Official Press Release
Several changes have been made in the DC Comics Editorial Department, Paul Levitz, Executive Vice President & Publisher announced today. Karen Berger, formerly Executive Editor – VERTIGO is now Vice President – Executive Editor, VERTIGO. Mike Carlin, formerly Executive Editor – DCU is now Vice President – Executive Editor, DCU. Dan DiDio, former Senior Vice President, Creative Affairs for Mainframe Entertainment, joins the DC staff as Vice President – Editorial. In this newly created position, DiDio will work closely with the editorial leaders of all of DC’s imprints on project acquisitions, talent relations and the shared goal of keeping DC the most creatively innovative and diverse publisher in comics.
Berger and Carlin continue to report directly to Levitz, as will DiDio.
Karen Berger, Vice President – Executive Editor, VERTIGO
After graduating from Brooklyn College in 1979, Karen Berger joined the DC editorial staff, and within a few years, became known as an editor who sought to push mainstream comics into new territories. Her early series of note include AMETHYST, PRINCESS OF GEMWORLD, WONDER WOMAN, and the now legendary SWAMP THING. Wishing to push comics further, she created the VERTIGO imprint in 1993, now seen as the definition of cutting edge comics in the industry. In addition to publishing groundbreaking series such as THE SANDMAN, PREACHER, TRANSMETROPOLITAN, and 100 BULLETS, she moved VERTIGO into further recognition with a strong line of original graphic novels and best-selling collected editions.
Levitz commented, “Karen has been one of the great editorial pioneers of her generation, building a new audience for comics with the VERTIGO line, and new ways for us to work with the creative community. It’s a pleasure to recognize her contributions, and I look forward to more years of working together.”
“There are many great things about working at DC all these years, but probably the best has been the company’s support of taking creative risks to expand the boundaries of the medium,” said Berger. “I’m grateful that DC has given me the opportunities and autonomy to publish the creative and diverse visions of so many talented writers and artists. We’ve only just begun to show what this medium is capable of.”
Mike Carlin, Vice President – Executive Editor, DCU
While a student at New York’s High School of Art and Design, Mike Carlin was an intern at DC Comics. He went on to study with Harvey Kurtzman and Will Eisner at the School of Visual Arts. Upon graduating, he began his professional comics career writing and drawing features for Marvel Comics’ Crazy Magazine, and was soon hired as an editor for the super-hero comics. In 1986, he returned to DC Comics, where he achieved national celebrity for the “Death of Superman” series of comics, which he edited. As Executive Editor, he is responsible for everything that happens to the DC super-heroes.
Levitz said, “Mike has one of the toughest jobs in comics, keeping the greatest and longest-running line of heroes fresh and faithful to their history at the same time. He tackles it with spirit and courage, and a terrific track record, and I’m happy to recognize his contributions and to have him a key part of our team for the future.”
“This is just a really cool development for a guy who only ever wanted to work with Superman since he was 7-years-old!” said Carlin. “And having started as an intern at DC in 1974, it’s a particular honor to receive this latest vote of confidence. But I guess now I’ll have to go out and buy a tie!”
Dan DiDio, Vice President – Editorial
DiDio is a native of Brooklyn, NY and graduate of Brooklyn College. He began a television career in 1981 at CBS where he worked at a variety of positions until moving to Capital Cities/ABC in 1985. At ABC, DiDio served as Public Relations Manager for the three New York based Daytime Dramas and then moved to Los Angeles to become Executive Director of Children’s Programming. There he was responsible for Saturday morning programs and After School Specials and served as Program Executive on such series as Tales from the Cryptkeeper, Hypernauts, Madeline, Dumb and Dumber, and Reboot. In 1996, DiDio joined the computer animation company, Mainframe Entertainment as a freelance story editor and scriptwriter for the series Reboot and War Planets. Later he became its Senior Vice President, Creative Affairs where he oversaw development, distribution, marketing, and promotion as well as merchandising and licensing of all Mainframe’s television properties. Among the projects he has developed are Weird-Ohs, Beast Machines, Black Bull’s Gatecrasher and Jill Thompson’s Scary Godmother. He is currently the cowriter of DC’s SUPERBOY with Jim Palmiotti.
“Dan combines a lifelong love of comics with years of working in creative management positions in the related field of animation, said Levitz. “This is an exciting time in comics history, with new creative opportunities opening for us all, and it’s wonderful to have another talented executive coming on board to help us seize them.”
DiDio said, “Comics have always been an important part of my life and I’ve enjoyed finding ways to incorporate them into my career. By joining DC Comics, I look forward to being part of the premier comic company, working side by side with some of the true innovators in the field. For me, it’s a dream job come true.”