Javins Promoted to Editor in Chief
On Monday, DC Comics announced that Marie Javins will be taking over as Editor in Chief. The announcement came from Daniel Cherry III, senior vice president and general manager of DC Comics. Variety quotes him as saying:
“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,” said Cherry. “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 will be reporting to Cherry, along with Publisher/Chief Creative Officer Jim Lee. Before her promotion, she was DC’s executive editor of global publishing and digital strategy. Ultimately, she was responsible for several of their top books in recent years. These include Superman Smashes the Klan and the current Death Metal event. She has been at the company since 2014.
Javins Embraces Diversity
The new Editor in Chief writes in the announcement to Variety:
“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,” said 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.”
Jim Lee writes:
“Anyone who has been fortunate enough to work with Marie in the comics business knows two things about her – one, that she has the impeccable creative instincts and the talent relationships needed to create the kind of stories our fans crave and demand and two, that her deep knowledge of the global business of comics and its endless variations of storytelling means big things are on the horizon for DC in the years to come,” said Lee. “I’m thrilled for Marie and look forward to the stories she has yet to tell.”
Time of Change at DC Comics
Javins’ promotion comes at a time of transition for the legendary company. She will be the highest-placed woman executive at DC Comics since the legendary Jeanette Kahn served as publisher. She is also the first woman Editor in Chief at either of the Big Two. Her ascent, hopefully, will steady the publisher. Nine months ago, former publisher Dan DiDio was fired. This spring, due to the pandemic, DC was hit by massive layoffs as part of an overall WarnerMedia restructuring.