In recent months, DC Comics has seen several major staffing changes. The rapid departure of longtime Co-Publisher Dan DiDio sent shockwaves through the industry, and back in August DC’s parent company announced an internal organizational shift that precipitated the departure of then Editor-In-Chief Bob Harras.
Now, after sharing responsibilities as interim EiC with Executive Editor Michele Wells, DC has named Marie Javins as its new Editor-in-Chief. In this role Javins will report to the recently appointed DC General Manager Daniel Cherry III.
“Marie intrinsically understands the power of comics and their unique ability to entertain and empower, which makes her a perfect choice to be DC’s next Editor-in-Chief,” Cherry said in a statement announcing the change. “In addition to her many creative talents, she’s also incredibly committed to increasing access to this amazing industry by mentoring the next generation of comic book creators and helping them find their voices. I look forward to working with her in her new role.”
Javins joined DC on a temporary basis to help during the company’s relocation to Burbank from New York City in 2014 and quickly transitioned into a permanent role later in the same year, becoming the company’s Executive Editor of Global Publishing and Digital Strategy.
Over the last six years, Javins developed the popular line of DC Super Hero Girls OGNs, oversaw limited series such as Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass and Superman Smashes The Klan and served as the Justice League line editor from 2018 to 2019.
“In her new role, Javins will be responsible for developing and overseeing the execution of the company’s annual publishing schedule to grow all DC imprints,” DC’s formal announcement reads, “She’ll also lead the strategy for expanding world wide consumer reach of DC Publishing content and provide editorial and creative direction for DC Imprints. Working closely with Cherry and Publisher/Chief Creative Officer Jim Lee, she’ll help define positioning, character narratives and prioritization, creative talent selection, and brand attributes of each imprint and develop publishing plans with lead editors.”
Javins began her comics career in 1988, working as an Editor and Colorist for Marvel. She left the company in 2001 to pursue a freelance career that lead to her teaching at the School of Visual Arts, writing travel books and even acting as Editor-in-Chief of the Kuwait-based comic book company, Teshkeel Media Group.
“As a young girl devouring comics of Wonder Woman, Nubia, and Supergirl, I never dreamed that decades later, I’d be at the helm of the mighty DC Comics,” says Javins. “I’m incredibly honored by this responsibility, and will dedicate myself to supporting and challenging DC’s extended family of staff, talent, retailers, and partners around the world in our quest to tell innovative visual stories that both reflect and expand our world – and in some cases, our galaxy and multiverse.”