Official Press Release
In addition to recruiting top creators from outside their ranks, Marvel
proved today that they also value homegrown talent. Andrew Lis, formerly an
Assistant Editor in the X-Men family, has been promoted to Editor. Joining
him in upward movement is Brian “Smitty” Smith, who has been promoted from
Assistant Editor to Associate Editor.
Lis, who previously held positions with both DC Comics and Wizardworld.com,
has recently concentrated on the revamping of CABLE as well as attracting a
roster of unique creators to the giant-sized CAPTAIN AMERICA #50. In
addition to CABLE, he will now oversee X-TREME X-MEN, X-TREME X-MEN: SAVAGE
LAND, and several upcoming projects, including the STORM X-Men Icons series.
“I can’t wait to tell my mom,” said Lis. “She never thought I’d move out of
her basement. I will try my best to make very, very good American comics.”
“Andrew has a tremendous sense of the creative community and has been
terrific thinking outside the box,” said Director – Publishing Operations
Bob Greenberger. “He’ll be keeping things fresh, which is exciting.”
“In a very short time, Andrew has proven himself to be one of the most
valuable team players we have here at Marvel,” stated Marvel Editor In Chief
Joe Quesada. “He has a great eye and a great way with talent. We expect
great things from him in his new editorial capacity!”
Smith, who works with Editor Ralph Macchio on a diverse and popular line of
books including ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN, ULTIMATE MARVEL TEAM-UP, and U.S. WAR
MACHINE, was the originator of both the 100 Greatest Marvels and Marvel
Mangaverse events. He will continue to work with Macchio on their group of
titles, which will now include X-MEN: EVOLUTION and ULTIMATE X-MEN.
“I just wanna say ‘Thanks’ to Joe (Quesada) and Bill (Jemas) for giving me
this opportunity, which is a fantastic gesture and show of support on their
parts,” said Brian. “I’d also like to thank Ralph for all of his guidance
and instruction in the Editorial Arts. I’m having a blast, getting to work
on some amazing books with the best comics creators in the world. All I can
say is that it’s truly a great, great time to be working here at the House
“Brian is a top-notch guy with tremendous editorial instincts,” stated
Greenberger. “So it’ll also be fun watching him prosper.”
“Smitty is one of the most creative guys I’ve come to know in comics,”
praised Quesada. “From the creation of the 100 Greatest Marvels concept, to
the Marvel Mangaverse, to keeping Ralph in line, he’s proven himself to be
quite the idea guy – and according to our freelancers, one of the easiest
guys to work for in the business!”
All of us at Marvel congratulate Andrew and Brian on their well-deserved
promotions. Now go create some cool comics!
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