Dan DiDio Leaving DC
MAJOR news as Comicbook.com reports that Dan DiDio, DC Comics Co-Publisher since 2010, is leaving the company after having joined them back in 2002 as the then vice-president of the editorial department as well as a writer for Superboy.
DiDio’s run has pushed the company to take many creative risks, such as launching The New 52 relaunch of the entire DC Universe that rebooted almost all of its characters origins. He also pushed other massive initiatives like DC Rebirth, Infinity Crisis and Before Watchmen.
Some have heralded DiDio with really getting eyes on the brand, but many longtime fans have derided his reign. For example: The Vertigo Comics imprint, a long-standing home for iconic and heavily influential comics that fell outside of DC’s mainstream titles and characters, was recently shut-down in favor of DiDio’s DC Black Label, a similar branch that has faced numerous publishing controversies.
It is unknown if DiDio’s co-publishing partner (and mega-star artist) Jim Lee will assume a full-time Publisher role or if DC and parent company Warner Bros. will go in a different direction. Per the Comicbook.com article, DC or the Warners have yet to release an official statement on the matter, however they do state that DC has confirmed his departure.
In a separate Hollywood Reporter article, it is confirmed that several of the historic story and character elements that were removed from DiDio’s New 52 relaunch will be put-back into the mainstream DC Universe.
DiDio has also written a few different books such as The Outsiders and is still in the middle of a Metal-Men mini-series. Jim Lee is currently working on his HEX fashion accessory brand. HEX has no relation to everyone’s favorite scar-faced and cranky bounty hunter Jonah Hex.
Never one to wish people out of their jobs, we at DC Comics News wish Dan DiDio the best in all of his future endeavors.
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