On the Changes in DC Comics Management – Dan DiDio No Longer at DC

The news of major changes in the upper management of DC Comics began to break on the afternoon of Friday February 21st. “Dan DiDio is no longer employed at the company.” All of the standard straight comics news outlets have covered it.  We are not here to do that.

The basics details are this. Dan DiDio has been at DC for eighteen years and has served as co-publisher, with Jim Lee, since 2010. As of yesterday he is no longer with DC.

This news was a surprise to everyone I have reached out to. “Comics Twitter” exploded at the news, and many people who worked with him expressed their thanks for his support over the years. A common thread that you will find is that Dan was fiercely supportive of creators and loves comics like nobody’s business. He is also responsible for recruiting and empowering some of the best new voices in comics.

Of course, it was also an opportunity for those who didn’t like the man to gloat and guffaw, because, as far as we can tell, the move was not Dan’s choice. While everyone has the right to the feelings that they have, you won’t find us celebrating anyone’s misfortune. My understanding, from talking to creators in the industry, is that working for Dan was not always a picnic, and as you will find in any industry, he was not universally revered. In any case, you will need to go elsewhere to find rejoicing at his ouster.

Personally, I have a lot of feelings about Dan. It is pretty clear that, under his direction, characters and properties that I feel very strongly about were not held in high regard. However, he is responsible for some pretty innovative publishing concepts and projects, as well as some failed ones.

Some of the chances that DiDio took resulted in things like Wednesday Comics, the Earth One books, and the Hanna-Barbera lines of books.

I have met Dan on a couple of occasions and had the opportunity to spend time talking to him about comics, story, and art. He is a good man. While he was incredibly busy, he took time to talk to fans and was incredibly passionate about his industry. He is thoughtful and not arbitrary in the decisions that he makes. I don’t agree with a lot of the decisions that he made, but I have to respect that he had a considered reason for doing them.

His departure will clearly result in a big change in the direction of the comics side of DC, or he would not have been removed. Any speculation on what comes next for DC is purely that, speculation. Until, DC itself releases information, we won’t know. We certainly hope that, whatever the change is, it will result in good stories and a successful future for DC Comics.

In the meantime, I would like to thank Dan DiDio for his heartfelt efforts to lead DC to better future. It was a not an easy job by any means, and I hope whatever comes next for him brings him happiness and success.

Here are links to some news stories that covered the ouster:

The Hollywood Reporter