Wacker Moves From DC to Marvel

Heidi reports Steve Wacker, editor of 52 and Legion of Super-Heroes has left DC for Marvel.

Newsarama goes crazy with fanboys upset about how this might damage 52 calling Wacker unprofessional for leaving followed by Mark Waid threatening them for doing so. I’m with Waid (although I don’t think I would have expressed my opinion with so much violence, but I haven’t worked with Wacker, so I have no reason to be passionate about it). It shouldn’t surprise anyone that some fans put their entertainment before polite behavior.

Tom Brevoort also has some comments on the situation, taking a similar tack.

10 Responses to “Wacker Moves From DC to Marvel”

  1. Barry Says:

    Considering that the majority of fans (myself included) don’t know what a comic book Editor actually does, its kind of funny that so many would get so bent out of shape out of it.

  2. Alan Coil Says:

    Barry, I’m simply stunned that so many people could get so emotionally involved in someone’s career move.
    Btw, Johanna, keep up the great work: Comics reviews, movie reviews, posting of links, but especially dissecting (castrating?) PR articles from self-absorbed, reality-bending twits who want to make tons of money from the sweat of others (referring, of course, to the latest PR in the New York Times.)

  3. Johanna Says:

    Thanks, Alan. It appears to have become my unique niche. I’m glad it’s appreciated.

  4. Ragnell Says:

    I think they would never have noticed if not for the promo interviews. Most fans have no real idea what goes on behind the scenes, but are easily convinced that they have the real scoop based on interviews. I’m willing to bet they figure he was more of a creative force than the entire writing team.

    He might have been, I don’t know anything about the industry, but I figure I’m a decent source on what goes on in fanboy minds.

  5. david brothers Says:

    It’s my understanding that editors can pitch stories (X-Men Deadly Genesis), give ideas (Giffen was told “We want a new Blue Beetle, the rest is up to you”) and guide comics story-wise and visually. Wacker has reportedly had a big hand in producing 52, from coordinating conferences to pitching ideas. The whole 52 team, from writers to Giffen to Wacker to JG JOnes on covers has had some form of story input.

    I figure it is a big loss, but Wacker recently mentioned that 52 was complete up to #35, so they’ve got plenty of time to pick up any slack that’s left. I can’t see this being a late notice departure, either, I’m sure that DC has someone lined up to take over his spot and his notes.

    Wacker seems like a good egg, at least judging by his interviews, and not likely to leave DC wholly in the lurch. I’m curious as to what he’s going to be editing at Marvel.

  6. Ian Brill Says:

    I think it’s an interesting move. After the Civil War delays a lot of people pointed to 52 as an example of how to do timely comics. I suppose Marvel listened.

  7. Lyle Says:

    The timing struck me as interesting, considering your recent usenet post and that I mostly remember Wacker for his usenet presence… I recall being pretty happy the first time I saw his name in the credit box of a DC comic because he always struck me as a pretty smart and sensible guy, one I’d trust to manage a comic I enjoyed well.

  8. Ryan Day Says:

    I just put up my own comments and pseudo-analysis, but I found Tom Brevoort’s post amusing. I’m with him when he talks about people being self-obsessed and ignorant, but then he spins it into a “Get off my case about Civil War” thing. I don’t think people are mad about not getting Civil War when they want it, but that they’re not getting it when Marvel said they would. Slightly different kettle of fish.

  9. Dan Coyle Says:

    “I’m with Waid (although I don’t think I would have expressed my opinion with so much violence,”

    Then again, Waid and The Internet have never gotten along well.

    Me, I think 52 is a horrible series, but Wacker should be commended for keeping all those balls in the air.

  10. James Schee Says:

    Congrats to Mr. Wacker, he seemed to be a good egg back on Usenet and the old DC chats on AOL. And he always was informative and fun in his interview pieces.

    My favorite book he edited was LSH, he really helped bring that book back to its core concept there. I’ll be curious to see what he does at Marvel




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