When I think Comic Company EiC obviously it is Stan Lee and then everybody else. When Stan was at the helm at Marvel everyone from artists to writers to editors were on the same page (see what I did there
) stylistically. There was an obvious direction to the MU that was cohesive and continuous while also allowing for creativity and innovation.
After Stan stepped down it was a bit tumultuous until the back-to-back reigns of Jim Shooter and Tom DeFalco. Both served solid tenures although not totally without controversy. Quesada was OK, I guess. He probably did more for the cinematic universe than the comic one though. New guy Cebulski - not sold on him yet.
When we're talking DC however, Jenette Khan is hands down the best Editor-in-Chief they have ever had.
Her multi decade run had numerous highlights, here are the main ones:
- She talked Warner Publishing out of cancelling the whole thing before it even began.
- Had the name changed from National Periodical Publications to DC Comics.
- Authorized the iconic DC Bullet logo.
- Encouraged creators to bring cohesiveness to the continuity.
- Was able to snag talented individuals away from Marvel
- Initiated the "DC Explosion"
- She was a pioneer of Limited Series which was revolutionary in the business.
- She was a huge proponent of and fought for Creators Rights another thing that helped change the entire business.
- Oversaw the launch of both the Vertigo and Milestone imprints.
- She diversified the majority male staff at DC and made it a point to hire women and minorities.
Looks like it's Jim Lee's turn. Not so sure about this G5 stuff. Have to wait and see.