Axel Alonso out of Marvel Editor-in-Chief, C. B. Cebulski takes over role

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From The New York Times:

Marvel Entertainment, the home of Captain America, Spider-Man and the X-Men, among other colorful heroes, is undergoing a change in leadership. The company released a statement Friday announcing the appointment of C. B. Cebulski as editor in chief. Mr. Cebulski is replacing Axel Alonso, who served in that role since 2011 and is leaving Marvel.

“It’s crazy. It’s an honor. I’m blown away by the opportunity,” Mr. Cebulski said in a telephone interview from his home in Shanghai. He said he wants to foster talent at each step of creating a comic. “We always hear about the writers and artists, but people forget the inkers and the colorists and the letters,” he said. “Each of them is an artist in their own right.”

After a stint as a translator and a freelance writer, Mr. Cebulski joined Marvel full time in 2002 as an associate editor. In 2011, he became the vice president of international brand management for the company. In his new role, Mr. Cebulski will be responsible for the editorial and creative side of Marvel’s publishing division. His duties will include recruiting new talent and helping shape the ongoing sagas of the company’s heroes.

Source: The New York Times

Commentary: Been a pretty crazy week or so for Disney/Marvel.  Long term Marvel writer Brian Michael Bendis announced that he was not DC exclusive.  We had the Star Wars: Battleground 2 debacle.  Then Marvel announced it was cancelling the long running Marvel Heroes game. And we have also heard that Marvel is pulling all their DEFENDERS shows from Netflix.  This new development just seems like the perfect way to end the Marvel news week. 

There had been a rumor for a while that Axel Alonso was considering leaving Marvel, and it looks like that has finally happened.  CB Cebulski is an excellent choice to replace him.  Most recently, he has been heading up Marvel's Star Wars lines which has consistently been top books for Marvel in terms of sales and audience reception.  Curious to see if this will cause any huge changes to Marvel's plans moving forward, especially with Bendis leaving as well.