DC Comics Names Marie Javins Editor-in-Chief

Marie Javins
The veteran editor will be in charge of strategy and creative direction for DC's print and digital output.

Following a period as acting editor-in-chief of DC Comics, Marie Javins had been named to the role permanently. The announcement was made by SVP and general manager, Daniel Cherry III Monday morning.

In a statement, Cherry said, “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. 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.”

As editor-in-chief, Javins will be responsible for developing and overseeing the company’s publishing schedule, leading DC publishing content and making decisions regarding editorial and creative direction for the company’s print and digital output alongside Cherry and DC publisher and chief creative officer Jim Lee.

“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,” Javins added via her own statement. “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.”

Javins had been working alongside Michelle Wells as DC’s interim editors in chief since the departure of Bob Harras this summer; prior to her new role, she had worked as executive editor of global publishing and digital strategy at the company, and was responsible for such acclaimed projects as DC Super Hero Girls, Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles, Superman Smashes the Klan and the recent digital release Represent!.

Before DC, Javins — a former teacher at New York’s School of Visual Arts — had worked at Teshkeel Media Group as editor-in-chief, as well as at Marvel Comics as editor and colorist.