The name DC Comics is pretty much synonymous with quality editorial direction that in no way causes big name creators to flee the company like rats from a sinking ship that is also on fire and happens to be sinking into a sea made entirely of liquid rat poison, so it makes perfect sense that Marvel Comics would be envious of DC's illustrious editorial reputation and want to steal away their employees. That's one of the reasons why we're in no way shocked that Marvel just announced that DC's Batman Group Editor Mike Marts will be joining Marvel as their newest Executive Editor. The other reason we're in no way shocked is because Bleeding Cool has been reporting it 1-2 times per week for the past several months.
According to lore, before Marts can ascend to his new position, he will have to defeat another senior member of Marvel's editorial staff in in the ancient ritual of Cha Lok Lak, which is either a deadly bout of mortal combat, or the sharing of a plate of Cambodian stir fried beef over lettuce. Marts should probably look into that before he shows up for work on his first day. Either way, it's better than moving to Burbank with DC.
Here's the press release from Marvel, along with Marts' high school yearbook photo:
MARVEL ANNOUNCES MIKE MARTS AS NEW EXECUTIVE EDITOR
New York, NY (January 31st, 2014) - Marvel Entertainment is excited to announce the return and addition of Mike Marts as Marvel’s newest Executive Editor.
Mike Marts was Senior Editor for New X-Men, Astonishing X-Men working closely with Grant Morrison, Frank Quitely, Joss Whedon and John Cassaday and numerous other X-related hit titles at Marvel Comics from 1996 until 2006 when Marts made the leap to DC Comics. While at DC Comics, Marts was Group Editor managing the Batman books, but beginning this February, Marvel is excited to welcome him back to the “House of Ideas” as one of our newest Executive Editors.
No one could be more thrilled then Editor in Chief Axel Alonso. "Mike Marts is a seasoned veteran who's edited some of the most critically acclaimed and highest-selling series of the last decade," says Alonso. "I'm overjoyed to see him return home, and I can't wait to see what he brings to Marvel!"
"It's amazing to see how Marvel has grown as a company since I worked there last,” says Marts. “I am beyond thrilled to be rejoining this powerhouse at such an exciting time."
Mike Marts returns to Marvel amidst the hugely successful and ambitious All-New Marvel NOW! initiative – featuring bold new launches from some of the industry’s hottest creators.