After months of speculation that he would be departing, Axel Alonso has indeed ended his run as Editor in Chief at Marvel.
And his replacement is a bit of a surprise: CB. Cebulski, a longtime Marvel mainstay who has worked in many capacities at the company. Most recently he had moved to Shanghai to work on Disney related projects.
According to the NY Times, which broke the story:
“It’s crazy. It’s an honor. I’m blown away by the opportunity,” Mr. Cebulski said in a telephone interview from his home in Shanghai. He said he wants to foster talent at each step of creating a comic. “We always hear about the writers and artists, but people forget the inkers and the colorists and the letters,” he said. “Each of them is an artist in their own right.”
After a stint as a translator and a freelance writer, Mr. Cebulski joined Marvel full time in 2002 as an associate editor. In 2011, he became the vice president of international brand management for the company. In his new role, Mr. Cebulski will be responsible for the editorial and creative side of Marvel’s publishing division. His duties will include recruiting new talent and helping shape the ongoing sagas of the company’s heroes.
Cebulski brings a strong knowledge of foreign comics to the role – in the past he worked for manga publishers and brought a line of European comics to Marvel.
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