Joe Illidge Joins Valiant Entertainment as Executive Editor

Veteran comic book editor Joe Illidge has joined Valiant Entertainment as Executive Editor, the New York City-based publisher announced on Monday.

Previously, Illidge was Senior Editor at Lion Forge Comics, supervising the launch of its superhero line, Catalyst Prime. At Valiant, it's said he'll work closely with Valiant Editor-in-Chief Warren Simons on the future of the company's publishing line, including the soon-to-debut Harbinger Wars 2 event and 2019's The Life and Death of Toyo Harada.

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"In my new role as Executive Editor, I look forward to working with the great people here to lead the Valiant Universe of characters to the next evolutionary stage and unlocking the ideas that will further cement Valiant’s foothold in an industry of new growth areas and paradigm shifts," Illidge said in a press release. "With Vin Diesel about to embark on playing Bloodshot in the upcoming film and people like friend Reginald Hudlin on board to shape the story of Shadowman for a global audience, Valiant Entertainment is going to continue to be the provider of quality stories on a worldwide scale."

Illidge's comic book career started in 1993 as an editor at Milestone Media. In 1998, he joined DC Comics as an editor in the Batman line. From 2014 to 2016, he was a weekly columnist at CBR, first writing "The Color Barrier" and later "The Mission."

Valiant has had a newsworthy 2018 thus far, including January's news that it had been fully acquired by entertainment company DMG, which formerly held a minority stake. Hunter Gorinson, Valiant's VP of Marketing & Communications, left Valiant in March, and longtime comics publicist Mel Caylo subsequently joined as Director of Maketing. Karl Bollers joined Valiant as an editor in March.

Also in March, it was confirmed that Vin Diesel would star in a Bloodshot film, directed by Dave Wilson, as part of Valiant's deal with Sony Pictures.

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