatest Stories Ever Told (2007)
The Flash: The Silver Age (2016)
Four Star Spectacular (1976)
From Beyond the Unknown (1969)
The Fury of Firestorm (1982)
Ghosts (1971)
The Greatest 1950s Stories Ever Told (1990)
The Greatest Batman Stories Ever Told (1988)
The Greatest Joker Stories Ever Told (1988)
Green Lantern (1941)
Green Lantern (1960)
Green Lantern Annual, No 1, 1963 Issue (1998)
Green Lantern Archives (1993)
Green Lantern Corps Through the Ages (2009)
Green Lantern: The Silver Age (2016)
Green Lantern/Green Arrow (1972)
The Green Lantern/Green Arrow Collection (1992)
The Green Lantern/Green Arrow Collection (2000)
Hawkman (1964)
Hawkman (1989)
The Immortal Doctor Fate (1985)
The Jack Kirby Omnibus (2011)
The Joker (1975)
The Joker: A Celebration of 75 Years (2014)
The Joker: His Greatest Jokes (2019)
Justice League of America (1960)
Justice League of America (Australian) (1983)
Justice Society of America: A Celebration of 75 Years (2015)
Krypton Chronicles (1981)
Legends of the Dark Knight: Jim Aparo (2012)
Legends of the Dark Knight: Marshall Rogers (2011)
Legends of the Dark Knight: Michael Golden (2019)
Lex Luthor: A Celebration of 75 Years (2015)
Limited Collectors' Edition (1973)
Little Shop of Horrors (1987)
Man-Bat (1984)
Mysteries of Love in Space (2019)
Mystery in Space (1951)
The New Adventures of Superboy (1980)
The New Teen Titans (Australian) (1983)
The New Teen Titans Omnibus (2011)
Orphan from Krypton (Australian) (1982)
Phantom Stranger (1952)
Robin, The Boy Wonder: A Celebration of 75 Years (2015)
Romance Trail (1949)
Roter Blitz (1976)
The Saga of Ra's Al Ghul (1988)
Science Fiction Graphic Novel (1985)
Secret Hearts (1949)
Secret Origins (1961)
Secret Origins (1986)
Sensation (Mystery) Comics (1942)
Shadow of the Batman (1985)
Shazam! (1973)
Showcase (1956)
Showcase Presents Amethyst, Princess of Gemworld (2012)
Showcase Presents: Ambush Bug (2009)
Showcase Presents: Batman (2006)
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Showcase Presents: DC Comics Presents - Superman Team-Ups (2009)
Showcase Presents: Justice League of America (2005)
Showcase Presents: Showcase (2012)
Showcase Presents: The Elongated Man (2006)
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Son of Ambush Bug (1986)
The Spectre (1967)
Strange Adventures (1950)
Strange Sports Stories (1973)
Super DC Giant (1970)
The Super Friends (1976)
The Super Heroes Monthly (Volume 2) (1981)
Super-Heroes Battle Super-Gorillas (1976)
Super-Team Family (1975)
Superboy (Australian) (1982)
Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes (2017)
Superboy Spectacular (1980)
Supergirl (1983)
Supergirl (Australian) (1982)
Supergirl (Australian) (1984)
Supergirl Movie Special (1985)
Superman (1939)
Superman (1982)
Superman & Batman Annual (1974)
Superman Album (1982)
The Superman Family (1974)
Superman in "The Computer Masters of Metropolis" (1982)
Superman in "The Computers That Saved Metropolis!" (1980)
Superman In "Victory By Computer" (1981)
Superman Jubiläumsband (1979)
Superman Man of Tomorrow (1988)
The Superman Movie Special (1983)
Superman Special (1983)
Superman Spectacular (1982)
The Superman Story (1983)
Superman Taschenbuch (1976)
Superman vs. Brainiac (2008)
Superman vs. Flash (2005)
Superman vs. Lex Luthor (2006)
Superman vs. Mongul (2013)
Superman vs. Muhammad Ali (2010)
Superman vs. The Amazing Spider-Man (1976)
Superman vs. The Amazing Spider-Man (1995)
Superman: Back in Action (2007)
Superman: Offical Annual (1980)
Superman: Phantom Zone (2013)
Superman: The Many Worlds of Krypton (2018)
Superman: The Secret Years (1985)
Superman: Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow? (1997)
Superman: World Of Krypton (2008)
Supermann årsalbum (1978)
Swamp Thing Halloween Horror Giant (2018)
Tales of the Batman: Carmine Infantino (2014)
Tales of the Batman: Don Newton (2011)
Tales of the Batman: Gerry Conway (2017)
Tales of the Batman: Len Wein (2014)
Talos of the Wilderness Sea (1987)
Teen Titans (1966)
Teen Titans: A Celebration of 50 Years (2014)
Teräsmies (1977)
Two Guns for Johnny Thunder (1982)
Unknown Soldier (Australian) (1982)
Weird War Tales (1971)
Western Comics (1948)
Wonder Woman (1942)
Wonder Woman: The Golden Age Omnibus (2016)
Wonder Woman: The Greatest Stories Ever Told (2007)
World's Finest Comics (1941)

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