Former Marvel E-i-C Bob Harras has just been named DC Editor-in-Chief. Harras, 50, will be in charge of all DC imprints, including DC Comics, Vertigo, and MAD, reporting to co-publishers Jim Lee and Dan DiDio. Since leaving Marvel in 2000, Harras was named a Contributing Editor for WildStorm, before joining DC’s collected editions department several years ago as Group Editor.
The announcement is a little bit of a surprise as Harras had kept a low profile at DC…perhaps all the more reason to be given a promotion. At any rate, it’s sort of a no-brainer since he already has experience running a giant comics publishing company and knows DC’s operations inside out.
UPDATE: Well, if my IMs, DMs and email is any indication, this is a very popular move in the creative community — Harras always had a strong level of support among creators and this is definitely looking like a way to stabilize the line.
Robert Harras has been named Editor-in-Chief, VP, DC Comics, it was announced today by DC Comics Co-Publishers Jim Lee and Dan DiDio. Harras will oversee editorial for DC Comics, DC Universe, MAD Magazine and Vertigo and will be based in New York City, reporting directly to the Co-Publishers. Harras becomes the company’s first Editor-in-Chief in nearly 10 years since the position was held by Jenette Kahn from 1981 to 2002.
“Bob Harras’ personal and creative integrity is respected and renowned throughout the comic book industry,” said Jim Lee, DC Comics Co-Publisher. “As an editor, he provides invaluable insight into storytelling and character.”
“We could not be more excited to make this announcement,” said Dan DiDio, DC Comics Co-Publisher. “Bob is a tremendous evaluator of talent, character and story. He is a proven leader who brings a keen understanding of the marketplace to the position.”
Prior to being named Editor-in-Chief, Harras was the Group Editor, Collected Editions at DC Comics.
Before joining DC Comics, Harras was the Editor-in-Chief of Marvel Comics from 1995 to 2000.
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