Brooklyn Boro

Former head of DC Comics creates Brooklyn-based graphic thriller

July 20, 2018 By Raanan Geberer Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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Paul Levitz, the former head of DC Comics and a native of East Flatbush, has created his own crime-based comic with a supernatural twist called “Brooklyn Blood.”

His idea began when he noticed that three of the greatest disasters in New York City history – the Revolutionary War’s Battle of Brooklyn, the Malbone Street subway wreck in 1918 and the Pan Am air crash of 1960 – occurred within a mile of each other in the greater Park Slope area, according to the New York Post.

The story’s hero is Bill O’Connor, an Afghanistan War veteran and Park Slope native who returns to his old stomping grounds to work as an NYPD detective. He begins to see ghosts coming out of the ground near the Prison Ship Martyrs Monument in Fort Greene, ghost trains speeding on the tracks beneath Malbone Street (today’s Empire Boulevard) and ghost planes crashing near the site where a United Airlines jet crashed in 1960 after colliding with another plane in mid-air. 

The comic ends with an epic showdown near the Hell Gate Bridge. Levitz and Fort Greene-based illustrator Tim Hamilton researched the story’s milieu by reading old history books and walking the streets of Brownstone Brooklyn. Levitz and Hamilton are doing a signing at Crown Heights’ Anyone Comics at 1216 Union Ston July 27.

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