Joe Quesada, Executive Vice President and Creative Director of Marvel Entertainment Is Leaving

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In a social media post we have learned that Executive VP and Chief Director, Joe Quesada, is leaving Marvel Entertainment. From the way it sounds I don’t know who made the decision for him to go, but he is going.

Here is the statement he put out:

 

Hey there, True Believer!

Got a sec? I have something I’d like to share with you.

When I first jumped into the world of comics, my goal was to create my own character, stories, and universes. Then, one day Marvel made me an offer that changed the trajectory of my life. But lately, I’ve found myself thinking more and more of my favorite stanza from T.S. Eliot’s Little Gidding, “We shall not cease from exploration / And the end of all our exploring / Will be to arrive where we started / And know the place for the first time.”
That’s why it’s both exciting and bittersweet that after discussions with both my family and my family at Marvel, after two plus decades (has it really been that long?), the time has come for me to move on. As you can imagine, my love for the company, its characters, and all my coworkers runs deep, but I have an exciting new chapter that’s about to begin, so the time feels right.

In August of 2000, Marvel took a shot on me, entrusted me with the keys to the Universe, and has been my biggest supporter ever since. During that time, I’ve had the great fortune to stand on the shoulders of giants, none broader than those of my predecessors and mentors, the best editorial team in the business, my coworking family, and the most talented creators on earth who put their trust in me, especially in the early days when it looked like I was selling tickets on the Titanic. Thank you ALL for sharing your talents and pouring your heart and soul into every project. It’s been an honor working with you, and I hope we get to do it all again.

Now, this doesn’t mean you’re getting rid of me that easily. I won’t ever be too far away, cheering my Marvel family on and contributing from time to time, including something I’m thrilled about for later this year. I also have several insanely cool projects of my own that you’ll be hearing about in the coming months, including a short indie film I’m writing and directing. Stay tuned!

It’s been one hell of a ride, and I’m proud to have been a part of Marvel’s rags to riches story and satisfied that I accomplished the job I was hired to do twenty-two years ago (seriously, where did the time go?). But none of this happens without one very important person.
YOU!

My family and I want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Without your love and support, we wouldn’t have been able to go on this crazy adventure, and I hope you join us on our next one.
I promise you it’s going to be AMAZING!
See ya in the funnybooks!

It just feels more like he’s being let go than he’s leaving to work on one short indie film.

Quesada was the Editor-In-Chief at Marvel Comics until 2011. In 2010 he also was the Chief Creative Officer, which he continued to be until 2019 when Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige was made Chief Creative Officer. At that point Quesada was made Executive VP and Creative Director of Marvel Entertainment.

But he’s leaving for one indie film?

Comic books sales for some of the biggest publishers has been in decline for awhile now, especially for floppy, single issues. Graphic Novels have been faring much better that is partially due to the surge in Manga popularity. Those books are often counted with the “Mainstream” US publishers in the numbers.

Whether Quesada is choosing to leave or he’s being shown the door, he’s probably better off for it given how things have been going with the comic industry lately. I’m sure it’s going to be a big adjustment to him and his family after 20 years at Marvel.

What do you think? Comment and let us know.


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