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Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 09/28/2010

Is there no one who does not cheer new DC editor-in-chief BOB HARRAS?

By Michael Cavna

harrasmem.jpeg THE BOB HARRAS "MEMORIAL" (courtesy of Tom Brevoort)

It's our single favorite image from yesterday's news that former Marvel editor-in-chief Bob Harras now has the same title at DC Comics.

Marvel Executive Editor Tom Brevoort sends along to us his in-office tribute to his ol' colleague: The "Bob Harras Memorial."

"In all honesty, I'm surprised something like this didn't happen sooner," Brevoort told Comic Riffs (and others) of the announcement. "It always seemed like a waste of resources to have a guy like Bob overseeing collected editions when his real strength was in being a line editor. So I always expected that at some point DC would give him a little line of books and have him go to town.

"So I'd expect that this means that Bob will bring his Marvel-honed expertise to DC, and that they, as a consequence, will be a bit more competitive," continued Brevoort, unable to resist the good-natured tweak. "At least, that's what I hope will happen, as a strong competition between us brings out the best in everyone, and is good for the marketplace and for readers."

According to DC's announcement, "Harras will oversee editorial for DC Comics, DC Universe, MAD Magazine and Vertigo and will be based in New York City, reporting directly to the Co-Publishers," Jim Lee and Dan DiDio. Harras has been serving as DC's group editor of collected editions.

DC Entertainment announced last week, of course, that it was dividing its comics media empire as part of a realignment -- with DC's multimedia and digital-content operations heading to Hollywood and the publishing side staying in Gotham. In addition, its WildStorm and Zuda imprints were shuttered.

The most striking thing about The Harras Announcement, however, might be the utter lack of naysaying about the ex-"X-Men" editor and former "Avengers" writer. From Marvel to DC to elsewhere in the comics universe, it was difficult to find anyone who would speak remotely ill of the man, the talent, the editor. (At least not on the record. And we haven't yet heard back from Mark Waid, so...)

Perhaps our single favorite creator response to the The Harras Announcement comes from the mighty Warren Ellis, who writes of Harras's time at Marvel in the '90s:

"Bob always seemed supremely relaxed. He and I had one or two big fights -- and I was younger, far nastier and angrier and shot to kill, back then -- but, no matter what names I called him, the next time I spoke to him he was always equanimous, forgiving and affable. ...

"When he was made a Group Editor, as Marvel was divided into The Five Families Of New York, five Group Editors doing the work of one EIC. And when that went horribly wrong, Bob was the last man standing -- or reclining in his office, anyway -- and became the single EIC, during some of Marvel's darkest years businesswise. For various reasons, I think that must have been the hardest job in commercial comics....

"In a tumultuous time at DC Entertainment, which I must remember to start calling it, the steady presence of Bob Harras is very probably what is required."

By Michael Cavna  | September 28, 2010; 11:00 AM ET
Categories:  Geek Buzz  | Tags:  Bob Harras, DC Entertainment, Tom Brevoort, Warren Ellis  
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