Stan Berkowitz, who bridged formats and generations for DC Comics franchises, will be on the dais for a comics-and-manga panel at BoroughCon.
Berkowitz’s fascination with superhero stories began early on, with a devotion to the old George Reeves Adventures of Superman TV series which made George Reeves famous. This led to the inevitable homemade costumes and the even more inevitable leaps off one-story suburban roofs. Decades later, he would hire two of that show’s surviving cast members, Noel Neill (Lois Lane) and Jack Larson (Jimmy Olsen) to play parts in a TV series he was producing, The Adventures of Superboy. But before any of that could happen, he had to learn how to read and, once he did, it quickly led to a 12-cent-a-week DC Comics habit during an era he would revisit in 2008, when he adapted DC’s New Frontier graphic novel into an Emmy-nominated animated feature.
After majoring in film production and screenwriting at UCLA, Berkowitz veered just about as far away from superhero comics as one could at that time, by working on a film crew for the notorious X-rated mogul, Russ Meyer – though the film in question did at least have the word “super” in the title (Supervixens).
After that adventure, there were years of work at a Hollywood film preservation company while, at the same time, many evenings spent freelancing articles about filmmakers and the movie business for Film Comment, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Daily News, Esquire, Los Angeles Magazine, Larry Flynt’s Chic magazine and many, many other publications. His TV writing career began in 1984, at Columbia Pictures TV, where he wrote for TJ Hooker, Mike Hammer and Houston Knights. Soon after, he made his debut writing for superheroes when an offer came out of the blue to write and produce the third and fourth seasons of The Adventures of Superboy. That experience eventually led to an offer of a position as a staff writer on the animated Spider-Man TV series in the mid-’90s and, for two years, he worked for Stan Lee and Avi Arad writing and rewriting Spidey scripts.
Then it was off to Warner Bros. Animation for eight years, where he wrote for Superman, Batman, Static Shock, Batman Beyond and Justice League, earning him his two Emmy awards.
After that, there was more freelance animation work: feature development for Star Wars producer Gary Kurtz, a Bible series based in London, another series for children, this one featuring Middle-Eastern superheroes (THE 99), and, in 2016, two episodes of Marvel’s Avengers Assemble. In 2009, he won the Writers’ Guild of America’s (lifetime) Animation Award, largely for his efforts to get more animation writing covered by that union.
Most recently, he’s written comic book scripts for a Berlin-based video game and comic book company called NA3AM Games, whose tentpole property is called Saudi Girls Revolution. Created by the company’s founder, Fahad al-Saud, it’s an epic tale set in a post-apocalyptic Arabia, where a dozen female superheroes slash and burn their way through multiple enemies.
Berkowitz and his wife, actress and bodybuilder Teagan Clive, currently live in Westlake Village, Calif.