There are some people you think your going to associate with certain publishers forever although we know that the reality is that things can change at a moments notice. This happened a few years back in 2018 with Valiant Comics after DMG Entertainment completed their acquisition of the publisher and quickly pushed out all of the names that had helped bring that publisher back since their relaunch in 2012. Now it looks like DC has also made a huge move.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Dan DiDio is no longer with DC Comics as co-publisher. He had held the position of DC Comics’ VP editorial and then VP executive for six years. Then in 2010 he became a co-publisher with DC alongside Jim Lee in 2010. For the moment DC has not released a statement about the release.
During his time as co-publisher, DiDio was a key figure in DC Comics’ 2011 relaunch event titled “The New 52”. Although at first it did really well, eventually there was a drop in sales that lead them to introduce another relaunch that they called “Rebirth”. He also oversaw titles like Infinite Crisis, Before Watchmen and Doomsday Clock. What is interesting going forward is that DC has been planning a huge announcement about yet another relaunch for the DC Universe. It is unknown if his exit will delay or change DC’s plans for the relaunch.
Reactions from comic book creators are filling up social media. Here are a few:
Few people brought more energy, passion and enthusiasm to comics than Dan DiDio. If you spent any amount of time with him at or caught one of his many convention panels, you couldn’t help but see that. Sad to see him go and I wish him all the best.
— Dan Jurgens (@thedanjurgens) February 21, 2020
Dan DiDio took big chances in comics because he believed in the importance of innovative storytelling. He let me turn the Flintstones into a dissection of civilization and Snagglepuss into a gay southern gothic playwright. He always had my back and I will forever be grateful.
— Mark Russell (@Manruss) February 21, 2020
Dan Didio was a supporter and champion of my work from day one. He kept Sweet Tooth alive and gave me my first chances at writing comics in 2010. Wish him all the best. DC won’t be the same without his passion.
— Jeff Lemire (@JeffLemire) February 21, 2020
Sad day. My evil twin (pictured far left) Dan DiDio is no longer with DC. The two of us share practically parallel lives. He gave me great opportunities and full support. I’ll miss him at DC. He’ll always be welcome in my home. 🤘🏻✏️🤘🏻 pic.twitter.com/PYmVnAR0n9
— Greg Capullo (@GregCapullo) February 22, 2020
Working for Dan Didio was working for the ultimate comic nerd, a man who passionately loved the medium and its creators, a publisher who worked tirelessly on their behalf. I’m eternally grateful he gave me quite a few shots. Can’t wait to see what he does with his next one. pic.twitter.com/Fxq1jHqIQq
— Tom King (@TomKingTK) February 22, 2020
In the years that I have had the opportunity to cover comics, Dan DiDio has always been very approachable. You could always tell how passionate he was about the DC Universe as well as the creators that he worked with. During his “Meet the Publisher” panels he always made them more a conversation with everyone, wanting everyone in the audience’s input about what he had been working on at DC.
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Source: The Hollywood Reporter