Startling news…

Dan DiDio, the co-publisher of DC Comics, is out at the company, according to multiple reports.

DiDio has long been a controversial figure at the company but his departure still comes as a shock. At this point, it’s unclear whether co-publisher Jim Lee will fully take the reins.

More on this as it develops. In the meantime, click here for The Hollywood Reporter’s coverage.

Author: Dan Greenfield

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  1. I’m not really brushed up on Dan DiDio, but maybe it’s a sign that DC wants to go in a new direction.

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  2. I can’t say I am sorry to hear about this. I have never cared for the direction he took DC. Hopefully someone with some fresh, progressive ideas will take the reins.

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  3. It’s ironic to hear people blame Didio for the direction that DC,or the industry in general, has been going. Obviously, stunt publishing rules the day now in order to get fans into the comic shops. Marvel is going the direction of flooding the market with titles and publishing a line of comics to support their movie studio, so they share in any blame one would apply to Didio. Support comics people instead of griping all of the time. They might not be around much longer.

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  4. I’m sorry that he was fired; perhaps he should have been “reassigned.” But, I’m not sorry to see him go. DC comics is a mess – endless reboots on the current titles and a haphazard reprint program that starts, stops, and changes on a dime. I can’t think of anything he did as publisher that has a significant, positive legacy in comics history.

    DiDio is an example of a creative talent being promoted to a management position. That’s a crapshoot – sometimes you get lucky and get Paul Levitz. But, other times you get a guy who is “over his head” like Jim Shooter or Dan DiDio. I think DC needs to look “outside of the box” and hire someone with expertise in publishing, but not necessarily comics – a Jenette Kahn type of hire. DC has significant challenges – declining comic readership, impending public domain issues (DC characters start going into the public domain in 2033), etc. But they also have great assets – a great history, iconic characters, and 80 years of back issues to mine. Get someone with the knowledge and skills to meet those challenges and leverage those assets. And, sorry, that person is probably not a comic book writer.

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  5. Ethan Van Sciver posted a vid siting that AT&T plan to close DC if the upcoming “5G” Event does not perform well sales-wise. Sounds like DC is in a world of hurt & trouble. I liked a lot of what Dan did – he was passionate & did seem to truly care. I wish him.well in his future endeavours.

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