Joe Quesada spoke with Newsarama about hiring C.B. Cebulski as Marvel’s new Editor In Chief. With Axel Alonso stepping down, and Brian Michael Bendis leaving, Marvel undergoes a major shakeup.
Here’s what Quesada had to say about Cebulski:
Like every new E-i-C, C.B. is coming in with a new and distinct editorial voice. Qualification-wise, C.B. is without parallel. He’s done everything at this company and outside it from editing books to managing divisions to now working in Asia to make Marvel an even stronger international brand. He understands so many aspects of the business.
And C.B.’s reputation among creators and our staff is top-notch. They love him. So much – so much! – of this game is talent relations. I came in with a lucky advantage in that I had knowledge from both sides of the desk. I understood what it was like to be talent in need of management, and could also see from the other side, driving creative and helping talent with their stories and their dreams. And this is one of the big reasons C.B. was hired back in the day. I saw so much of that exact same thing in him. He truly cares about the people he works for, and the work they produce. That’s such an important part of being E-i-C – getting the talent know that you genuinely care, and more importantly, that they can trust you.
C.B.’s a creative guy to begin with, and has a great eye for talent. He’s done every aspect of this job, and has always been an amazing advocate for Marvel. Now as Editor-in-Chief, he’s now the face of our publishing division. And that “face” is a big part of the job as well. He’s always had a good public and private persona, and again, creators adore him.
He’s also one of my dearest friends, so selfishly speaking, one of the things that gives me great joy about his new job is that we get him back in New York.
Check out the full interview with Newsarama here!
Are these changes anything to be concerned about? Probably not, change is good for the publisher, industry, and fans.
C.B. Cebulski brings a fresh mindset to the massive Mavel sandbox just after Marvel Legacy proved to be a step in the right direction. These changes should be an extension on the goodwill that Marvel has been buying from its readers lately.
We haven’t heard much from C. B. yet as far as plans or vision are concerned. Like any longtime Marvel fan/employee, we assume he’s fond of the Fantastic Four. Perhaps this change could expedite the first family’s return.
Stay tuned for more developments!