Marvel Comics is losing decades tenured Joe Quesada after he helped reshaped Marvel in the ’90s. Quesada revealed via Facebook and Twitter earlier today he was stepping away from Marvel under good terms. In response, Marvel Comics’ higher ups Kevin Feige, C.B. Cebulski, and Dan Buckley have offered official responses.
In response, Marvel Entertainment President Dan Buckley said, “Simply put, Joe is one of the most influential creatives in comics. Everything he has done, from penciling to writing to designing to editing to brainstorming, has been – and will always be – at the highest level. Over the past 30 years, I have considered myself lucky to be his friend and collaborator. And while Joe will always be a part of the Marvel family, we should all be looking forward to what he brings into the world next.”
Kevin Feige, Marvel President of Marvel Studios and Chief Creative Officer added, “There are few who know Marvel Comics like Joe, and his countless contributions have helped create characters and stories that will never stop growing and evolving. I’m grateful for his creative leadership and collaboration over the years and wish him nothing but the best for what’s next.”
Finally, Marvel Editor in Chief C.B. Cebulski said, “As an artist and a storyteller, Joe is second to none in what he’s accomplished in the comics industry. From the day I started at Marvel years ago (I became an editor largely due to his encouragement), he’s embodied the heart of Marvel and the work we do, and he’s taught me and so many others how to do the same. Following in his footsteps is no easy task, as he set the creative bar so high. But he’s always gone above and beyond to lend me his ear as a mentor and offer his sage advice when needed. He’s someone I can call family, and I know so many on our editorial team feel the same. While Joe’s moving on to begin his next big chapter, I’m thrilled we’re going to keep working together on a few projects, and he’ll never be far from our stories here.”
Quesada became known for his comics of the 1990s eventually becoming editor of Marvel Comics’ Marvel Knights in 1998 and then editor-in-chief- of Marvel Comics in 2000. Since then, Quesada was named Chief Creative Officer in 2010 and then retitled as executive vice president and creative director in October 2019.
Quesada made it clear he’s not stepping away from comics entirely with “several insanely cool projects of my own that you’ll be hearing about in the coming months, including a short indie film I’m writing and directing. Stay tuned!”
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