Quesada's contract extended, Alonso, Marts elevated, new talent dept. formed at Marvel

Thu, July 31st, 2003 at 12:00am PDT

Comic Books
Jonah Weiland, Executive Producer/Publisher

Late Thursday Marvel Comics issued a press release detailing the extension of Joe Quesada's contract as Editor-in-Chief of Marvel Comics, although no terms, such as the length of the contract, were revealed. Additionally, Senior Editor Axel Alonso has been elevated to the position of Executive Editor while Mike Marts will assume the Senior Editor position. The release finished with the announcement that a new department has been established within Marvel editorial, the Talent Relations Office. This new department will be headed by editor CB Cebulski with guidance coming from Managing Editor David Bogart.

The full text of the press release can be found below.

Official Press Release

Also integral to the future of Marvel editorial is the establishment of a

Talent Relations Office. Under the guidance of Managing Editor David Bogart

and headed by editor CB Cebulski, the new office will seek to recruit new

talent from all creative disciplines, manage talent to assure complimentary

creative teams are matched with projects best suited for their skills, and

to address freelancer concerns and issues that arise during the creative

process.

Marvel Comics is very pleased to announce the extension of Editor-in-Chief

Joe Quesada's contract that will keep him guiding the Marvel Comics line as

he has the last three years, in addition to two key promotions within its

editorial staff, and the creation of a new office dedicated to freelance

talent relations.

Quesada - the Marvel Knights (tm) founder who began his distinguished run as

Editor-in-Chief in the summer of 2000 - has overseen the creative and

commercial revitalization of such key Marvel franchises as Spider-Man (tm),

the Hulk (tm), Daredevil (tm) and the X-Men (tm), as well as the collected

editions department, which continues to be one of Marvel's fastest growing

publishing initiatives.

Known for straight-talk and bold moves, Quesada's remarkable tenure has also

included the creation of important new publishing initiatives, such as the

flagship ULTIMATE MARVEL (tm) line and the mature readers Marvel MAX (tm)

imprint, and under his stewardship Marvel has ascended to become the

industry leader with 41% percent of the comic book market share.

"I'd like to thank everyone at Marvel for the vote of confidence and I also

want to thank all of our creators and fans, because without them I could

never have achieved what I have," said Quesada.

"I've had nothing but a blast my first three years here at Marvel but what

really gets me juiced is the fact that we've only just begun this long

amazing journey. There is no greater job in the world and I promise that the

next few years are going to be historic! What you've seen the first three

years is just kid's stuff compared to what I've got up my sleeve. It only

gets better from here."

"Joe is an amazing editor and an amazing human being," said ULTIMATE

SPIDER-MAN (tm), ULTIMATE X-MEN (tm), DAREDEVIL and ALIAS (tm) writer Brian

Michael Bendis. "It's an honor and privilege for me to work with him. We can

all look forward to a very, very bright future for the entire industry with

Joe at the desk he was born to sit behind."

"This is the best news possible," added AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (tm) & SUPREME

POWER (tm) writer J. Michael Stracyznski. "I came to Marvel specifically to

work with Joe Quesada, based on his reputation and his creative instincts,

and I'm happy to see that this relationship will continue. Joe is the best

in the biz, willing to take the kinds of chances that other major publishers

won't. He's done an exemplary job in turning Marvel around and once again

making it a place friendly to creators."

"Joe Quesada is a good man, a good friend and, obviously a great

Editor-in-Chief," said Straczynski's AMAZING SPIDER-MAN partner, John Romita

Jr.

Quesada will be supported by one of his first hires as Editor-in-Chief -

Senior Editor Axel Alonso - who has been promoted to the position as Marvel

Executive Editor. Alonso, known as a 'creator's editor' in the comics'

community and for his cutting-edge style, has guided the rejuvenation of

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN and THE INCREDIBLE HULK, doubling their sales during his

tenure and transforming both into consistent critical and commercial hits.

Alonso will be adding more key titles to his office later this year,

including a major relaunch of THE PUNISHER (tm) and a bold, new creative

direction for CAPTAIN AMERICA (tm).

"I'm glad to continue my relationship with Marvel," says Alonso. "Editing

SPIDER-MAN and HULK has been tremendous fun, and I look forward to the

challenges posed by CAP and THE PUNISHER. It's no secret how much I've

wanted to edit either of these titles, and now I've got my chance."

In addition, Mike Marts has been promoted to the position of Senior Editor,

where he'll continue to oversee the best-selling X-MEN franchise, which will

be subject to a series of bold new creative moves in the coming year.

Also integral to the future of Marvel editorial is the establishment of a

Talent Relations Office. Under the guidance of Managing Editor David Bogart

and headed by editor CB Cebulski, the new office will seek to recruit new

talent from all creative disciplines, manage talent to assure complimentary

creative teams are matched with projects best suited for their skills, and

to address freelancer concerns and issues that arise during the creative

process.

"Joe Quesada has brought vision to Marvel's editorial process and has built

a world class team to support him," said Marvel Enterprises, Inc. President

and CEO Allen Lipson. "We fee we are very fortunate to have him and his

entire staff committed to growing our business for the years to come."

Marvel Enterprises, Inc. is leading global character-based entertainment

licensing company that has developed and owns a library of over 4,700

characters, which have entertained generations around the world for over 60

years. Marvel's operations are focused in entertainment and consumer

product licensing and comic book publishing. Marvelšs creative teams at its

Marvel Studios, Marvel Comics and Toy Biz divisions support the development

of feature films (and DVD/video), video games, TV series and toy lines based

on its characters. Marvel also licenses its characters for use in a broad

and growing range of consumer products and services including apparel,

collectibles, food and promotions. Marvel Comics is a leading global comics

publisher and an invaluable source of intellectual property; Marvel Studios

works with studios to develop feature film and entertainment projects; and

Toy Biz is a recognized leader in toy design, sales and marketing that

develops and oversees both licensee and in-house toy lines. For additional

information visit http://www.marvel.com.

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