There has been a lot of speculation as to what might happen as DC prepares to move to the West Coast in 2015. What that means for staff who work in their NYC offices and are happy residents of the city, and whether or not they’d see people leaving. Well, a huge domino just fell, as Mike Marts – the Editor of DC’s Batman line, and former X-Men line editor at Marvel – is going back to the House of Ideas, taking on a role as Executive Editor at Marvel.
He’s a huge piece of DC’s puzzle, and their loss is Marvel’s gain. What his role will be and what he’ll be doing exactly for the editorial staff is uncertain, but the big question I have about this isn’t that, but who’s next? Time will tell. For now, congrats to Marts and Marvel, as that is a big deal and quite the coup for Marvel.
Take a look at the press release below, and more on this as it develops.
Marvel Press Release
MARVEL ANNOUNCES MIKE MARTS AS NEW EXECUTIVE EDITOR
New York, NY (January 31st, 2014) – Marvel Entertainment is excited to announce the return and addition of Mike Marts as Marvel’s newest Executive Editor.
Mike Marts was Senior Editor for New X-Men, Astonishing X-Men working closely with Grant Morrison, Frank Quitely, Joss Whedon and John Cassaday and numerous other X-related hit titles at Marvel Comics from 1996 until 2006 when Marts made the leap to DC Comics. While at DC Comics, Marts was Group Editor managing the Batman books, but beginning this February, Marvel is excited to welcome him back to the “House of Ideas” as one of our newest Executive Editors.
No one could be more thrilled then Editor in Chief Axel Alonso. “Mike Marts is a seasoned veteran who’s edited some of the most critically acclaimed and highest-selling series of the last decade,” says Alonso. “I’m overjoyed to see him return home, and I can’t wait to see what he brings to Marvel!”
“It’s amazing to see how Marvel has grown as a company since I worked there last,” says Marts. “I am beyond thrilled to be rejoining this powerhouse at such an exciting time.”
Mike Marts returns to Marvel amidst the hugely successful and ambitious All-New Marvel NOW! initiative – featuring bold new launches from some of the industry’s hottest creators.
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