We’re told that today, August 1st, 2012 marks DC Senior Vice President, Sales of DC Comics Bob Wayne’s 25th anniversary at DC. That’s a pretty astonishingly long run and there aren’t too many people who have been at the same place in the industry for longer.
Along the way we’ve had our spats and disagreements, but it’s pretty safe to say no one knows more about how the business of selling comics in comics shops works than Bob Wayne, and I’ve surely learned a great deal from him as well. He also, as everyone who has ever seen him speak knows, has impeccable timing and a dry wit that you don’t want to be on the receiving end of—something that could also be said of some of the shirts I found him wearing when I googled for a picture of him. I’ve also shared a surprising number of life events with Bob, from seeing Tom Jones in Vegas to visiting Stonehenge.
I was apprised of this date by retailer Joe Field, who applauded Bob “for his contributions to the growth and stability of the comics market.” I think that’s about the right way to put it. He’s definitely helped guide the comics specialty market through some tough times, while keeping DC’s products a key part of that survival, and triumphed with the New 52, which ended up helping everyone a lot more than they thought it would. So, all in all, a pretty significant 25-year career.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.