Official Press Release
In addition to recruiting top creators from outside their ranks, Marvelproved today that they also value homegrown talent. Andrew Lis, formerly anAssistant Editor in the X-Men family, has been promoted to Editor. Joininghim in upward movement is Brian "Smitty" Smith, who has been promoted fromAssistant 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 aroster of unique creators to the giant-sized CAPTAIN AMERICA #50. Inaddition to CABLE, he will now oversee X-TREME X-MEN, X-TREME X-MEN: SAVAGELAND, 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 ofher basement. I will try my best to make very, very good American comics."
"Andrew has a tremendous sense of the creative community and has beenterrific thinking outside the box," said Director - Publishing OperationsBob Greenberger. "He'll be keeping things fresh, which is exciting."
"In a very short time, Andrew has proven himself to be one of the mostvaluable team players we have here at Marvel," stated Marvel Editor In ChiefJoe Quesada. "He has a great eye and a great way with talent. We expectgreat things from him in his new editorial capacity!"
Smith, who works with Editor Ralph Macchio on a diverse and popular line ofbooks including ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN, ULTIMATE MARVEL TEAM-UP, and U.S. WARMACHINE, was the originator of both the 100 Greatest Marvels and MarvelMangaverse events. He will continue to work with Macchio on their group oftitles, which will now include X-MEN: EVOLUTION and ULTIMATE X-MEN.
"I just wanna say 'Thanks' to Joe (Quesada) and Bill (Jemas) for giving methis opportunity, which is a fantastic gesture and show of support on theirparts," said Brian. "I'd also like to thank Ralph for all of his guidanceand instruction in the Editorial Arts. I'm having a blast, getting to workon some amazing books with the best comics creators in the world. All I cansay is that it's truly a great, great time to be working here at the Houseof Ideas."
"Brian is a top-notch guy with tremendous editorial instincts," statedGreenberger. "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, tothe Marvel Mangaverse, to keeping Ralph in line, he's proven himself to bequite the idea guy - and according to our freelancers, one of the easiestguys to work for in the business!"
All of us at Marvel congratulate Andrew and Brian on their well-deservedpromotions. Now go create some cool comics!
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