Joe Quesada, Chief Creative Officer of Marvel Entertainment, announced today on Marvel’s website that Vice President, Executive Editor Axel Alonso has been promoted to Editor-in-Chief of Marvel Entertainment. In his new role at Marvel, Alonso will oversee all day to day aspects of Marvelâ€™s publishing division, including advising on the editorial creative direction, developing new storylines, and brainstorming new initiatives. He will also be working on bigger corporate initiatives featuring Marvelâ€™s stable of characters.
Quesada stated, â€œItâ€™s with tremendous pride that I announce Axel Alonsoâ€™s promotion to Editor- In-Chief. For over a decade, Axelâ€™s been instrumental in bringing fresh new voices to Marvel and reinventing our biggest characters like Spider-Man, the X-Men, Wolverine and so many more. Heâ€™s fought to create unique imprints like Marvel MAX while also bringing fresh new voices to the Marvel family.â€
Alonso came to Marvel in 2000 as a Senior Editor and was responsible for runs on Amazing Spider-Man and X-Men as well as helping to create X-Statix and Rawhide Kid. Alonso was also responsible for a recent partnership between Marvel and ESPN: The Magazine for an NBA preview issue.
â€œMarvel has a great history of the most dynamic and memorable EiCs in comics history and Iâ€™m honored to step into this role,â€ said Axel Alonso. â€œIâ€™ve been blessed to work with some of the most creative men and women in the world, bringing to life some of the most compelling stories youâ€™ll find in any medium. This new role provides me with exciting challenges and prospects Iâ€™ve never encountered before, but I know one thingâ€”Marvelâ€™s getting even bigger in 2011.â€
Joe Quesada as Chief Creative Officer will now refocus his time on Marvelâ€™s film projects, television, publishing, and digital media. Getting some new blood behind the reins could be just what the doctor ordered (and by doctor, I mean Donald Blake) to breathe some new life into whatâ€™s currently a bloated Marvel Universe. Can we do something about all of these Avengers books please, Mr. Alonso?