Alvin Schwartz wrote Superman and Batman strips as well as many other DC comics during the 1940s and '50s. In 2006 he received the Bill Finger Award for Excellence in Comic Book Writing. He is the author of An Unlikely Prophet and The Blowtop, which was described by the New York Times as the first conscious existentialist novel in America. He has also written a number of screenplays and some thirty docudramas for the National Film Board of Canada. He lives in Ontario.