This Friday, Marvel announced that Axel Alonso will be parting ways with the company and in his stead will be C. B. Cebulski, who has worked as an editor and more recently as vice-president of international brand management.
As editor in chief, Cebulski will be in charge of managing the creative and editorial arms of the publishing division responsible for books like Spider-Man, Captain America and The Avengers, among others. He will also be tasked with the recruitment of new talent and assigning creative teams for all future projects in the House of Ideas.
Said Cebulski, during an interview with The New York Times:
“It’s crazy. It’s an honor. I’m blown away by the opportunity. We always hear about the writers and artists, but people forget the inkers and the colorists and the letters. Each of them is an artist in their own right.”
One of Cebulski’s major achievements at Marvel was the creation of Runaways, a series created by Brian K. Vaughan and artist Adrian Alphona, which was well received by readers and won an Eisner back when it debuted more than a decade ago. Next week, the comic has a chance to rekindle its fandom thanks to a new Hulu series set in the MCU.
Marvel released a public announcement clarifying that Axel Alonso’s departure is an amicable and mutual agreement, but the change of guard seems like a direct response to the multiple controversies that have popped up over the year, including reports of a Marvel executive attributing weak sales to the company’s initiative on putting out more books featuring people of color, women or LGBTQ heroes in the lead. Last april, the Secret Empire event got a heavy backlash from fans after the plot of the book revealed the original Captain America, Steve Rogers, to be a Hydra sleeper agent.
Las week, one of the company’s biggest writers, Brian Michael Bendis, left Marvel after signing an exclusivity contract with rival company DC, no doubt a move that has many wondering what’s going on inside Marvel’s offices but for now all we can do is wonder what aces Cebulski has under his sleeves.