At a Spotlight panel at this weekend’s Chicago Comic & Home Entertainment Exposition, DC Comics publisher Jim Lee spoke openly for the first time because his fellow co-publisher, Dan DiDio, quickly delighted DC Comics on Feb. 21.
“DC has actually been around for 85 years, and we’ll be around for another 85 years,” Lee stated, obviously reacting to reports about his own future, according to a liveblogpublished by Newsarama Lee is likewise DC’s chief innovative officer.
” The real method for DC is to put publishing at the center of what we do,” he continued. ‘It’s the engine of all the films, TELEVISION, animations, that we do. Therefore it’s my intent moving forward as the publisher to lean into the cumulative years [of experience] of myteam … Feel confident, the business remains in terrific hands.”
Formally, DC Comics has declined to provide any declaration on DiDio’s departure because last Friday. He signed up with DC Comics in January 200 as a vice president of editorial and an author on Superboy, and was promoted in addition to Lee to co-publisher in2010
One year later on, under the set’s management, DC Comics introduced The New 52, the business’s first full connection reboot because1986 The New 52 was notoriously questionable, however its results– on story and on the market– have actually mostly passed the test of time. DiDio and Lee likewise helmed 2016’s Renewal effort, which functioned as a mea culpa for numerous of The New 52’s connectionchanges
Likewise throughout DiDio and Lee’s period together, DC started releasing digital variations of every comic the exact same day they were launched in physical format; put a constant foot down in the growing world of YA graphic books; and shuttered DC’s popular Vertigo comics label imprint in favor of Black Label, which features creator-forward non-canonical stories for readers 17 years and older.
DiDio made regular looks at conventions, generally hosting DC panels in which fans, helpful and otherwise, peppered him with concerns. He had actually been arranged to appear this weekend at C2E2, however the panel was cancelled following his departure.
In addition to the apparent concerns about DC’s future editorial structure, DiDio’s departure raises concerns about the future of his 12- problem Metal Men series, drawn by Shane Davis, which put out its 5th problem this month.