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January 25, 2004 - 10:40 p.m.

Julie Schwartz

Some Brief Words About DC Comics “Goodwill Ambassador”

The following is adapted from an email I just sent to my buddies in The Groop, but have now edited and expanded upon.

I know we're all reading Mark Evanier's blog every day, right? Just in case anyone missed this, Julius Schwartz is ill and Mark is gathering well wishes for the man.

If you don't know Julie - and you should - he was the influential DC Comics Editor who spearheaded the creation of The Silver Age Flash, Green Lantern, Justice League of America (actually the recreation of the Justice Society into the Justice League), heck, he was midwife to the rebirth of most of Silver Age DC Comics! Julie was not only the guiding force behind the revival of superhero comics in the early 1960's, but a major player in the development of Sci-Fi as a genre!

At sixteen he and teenage buddies Mort Weisinger and Forrest J. Ackerman not only invented the Fanzine, they created the entire concept of Organized Fandom as well! Julie & Weisinger soon became the very first literary agents specializing in Sci-Fi and fantasy authors.

Julie represented literary legends like Robert Bloch, Otto Binder and H.P. Lovecraft as well as Ray Bradbury and many others. It was Julie who gave Bradbury his first break, selling his short story “The Pendulum” to the pulp magazine Super Science Stories!

However, much more importantly, Julius Schwartz is one of the kindest, friendliest, most generous men ever to walk the earth. If you've ever had the chance to talk to him, you know he loves fans deeply, because he himself has always been a fan at heart!

Anyway, send Julie your greetings through this special email address Mark Evanier has set up!

Says Mark:

"...I'm going to ask you all to spread the e-mail address around the Internet. Post it to newsgroups and on comic-related message boards. Let every comic book reader know that they can get a message to Julius Schwartz by sending it to schwartz@newsfromme.com

My own missive reads:

Dear Mr. Schwartz!

I wish you great strength and super speed in your recovery!

I could fawn about your place in history and your impact on the lives of countless fans such as myself, but there is no lack of that sort of praise for your life's labors. You've done great things and ushered in the greatness of others, and for that We thank you.

However, on a personal note, I thank you for being such a kind, decent caring man, THAT is what is most important in life! The handful of times I've been privileged to meet you as a fan, you've been unfailingly friendly, accessible and a superior role-model. You are beloved by fans and pro's alike for Who You Are even more than for What You've Done!

Again, rest up and feel better, I wish you all of the best.


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