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Quesada's contract extended, Alonso, Marts elevated, new talent dept. formed at Marvel

Late Thursday Marvel Comics issued a press release detailing the extension of Joe Quesada's contract as Editor-in-Chief of Marvel Comics, although no terms, such as the length of the contract, were revealed. Additionally, Senior Editor Axel Alonso has been elevated to the position of Executive Editor while Mike Marts will assume the Senior Editor position. The release finished with the announcement that a new department has been established within Marvel editorial, the Talent Relations Office. This new department will be headed by editor CB Cebulski with guidance coming from Managing Editor David Bogart.

The full text of the press release can be found below.

Official Press Release

Also integral to the future of Marvel editorial is the establishment of aTalent Relations Office. Under the guidance of Managing Editor David Bogartand headed by editor CB Cebulski, the new office will seek to recruit newtalent from all creative disciplines, manage talent to assure complimentarycreative teams are matched with projects best suited for their skills, andto address freelancer concerns and issues that arise during the creativeprocess.

Marvel Comics is very pleased to announce the extension of Editor-in-ChiefJoe Quesada's contract that will keep him guiding the Marvel Comics line ashe has the last three years, in addition to two key promotions within itseditorial staff, and the creation of a new office dedicated to freelancetalent relations.

Quesada - the Marvel Knights (tm) founder who began his distinguished run asEditor-in-Chief in the summer of 2000 - has overseen the creative andcommercial revitalization of such key Marvel franchises as Spider-Man (tm),the Hulk (tm), Daredevil (tm) and the X-Men (tm), as well as the collectededitions department, which continues to be one of Marvel's fastest growingpublishing initiatives.

Known for straight-talk and bold moves, Quesada's remarkable tenure has alsoincluded the creation of important new publishing initiatives, such as theflagship ULTIMATE MARVEL (tm) line and the mature readers Marvel MAX (tm)imprint, and under his stewardship Marvel has ascended to become theindustry leader with 41% percent of the comic book market share.

"I'd like to thank everyone at Marvel for the vote of confidence and I alsowant to thank all of our creators and fans, because without them I couldnever have achieved what I have," said Quesada.

"I've had nothing but a blast my first three years here at Marvel but whatreally gets me juiced is the fact that we've only just begun this longamazing journey. There is no greater job in the world and I promise that thenext few years are going to be historic! What you've seen the first threeyears is just kid's stuff compared to what I've got up my sleeve. It onlygets better from here."

"Joe is an amazing editor and an amazing human being," said ULTIMATESPIDER-MAN (tm), ULTIMATE X-MEN (tm), DAREDEVIL and ALIAS (tm) writer BrianMichael Bendis. "It's an honor and privilege for me to work with him. We canall look forward to a very, very bright future for the entire industry withJoe at the desk he was born to sit behind."

"This is the best news possible," added AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (tm) & SUPREMEPOWER (tm) writer J. Michael Stracyznski. "I came to Marvel specifically towork with Joe Quesada, based on his reputation and his creative instincts,and I'm happy to see that this relationship will continue. Joe is the bestin the biz, willing to take the kinds of chances that other major publisherswon't. He's done an exemplary job in turning Marvel around and once againmaking it a place friendly to creators."

"Joe Quesada is a good man, a good friend and, obviously a greatEditor-in-Chief," said Straczynski's AMAZING SPIDER-MAN partner, John RomitaJr.

Quesada will be supported by one of his first hires as Editor-in-Chief -Senior Editor Axel Alonso - who has been promoted to the position as MarvelExecutive Editor. Alonso, known as a 'creator's editor' in the comics'community and for his cutting-edge style, has guided the rejuvenation ofAMAZING SPIDER-MAN and THE INCREDIBLE HULK, doubling their sales during histenure and transforming both into consistent critical and commercial hits.

Alonso will be adding more key titles to his office later this year,including a major relaunch of THE PUNISHER (tm) and a bold, new creativedirection for CAPTAIN AMERICA (tm).

"I'm glad to continue my relationship with Marvel," says Alonso. "EditingSPIDER-MAN and HULK has been tremendous fun, and I look forward to thechallenges posed by CAP and THE PUNISHER. It's no secret how much I'vewanted to edit either of these titles, and now I've got my chance."

In addition, Mike Marts has been promoted to the position of Senior Editor,where he'll continue to oversee the best-selling X-MEN franchise, which willbe subject to a series of bold new creative moves in the coming year.

Also integral to the future of Marvel editorial is the establishment of aTalent Relations Office. Under the guidance of Managing Editor David Bogartand headed by editor CB Cebulski, the new office will seek to recruit newtalent from all creative disciplines, manage talent to assure complimentarycreative teams are matched with projects best suited for their skills, andto address freelancer concerns and issues that arise during the creativeprocess.

"Joe Quesada has brought vision to Marvel's editorial process and has builta world class team to support him," said Marvel Enterprises, Inc. Presidentand CEO Allen Lipson. "We fee we are very fortunate to have him and hisentire staff committed to growing our business for the years to come."

Marvel Enterprises, Inc. is leading global character-based entertainmentlicensing company that has developed and owns a library of over 4,700characters, which have entertained generations around the world for over 60years. Marvel's operations are focused in entertainment and consumerproduct licensing and comic book publishing. Marvel¹s creative teams at itsMarvel Studios, Marvel Comics and Toy Biz divisions support the developmentof feature films (and DVD/video), video games, TV series and toy lines basedon its characters. Marvel also licenses its characters for use in a broadand growing range of consumer products and services including apparel,collectibles, food and promotions. Marvel Comics is a leading global comicspublisher and an invaluable source of intellectual property; Marvel Studiosworks with studios to develop feature film and entertainment projects; andToy Biz is a recognized leader in toy design, sales and marketing thatdevelops and oversees both licensee and in-house toy lines. For additionalinformation visit http://www.marvel.com.

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